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All Contributors

Victoria Radford

Senior Practice Consultant, Nursing Professional Practice

Izzah Khairi

Volutneer at the Red Thread Gift Shop at the Foothills Medical Centre

Christina Loitz

Health Promotion Facilitator II, Chronic Disease Prevention

Karra Donnelly

Nursing Attendant, Community Hemodialysis

Megan Mielnik

Registered Psychiatric Nurse and Program Case Manager

Greg Cummings

Chief Zone Officer, North Zone

Ian Chaves

Registered Nurse and Senior Practice Consultant, Nursing Professional Practice & Education

Ajit Mand
About Ajit Mand

Volunteer Red Deer Hospital bereavement program volunteer

Gail Rawlinson

HR Advisor, Recognition Services

Christine Fletcher

Christine Fletcher is a registered dietitian in Calgary, who specializes in nutrition counselling for pregnant women and works with Health Link’s dietitian service to answer a range of nutrition questions from Albertans. To maintain personal balance, Christine enjoys running, practicing yoga and reading. She also enjoys tobogganing, skating and swimming with her husband and three young boys.

Laura Arsenault

Laura practices as a Public Health dietitian in Grande Prairie. She is passionate about promoting healthy eating through community engagement and building partnerships. Laura loves preparing food, whether it’s cooking on a campfire or baking in the kitchen for family and friends.

Kaley Pandos

Kaley Pandos has been a dietitian for 11 years and works out of the Strathcona County Health Centre. She was diagnosed with celiac disease seven years ago, which gives her a unique perspective on nutrition.

Lowell Taylor

Lowell Taylor is a registered psychologist with Alberta Health Services, working as a behavioural consultant with Addiction and Mental Health. He is an Amazing Race Canada alumni who is legally blind and training to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Kelsey Rolof

Kelsey Rolof is a registered dietitian in North Zone, working with hospital patients, long-term care residents and patients in the community. To maintain balance, she enjoys snowboarding in winter and boating and gardening in the summer months. As a wellness champion and dietitian, she is passionate about teaching others about healthy eating and encouraging them to find activities that they love.

Julie Isaacs

Julie Isaacs is a dietitian at South Health Campus and a mom of three active kids.

Warren Shouldice

Warren Shouldice is a two-time Olympian and world champion in aerials skiing. Husband, dad, real estate agent and rec hockey/slo-pitch player.

Amy Vroom
About Amy Vroom

Amy Vroom is an AHS employee, and a ‘born and raised’ Calgarian. She enjoys walks in Fish Creek Park, reading books of all genres, hiking in the mountains, and movie nights with her husband & their two ‘fur babies’ (miniature daschunds).

Kyle Shewfelt

An Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics at the 2004 Athens Games, Kyle Shewfelt is a high achiever in all areas of his life. The 35-year-old Calgary father, gymnastics club owner and dog lover shares with AHS how he maintains balance with such a packed schedule.

Mauro Chies

Mauro is the Vice President of Clinical Support Services, and member of the executive leadership team.

Fiona Haynes

Fiona is the HEADSTRONG Coordinator for Western Canada with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Originally a wedding dress designer, she has worked in mental health for the past 15 years. Anyone who has ever planned a wedding will see the natural connection. As a counsellor, suicide interventionist, and contact education program coordinator, Fiona has worked with both youth and adults in frontline non-profit organizations including the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta and No Limits (UK), and with many schools in the UK and Canada. Fiona has extensive personal and family experience of mental illness, and that is what drives her passion to challenge stigma, support those in need to access help, and share the message of recovery. Fiona has been with HEADSTRONG since March 2016, connecting with communities across Western Canada and helping high school students Be Brave, Reach Out and Speak Up for mental health!

Amy Graves

Amy Graves has a background in criminology and works in public safety. In 2011 she founded the non-profit advocacy group GPDOTS after losing her brother Josh to an accidental opioid overdose. GPDOTS is a dedicated organization who advocates for action on the opioid crisis.
As Founder Amy has collaborated with a variety of stakeholders across Canada working to improve government’s response to the opioid crisis in a variety of areas such as education, public health, regulation and enforcement.

Matthew Wattie

Matthew Wattie is an Emergency Management Officer for the North Zone.  Prior to that, he was a Protective Services Officer, Team Leader and Manager at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray.  He has lived in Fort McMurray since 2007, and was manager of Protective Services during the May 2016 wildfire. 

