Board of Directors

President Raymond Swonek
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Raymond Swonek

Raymond is the Chief Executive Officer of GEF Seniors Housing (GEF), the largest provider of seniors’ subsidized independent and supportive living in Alberta, serving over 3,500 seniors. Raymond is a Chartered Accountant and has over 30 years of business experience in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. He has been involved in the Seniors Housing Industry since 1997.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Public Housing Administrators’ Association for ten (10) years.

Raymond is passionate about positively influencing seniors’ quality of life.

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ~ Winston Churchill

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Vice-President North Region Winston Delorme
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Winston Delorme

Born and raised in Grande Cache, AB. Raised in an Indigenous community. Hunting, trapping and splitting a lot of firewood (My arms still sore) was a way of life. Grew up around horses and a great dog (Hotdog).

Grew up seeing the shortage of housing in many rural communities. Especially my community. To this day there is still a shortage of Community, Rural, Senior and Indigenous affordable housing.

A Councillor with the MD of Greenview (1st Term) and plans on to be a voice in the future for the people of the Grande Cache. A director with the Evergreen Foundation and plans on taking over the world (we can all wish for that).

It’s an honour to be  VP North with ASCHA. It will be a new path on this wonderful journey (life) to be a voice for the Rural, Senior and Indigenous communities. So all people in these communities can feel safe and know the Sun will rise in the East.

North Region Director Judy Bennett
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Judy Bennett

Born and raised in the Midwestern United States, Judy Bennett immigrated to Canada in 1974 and became a Canadian citizen in 1991. Before running for Town Council in 2007, she taught elementary school for 30 years in Parkland School Division.

Judy was very active in the ATA (Alberta Teachers’ Association) where she served as Local Secretary for one year.  She also was elected to the North Central Teachers Convention from 1987-1994.  Judy served several positions on that planning committee including 3 years as Vice-President Facilities.

She has been actively involved in the community of Stony Plain since retiring from teaching in 2006 including acting as a Mural Tour guide, sitting on the Murals Committee and serving with Stony Plain Family and Community Support Services. She also volunteers in programs run by the Stony Plain Alliance Church. She is now active on several Town appointed boards and commissions, including Vice-Chair of the Meridian Housing Foundation Board.

Her priorities on Council include implementing the Municipal Development Plan and helping to develop a Council Strategic Plan.  It is very important to her that council develop public engagement strategies that encourage and enable residents to also become involved in decision-making.  Stony Plain is a place where all members of the community can feel at home and raise their families in a safe and caring community as she did with her two children, Annie and Ryan.

By becoming a Director with ASCHA, some of those priorities also apply.  Building Community for all ages and all people is one of her top priorities.  Every person has the right to a safe and caring living environment.  ASCHA is in the position to make policy and advocate the rights of seniors and Seniors Housing Authorities throughout Alberta and it is Judy’s pleasure to serve on this Board.

Judy’s hobbies include walking with her dog, gardening, and traveling around the world to visit her friends and family.

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North Region Director Heather Massel
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Heather Massel

Heather is the Director of Marketing and Community Engagement for GEF Seniors Housing. GEF is the largest provider of subsidized seniors’ housing in Alberta, currently serving more than 3,800 seniors in the Edmonton area.

Heather has more than 20 years of experience in communications, issues and reputation management and media relations. She got her career start as a journalist, and had early aspirations of being a trench-coated foreign correspondent, reporting from exotic locales around the world. Then she and her family moved to Edmonton for work when her children were small, and she has happily stayed here ever since. Now, Heather loves visiting with her family on days off, and is busy planning where she’ll travel first once the borders open again.

She is passionate about housing issues, and says “whether you’re a senior or a vulnerable Albertan, it all starts with dignity and having a roof over your head.” Heather believes advocacy and education are critical to the success of every organization, and is excited about ASCHA’s expanded focus and its principled advocacy positions: aging in the community, a housing focus and person-centred housing.

As a new ASCHA board member, she is looking forward to working with her fellow board members as well as the entire ASCHA team.

Vice-President Central Region James Nibourg
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James Nibourg

So as we embark on a new journey with this new governance model and a new board, the sky is the limit for ASCHA.  We are in very exciting times.

