Board of Directors

President James Nibourg
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James Nibourg

James was born and raised in Stettler, Alberta and has happily lived in the County of Stettler most all of his life. He is the excessively proud father of 4 children and grandfather to 3 awesome grandchildren, and counts his life to be blessed being married for 30 years. He is a local businessman and has been a County Councillor since 2010 and when he is not involved in the tasks for this he can be found sheep shearing, sheep farming, reffing hockey, or maybe his favourite, just drinking coffee and talking politics. James has a passion for Senior and Community Housing. He was very excited to be appointed to the County of Stettler Housing Authority his first term as an elected official.  

Over the years, James has gained knowledge and experience in this sector through his many years on his local board as well as sitting on the ASCHA board as Vice President for the Central Region for two terms. 

James is very excited to be back with the ASCHA team to serve as President - the key word is “serve”. He truly believes elected officials are meant to serve their respected communities and the boards they sit on.


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Vice-President North Region Nancy Simmonds
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Nancy Simmonds

Nancy Simmonds became the CEO for Heartland Housing Foundation in January 2019. She entered the non-profit housing sector 10 years prior with a desire to make a meaningful impact on the lives of vulnerable Albertans.

Nancy brings over 20 years experience in management and professional accounting, and has been in leadership roles in the social housing sector since 2009 as Controller and Director of Operations. Prior to her career in the housing sector, Nancy was working in her professional accredited field of public accounting at MNP LLP. Her Chartered Accountant designation (CPA) has allowed her the opportunity to lead teams from a unique financial perspective while supporting the invaluable from-the-heart work required of community-based organizations like affordable housing providers.  Her expertise includes managing large scale financial portfolios, planning and implementing strategic developments for housing organizations, and providing financial managerial support for large conversion projects. 

Now, as CEO of Heartland Housing Foundation, she is leading that organization through strategically-driven and values-aligned growth while advocating municipally, provincially, and federally for action on housing needs. She is looking forward to supporting the important work ahead of ASCHA and proud to represent the North Region on ASCHA’s board.


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North Region Director Shanika Donalds
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Shanika Donalds

Shanika Donalds serves in a senior leadership role as the Director of Housing and Client Services at GEF Seniors Housing. Her professional career spans over two decades in the fields of social work, program development, research, and project management. She is passionate about creating and supporting meaningful connections across segments of the social housing sector to effectively address the housing needs of seniors.

Shanika is a Registered Social Worker and holds a PhD from the University of Alberta. She advocates for evidence-based interventions and believes that the intersection between research and intervention is where innovative solutions, policies, and practices to improve service delivery can be achieved.

She is unwavering in her commitment to finding and optimizing opportunities to improve the lives of individuals and their communities and believes in the transformative power of compassionate and innovative leadership in addressing the complex issues faced by society. Shanika is excited about the work of ASCHA and supporting the organization as it continues to make strides in advancing the housing sector in Alberta and beyond.

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North Region Director Chris Thiessen
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Chris Thiessen

Chris Thiessen is a City Councillor for the City of Grande Prairie currently serving his third term, and has been an appointed Board Member to the Grande Spirit Foundation since 2018.  Prior to being on Council, Chris was the Client Support Development Officer for Canadian Mental Health Association ABNW while also serving as a social housing advocate and educator in various paid and volunteer capacities, including creating his own charity music festival - Peace Starts At Home - which helped to support the local Women and Youth shelters (2005-2010).

Since being elected in 2013, Chris has successfully advocated for housing to be the top priority of his municipality - with the capital investments to support it across the housing spectrum.  In 2014, he was appointed by Alberta Municipalities (AUMA) to be their representative for the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness (2014-16), a multi-stakeholder board through the Province of Alberta Seniors and Housing Department.  In this time, the IAC successfully advocated for more funding in the creation and renovation of seniors, social, and affordable housing ($1.2 billion), new investments for supports to maintain housing, and a cross-ministry approach to address the complexities of housing and homelessness.

Other notable and relevant contributions to the housing and community development sectors include: creating the world’s first ever Edible Landscaping Policy (City of GP 2014), member of the Community Advisory Board for Housing and Homelessness (2015-current), board member for John Howard Society (Grande Prairie 2014-current, Alberta 2017-21, Canada 2018-20), current Chair of the Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance.

“I am a believer that access and availability to housing should be considered a basic human right and it has been my mission in service to actualize this in my community, region, and province for over 20 years.   I am overjoyed to be a part of the ASCHA team and am hopeful that together we can move this needle farther, for our seniors and communities, while helping others to develop and reach their goals as well.”