Lisa Zubach
Lisa Zubach, RN/MSN is an AHS Senior Practice Consultant, Nursing Inter-professional Practice and Education.
Ammneh Azeim

Ammneh is a mother, runner and the User Experience Manager for MyHealth.Alberta.ca working in the field of information technology and user experience since 2002. Before joining AHS family, Ammneh led strategy and design teams and provided strategic direction to public and private sector.  She is also founder of User Experience Edmonton group, providing guidance and leadership since 2009. Ammneh taught User Experience theories at Grant McEwan University and speaks at various events such as Information Architecture Summit in Baltimore (2013), Edmonton World IA (2015), Health Hackathon Edmonton etc. Besides this, Ammneh loves using words she learns from her young son such as ‘yolo’.

Russell Thomas

Russell Thomas is the Director of Communications and Community Impact with The United Way of Fort McMurray. He is also the host of IMPACT, a weekly interview format show on 91.1 The Bridge. In the last three years, Russell has grown into a widely recognized artist using his signature wild colour style.

Ruth Eastman

Ruth is the proud matriarch of her family; a busy mom to three children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Proof that age is just a number, she balances her time between family, volunteering and working part-time for her son. She enjoys studying science textbooks about the brain, learning more about alternative healing and weekly coffee dates with her friends.

Jodi Sperber

Jodi Sperber is a Health Promotions Facilitator on AHS’ Community Wellness Team in Fort McMurray and a Registered Dental Hygienist with the AHS Oral Health Program.

Kristen Griffiths
Kristen is a registered Dental Hygienist working in population health promotion in Lethbridge, Alberta. She and her husband love to travel and enjoy the outdoors when they aren’t working on their post-secondary education.
Patrycja Kujawa
Patrycja Kujawa is an Edmonton economist, writer and mother of three. She loves spending time with her family and creating natural and wonderful things from herbs, oils and other earthy delights.
Kristy Leavitt
As part of the team at the South Health Campus in Calgary, Kristy provides one-on-one nutrition counseling to clients of the Women’s Health Clinic. Kristy is passionate about all things food and nutrition and is committed to equipping people with the knowledge and skills to create healthy lives. Kristy enjoys baking, reading, volunteering at church, traveling, and spending time with her husband Stephen and their three adorable cats.
Jackie Sargent
Jackie Sargent is a Senior Communications Advisor with the Strategic Clinical Networks. She and her husband, Terry, own an acreage west of Edmonton and keep active  with home renovations, yard work and gardening, and playing with their five dogs and two potbelly pigs.
Joanne MacQueen
Joanne MacQueen is a Professional Service Manager at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, where she has worked for the past six years. The Recreation Therapy Department is part of her portfolio. Joanne lives in Edmonton with her husband.  A Recreation Therapist by trade, she loves her leisure activities – music, travel, and walking through Edmonton’s many trails.
Jordanna Lambert
Jordanna is the Director of Patient Care, Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. She lives in Fort McMurray with her husband, son, daughter and Great Dane.
Stephanie Doucet

Stephanie Doucet is an Indigenous Liaison Worker who lives in Fort McMurray with her husband, Blair, and four dogs: Duke, Daisy, Bo and Belle.



Jill McPhee-Burton
Jill McPhee-Burton is one of our many flu champs for this year’s influenza immunization campaign. She hopes that by sharing her story, she can encourage others to see how serious influenza is and why it’s so important to get immunized. Jill teaches Grade 5 at Richard Secord School and she and her husband Tim have three boys, aged 8, 10 and 12.
Graham Thompson
Graham Thompson is a pediatric emergency physician, who works at both the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the South Health Campus in Calgary. He also leads a pediatric emergency research associate program, where he is currently researching appendicitis, sepsis and identifying novel biomarkers of illness. When he’s not treating young patients in the emergency department or immersed in research, he spends as much time as possible in the mountains with his family.  He’s always on the go, and that’s also reflected in one of his favourite past times – he is an avid long distance runner.  For him, long distance running truly means long distances of over 100 kilometres.
Leslie Young
Leslie Young is a patient advisor for Alberta Health Services.
Chris Mayhew
Chris Mayhew is a senior consultant with AHS Engagement and Patient Experience.
Veronica Novakowski
Veronica is one of the founding technologists of Screen Test; a part of Alberta Health Services’ Screening Programs that provides mammograms to women across Alberta. In 1991, she helped develop the mobile screening program that now travels to more than 110 communities to provide on-scene testing.
Jennifer Struble
Jennifer is Registered Dietitian in Medicine Hat.  She has worked with AHS for 11 years. Over this time her focus included kidney disease, diabetes management, prenatal nutrition as well as population health promotion. She is also the mother to 8 year old twins, a girl and a boy.
Dr. Sandra Corbett

Dr. Sandra Corbett is a psychiatrist who has enjoyed living and bringing up her family in Fort McMurray for the past 20 years.