So a little about myself…my lovely wife Lori-Anne is a Registered Nurse working in Stettler. We have raised four awesome and very busy children. I was born and raised in the Erskine / Stettler area ( central Alberta). I learned to get along with others as I was the youngest of eight, and there was lots of discussion and, okay, arguing along the way. We did learn that respect is important and that a strong sense of volunteering is great because a community is what you make it. After graduating from high school in Stettler, I moved away to follow work in small towns all around Alberta, always comparing them to the Stettler area. Fifteen years ago we moved back home. Now we live just south of Erskine, raising purebred sheep, chickens and our kids. I have now owned and operated East Central Auto Recyclers for the last ten years. My many experiences with different volunteer groups and businesses have given me the tools and talents {I hope} to meet the challenges of being your voice at the table for the next few years. Please do not hesitate to contact me and let me know what you are thinking. I truly look forward to serving you. I have been a County of Stettler councilor for four years and with that, one of my roles has been with the County of Stettler Housing Authority where I am currently Chair.

I do believe we are in the people business. Every day we interact with people.  How we deal with people is a lot of how we deal with issues. I would like to think I keep the people important, which keeps the issues important. Any time you would like to talk about an issue that is important to you, give me a shout, text, email, twitter, phone or just a coffee I will make time. I can always find time between shearing sheep, towing junk, or coaching.

Remember:  "You can easily judge the character of a someone by how they treat those who can do nothing for them."

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Central Region Director Melodie Stol
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Melodie Stol

After serving 10 years as Mayor of the Town of Blackfalds, Melodie Stol left politics in September 2017 to join The Bethany Group as their Stakeholder Relations Advisor. In this role, Melodie has been able to work with the boards and communities of six Housing Management Bodies, including ASCHA members Flagstaff Regional Housing Group and the Parkland Foundation. 

As part of the Bethany Group team, her goals for seniors housing is two-fold. First, is the importance of seniors housing in overall community development. Our residents should be fully engaged in community and our communities should look at the facilities as hubs to support all seniors. Secondly, she is committed to supporting the elected officials and volunteers that serve the housing management bodies so they can make informed decisions in the public interest.

Melodie has an education background in Local Government Administration, and has a long record of service on boards including the Lacombe Foundation, Central Alberta Victim and Witness Support and Blackfalds Family and Community Services.  While her work takes her throughout Central Alberta, Melodie proudly continues to call Blackfalds home. 

“I am very pleased to be serving on the ASCHA board, and I hope that my experience and passion for community development will support all ASCHA members in achieving their goals”.

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Central Region Director Teresa Rilling
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Teresa Rilling

Councillor, Teresa Rilling was first elected to Sylvan Lake Town Council in 2017 and is currently serving her first term.  Her portfolio focuses on Strategic Planning for Seniors in her locale as well as in the central region of the province of Alberta where she is the Director.  She has served on the Cooperate Services committee for the Town of Sylvan Lake as well as Family Community Support Services.  

Recently she has broadened her learning’s by taking courses in Lobbying Government Effectively and Economic Development for Elected Officials.

She is a dynamic, corporate, special event and motivational speaker for local and international audiences. Unique and "tailor made" presentations have been widely enjoyed and consistently recommended.

As part of the Sylvan Lake & Area Urgent Care Committee, Teresa is honored to have played an instrumental part in bringing change in healthcare to Sylvan Lake & Area.  The new Advanced Ambulatory Care Service opened May 2018. 

She has had the opportunity of training women in leadership throughout Alberta and Cuba. It has been her distinct privilege to be on National Committees for leadership development.

Teresa worked in the public school system as a Music Specialist and Speech and Language Liaison while raising their children.  She has also been employed and volunteered with numerous non-profit organizations.  

Her passion is community building, networking and collaborative strategic planning.  

In 2009 she published her life story - ‘Just Breathe’ (Hope Beyond Hurt). 

She has been married to her husband, Jim, for 41 years and they have 3 married children and 11 grandchildren, which she thoroughly enjoys.  

