Gary Gordon has an extensive background in housing. He owns Gordon and Associates, a local consulting practice specializing in housing research, policy and program development and evaluation.
Gary has degrees in urban planning and public administration and a professional career which spans over 30 years, including 23 years with the Alberta Government and the City of Edmonton. Gary was involved with seniors housing throughout his time in government, including both the seniors lodge and apartment housing programs. He has been a member of numerous boards and committees and volunteered for several non-profit agencies in Edmonton.
Gary was appointed to the GEF Seniors Housing Board of Directors on January 1, 2012.
Karen Lynch is a respected community and civic leader, with over 40 years of diverse experience. That’s why she has developed a reputation for making things happen and getting things done.
Karen’s forte is creating and nurturing networks of people involved in building community leadership. She recently served on the boards of the Edmonton Public Library Board, Volunteer Canada and Alberta Ballet, and as the elected President of the Alberta Library Trustees Association. Karen also served on the University of Lethbridge Management Advisory Council and the Edmonton Journal Community Advisory Board and she is currently part of an initiative at the University of Alberta discussing the next evolution of the Faculty of Arts.
Her service on governance boards and focus on achieving a long term vision for organizations positions her well for serving on the Greater Edmonton Foundation Board.
Karen received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for her non-profit sector leadership.
Karen was appointed to the GEF Seniors Housing Board of Directors on May 1, 2014.
Bernadette (Bernie) Bolton is a professional accountant with over 25 years experience working for the Provincial Government. She holds both a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation.
Bernie has extensive senior leadership experience overseeing internal audit, business planning, process reengineering, systems development and procurement programs. She is Vice President, Corporate Strategic Services and Chief Risk Officer at the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.
Bernie’s past volunteer experience includes serving on the boards of the Edmonton Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors and of her Toastmasters Club.
Bernie was appointed to the GEF Seniors Housing Board of Directors on January 1, 2013.
Catherine has a strong passion for geriatric care and the well-being of senior citizens in our community. She has spent over a decade working to improving the lives of older adults – starting with volunteering at a local seniors home in high school and becoming a personal trainer certified as an older adult specialist.
Catherine completed medical school at the University of Ottawa, with a keen interest in geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatry. She is currently a resident physician working towards a specialization in geriatric psychiatry in Edmonton. In the past, she has conducted research at the Baycrest Rotman Research Institute – a leader in the field of aging – in the area of cognition and driving in older adults.
She has held several leadership roles including being the Chair of the National Geriatrics Interest Group for the 2012-2013 term. She is currently head of the Economics sub-committee for the Negotiations Committee within the Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta.
Prior to medical school, Catherine completed a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the Schulich School of Business at York University, with a focus on operations and strategy. Catherine hopes to use her skills and passion in gerontology and business to improve the lives of Edmonton’s senior citizens.
Catherine was appointed to the GEF Seniors Housing Board of Directors on May 1, 2015.
Jacquie Eales is passionate about older adults and strongly committed to enhancing their quality of life.
As a young adult, Ms. Eales volunteered at a nursing home, helping residents partake in meaningful activities. At university, Ms. Eales obtained a masters degree in aging and communication disorders, and subsequently worked as a speech-language pathologist to help older adults affected by stroke or other neurological diseases regain their communication skills. For the past 21 years as a research manager with Research on Aging, Policies and Programs (RAPP) in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta, Ms. Eales has created knowledge with older adults about issues that help us understand their quality of life.
She is a strong advocate for older adults and their families and is able to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with relevant policy, practice, and advocacy partners. Ms. Eales has been part of a team that has influenced changes to federal legislation to allow for better support to family caregivers of veterans; and to provincial legislation providing job protection to caregivers.
Most recently, Ms. Eales completed a project with the Greater Edmonton Foundation, working directly with senior management, staff and GEF clients to create and implement a tool to understand what contributes to GEF clients’ quality of life. This unique experience, and Ms. Eales’ commitment to enhancing older adults’ quality of life, positions her well for serving on the Greater Edmonton Foundation Board in a meaningful way.
Jacquie was appointed to the GEF Seniors Housing Board of Directors on May 1, 2016.
