WHO WE ARE

ABOUT AGE FRIENDLY COLD LAKE 

Age Friendly Cold Lake is a non-profit society dedicated to making Cold Lake a healthy, supportive place for all of us as we grow older. While there are good resources for seniors available in our area, there are too many older people not receiving the help they need.

We work one-on-one with seniors to help fill that need, whether it is based on food, healthcare, loneliness, grief, income, isolation, or whatever it might be. We’re working with other senior-serving organizations to bring about needed system changes and we work with the community as a whole to help Cold Lake become more age-friendly. We are also committed to changing the negative conversation about getting older.

Age Friendly Cold Lake Society was incorporated in 2019, and since that time, we have developed a wide variety of needed programs and have many more in the works.

Linda Grant

Linda Grant

Board Chair

Linda has lived in Cold Lake for thirty years. She is married with two grown sons.

As a retired nurse, Linda worked as head nurse in Long Term Care at the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre for 25 years.  She is the chair of Cold Lake Hospital Foundation and Medical Development Society, a member of Provincial Advisory Council for Seniors Health and Continuing Care, a dementia care educator, and the board chair of Age Friendly Cold Lake Society.

Strong advocate for seniors issues. 

Donna Taylor

Donna Taylor

Vice Chair

Bio coming soon!

Grace Wille

Grace Wille

Secretary Treasurer

Grace Wille is originally from Newfoundland and Labrador. She has spent the last 39 years moving around serving with the Department of National Defence. Her work background is in Logistics, specializing in Human Resources and finance.
Grace and her husband Steve love the Cold Lake area and have decided to retire here. She enjoys volunteering, quilting, painting, outdoor activities but most of all spending time with her family and those she loves.

 

Bonnie Folkard

Bonnie Folkard

Board of Directors

Originally from Toronto and moved to Cold Lake in 2014 with 4 suitcases and lots of confidence!

My passion for volunteerism and the desire to make a difference in a community, was my goal.  I am now a board member for Age Friendly Cold Lake Society, Director for the Cold Lake Chamber and marketing & sales strategist for Stingray Broadcasting for the Lakeland area.  My position with Stingray radio has allowed me to support local businesses and along with all my volunteer work,  has given me the opportunity to see my goals to fruition.

I love the city of Cold Lake, which I now call home!

Diane Jenkinson

Diane Jenkinson

Board of Directors

I grew up in Cold Lake, moved away to attend post-secondary institutions and to travel, then returned home to raise a family. I have lived on an acreage in the Cherry Grove area with my partner Dwight for 35 years. I had a varied career life. I was a journalist at several local papers, a Community Programmer with Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) in Bonnyville and Cold Lake and a Marketing and Communications professional with two rural (M.D. of Bonnyville and Yellowhead County) and one urban municipality (City of Cold Lake). During my working life I partnered with multiple community organizations and businesses to improve the livability of our region. Now, as a senior, I want to “age in place” and I believe the programs initiated and delivered by Age Friendly Cold Lake will allow me, and our growing senior population, to do so. I look forward to contributing my time and experience to assist in enhancing the programs delivered by Age Friendly Cold Lake.

Wayne Warner

Wayne Warner

Board of Directors, Cold Lake Men's Shed

Wayne spent over 40 years working in the retail industry, with major companies such as Hudson’s Bay, Canex, and Arctic Co-Operatives. He also spent two years outside the retail industry in Yellowknife working with the Constitutional Working Group to establish a constitution for the Northwest Territories. This involved working with all seven Indigenous groups, the government of the Northwest Territories, and the Canadian Federal government.

Wayne has served on a variety of boards, including Lakeland Credit Union, Alberta Central Credit Union, The Goldeye Foundation, and various municipal boards. As the start up for the Cold Lake Men’s Shed, Wayne also serves on the board of Age Friendly Cold Lake.

Natasha Jovanovic

Natasha Jovanovic

Board of Directors

Bio coming soon!

Jody Lehr-Turco

Jody Lehr-Turco

Board of Directors

Jody is a Registered Social Worker who has resided in Cold Lake since 2012.

Having worked in human services her whole life, including Child Development, Family Intervention and Support Services, she is continuing to support others right her in home,  the Lakeland.

Diane Stonehocker

Diane Stonehocker

Program Manager

Born and raised in Alberta, I came east from Edmonton to the Lakeland area in 1989, stopping in Bonnyville for 7 years as the director of Family and Community Support Services (FCSS).  I moved to the Cold Lake area in 1996 and have had the privilege of working with many of the  agencies and organizations in this community in supporting the great people who live and work here.  As I’ve gotten older, my focus has changed to seniors and I’m thrilled to finish my professional career with Age Friendly Cold Lake Society creating programs and services to help residents grow older right here in our great community.  

Cathy Aust

Cathy Aust

Program Developer

Cathy’s passion for seniors began in Wardsville, Ontario in 1975, where she worked in both a senior’s care facility and seniors lodge. Since then, Cathy has spent over 50 years working in the realm of Social Services, Preventative Social Services and Program Development.

In the last several years Cathy has returned to her roots and her work has been committed to seniors’ issues and making the lives of seniors in our community and our care facilities a easier by providing outreach services through Age Friendly Cold Lake.

Kate Francis

Kate Francis

Administrative Assistant

Growing up in a military family, Kate has lived all over Canada. She was born in Cold Lake but spent the majority of her childhood in Nova Scotia, but now she calls Cold Lake home once again.

During her social work practicums at Portage College, Kate learned that she has a passion for working with veterans and seniors. After doing a secound year placement at Age Friendly Cold Lake, Kate is now the office’s administration assistant.

When she is not in the office, you can find her at home with her pets.

Donna Bartlett

Donna Bartlett

Outreach Worker

Bio coming soon!

HOURS & LOCATION

Monday – Thursday 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Bay 5 5510 56 Street 
Cold Lake, Alberta
Canada

780-594-5666

admin@agefriendlycoldlake.ca