Claire O’Gorman

Claire is the program coordinator for Calgary’s harm reduction program, Safeworks. As a registered nurse with a Masters in Public Health, she loves working at the intersection of health and community development. Before returning to her hometown, Calgary, in 2014, Claire lived and worked in Kigali, Rwanda, and Vancouver, BC. She has experience in many diverse practice settings, including acute-care pediatrics, non-profit agencies, research groups and community clinics. When she is not touting the benefits of harm reduction and sexual health education, Claire can be found outside camping, cycling, or cross-country skiing.

Brian Pickering
Brian Pickering's role as Grief Counsellor with the AHS Grief Support Program spans 13 years. He was a hospital Chaplain with AHS prior to his involvement with the program.  He also facilitates a variety of Grief Groups that are specific to certain types of loss (e.g., loss of child, spouse parent, sibling).  Brian is currently the Grief and Trauma Coordinator/Educator of the Grief Support Program, and has been a part of the 2013 southern Alberta flood response initiative for the past three years.
Mae Kroeis
Mae Kroeis is a Program Consultant with the Addiction Prevention Unit and has worked in the field of mental health promotion and addiction prevention for over 10 years. Community development and resiliency building and are her favourite parts of work. Mae is also an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer and freelance writer.
Patricia Dribnenki-Pennock

Patricia Dribnenki-Pennock is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, currently working towards a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychiatric Nursing. She has worked in a variety of areas including crisis intervention, corrections, harm reduction and outreach nursing providing services for individuals struggling with mental illness, substance use and/or a variety of additional psychosocial stressors. Patricia also works as a peer support consultant for the Calgary Police Service and an instructor and clinical consultant with the Provincial Addictions and Mental Health Professional Development Team for AHS. She was awarded Alberta Registered Psychiatric Nurse of the Year in 2013 and was featured in AHS's e-zine. Trish is passionate about awareness building, dialogue, compassion and advocacy for individuals experiencing incarceration or homelessness. She also has a 20 year old son, Oliver, who is amazing. She and Oliver have learned a lot about life, love, and resilience since their home was flooded in the southern Alberta 2013 floods.

Nadeen LaBoucane

Nadeen LaBoucane is a member of AHS’ Emergency Medical Services team who answers 9-1-1 calls, a role which makes her 'first' among first responders when the call for help comes in. With 15 years of hands-on experience as an Emergency Medical Technician in the community, Nadeen is now an Emergency Communications Officer in Edmonton’s Central Communications Centre.

