Saskatoon Council on Aging - Age-friendly community

SCOA Board of Directors 2019-2020

Carmen Beaumont
Member at large

SCOA Board of Directors, Carmen Beaumont, Member at  large
As a life long learner, Carmen completed and graduated from a three-year nursing program, and later convocated with a degree in Social Work (high honors and most distinguished graduate) and Education from the University of Regina. Currently Carmen is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in graduate studies, toward a Masters in Education Administration. As part of her studies in Education and Social Work, she had the opportunity to study Gerontology with the world renowned Gerontologist Dr.Alex Commoner of the U.K. Her professional working years were with the provincial departments of Health, Social Services, and Continuing Education (teaching nursing with a clinical and community based focus). In all clinical and leadership roles she has worked independently as a case manager, program developer, resource person and consultant to medical staff, in-house and community entities, schools, teachers, parents, nursing homes, industrial and community organizations and businesses. New programs were developed for groups, local communities, provincial and national organizations and businesses. Carmen initiated and developed the provincial non-smoking policy which had a great impact. The result of that initiative created healthy living and working environments while significantly reducing health risks and health costs. In addition to a professional career, she has owned and operated a business while at the same time developed an industry-based association to support, develop, educate and expand the industry at the provincial and national level. She believes life long learning and education gives people meaning for living resulting in a quality of life at every stage of life. Her goal is to continue as a life long learner, contributing in any way possible to enrich the lives and communities of others.


Paul Benson
Member at large

SCOA Board of Directors, Paul Benson

Paul holds a Master of Social Work Degree 1970) with forty years of experience in medical social work, teaching (sessional Instructor in SW for the U of R), and counselling (Personnel Performance Consultants). While employed at St. Paul’s Hospital for 27 years, Paul served on a variety of community boards and committees. This included ethics committees, the Saskatoon Mobile Service, the Palliative Care Advisory Committee, the District Coordinating Committee on Long-Term Care, the Housing Coalition (mental health), SALGES and the Advisory Committee of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council.

Sheila Clements
Chair, Communications

SCOA Board of Directors - Sheila ClementsSheila Clements is a Registered Nurse(Retired) who has lived in Saskatchewan for over forty years. She graduated from Dalhousie University and the University of Manitoba Schools of Nursing and from the University of Saskatchewan College of Arts and Sciences and College of Commerce. Throughout her career, Sheila worked primarily as a nurse educator, including thirty plus years as an Instructor in both the diploma and degree programs at the former SIAST, Kelsey and Wascana Campuses. Sheila was a public member of the Saskatchewan Review Board, Ministry of Justice for 15 years. Sheila is very supportive of SCOA's mission and vision and has been a volunteer since 2015, participating on the Communication Committee. She believes in making aging a positive and engaged stage of life and in encouraging the greatest diversity of older adults to join SCOA.Sheila enjoys reading, golfing and travelling, especially to visit family members in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and New York.


Joan Cochrane
Member at large

SCOA Board of Directors, Joan Cochrane
Graduating from the College of Pharmacy in 1984, Joan worked at City Hospital in various departments for eight years, including six years in the pharmacy. She has worked in community pharmacy since 1984. Her vision for pharmacy involves providing pharmaceutical care services, not just pills in a bag. The most important thing that the pharmacist does is ensure that the patient is getting the most possible benefits from their prescriptions with the least possible negative effects.
Her leisure activity is mostly running and she has done some triathlons. Her claim to fame is that she won the Saskatchewan Marathon and the Manitoba Marathon and is in the top 10 Huskie Track list for 3000 m.
Joan has two children who are grown up and has been married for 30 years.



Jeananne Klein
Chair, Human Resources

SCOA Board of Directors, Jeananne KleinJeananne holds both a Degree and Masters of Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan. She has recently retired from the Saskatoon Health Region after 35 years of service. She held a variety of nursing management and project positions within health care and the professional association.
Retirement has enabled Jeananne to pursue her interest in horticulture. She is associated with the Master Gardener Program and is a Master Composter with Waste Reduction Council.
Her current volunteer activities include Team Leader for the gardens at Ronald MacDonald House, Saskatoon, committee member of Saskatoon Council on Aging Neighborhood Hub Club and team captain for SCOA Globe Walk.
Jeananne and her husband Kelly have three children and six grandchildren.


Reny Loewen
Member at large

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Bio to follow


Mercedes Montgomery

SCOA Board of Directors, Mercedes Montgomery
Mercedes Montgomery is a Registered Nurse (Retired), a long-time Saskatchewan resident, and a graduate of the U of S and St. Paul's Hospital School of Nursing. Her career in nursing included thirty years as Instructor and Program Head in the Diploma Nursing Program at the (former) SIAST Kelsey Campus. Mercedes holds positions in local organizations including her church. She is a Director and past-Chair of the St. Paul's Hospital Foundation Board.
She became a volunteer with SCOA in 2006 as a member of the Publications Committee and is presently Chair of the Communication Committee, a member of the Steering Committee of the Age-friendly Saskatoon Initiative, the Nomination Committee and works with the Age Alive Photography Exhibition.
Mercedes believes that aging well is a journey that takes courage and persistence as well as support from people and organizations that understand the journey, like the Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA) which provides older adults with voice. Being part of SCOA as a Board member and volunteer is a privilege. Mercedes takes pleasure in the summer lake environment and enjoys many activities including golf, writing for children, biographies and histories, and growing orchids. Her family of four children, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild are a comfort and inspiration; she is most proud to be a role model of successful aging for them.