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Vice-President Central Region 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 Lorne Fundytus
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Lorne Fundytus

Lorne Fundytus joined Rimoka Housing Foundation as CAO in 2021.  In this role, he oversees RHF operations encompassing 342 units spanning Seniors Supportive Living Lodges, Seniors Self-Contained Apartments, a 51-unit Life lease building (Ponoka), Social Housing spaces, as well as a Rental Assistance program spanning Ponoka and Rimbey. RHF also own and operate a commercial building that houses the Rising Sun Clubhouse Society who provide mental health services to support individuals to live independently within the community.

His career has spanned multiple sectors from financial services (Alberta Treasury Branches) to owner/operator of two mid-sized manufacturing (Chemforce Inc. & Synectic Chemicals Ltd.) businesses serving the housing sector in central and south Alberta communities prior to management at RHF.

Carrying on a family tradition of community service, he has served with the Ponoka Boys and Girls Club as an in-school mentor, spent six years as an entrepreneurial speaker and facilitator for a “starting your own business” program (East Parkland Business Development Group) and currently sits as an advisor to a “Hub” committee alongside key community partners who seek to support families experiencing distress.

Lorne’s is passionate about supporting seniors and is honoured to serve RHF communities in Central Alberta. His focus is to secure support for affordable housing for seniors in the community for many years to come with the replacement of the aging Lodge with new infrastructure.

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Central Region Director Michelle Swanson
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Michelle Swanson

 

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Interim Vice-President South Region Don Herring
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Don Herring

Don Herring joined the board of Westwinds Communities, a housing management body, in December, 2020, and is currently serving the organization as Vice-Chairperson. Westwinds is located in High River, and serves the non-profit seniors and affordable housing sectors in the communities that comprise Foothills County. Don is a member of the Executive Committee as well as the Strategic Planning and Finance Committees. Prior to joining Westwinds, he spent 35 years involved in not-for-profit trade associations in the oil and gas service industry.

Don served as president for the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, and following retirement, as a consultant to additional non-profits. He has also worked in a senior capacity with the Alberta energy department and the ERCB. Don also served in executive roles in community-based organizations as well as a volunteer in a number of groups over his working career. He resides in Okotoks. Finally, he holds a master’s degree in economics and as well as an undergraduate degree in commerce.

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South Region Director Sourav Saha
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Sourav Saha

Sourav began his career in Canada in 2007, working in the Hospitality Industry in hotels and restaurants. He currently owns two restaurants in Medicine Hat: The Rosewood Bistro and The Clubhouse restaurant at the Paradise Valley Golf Course. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Hotel Administration from India. He is a certified Red Seal Cook in Alberta, and a Certified Chef De Cuisine (undergoing) from SAIT. He has also participated in The Food Network’s cooking show Fire Masters.

For Sourav, food is an efficient and effective therapy for seniors, and he tries to give a good dose of it by offering them variety.

Sourav started working with seniors in 2016 at Chinook Village as a Food Service Manager. He later joined Cypress View Foundation in 2018 as a Food Services Manager;  he was promoted to Hospitality Manager in 2021. Later, in October 2021, Sourav became the Acting CAO of Cypress View Foundation, and then the CAO in January 2022.

Sourav’s vision for seniors is to make the rest of their lives, the best of their lives.

Sourav is happily married to Naina, and they have a son, Sonak.



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Member at Large Dwight Mountney
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Dwight Mountney

Dwight brings over 34 years of experience from progressive leadership positions in the non-profit and private senior health care sector. In 2020 he successfully completed the requirements for an accredited Long Term Care Administrator through the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS) and in 2022 was accredited through the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA). He has also participated on committees and provided consultation that assisted in the transformation of senior’s health care and occupational health & safety in Ontario including representing retirement residences on the Toronto Central Regional Infection Control Network (TCRICN), Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA), Ontario Retirement Community Association (ORCA) and Retirement Home Regulatory Authority (RHRA).

Prior to moving to Alberta, Dwight worked as a General Manager at a prominent senior’s complex in Toronto for 16 years gaining practical experience in strategic planning, operational leadership and providing a voice for seniors and employees.

In 2019, Dwight made a career move from his position as the General Manager at the Chartwell residence in Toronto to the role of Director of Regional Operations for Chartwell Retirement Residences in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, and St. Albert where he is spearheading strategic growth initiatives that are deeply rooted in values and aligned with the needs of both publicly funded and private living sectors. With a visionary approach he is leading teams to reshape the landscape of senior care by placing a strong emphasis on quality, compassion, and innovation across all facets of the industry. 

“I am excited to champion quality senior care and make people’s lives better through my service on the ASCHA Board. It is a privilege to serve and represent members of such a vital sector and work towards improving the well-being of seniors, and those who work in senior’s care, across Alberta.”



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