Lance Hoddinott RN
Lance Hoddinott has been a Registered nurse for 28 years. With extensive clinical experience in Emergency and Intensive Care, he has spent the last 4 years as an Emergency Management Officer for Alberta Health Services.    
Chad Baird
Chad is a fourth-year public relations student at Mount Royal University and the current marketing and communications intern at YMCA Calgary. He is an avid runner, competitive squash player and his favorite way to stay active is exploring the wilderness. Chad wants to dedicate his future career to helping others reach their fitness goals and promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Jennifer Woolfsmith
Jennifer Woolfsmith’s daughter Mackenzy became an organ donor when she passed away in May 2012. Since then, Jennifer has travelled the country as an advocate for organ and tissue donation.
Diane Gow
About Diane Gow
Diane Gow is an AHS Calgary Zone volunteer who volunteers for several programs and hospitals. She rocks at being a stay-at-home mom, awesome wife and proud mother of a future pilot. Making people smile puts her in her happy place!
Justin Boodhoo
Justin Boodhoo is the Addiction Prevention & Mental Health Promotion Facilitator for Alberta Health Services-Addiction and Mental Health in Medicine Hat, AB. Justin focuses on building capacity around addiction and mental health through education, awareness, and working with community partners to support and create various local initiatives.
Robert Martin
Robert Martin has been AHS’ Chief Information Security Officer for over 6 years. He’s responsible for all aspects of information security including policy, compliance, security architecture, and digital forensics.  He’s also a busy father of two and he volunteers with Kids In The Hall Resource Development Committee which helps at-risk youth in the Edmonton area.
Sherry Heather
Sherry Heather is the Site Manager for Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, located in Calgary’s core.  Prior to joining Alberta Health Services 5 years ago, Sherry was a Sociologist in the field of crime and deviance and spent 15 years in communications.  Outside of work, Sherry focuses her time on her 3 boys and their active lifestyles, playing and coaching competitive sports and various volunteer engagements.
Allison Easton
Allison Easton is a Registered Dietitian with Alberta Health Services.  She is currently working in Population and Public Health in the Edmonton Zone.  Allison covers the south east part of the city supporting the Millwoods, Bonnie Doon and Duggan Health Centers.  Outside of work Allison enjoys time with her family, outdoor activities, cooking and watching her kids in their sporting activities. 
Joley DeGraw
Joley DeGraw is Operations Co-ordinator for Taber and District Housing Foundation.
Betty Jensen
Betty is a mom who has learned to be a lay medical advocate for her loved ones. She respects the challenges medical professionals are faced with and focuses on helping to develop a collaborative approach to medical care so that patients and family members are truly considered to be part of the team.
Betty has recently completed a book about her family’s transplant journey and the impact of Dave’s circumstances on their lives and on others. Brave New Heart is a book about hope and inspiration.
Nancy Guebert
Nancy Guebert is the Chief Program Officer for the Cancer Control Program - Alberta Health Services.  Prior to this appointment Nancy was the Senior Operating Officer of the  Rockyview General Hospital and Correctional Health Services within AHS.  She has published in the area of cancer pain management and palliative care, and has participated in research nationally and internationally.
Matthew Wong
Mathew Wong graduated from the University of Alberta in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He has been working with Streetworks, Edmonton’s syringe exchange program, for almost four years. There, he leads the Overdose Prevention Project – the first community based naloxone distribution program in Canada.
Jamie Davenport
Jamie Davenport is the Home Care Development Director for the Provincial Seniors Strategy Department of Alberta Health Services.  She is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) from the Canadian College of Health Leaders (2007) and the Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) Alberta Board representative. Jamie lives in Edmonton and is the mom to two young children, Aiden and Allie.  
Dr. Jim Silvius
Dr. Jim Silvius is a geriatrician at the Rockyview Hospital in Calgary, and Medical Director, Seniors Health, Community Seniors Addictions & Mental Health where he has had responsibility for the provincial approach to Palliative and End of Life Care.
Julien Lepage
Julien Lepage is an Inpatient Social Worker at Calgary's South Health Campus. He's also a Professional Drum Circle facilitator
and coordinator of The Rhythm Project.
Dr.Thiru Govender
Dr Thiru Govender, MB FRCPC is a community and developmental paediatrician focusing on ADHD, autism, FASD, and Behavioural & Developmental paediatrics, and complex medical paediatrics.
Louise Kyle

Louise is the Diabetes Transition Coordinator for AHS Calgary Zone. After work is done, she is a runner, skier, biker, and general outdoor adventure-enthusiast. She has been living with Type 1 diabetes since 1994. 