Jack Little is a community activist. He serves on the Board of the Edmonton Food Bank and Our House. Jack currently is the President of the Gyro Club of Edmonton. He devotes much of his time to showing leadership in the art of fundraising from non-traditional sources. Jack’s experience in the not-for-profit sector as well as the for-profit sector has given him a unique opportunity for strategic planning and implementation of these plans. Jack was appointed to the GEF Seniors Housing Board of Directors on May 1, 2014.
Nomagugu (Noma) is currently a manager in the Lois Hole for Women hospital. She is registered nurse who is aware of how medical conditions may possess a barrier to accessing housing and has a strong focus on quality and safety serving on various committees. She recently received nomination for the Alberta Health Services’ President’s Excellence Award for her work on infection prevention. She is dedicated to community development and has participated in multiple fundraising activities. Nomagugu grew up in Bulawayo,
Zimbabwe. With an enthusiastic attitude, coupled with resilience, she hopes to make a positive, sustainable contribution to seniors housing in Edmonton.
Nomagugu was appointed to the GEF Seniors Housing Board of Directors on May 1, 2015.
James (Jim) Murphy is a partner with the Edmonton law firm, Ogilvie LLP, and he has been associated with that firm for over thirty years. He received his designation as Queen’s Counsel in 2000. Jim’s areas of practice include residential and commercial real property law, municipal law and land use planning and development law. Throughout his career, Jim has been regularly involved with various philanthropic, civic and educational organizations in and about the City of Edmonton.
Jim was appointed to the GEF Seniors Housing Board of Directors on January 1, 2013.
Vivian Zhao is a registered architect and principal of VIVZ Architecture. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture in 1997 and Master in Architecture in 2002. During her 18 years in architectural practice, Vivian has been fortunate to always work for companies with expertise in senior living design.
Vivian was heavily involved in the Legacy Estates Senior Living Complex project with SSH Architecture in Lincoln, Nebraska and won a gold medal in 2005 at the American Senior Living Awards. With Brinsmead Kennedy Architecture, Vivian designed phase three and four of Place Beausejour, an aging in place complex in Beaumont, and she has several other senior housing projects in the works.
Vivian is not only interested in architectural design for seniors but supporting the seniors group in general. While living in Nebraska, she volunteered for fundraising activities for senior housing projects and for the local Habitat for Humanity. Since settling down in Edmonton, Vivian hopes her experience and energy can make positive contributions to the Edmonton senior community.
Vivian was appointed to the GEF Seniors Housing Board of Directors on January 1, 2011.
Finance and Audit Committee
Chair: Bernie Bolton
Members: Jacquie Eales, Svitlana Nikolaev (external), Gary Gordon (Board Chair)
The purpose of the Finance and Audit committee is to monitor and make recommendations to the Board on matters affecting financial control policies, budget review process, risk analysis and assessment, financial information systems policy and external and special/comprehensive audits.
Chair: Jim Murphy
Members: Bernie Bolton, Catherine Cheng, Gary Gordon (Board Chair)
The purpose of the Governance Committee is to provide a forum for Board deliberation of governance options and ongoing monitoring reports measuring the performance of the Foundation.
Using standardized criteria, the Committee shall conduct a Board self-appraisal of the Board’s performance as a governing body. Based on the findings of the self-appraisal, the Board will then develop an action plan to improve its performance, which is monitored and reviewed quarterly.
Chair: Karen Lynch
Members: Jack Little, Gary Gordon (Board Chair), Jacquie Eales, Monica Barclay (external)
The purpose of the Government Relations Committee is to provide guidance for the purpose of enhancing the Foundation’s effectiveness, reputation and relationship in dealing with the Government of Alberta.
Capital Planning Committee
Chair: Jack Little
Members: Nomagugu Moyo, Vivian Zhao, Lydia Chin (external), Gary Gordon (Board Chair)
The purpose of the Capital Planning Committee is to facilitate the promotion and provision of attainable, affordable accommodation for low income seniors.
The Committee’s responsibilities include:
The Committee has the authority to make decisions related to projects within the Board approved budget for the projects.
Management Resources and Compensation Committee (MRCC)
Chair: Karen Lynch
Members: Bernie Bolton, Jack Little, Jim Murphy, Gary Gordon (Board Chair)
The purpose of the Management Resources and Compensation Committee (MRCC) is to make recommendations to the Board of Directors in its oversight responsibilities relating to: