BARBARA GIBSON – PRESIDENT
Barbara feels honored to become WSAC’s new president. She has been a member of WSAC for seven years and joined the Board five years ago. For the last three years, she has served as the Vice President. Barbara has chaired several Board Committees and has been a member of others. While a Board Member she also served a three-year term as Secretary on the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council.
Prior to retirement, Barbara enjoyed a very successful forty-four-year career in the field of Nursing, forty-one years of which were focused on Nursing Education. Four of those years were spent serving as Undergraduate Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. When asked about her motivation for becoming a Board member Barbara said, “she wants to utilize her professional knowledge, experience & energies by volunteering to enhance the well being of seniors.”
Barbara is proud of the outstanding programming that WSAC offers its members and the community. She looks forward to working with her fellow Board Members to provide the governance needed for WSAC to thrive and flourish in the future.
Kaye Langager – Vice Presedent
Kaye has been a member of WSAC for two years, since her return to Edmonton. Kaye owned and operated an Insurance Brokerage firm, specializing in Corporate Group and Pension plans. She has been involved in numerous and varied non for profit Boards, including CLSA and Excel Society. She has also volunteered as a member of Victim Services and Restorative Justice. She has found WSAC to be a fabulous center for all that it offers to Seniors in the community and is looking very forward to being a part of an exciting and growing organization.
Robert Smith – Treasurer
Bob has been a member of WSAC since 2011 and has volunteered on the Facilities Committee and is currently a member of the Policy and Bylaw Committee. He has also been involved in a number of fundraising initiatives at WSAC.
Bob has an MBA and is also a CPA, CA and has experience working in senior management roles in finance and operations in healthcare in Alberta and British Columbia. He also has experience in banking and financial institutions. Bob and his wife Sharon also owned and operated their own consulting business for a number of years.
Bob has enjoyed participating in many activities at WSAC including golf, Spanish lessons, DVD courses and exercise programs and wants to continue to serve and be part of this exceptional seniors’ centre. Bob hopes to join the Board with the goal of ensuring that WSAC continues to be a self-sustaining organization so that it can continue to provide a warm and welcoming environment where each senior can reach their full potential.
Jay Pritchard – Past President
Jay has been a member of WSAC for five years and is currently serving in his fourth year on the Board of Directors. His training and experience has been in the area of Public Education as teacher, principal and superintendent. He and his wife both say that the best thing that has happened to them since retiring and moving to Edmonton has been finding and joining our Centre. WSAC provides us access to outstanding programs, interactions with terrific members and staff and utilization of exceptional facilities. Jay says that we have a great Board and he feels thrilled to act in a leadership capacity with them.
Dolores Brent – Director
Dolores has been a WSAC member for 11 years and wholeheartedly appreciates the benefits WSAC brings to seniors in the surrounding community. Over the years she has participated in a wide variety of classes, workshops, and drop-in activities, especially pickleball and yoga. WSAC has provided a safe, invigorating community, helping her stay active and ever-learning since her retirement from her fulfilling career as a registered nurse at the Cross Cancer Institute where her skills as a listener, caregiver, and organizer were a necessity. She has been a life-long learner, actively supporting Edmonton Lifelong Learning Association (ELLA) as a volunteer and a student. She has mastered the art of gardening in unique spaces, annually tending to a wide variety of vegetables, flowers and fruits. She is always ready for a good adventure, a game of cards or a meaningful chat over a pot of tea and has taught multiple generations life skills like baking from scratch, sewing and repairing clothes and growing your own food.
John Kennedy – Director
John has been a member of WSAC for eleven years and has previously served on our Board of Directors (four years) in the capacity of Treasurer. He is serving in his 6th year as a Board member and is in year two of a two-year term on the current Board. John proudly carries the title of Certified Professional Accountant and has worked in public practice, industry and government, most recently with the Federal Government as an auditor. John says that he has chosen to serve on the Board again because the Centre “gives” to him and he wishes to try his best to “give back”.
Kay Rother – Director
Kay Rother has been a member of WESAC since 2015. Most of her working career involved teaching – first at NAIT, then at Edmonton Public Schools in the elementary and high school programs. She also has experience owning her own business. A colleague of hers introduced her to WESAC and the wide variety of programs available and she happily participated in dancing, exercise and bridge. As well she took advantage of services such as the library. When presented with an opportunity to become a member of the board, she decided she would like to contribute her time and effort toward such an important institution. Kay is very impressed with the friendly people, the inclusive philosophy and the multitude of services to all seniors that this centre provides.
Richard Batty – Director
Rick has been a member of the Westend Seniors Activity Centre for almost 2 years. He is currently serving on the Facility and Planning Committee. He also enjoys volunteering some of his time around the WESAC. for repairs that may arise from time to time. His education, training, and experience spans over 40 years in the mechanical trades sector. He is currently signed on as a Handyman throughout the city of Edmonton with the Senior centres and other organizations. Rick takes a lot of pride in whatever his ventures are. Rick is pleased to be working with the WESAC Board of Directors. He will enjoy working with the team by learning and contributing to the Centre to keep it running strong and on course for a bright future for the members of this growing organization.
Ruth Ann Linklater – Director
Ruth Ann has been a member of WSAC for five years and is currently serving her first term as Director on the Board. She participates in several activities at the Centre including the Birthday Celebration, Pot-Luck Dinners, Card Playing, Woodworking Activities, and regularly visits to the Library. Approximately a year ago she was encouraged by Spurge, Treasurer to consider becoming a Director. She seriously considered this invitation and decided to put her name forward as a Director. Ruth Ann graciously accepted the role and responsibility to provide her expertise as a new Director on the Board of Directors. Ruth Ann takes pride in her ability to establish and sustain her private practice Kin No Mah Gae Wi Nun “Teachings” which provided therapeutic counseling and workshop facilitation for more that 15-years.
Shirley Devlin – Director
Shirley has been a member of WSAC for five years and is currently serving as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. The WSAC has provided her with the opportunity to participate in programs to keep her active as well as develop social connections. Shirley has a background in Nursing and dedicated her career to pediatrics and nursing education. Shirley was encouraged by Barbara Gibson to put her name forward to become a director and is looking forward to the opportunity to meet new people and to strengthen the retirement experience for fellow seniors.