Board of Directors

President

Raymond Swonek
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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

Vice-President North Region

Jackie McCuaig
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I am very proud and excited about embarking on this new journey with so many people who have such passion about their community and our beloved seniors.

I live where I was raised. I have spent my entire life (minus 5 years) on the same quarter section of land my husband and I subdivided 3 acres from my parents in 1992. I have two beautiful daughters, who are grown now, and we have been blessed with a wonderful grandson.

I was lucky to be within close proximity to my grandparents and great grandparents during my life, and have learned the true value of our seniors first-hand. Our children, as well as our grandson, get to enjoy the same family dynamic.

I was elected to Parkland County Council in 2013, and am a board member of the Meridian Foundation, which has brought me to this position.

I have been a volunteer in my community for many years and love to work with people for a purpose.

My husband and I have been in business since 1998. We are the owners of Doug the Carpenter and Spruce it up Promotions.

I am passionate about community and believe we get what we give.

North Region Director

Judy Bennett
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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.

North Region Director

Henry Hunter
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Henry Hunter is the President and CEO of Wood Buffalo Housing in Fort McMurray, Alberta, which is responsible for all subsidized independent and supportive-living seniors’ housing in the Wood Buffalo region. Its portfolio includes Rotary House Lodge - which provides a supportive living environment to seniors, Legion Manor and Araubasca House - two independent living apartment complexes exclusively for seniors, Ayabaskaw House and Lodge in Fort Chipewyan, and Woodsmoke Elders Lodge in Anzac.

Henry has his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Commercial Law from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and is a seasoned and accomplished executive leader with over 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. His broad international and multicultural background, gained through extensive work in North America, Europe, and the Middle East, has taught him the value of being flexible and versatile in the face of ever-changing circumstances. He is known for building strong working relationships amongst his team and within the community, mentoring unique talents, and fostering open communications in order to gain the trust, confidence, and respect of executives, team members, clients, external vendors, and key stakeholders.

He is very passionate about ensuring our seniors have the facilities and care that they need, and a quality of life that they deserve. He understands fully the unique challenges that the North Region faces when it comes to senior care and has been a champion for change.

“Senior care is something that affects every single person at some point in his or her life, whether it’s from caring for a parent or loved one, or through our own inevitable process of aging,” says Hunter. “There is a lot we can learn from past mistakes and successes, and through working together and sharing experiences and ideas.”

“Some of the best moments of my week are when I have the opportunity to visit with our seniors and help them to celebrate their milestones and happy occasions. We recently celebrated the 100th birthday of one of our long-time residents and it was great fun!”

Vice-President Central Region

James Nibourg
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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."

Central Region Director

Melodie Stol
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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”.

Central Region Director

Darren Young
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Darren has been an Information Technology Expert for more than twenty years. He has worked for the Local Governments Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Red Deer County.

Darren strongly believes in community participation and to this end has served on numerous professional associations and charitable boards and committees. Most recently he joined the board of the Piper Creek Foundation. Piper Creek is the local management board for affordable seniors housing in the City of Red Deer. During his term Darren has served as a director, Chairperson of the Financial Committee as well as Board Chairperson of the organization.

As a youth, Darren spent a good deal of time with his Grand Parents who were the Matron and Patron for the Taber Alberta Lodge. He remembers these times very fondly and regards it as the impetus for his interest in Alberta Seniors Housing. His hope is that every senior as well as their families could have such a good experience regardless of their station or circumstance.

To this end, Darren now finds himself volunteering as a Central Region Director for Alberta Seniors Communities and Housing Association (ASCHA) and province wide advocate for all seniors housing in Alberta.

It is Darren's hope that his service along with all the other incredible volunteers and staff who make up the ASCHA organization will in some small way improve the elder years of all those relevant, active, and engaged seniors of Alberta.

Vice -President South Region Director

Arlene Adamson, CIHCM
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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.

South Region Director

Dan Klein
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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.      

South Region Director

Lauren Ingalls
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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.

Member at Large

Jennie Deneka
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Jennie Deneka is the Chief Operating Officer for Pacific Reach Seniors Housing Management and is responsible for leading operations for all 25 communities providing care for more than 4,000 seniors. She is passionate about improving seniors care and seniors housing through growth and leadership of those working in the industry.

Ms. Deneka has been in the health care industry for over 20 years and has been a leader in the seniors care and retirement industry for over 10 years with experience in both Alberta and British Columbia.

Before joining Pacific Reach, Ms. Deneka was the Regional Director of Operations, where she led initiatives to improve customer satisfaction, overall resident safety, and employee engagement and training. She has also been a senior advisor for Alberta Health Services and held senior positions with the Forest Grove Care Centre and Fraser Health Authority.

Ms. Deneka is a registered nurse along with having her Project Management & Executive Coaching certificates, and a Masters in Leadership and Training. She has authored a number of articles for industry and community publications on seniors’ health, seniors’ care and seniors’ housing needs.

Member at Large

Stephanie Miller
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After working in nursing for eight years, Stephanie decided to make a positive change in senior care. She was not satisfied with the solutions that she witnessed while nursing. After doing research on various opportunities, she applied and was accepted to Connecting Care's management team in 2008. According to Statistics Canada, in 2016 one and eight Albertans was a senior. By 2031, one and five Albertans will be a senior. As the Director of Wellness and Cultural Development for Connecting Care, Stephanie finds herself exploring and challenging ideas of wellness and how wellness though technology can help organizations prepare for the influx of seniors in Alberta.

Stephanie lives out on the farm in eastern Alberta with her husband and three beautiful children.