Board of Directors

PRESIDENT: Mary-Jane BordenCalahoo, AB

MJ Borden

Mary-Jane’s background is in the tourism & hospitality industry, however joined the health industry in 2006 while caring for her father. She joined CCADS in 2009 and has worked with education, secretary & treasurer, and most recently has become the President. Mary-Jane continues to work with adults coordinating day programs, retreats, and tours.

VICE PRESIDENT: Penny PuhlmannEdmonton, AB

Presently working at St.Michael’s Health Group in the Adult Day Support Program, for over 10 years. Penny also worked in Winnipeg, Manitoba as a Home Care worker for 10 plus years as well. As a Day Support staff person and team member; Penny contributes by suggesting programs in art, singing, games and day trips throughout Edmonton & surrounding areas.  Our group of seniors have therapy sessions as well as a choice of activities in our day support room.

SECRETARY: Kay WillekesEdmonton, AB

In 2005, Kay joined St. Michael’s Health Group in the Human Resources Department. In 2009, she became the Director of the Human Resources – Day Support. Kay has over 38 years experience in the area of health care in various capacities. She was a member of the Labour Relations Board for twelve years, and was also a joint appointee to the Labour Relations and Public Services Employee Relations Board for three years. Kay enjoys working with all the residents at St. Michael’s and has a great rapport with the staff.

TREASURER: Eric LeeEdmonton, AB

Eric Lee has a B.A. with a Major in Recreation & Leisure Studies. He works with individuals who have both mental & physical disabilities at various organizations; such as The Robin Hood Association with people with special needs (Sherwood Park, AB) and was involved in the outreach program; as well at The Excel Society (Edm, AB) as a Recreation Therapist Assistant. Eric is currently working at Lifestyle Options Retirement Communities as a Recreation Therapist Assistant for more than three years and works mainly with residents with dementia.


Wendy Brown
Wendy Brown has a BA in Recreation Administration, Special Populations, from the University of Alberta, and a Certificate in Clinical Geriatrics. She has been a member of CCADS since its beginnings. Wendy has a passion for working with those with dementia, particularly in a Day Program setting. This led her to start three Day Programs, which she currently manages, in Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, and Leduc, Alberta. She also serves as Recreation Therapist in each program.


Jessy Doaks
Jessy has seven years’ experience with Adult Day Program Services with a focus program design, implementation, facilitation and evaluation. She is currently a Program Coordinator for the Adult Day Programs and Community Programs at a not for profit organization offering a basket of services to seniors, including 5 Adult Day Programs, a variety of social recreational programs and in home services designed to keep aging in their own homes. She lead’s the organization’s Community of Practice activities, the Volunteer Management processes and is co-lead on the Falls Prevention Committee. Jessy is a huge supporter of best practices, knowledge transfer and exchange.

EDUCATION: Vacant Position

RESOURCE DIRECTOR: Sharon SmithWestaskiwin, AB

Sharon is the Family Intervention Generalist for The Family Centre in Edmonton.  The Family Centre believes – with the right opportunities and tools, people can make choices which lead to success. Since 1942, they have been helping Alberta families, communities, institutions and workplaces make positive choices which lead to successful outcomes. They work to strengthen family wellness and build community capacity through innovative services and collaborative partnerships to engage the most vulnerable families in caring for our children.
Sharon is also a participant of Covenant Health’s Network of Excellence in Senior’s Health, which is a panel of professionals and caregivers which have formed a network to address the rapidly growing concerns of Senior’s issues in our province.


Angela Burke has a BA with a focus in Fine Art and English from Cape Breton University and a certificate in Applied Communication Arts. She moved to in 2012 from Cape Breton Island where she gained employment as a Recreation Therapy Attendant at St. Michael’s Health Group LTCC. She has experience with the “Montessori Method” through a previous job as an Assistant Teacher and is very enthusiastic when applying her learning to the geriatric population.


Shelby Belyea has a diploma in Therapeutic Recreation from Nova Scotia Community College. She is from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and has been living in Alberta since 2013. Shelby has a passion for working with seniors, and is currently working at St. Michael’s Long Term Care in the recreation department as a Recreation Therapy Attendant.