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Vice-President South Region Director Arlene Adamson
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Arlene Adamson
Arlene Adamson became CEO of Silvera for Seniors (formerly MCF Housing for Seniors) in June 2011. Her job is to oversee all aspects of Silvera, including the implementation of its strategic plan.

Her background in the non-profit sector spans 25 years, including 10 years at the YWCA of Calgary. As its Chief Operating Officer, she reinstated and reinvigorated the YWCA’s fund-development and communications departments, and helped the organization win an Alberta’s Top 50 Employer Award.

She has also served as National Manager of Corporate Development for the Canadian Cancer Society, Manager of Revenue Development at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, and spent five years as general manager of the Calgary Winter Festival.
Arlene is currently co-chair of the Seniors and Special Populations Sector Housing Committee and is on the steering committee for the province’s Housing Access Link.

Now with Silvera for Seniors she hopes to increase support to lower income seniors helping them have a stronger voice and the promise of a quality of life that ensures independence and dignity.

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South Region Director Dan Klein
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Dan Klein

I was born and raised in Southern Saskatchewan where I met and married my lovely wife Brenda. I was transferred to Brooks in 1974 where we have resided since. We raised our three children here and have been blessed with six beautiful granddaughters. I had a 41 year career in the Oil and Gas Industry and when I retired I felt it was time to give back to the community that has been so good to us. I was first elected to City Council in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. I was appointed to the Newell Foundation Board in 2017. It’s an honor to be elected as a Director for the Southern Region and I will represent the South Region to the best of my abilities.   I believe in giving back and I hope to make our community better for future generations to enjoy.      

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South Region Director Lauren Ingalls
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Lauren Ingalls

With a background in economic development and a bachelor of commence, Lauren Ingalls has worked exclusively in the seniors and social housing industry for over twenty years with four different agencies as the Executive Director ranging from 78 units to 1,500 units in the Calgary area.

 In May 2011, Lauren joined Westwinds Communities as the Executive Director hoping to remain active in this dynamic industry while achieving more life balance with her growing family.

 Lauren’s first exposure to ASCHA was in November 1993 at the annual convention, which was hosted in a very cold Grande Prairie where a lively three hour annual general meeting took place with the primary purpose of determining if ASCHA should hire an executive director. As they say the rest is history.

 Lauren currently participates as a committee member on a working group of ASCHA and APHAA, is a past former ASCHA board member, and has enjoyed presenting to sector professionals on not for profit governance and new CAO orientation.

 Lauren is happily married to Greg and they have two children in elementary school. Her spare time is spent chauffeuring and cheering on her kids in the endless amount of activities they involve themselves in and walking our new puppy.

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Member at Large Michael Lavallée
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Michael Lavallée

Michael Lavallée joined Seasons in 2009 as the COO where he launched the Seasons operating platform and brand. Promoted to CEO in 2018, Mr. Lavallée has continued to strengthen the Seasons brand and integrate new assets into the platform. A noted expert and accomplished speaker on the Canadian Seniors Housing sector, Mr. Lavallée has successfully advocated for resident qualify of life and care. He holds the ICD.D designation and is the Board Chair of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA). ORCA is a voluntary non-profit association that advocates for seniors’ issues and influences governmental policy and regulation development. Prior to joining Seasons Retirement Communities, Mr. Lavallée was Vice President of Operations at Chartwell Retirement Residences. He received his BA from Bishops University.    



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Member at Large Steve Vallevand
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Steve Vallevand

Steve is the Senior Vice President, Retirement Operations for Chartwell Retirement Residences, Canada’s largest operator in the sector.  In this role, he is responsible for operations of more than 160 retirement residences in four provinces, including Alberta.  Chartwell’s Alberta portfolio consists of 14 residences with a cross-section of accommodation classifications including supportive living, funded supportive living and memory care.  Chartwell has a significant focus on further growth in Alberta with properties that are in the development pipeline. 

He has an extensive career spanning over 35 years in operations management, and a deep connection with Alberta, having resided in the province for 10 years.  This experience has included more than 10 years of experience serving on four industry association boards. 

Steve is proud to live up to Chartwell’s vision of “Making People’s Lives Better” and is equally proud to be serving on the ASCHA  board. 

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