Cheryl Houtekamer
Cheryl Houtekamer has been working with children, youth, families and communities for a total of 28 years, the last 26 of which have been with Youth Addiction Services, Calgary.  At present, Cheryl is the supervisor of the Community Health Promotion Services team in Calgary. Cheryl has two daughters and recently completed a Master’s degree in Public Health. 
Dr. Daniel Garfinkel
Dr. Daniel Garfinkel is a Registered Psychologist and he is currently the Clinical Coordinator for Child Abuse Service. Daniel’s professional interests include the application of trauma-focused interventions for children in foster and group care; assessment and treatment of children with sexual behaviour problems; and clinical consultation to child protection workers. Daniel has been qualified as an expert witness for the Provincial Court of Alberta in the matters of child abuse and neglect, and he is a clinical supervisor for trainees in the Alberta Children’s Hospital Pre-Doctoral Residency in Pediatric and Child Clinical Psychology.
Christie Oswald
Christie is a Family Care Coordinator at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton.
Dr. Frank MacMaster
Dr. Frank MacMaster PhD uses brain-imaging methods to study the effect of brain stimulation techniques to intervene in mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders in children and adolescents. Dr. MacMaster is the Scientific Director for the Strategic Clinical Network for Addictions and Mental Health.
Debbie Jackman
Debbie Jackman is a patient advisor with Alberta Health Services and co-chair for Patient and Family Centred Care for the Cardiovascular and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network. This is her story about how patient-and family-centred care made a difference to her.
Natasha Rose Gould
Natasha is a bright and brilliant 11-year old girl with a gift for connecting with people – but especially with children with cancer. Since her diagnosis with with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG) - a highly aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumor - she has been bravely and adeptly blogging about her experience. Her blogs have put a voice to how it feels to be a kid with cancer. Along with her parents Bill and Saskia, Natasha enjoys spending time with her brother Liam, and a new kitten, Mia.
Dr. Linda Watson
Dr. Linda Watson (PhD) is Lead of Person Centred Care with CancerControl Alberta at AHS, and recipient of the 2013 Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) Pfizer award of excellence in nursing leadership. Linda strives to improve person-centred care to improve the patient and family cancer journey.
Sharon Regimbald
Sharon is an Environmental Health Officer and Health Educator with Alberta Health Services, and teaches the Provincial Food Handling certification course to restaurant operators. She’s a certified National Swimming Pool Foundation Instructor and trains the public in safe pool operation. Sharon has a keen interest in education and global health and is an avid supporter of public health initiatives around the world. She’s planning to visit Nicaragua in 2017 to help protect water sources and build hand-washing stations.
Collin Millang
Colin Millang is a Lutheran Pastor in Hanna, AB and enjoys opportunities to speak about depression from a male perspective.
Torah Hunt
Torah Hunt is a guest contributor and the granddaughter of cardiac surgery pioneer Dr. John Callaghan. Her infant daughter recently received life-saving heart surgery first performed in Canada by her grandfather nearly 60 years earlier.
Brent Thorkelson
Brent Thorkelson has been a registered paramedic for 25 years and is currently Senior Staff Development Officer in Clinical Compliance Training and Standards with Alberta Health Services (AHS). When not co-ordinating the AHS Patient Care Simulation Program, Brent is actively involved in the motorsports community with his focus on raising money for Kids Cancer Research.
Lindsay Wilderman
Lindsay is an intern studying to be a dietitian from the University of Alberta who is completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and minor in Physical Activity. When she becomes a dietitian, Lindsay hopes to work one on one with patients to  promote healthy eating and active living – specifically in the area of chronic disease management. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, trying new recipes, and finding fun ways to be active outdoors.
Meredith Scroggins Niewczas

Meredith Scroggins Niewczas has worked in chronic disease prevention and management for over 5 years. At work Meredith coordinates the implementation of province-wide programs that support patients living with chronic diseases and their health care providers. Outside of work, Meredith enjoys spending time in the mountains on foot, skis and her bike.

Shannon Josey

As a registered dietitian and part of the team at the South Health Campus in Calgary, Shannon provides one-on-one and group nutrition counselling to patients of the Addictions and Mental Health clinic, as well as providing care for hospital patients. Shannon loves to help patients discover creative ways to incorporate healthier food choices and behaviours into their lives. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and anything crafty and spending time with her husband, two daughters and two golden retrievers.

