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Dr. Andrew Wister - Chair

Dr. Wister is currently Chair of the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University (SFU), where he spearheaded the development of the Masters in Gerontology and PhD in Gerontology programs. He has also been active in the Canadian Association on Gerontology.

Dr. Wister led the SFU arm of a $2.5 million five-year grant funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to develop and test innovative interventions integrating cardiovascular prevention, self-care and clinical care best practices targeting baby boomers. He is also one of the team leaders of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.

Dr. Wister's extensive research covers several overlapping themes. He has written over 65 highly cited peer-reviewed articles, 11 books and monographs, and numerous chapters, reports and other publications on: baby boomer health dynamics; environmental adaptation among older adults; patterns of family and social support; aging, health promotion and population health; statistical methods; and life-course trends and transitions. His most recent book is Aging as a Social Process: Canadian Perspectives, 6th Edition (with B. McPherson) published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Marie Beaulieu

Marie Beaulieu, Ph. D. (Applied Humanities), M.Sc. and B.Sc. (Criminology), is a full professor at Université de Sherbrooke's school of social work and a researcher with the Research Centre on Aging of the CSSS-IUGS. Since November 2010, she has been the Research Chair on the Mistreatment of Older Adults, funded by the Secrétariat aux aînés of the Government of Quebec. In 2013, she received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her ongoing commitment to the cause of seniors in Canada.

A social gerontologist, her work for the past 25 years has focused on combating elder abuse, security issues among seniors, ethics and aging, and end-of-life intervention. She has edited or co-edited 2 books and written some 40 book chapters, more than 70 scientific articles, some 60 research reports and more than 25 knowledge transfer articles. Marie Beaulieu is the North American representative for the International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) and a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA). She is involved at the bachelor's and master's levels in social work and the doctoral level in gerontology at Université de Sherbrooke and also provides training to practising professionals and various audiences in Quebec, Canada and internationally.

Leonie Napa Duffy

Leonie Napa Duffy - Mrs. Leonie Napa Duffy has been very active in Coral Harbour, Nunavut, working as a teaching assistant, a teacher and a nurse's aide. She is also a long-time hotel owner and manager, as well as a church pastor. Mrs. Duffy has been elected to office on numerous occasions, and is currently serving as a member of the Keewatin Business Development Centre. She holds many awards, including Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America ( ), a Governor General Commemorative Medal ( ), and an award from the Hamlet Council of Coral Harbour ( ).

Sherry Gionet

Ms. Gionet graduated from the Saint John School of Nursing in 1984 and completed the Certification in Gerontology with the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) in 2002. Ms. Gionet currently works as the Charge Nurse in the Geriatric Assessment and Evaluation and Management Unit of the Horizon Health Network at St. Joseph's Hospital in Saint John and as a casual nursing supervisor at a local nursing home. She participates in multiple committees at St. Joseph's Hospital, Saint John Regional Hospital, Horizon Health Network and Dalhousie University. She is also a former partner of the Senior Day Program for Dementia clients.

Ms. Gionet is very involved in the community, serving as a member of the Saint John Alzheimer Society Advisory Board; an advocate for Senior Injury Prevention; and is a committee member for both the Alzheimer Café and the Senior Safety Fair. She is also a mentor to Registered Nurses studying for Gerontology and students of all health disciplines and has participated in exam writing for the CNA Gerontological exam. She is a Master Facilitator for Canadian Falls Prevention Curriculum and has been involved in various research projects which have been presented at international conferences.

Dr. C. Shanthi Johnson

Dr. Shanthi Johnson is a professor and associate dean (research and graduate studies) at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina, and a research faculty member with the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit. Prior to her appointment at the University of Regina, she was a Professor at the School of Nutrition and Dietetics, Acadia University, Nova Scotia. She completed her post-doctoral training in aging and health at the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, doctoral studies in kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario and her graduate and undergraduate degrees in nutrition in India. Her research program involves health promotion and falls prevention among older adults with a multidisciplinary perspective.

Hubert McGrath

Mr. McGrath holds a Master's degree in Educational Administration. He worked as a high school administrator for 31 years in Newfoundland and Labrador, and British Columbia.

Mr. McGrath's extensive volunteer experience includes serving as a founding member of a committee focused on the establishment of affordable seniors' housing. He also acted as a trustee and executive member of the Newfoundland Avalon Health Care Institutions Board, and trustee of the Newfoundland Easter Regional Integrated Health Authority. His involvement with these organizations has increased his awareness of the needs of seniors in Newfoundland and Labrador, helping him plan and implement strategies that effectively address those needs.

Lisa M. Smith

Mrs. Lisa M. Smith has several years of management and leadership experience in the health and community services sector. Mrs. Smith has worked with the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services, both the district and provincial levels of the Department Heath, in Primary Health Care and Continuing Care and in November 2007, she joined the Senior Leadership Team at Glen Haven Manor, where she remains as a senior executive.

Mrs. Smith is a registered Social Worker, an active Rotarian (Rotary Club of New Glasgow) and an active volunteer with numerous charitable organizations that service a myriad of populations including seniors, children, persons with mental disabilities and individuals in crisis.

Mrs. Smith's diverse background allows her to bring a wealth of expertise to the Council on issues important to older Canadians. Mrs. Smith appreciates this appointment and looks forward to sharing her experience and helping Canadian seniors have the chance to be heard on the issues that impact their well-being.

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Date Modified:
2014-09-24