Board of Directors 2017 - 2018

Sheila ClementsSCOA Board of Directors, Sheila Clements
Member at large
Sheila 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 has been a public member of the Saskatchewan Review Board, Ministry of Justice ,since 2000.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

SCOA Board of Directors - Joan Cochrane

Member at large

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.


Dave Gibson

SCOA Board of Directors - Dave Gibson
Member at large

Dave Gibson has been retired for the past two years after a 37 year career with Saskatoon Health Region. In addition to currently serving on the Saskatoon Council on Aging he is also Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the St. Ann's Senior Citizens Corporation. He has also taken the lead role in a newly formed Board committee on Quality and Safety. The focus of this committee is to measure and report on quality of Life and Care of the residents and service provision provided by the corporation. All results will be transparently reported to the residents, family members, and staff to ensure accountability and continued improvement. His career in health care runs the gamut of providing direct care through to administration. His most recent position within the health region was as Director of Continuing Care and Seniors Health. This role included financial leadership for the program, overseeing program development and innovative programming within both the Special Care Home community but also developments of innovative programming to enhance service delivery and supporting ageing in place. Dave has served on many Boards during his career, locally, provincially and nationally. He has been a strong advocate for seniors throughout his career not only for improvement of quality of care and services, but also advocating for expansion and development of innovative community based programs within our community. He has a special passion for innovative housing to support ageing in place.He looks forward to continuing to support the Saskatoon Council on Ageing and the Saskatoon community in his role on the Board.

Bruce IrvineBruce Irvine


Bruce Irvine is a retired Professor of Accounting. His career at the University of Saskatchewan was devoted particularly to teaching as well as research and administration. Over four decades his volunteer activity was primarily with professional organizations, particularly the Society of Management Accountants of Saskatchewan (where he served on many committees, as a Council member, and as a President) and the Society of Management Accountants of Canada (as a Board member and member and chair of many national committees). As a volunteer Bruce also served as a Canadian delegate on the Board of the International Accounting Standards Committee and as a Canadian technical advisor to the International Federation of Accountants Council. He was on the Board of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association for 10 years, including a term as President. Outside of professional and academic organizations, Bruce has enjoyed terms on the Boards of Cheshire Homes of Saskatoon, the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club, the Sutherland Curling Club, and Saskatoon Big Sisters.Bruce and his lovely wife Marilyn have three children and four delightful grandkids. Beyond family, Bruce’s interests include time at an Emma Lake cabin, golfing, curling, wine making and participating in a fantasy baseball league.

Jeananne KleinSCOA Board of Directors - Jeananne Klein
Member at large

Jeananne 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 Global Walk.  
Jeananne and her husband Kelly have three children and six grandchildren.


Cheryl Kloppenburg

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Member at large

Cheryl Kloppenburg is a lawyer who has practiced law in Saskatoon since 1976. She is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with both a Masters of Arts degree in history and a law degree. Her daily practice is in the area of civil law.
Cheryl has taught courses in the College of Commerce, SIAST, for the Certified General Accountants, and the Law Society Bar Admission Course. She has also been involved in charitable activity over the past years including Sherbrooke Community Society Inc., the Victorian Order of Nurses, Saskatoon Branch , VON Canada ad hocStructure Review Implementation Committee, member of the Task Force appointed by the Ministerof Health to assess Long-Term Care in the City of Saskatoon in the late 1980's and Member of the District Co-ordinating Committee for the provision of long-term care in the City of Saskatoon 1987
to 1990.
She has also served as Chair of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Additionally she was a director of the Saskatoon Symphony Society and the MendelArt Gallery Foundation.
Cheryl and her husband, Henry, have established a number of scholarships and awards at the University of Saskatchewan, Rosthern Junior College, Humboldt Collegiate and with the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. The Kloppenburg Wildlife Refuge near Humboldt, Saskatchewan was established after a gift of land from
Henry and Cheryl Kloppenburg.

Shan LandryShan Landry photo
Chair Advocacy
Shan is a lifelong member of the Saskatoon Community committed to improving the quality of life and health of all. She recently retired from her 34 year career with the Saskatoon Health Region most of those years serving as the Vice President of Community Services. Educated as a Social Worker (she has a BSW from the University of Regina and an MSW from UBC) she practiced directly with clients and families for the first years of her work and then moved into Health Care Management and Administration overseeing the developments of many Home Care, Community Care, Seniors’ Health and Mental Health and Addictions programs and innovations. Over the years she has seized many opportunities to be involved in some of the developmental aspects of health care regionalization and the broadest elements of strengthening Medicare in our province; amongst these opportunities was a yearlong secondment to work with the Saskatchewan Commission on Health Care culminating with the seminal report “Caring for Medicare, Sustaining a Quality System” in 2000-2001. Shan is passionate about the determinants of health and working with others to create a system and a community that sponsors and supports mind, body and spirit. In her retirement Shan is offering her knowledge and enthusiasm through consulting and as a volunteer with a number of organizations. Often described as a Community Engagement Visionary and Facilitator she enjoys public speaking and loves to inspire and enthuse others with a boost to their well being!