Janis Radtke
Janis is a Registered Nurse with Alberta Health Services. For over 23 years, she has worked in intensive care, home care and urgent care. For the last 14 years she has worked in the community with vulnerable populations and people who experience mental illness and addiction. Work is her passion, but to keep it balanced she loves to garden, ski, go camping and spend time with her family. She has two grandchildren, a girl and a boy who bring her great joy.
Rebecca Otwom
Rebecca Otwom is a registered nurse who has worked for Alberta Health Services for 9 years. She has a background in some palliative care and a lot of rural emergency nursing. She has worked for the Health Link, Calgary office, for the past year. She is a wife and active mother of three young children. She has a passion for health and fitness, and a great desire to serve and help others.
Heather Cobb
Heather Cobb is a Sexual Health Promotion Facilitator in Calgary working with the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program. Heather enjoys running, yoga, reading and baking and being a sports fan for her teen boys.
Lori Beaver
Lori is the Patient Experience Strategist for the stroke and brain injury programs at Foothills Medical Centre.  She exercises, eats healthy and tries to live a healthy lifestyle.  It gives Lori great personal satisfaction to share her ‘lived’ experience with patients and caregivers, and give hope to those in recovery from the ravages of stroke.
Gabrielle Blais
Gabrielle Blais is a Population and Public Health Dietitian with Alberta Health Services. She currently works in the Central Zone with Nutrition Services. Gabrielle covers the west section of the zone including Sylvan Lake, Eckville, Rocky Mountain House and Caroline. Gabrielle is a graduate of the University of Alberta and holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Human Nutrition. Outside of work she is often found trying new recipes in the kitchen or enjoying the outdoors.
Dr. Mark Yarema
Dr. Mark Yarema is an Emergency Physician and Medical Toxicologist in Calgary and the Medical Director of the Poison and Drug Information Service with Alberta Health Services. His passions include swimming, skiing, cycling and yoga. Follow him on Twitter @mcyarema
Tara Taylor
Tara Taylor has worked in the Mental Health field for the past 15 years. She is a Rehabilitation Practitioner for Seniors Mental Health Outreach and is currently working on community-based groups for isolated seniors.
Brian Ladd
Brian Ladd has a background in epidemiology and natural resources management, and works as a policy analyst with AHS’s Healthy Public Policy Unit. He lives in Edmonton and enjoys photography, squash (sport and vegetable), and spending time with friends and family.
Sarah McLean
Sarah is an outdoorsy mom, hiker, climber, runner and skier. In her day job, she's an educator. On her spare time she's a general fan of outdoor/mountain activities.
Christie Nicholson
Christie Nicholson has been a paramedic for 11 years. She completed her paramedic training at SAIT in 2004. Currently she is a full time paramedic for AHS EMS in the Town of Okotoks where she has worked for several years. Her father, Jim Nicholson, has been with EMS for 39 years.
Dr. Gabor Gyenes
Dr. Gabor Gyenes is the Medical Director of the Jim Pattison Heart Health Centre at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in Edmonton, and Associate Professor of Cardiology at the University of Alberta. Dr. Gyenes looks after patients with a wide variety of cardiac problems, including coronary artery disease, valvular disease and some arrhythmias. Dr. Gyenes received his Medical Doctorate at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary, in 1984, and his PhD in 1997 at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He is involved in several international, multicentre research studies and has written handbooks on hypertension, coronary angiography and angioplasty.
Royce McLean
Royce McLean is a 20-year-old national champion motorcycle road racer from Coaldale, Alberta. Last summer, he became the first patient in Canada to undergo leg-lengthening surgery using a leading-edge device called the Precice Nail. The procedure corrected a four-centimetre difference in leg length, caused when his right leg stopped growing following a racing-related fracture in 2009.
Dr. Laura Calhoun
Laura Calhoun is provincial medical director for Addiction and Mental Health in Alberta Health Services and believes mental health care should be just as easy to access as physical health care. Dr. Calhoun values of inclusivity, integrity and humour. Outside of work she enjoys baseball, golf and learning.
Chris McKiernan
A former military officer, Chris McKiernan has worked in the health sector emergency management field for the past 10 years and is currently the Director, Provincial Strategies and Performance with AHS’ Emergency/Disaster Management team. 
Shannon Hennig

Shannon Hennig is the Executive Associate for the Community, Rural and Mental Health portfolio in the Calgary Zone. She has a background in communications and sociology and worked in the non-profit sector prior to finding her passion for health and public service at Alberta Health Services. A native Calgarian, she has a love of the Rocky Mountains, running, yoga, travel, volunteering and spending time in the kitchen either baking or cooking.

Linda Dempster
Linda Dempster is AHS’ new Vice President of Collaborative Practice, Nursing and Health Professions. As a nurse with many years of experience, Linda is committed to improving health care, administration, research and nursing education. She is a nationally recognized expert in quality and patient safety. Linda has a Master of Arts degree in Leadership in addition to many years of formal nursing education. She enjoys mentoring students and supporting research activities.
Dr. Gerry Predy

Following the completion of his Community Medical Residency from the University of Alberta, Dr. Predy began his career with the Edmonton Board of Health as the Clinical Medical Officer. In 1981 he became the Deputy Medical Officer of Health followed by his post as the Senior Deputy Medical Officer of Heath until 1996. With the formation of the Capital Health region Dr. Predy served as the Vice President of Public Health and Medical Officer of Health until he co-led the reorganization of public health services in Alberta into a provincial health organization in 2009. Since the formation of Alberta Health Services in 2009 he has been the Senior Medical Officer of Health. His responsibilities include co-managing and delivery of prevention and health protection programs throughout the province. In keeping with his promotion of health and wellness, Dr. Predy enjoys running in his spare time and has completed several marathons across North America.