Karen Pitka
Member at Large

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Karen is presently employed by College Park Dental as Office Manager and has held this position for 27 years. She is married to husband Patrick and has four married children and nine wonderful grandchildren. Her hobbies include travel, sewing, gardening, golf and hanging out with her awesome grandkids.

Karen served as President of Holy Spirit Catholic Women's League (CWL), at the same time serving on the diocesan board.  She sat on the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation Board of directors for 10 years, the last four years serving as chair of the board. She decorated for Saint Paul’s Hospital (SPH) Mistletoe Ball for 20 years, served 2 years as member of SPH committee. Her other volunteer work includes driving for prostate golf tournament; Boxer Bash; and evening under the Stars fundraisers concert. 

Karen was also a member of St. Paul's hospital board for 4 years. While on the board, she chaired along with husband Pat the Hope and Spirit Excellence campaign. She decorated trees for The Festival of trees (sat on the committee that ran the festival before City Hospital)

Karen served as VIP hostess for the 1989 Canada Summer Games in Saskatoon and served on the committee for the Special Winter Olympics in Saskatoon, as co-ordinator of the VIP hostesses.

Jane Richardson
Member at large

SCOA Board of Directors, Jane Richardson
Jane Richardson is a pharmacist with a BSP and PhD from the University of Saskatchewan and a hospital pharmacy residency certificate from the Ottawa Civic Hospital. She practised five years in Ottawa before returning to Saskatchewan for her graduate studies which incorporated interests in both geriatrics and rheumatology. In 1986, Jane was hired as Senior Pharmacist, Clinical Services at University Hospital and was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor at the College of Pharmacy and Adjunct Professor with the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Jane chose the Geriatric Assessment Unit as her clinical practice site and followed that program to Saskatoon City Hospital in 1996, where she was Coordinator of Clinical Pharmacy Services until retirement in 2013.

She was President of the Saskatchewan Gerontology Association and the Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and worked with the Health Quality Council on projects evaluating and promoting appropriate drug use in Saskatchewan seniors. She has been the recipient of several awards including the 2005 McClure Place Foundation Golden Heart Award and a 2014 College of Pharmacy & Nutrition Centennial Alumni of Influence Award. Jane is involved with church and genealogy groups, and enjoys keeping fit, golfing, gardening, reading and travelling.



Dr. Mohindar Sachdev
Member at large

SCOA Board of Directors, Mohindar Sachdev
In addition to teaching, conducting research and supervising graduate students, Mohindar took active part in engineering organizationsin Canada, USA and abroad. Notable are: he was Member and then Chair of the Energy Systems Grant Selection Committee of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Standards Coordinator of the Power System Relaying Committee of the Power Engineering Society, USA, Canadian representative on Study Committee B5 – Protection and Automation of CIGRE with headquarters in Paris, France.
He also served as Director of the Saskatchewan Safety Council, President of the Sikh Society of Saskatchewan, President of the Coronary Artery Rehabilitation Group and member of the RCMP Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on Visible Minorities.





Terry Scaddan
Member at large

Bio to follow

Frank Shychoski

Candace Skrapek
Frank graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Chemistry in 1969. In 1980, he received his MBA. Frank worked for CIBA Pharmaceuticals for eight years spending one and a half years at the company Head Office in Montreal. After completing his MBA Frank spent two years with the Potash Company of Saskatchewan in the Finance Department. It was in this period that he became a Sessional Lecturer in the Edwards School of Business. He spent the next 26 years as a Sessional Lecturer teaching night classes and on some weekends out of the City. Frank worked for Schering Pharmaceutical and retired after 23 years. He is an avid fan in baseball, hockey, curling, football. He is still active in hockey and golf in the summer. Frank is married with two daughters and two grand daughters. Frank and his wife Shelley spend a few weeks in the winter watching baseball in the Cactus League in Arizona. They also try to squeeze in as many golf games as possible in that two weeks in Arizona.


Fred Sutter
Member at Large

SCOA Board of Director

Fred was born and raised in Shaunavon. He completed his Local Government Administration Course at the University of Saskatchewan. Fred served as a municipal administrator in a number of communities in Saskatchewan, including several years as a Municipal Administration Advisor with the Province. His last 20 years of employment was as the Administrator of the R.M. of Corman Park. During his employment in Saskatoon and in retirement Fred served on a number of City of Saskatoon boards and commissions. In January 2018, after being retired for 18 years, the council of Corman Park nominated him for The Canada 150 Medal and was awarded the medal by the Carlton Trail-Eagle Creek, Member of Parliament.