Board of Directors
Chair – Pansy Angevine
Pansy Angevine has taken her passion for nursing, palliative care, and volunteering and put them together to direct both her career and her life. As such, she currently works as Manager of Transitions, Specialty Programs and New Initiatives with Alberta Health Services in the Central Zone.
Pansy has worked in every sector of health care, including public and private in several locations in Canada. Her volunteer work includes capacities from front line activities to Board Chair at local, provincial and national levels.
Vice Chair – Donna Wilson
Dr. Donna Wilson, Ph.D., is a Registered Nurse, with a full-time tenured position as Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Her education started with a 3-year nursing diploma from the Royal Alexandra Hospital School of Nursing, followed by a BScN (University of Alberta) and MN (University of Texas at Austin) and then PhD (University of Alberta). Her advanced educational studies were focused on management and gerontology.
Donna has worked as a staff nurse, nursing supervisor, hospital administrator, media commentator, educator, and researcher in Alberta, British Columbia, New Zealand, Texas, Northern Ireland, Belgium, and England. Her program of research focuses on health services utilization and health policy, although primarily in relation to aging, ageism, and end-of-life care. She has over 300 published articles, books, book chapters, and other communications in print. Donna is frequently and widely consulted for expert commentary on healthcare trends and issues.
Treasurer – Leslie Penny
Leslie Penny’s contribution to the AHPCA Board of Directors is her rich nursing experience in rural Alberta. Her career includes the administration of a nursing home, acute care, working with seniors, and a variety of community programs. End-of-life care has been a vital component of Leslie’s work and is one of the reasons she believes in the importance of the Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.
Leslie has recently taken on an additional new role as Town Counsellor in Barrhead where she has been active in the Barrhead United Church and the local Toastmasters club for many years.
Secretary – Dayna Wolfe
Dayna Wolfe is a registered nurse and Home Care case manager in Alberta’s central west region of Edson. Having just graduated this June (2014) with an advanced Hospice Palliative Care/Gerontology certificate from Grant MacEwan University, Dayna is now doing community palliative care nursing.
Dayna’s goals are ensuring good pain and symptom management for each and every client. Another of Dayna’s responsibilities includes working with her clients and their families planning the facilitation of a home death when desired by the family unit; as are all palliative care volunteers and professionals, Dayna is passionate about quality end-of-life care.
Members at Large
Rayne Johnson is a graduate of the Contemplative End-of-Life certificate program at Naropa University, Boulder, Co. With this expertise and her strong passion for death and dying issues, Rayne introduces contemplative integrative therapies in hospice palliative care through her work as a Grief and Transition Guide.
Rayne is an advocate and educator about alternative options for death care, funerals and green burials, as well as a facilitator for the innovative Death Café events. Rayne is also a massage therapist with Pediatrics Integrative Medicine at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.
Cindy Young volunteers on the AHPCA board with the experience of over 29 years of nursing in rural Alberta. For the past eight years, she has worked as a Palliative Care Resource Nurse in the South Zone with Alberta Health Services. Cindy has been effective networking with other provinces and within Alberta assisting people in their palliative care journeys.
Living in Brooks, Cindy is very active in the community and surrounding areas on a variety of committees, including the South Zone Ethics Committee, the Brooks/Bassano Palliative Care Committees, and the Medicine Hat Hospice Palliative Care Committee.
“I became passionately interested in hospice palliative care in 1998 after attending a conference in Calgary and immediately after signed up for training as a volunteer for hospice palliative care and pastoral care.”
Kathy Kemmere, a Licensed Practical Nurse, became a founding member of the Olds and District Hospice Society in 2007 and is the current vice-president of this vibrant organization. In her additional roles as a volunteer and a trained Bereavement Facilitator, Kathy co-facilitates grief support groups and provides other bereavement support through additional society based programs.
Michelle Peterson Fraser
Michelle Peterson Fraser, RN BN, is the Senior Consultant for the provincial Palliative and End-of-Life Care (PEOLC) team with Alberta Health Services in Community, Seniors, Addiction and Mental Health. A registered nurse for 34 years, she has worked on the front lines in oncology and PEOLC. She has also held numerous management roles including Director of Resident Care in a hospice setting. As part of the provincial PEOLC team, Michelle helped to facilitate and develop the PEOLC Alberta Provincial Framework and has been actively leading provincial initiatives since 2014. Michelle is most proud of contributing to PEOLC on a provincial level to help Albertans.
Palliative care has been my passion for the last 14 years, assisting clients and their families through the death and dying journey, one that each of us has to ultimately take.” A staff nurse at the Mel Miller Hospice at the Edmonton General Hospital, Ali has also expanded her commitment to quality hospice palliative care through her involvement on the AHPCA board since 2005. She has found it encouraging seeing the board grow in size and capacity, to its current status. “I look forward to continued growth as the AHPCA gains strength as the voice of palliative care in Alberta.
Sung Ho Yun
Sung is an occupational therapist who has worked in home care, a rehabilitation hospital, an acute care hospital, and in community health services including palliative care services in Toronto, Vancouver and now in Edson, Alberta. Besides his full time work, Sung is also a graduate student at McMaster University.
Sung recognizes that everyone will have at least one palliative / hospice care experience before they end their journey of life. He’s particularly interested in making this experience positive for both the individual at the end of life and their care givers.
Linda Saunders is a retired nurse with 40 years’ experience. For over 30 years, she worked at Westlock Nursing Home, caring for the elderly and frail, where she was Head Nurse for 7 years.
She is an active volunteer with Westlock & District Palliative Care Society where she trains volunteers to better support the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of palliative care patients and their loved ones.
Passionate about palliative care, Linda set up Westlock & District Pastoral Care Committee in 1995. For 15 years, this group of dedicated and committed individuals visited people in homes, lodges and long-term care who were lonely or cut off from loved ones.
Elaine Klym has been an RN for 30 years. For almost 20 years her career has focused on end-of-life care for clients and their families. Elaine has worked throughout Canada and the US over her nursing career and currently works as a palliative care case manager in Red Deer Alberta. Elaine has been certified in Canada as a palliative care nurse for 10 years and she was previously certified in the US as well. Advocacy for adequate palliative care available across the spectrum has been one of Elaine’s passions as she serves the clients and families of central Alberta. Elaine was previously involved in residential hospice, working to develop programs and obtain sustainable funding for hospice in Ontario.
Outside of work, Elaine enjoys crocheting, her family and involved with church activities.
Past – Chair – Terri Woytkiw
Terri Woytkiw brings over 30 years of nursing experience and advanced education in hospice palliative care and gerontology to her current roles: AHPCA Chairperson, Lead, Clinical Support North Zone Seniors Health, Alberta Health Services and Instructor, Grant MacEwan University
Terri’s many credentials include an advanced diploma in palliative care, certifications in hospice palliative care and gerontological nursing with the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), and a Master of Nursing degree with an interest in palliative care issues and advanced care planning.
Terri is a facilitator for the Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care and End of Life Care (LEAP) and a member of the Canadian Nurses Association Hospice Palliative Nursing Certification exam development committee; she is also the western region representative on the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Nurses Group and the President Elect for the Alberta Gerontological Nurses Association.
In 2012, Terri was recognized by Alberta Health Services North Zone with the “North Star Award” for outstanding leadership and commitment to palliative care.”
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