Dr. Todd Anderson

Dr. Todd Anderson is the Director of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. He is Professor and Head, Department Cardiac Sciences at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine and Alberta Health Services. Dr. Anderson is an internationally recognized expert in the assessment and treatment of endothelial dysfunction as well as cardiovascular risk factors. He currently chairs the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress and is first author of the Canadian Cardiovascular Guidelines.

Amy Sawchenko

Amy Sawchenko is the associate editor of Apple, AHS’s health and wellness magazine. She is passionate about the outdoors, mountain biking, hiking and photography.

Dr. Brent T Friesen MD FRCPC

Dr. Brent Friesen is a Medical Officer of Health (MOH) with Alberta Health Services(AHS) and the University of Calgary. He is the lead MOH supporting AHS’s Safe & Healthy Environments and Tobacco Reduction Programs. Dr. Friesen is interested in how our physical and social environments directly or indirectly affect our health including the risk of injury. Dr. Friesen received his fellowship in Public Health and Preventive Medicine from the University of Manitoba. He is also involved with health services accreditation nationally and internationally as a surveyor with Accreditation Canada.

Karen Cheung

Karen Cheung is a member of Alberta Health Services’ Emergency Medical Services (EMS). She is an emergency medical responder for IFT (inter-facility transfers), which performs patient and client transfers in and out of hospitals and continuing care centres.

Dr. Shelley Fahlman

Dr. Shelley Fahlman is a Registered Psychologist who works as a Health Promotion Facilitator on the Mental Health Screening & Early Identification team of Provincial Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services. She worked in several Alberta hospitals before starting her current role in 2014. She is passionate about the many links between physical and mental health and loves to read the latest research in this area. Outside of work, she is often found baking, shopping, or photographing her daughter.

Staci Fudge
Staci Fudge is a Registered Dietitian with Alberta Health Services. She has experience in management and development of nutrition promotion programs in the food services environment and currently works with the healthy Trendz program in Retail Food Services. She spends her free time gardening, eating at local restaurants, blogging about food, and participating in farmer’s markets.
Jill Lambden
Jill Lambden was born in Saskatoon where she later graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Nutrition. She continued her studies at McGill University where she earned her Masters Degree moved to Lethbridge to begin working for Alberta Health Services. In 2008 Jill began her dream job working in the area of Healthy Children and Youth. She currently lives in Calgary and is a busy working mom enjoying life with her two beautiful boys Milo and Andy. Outside of work she enjoys being silly with her boys, gardening, reading, doing yoga, and scoring a great thrift store find.
Megan Wallace
Megan Wallace is a Registered Dietitian with Alberta Health Services. She currently works in the Edmonton Zone with Nutrition Services in Population and Public Health. Megan covers the South west portion of the city, supporting the West Jasper Place, Rutherford and Twin Brooks Health Centres. Megan loves to spend her time outside of work  doing food photography - making and taking pictures of delicious food (then eating it!), singing, playing soccer and running after her two dogs.
Annette Li
Annette Li is a Registered Dietitian and is passionate about healthy eating, wellness, and chronic disease prevention. In her role as a public health dietitian in Alberta Health Services, she is working on making healthy eating choices the easy choices. Outside of work she enjoys gardening, spending time with family and friends, and attempting do-it-yourself projects.
Shelly Nelson
Shelly Nelson, 42, became a grandmother in 2010 under unusual circumstances. Shelly’s pregnant daughter, Megan, went into labour at their Edmonton home just 24 weeks into the pregnancy. Shelly called 911 and delivered the baby, who was not breathing. Paramedics arrived, performed CPR on the newborn and, today, that boy is active and full of joy. Shelly recently organized a meeting between her daughter and grandchild, and the paramedics who saved the boy’s life. Shelly shares her gratitude in this Passion for Health blog post. 
Jo Ann Jones
Jo Ann Jones is a Calgary grandma who underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 2014 thanks to a living dontor. A year later, she is healthy again, walking 5 miles a day, swimming, and playing with her grandkids.
Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum
Lonnie Zwaigenbaum is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, and co-directs the Autism Research Centre at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. He is supported by the Stollery Children's Research Foundation Chair in Autism Research. His research focuses on early detection and diagnosis of ASD, and supporting optimal development and outcomes for people with ASD across the lifespan.
George Epp