Jane McPheeJane McPhee photo

Jane's career as an Occupational therapist has spanned more than 33 years in B.C. and Saskatchewan. Her clinical work was focussed initially on clients living with mental illness, then on older adults in a Geriatric Assessment and Treatment centre. After being recruited to Saskatchewan Jane was part of the team who established a Geriatric Re-enablement Unit at Parkridge Centre, as well as working with residents of all ages in that newly opened facility with a strong multidisciplinary team model. After moving into administrative roles Jane continued as an advocate for older adults and those living with functional challenges, as well as continuing her strong advocacy for innovative ways for interprofessional teams to work together for clients in all our health care environments. Jane has always been interested in the work of the SCOA in our community, as she maintains a a longstanding respect and admiration for the spirit of older adults and their desire to remain a vital part of the community in every way!  She has been involved with the Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists in various roles, from President and Past President of this regulatory and professional association to chairing and participating in various committees and advocacy work. She has remained committed to furthering the ability of Saskatchewan residents to have access to appropriate and timely Occupational Therapy services,  in order that they can continue to remain involved in all the occupations of life, throughout life. Jane is also involved in her church, serving on the Board as well as with facilitation of adult programming. She enjoys travelling, gardening, reading, taking part in the diverse opportunities of our Saskatoon community's arts and culture, and enjoying our caring, strong and creative prairie people! She is pleased to be joining the other Board Members in the important work of SCOA.

Mercedes Montgomery
Mercedes Montgomery
Chair - Communications
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

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Member at Large

Karen is presently employed by College Park Dental as Office Manager and has held this position for 27 years.
  • Her hobbies include travel, sewing, gardening, golf and hanging out with her awesome grandkids.
  • Married to husband Patrick. Four married children and nine wonderful grandchildren.
  • Served as President of Holy Spirit Catholic Women's League (CWL), at the same time serving on the diocesan board.
  • Decorated for Saint Paul’s Hospital (SPH) Mistletoe Ball for 20 years, 2 years as member of SPH committee, driving for prostate golf tournament; Boxer Bash; and evening under the Stars fundraisers concert. 
  • Sat on SPH Foundation board of directors for 10 years, the last four years as chair of the board.
  • 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.
  • Decorated trees for The Festival of trees (sat on the committee that ran the festival before City Hospital)
  • VIP hostess for the 1989 Canada Summer Games in Saskatoon on the committee for the Special Winter Olympics in Saskatoon, as co-ordinator of the VIP hostesses.
  • Sat on Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan board for 3 years.
  • Sat on the 100th anniversary celebration committee for Riverside Golf & Country Club.

Jane Richardson
Jane Richardson
Member at Large
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.
Jane’s involvement in geriatrics and rheumatology has spanned approximately three decades of practice, teaching and organizational work. 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.

Ila Sarkar
Ila Sarkar
Member at Large
Ila Sarkar has served the Saskatoon community for over four decades focusing on the settlement and social integration needs of immigrant women.  Dedicated to the cause of social inclusion, cultural diversity and gender sensitivity, Ila has provided services both in volunteer and professional capacities to the Saskatoon Open Door Society, Immigrant Women of Saskatchewan (now International Women of Saskatoon), Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, India-Canada Cultural Association, Working for Women, Sherbrooke Community Centre, Canadian Diabetic Association (Saskatchewan Branch), Saskatchewan Lung Association, Saskatoon Refugee Coalition and other informal community groups. With changing demographics and more immigrants joining Saskatoon’s aging population, Ila’s goal is to work for reducing social isolation of immigrant seniors and ensuring that services for seniors reflect their needs and aspirations.

Candace Skrapek

Chair, Age-friendly Community Development

Candace Skrapek is a retired nurse educator and started as a volunteer with SCOA in 2005. Currently Candace is Past President of the SCOA Board of Directors and is interested in governance and policy development of non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Communications Committee and the Older Adult Abuse Task Force. She also serves on the board of the Saskatoon Housing Authority.

Jim WasilenkoJim Wasilenko
Chair - Finance and Fundraising

Until his retirement in 2011, Jim Wasilenko was the General Manager of the Saskatoon Housing Authority, an organization committed to providing affordable and safe housing for nearly 3,000 Saskatoon families, seniors and people with disabilities.  His leadership fostered innovative ways to help people, especially children, to grow and develop an improved quality of life.  Jim’s volunteer activities are dedicated to organizations that build community and help people.  Among these organizations is the Saskatoon Community Foundation of which Mr. Wasilenko is especially proud to be Past Chair.Jim was Chair of the Sector Development Committee for the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA).  As a Board member of CHRA he worked to build a Canadian framework for affordable housing.Jim was Chair of the Community Advisory Board for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy for the Government of Canada from its inception in 1999 until 2009.  This federal program provides funding to proactive programs of homeless people.Jim Wasilenko was President and founding Board member of Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership which fosters the development of affordable housing and advises the City of Saskatoon on housing initiatives.Jim is looking forward to continuing his field of interest in housing, especially for low income seniors, during his term on the Board of the Saskatoon Council of Aging.

Saskatoon Council on Aging
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