George Epp is a Mennonite Liaison Worker for Horizon School Division and can speak the Low German language. He spends time visiting families and schools with the goal of supporting Mennonite families to ensure quality education for their children. He also works closely with other community agencies to help Mennonite families adjust to life in Southern Alberta. The key component to a good future for these families is that their children get a good education. George Epp grew up in Manitoba and after University worked in banking for 21 years. He and his wife Leora have 7 children and 6 grandchildren.

Ty Eggenberger

Ty Eggenberger has been a paramedic for 12 years. He received his paramedic training and started his career in EMS in New York. He is currently a Team Lead with the Calgary Zone Community Paramedic Program. He also has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota.

Mohammad Rashead

Mohammad Rashead works within the Chronic Disease Management team in the North Zone. As an Exercise Therapist he facilitates the Alberta Healthy Living Supervised Exercise Program in Peace River and Grimshaw where he provides guidance and expertise regarding safe and effective exercise that best suit the individual needs of each participant. Mohammad is passionate about making exercise fun, easy, and inclusive.

Steve Hiltz

Steve Hiltz works as a Maintenance Man II with Alberta Health Services at the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Hospital in Grande Prairie. A transplanted Nova Scotian, he enjoys singing and playing guitar and shares his talents regularly as a volunteer at the MacKenzie Place supportive living facility.

Darren Knapp

Darren is the manager of the Vital Heart Response program for AHS and is a member of the ACS Expert working group for the Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network. He has worked as a paramedic in Edmonton, as a clinical educator for EMS, and an instructor for NAIT. He has also worked as a Quality and Patient Safety strategist, and was part of the team tasked with drafting the first ever province wide protocols for Cardiovascular care for EMS. He loves to play hockey, kayaks, rides a Harley, plays guitar and is the lead singer of a rock band in Edmonton.

Dr. Richard Musto
Richard is the Lead Medical Officer of Health for Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services and has been with the organization (and its predecessors) since 1995 after serving 10 years with First Nations and Inuit Health in Manitoba and Alberta. Before completing his specialty training he was a family physician in Calgary. He loves spending time with his growing family, knocking around on the hockey rink and gardening (although golf is beginning to compete for summer attention).
Jillyan Jay
Jillyan Jay has been working in Grande Prairie as a community dietitian for the past 7 years. She enjoys the diversity of her work that includes developing and delivering nutrition education in a variety of settings. Jillyan recently added 'Mom' to her resume, which has influenced her work as a dietitian to help create healthy eating environments in the community. In her spare time, Jillyan enjoys walking her two dogs, dabbling in interior design and searching for new family recipes to fuel her passion for cooking.
Garett Richardson
Garett Richardson is a Health Promotion Facilitator in Grande Prairie since 2011. With a background in exercise science, his passion is inspiring everyone to take time for physical activity and breaking down barriers for healthy, active living. When he’s not working to make his community a healthy place for everyone, he’s outside skiing, cycling, hiking or running.
Dr. Nigel Brockton

Nigel is a Research Scientist (molecular cancer epidemiologist) with CancerControl Alberta, Alberta Health Services. He moved to Calgary from Scotland in 2007, and has two children. He loves skiing, cycling and the mountains, but will take health and happiness in any form that it comes!

Terry Bullick
Terry Bullick is the publisher and editor of AHS’s health and wellness magazine, Apple. She has an extensive background in communications and is an active volunteer. Her passions include early childhood development, community service and making and nurturing friendships during long walks and delicious dinners. 
Julie Kerr
Julie Kerr is Senior Operating Officer for Community, Rural & Mental Health services in the Calgary Zone and a busy soccer mom.  She moved to Calgary two years ago and promptly connected to a Medical Home in the South Calgary Primary Care Network.  For the past year she has been attending a Health Management Clinic where she receives the support of a dietician, nurse and kinesiologist, in addition to her family doctor, as she pursues her own passion for health.