Born and raised in Fort McMurray, Luana is a fierce defender of Fort McMurray and all it has to offer. Luana has spent her whole life in McMurray except for the 4 years she went away to University to obtain her Bachelor of Social Work Degree.
Luana has worked in the human services field for over 25 years holding positions as Child Welfare Investigator, Probation Officer, Foster Care Worker, Child Care Worker and currently Executive Director. More than half of Luana’s professional career has been with St. Aidan’s Society; an agency Luana has respected since working as a child care counsellor at the beginning of her career. Luana is very passionate about seniors advocacy and was deeply dedicated to shifting the focus of agency service delivery to this area.
Luana volunteers her time in various capacities such as her boys hockey teams or school parent associations but is most likely known for her commitment to the adult slo-pitch community where she has served as President of the Re/Max-BP Slo-Pitch League for the past 13 years. Devoted to the non-profit community, Luana and Sandy have used the support and strength of the adult slo-pitch community to raise funds for numerous groups and individuals over the years.
Sandy completed a Family Studies degree in Edmonton Albert before moving to Fort McMurray in 1989. She has worked in the human services field at Northern Lights Regional Health Centre as a Child Development Educator, at the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo as an FCSS Coordinator and for St. Aidan’s as a Foster Care Coordinator. In 2014, with the St. Aidan’s Board Support Sandy developed and launched the McMurray All Connected (MAC) Community Calendar.
Sandy enjoys an active lifestyle and can usually be found at a ball park during her off time; watching her two sons play, playing slo-pitch herself, or working one of the Tournaments. Sandy is community minded and enjoys volunteering her time to support the social profits groups throughout the city.
Pam was born and raised in Regina, Sk. where she attended the University of Regina and obtained a Bachelor of Social Work Degree. She moved to Fort McMurray in 1996 to begin her Social Work career with Child and Family Services doing Child Welfare Investigations and Case Management. For a short time Pam returned to Saskatchewan to work as a Behavior Management Consultant, and then returned to Fort McMurray to work in Children’s Mental Health.
After working for approximately 10 years in Foster Care with St. Aidan’s Society, Pam took a break from Social Work and worked as an Event Coordinator, before returning to St. Aidan’s to work in her current role as a Seniors Advocate since 2015. She is passionate about senior issues and works to provide awareness within all realms of the community regarding senior needs, aging and elder abuse.
Pam is community minded and volunteers in various capacities, including her membership with HALOS, which is a local third party fundraising group. Pam has a passion for healthy and active living for herself and her family.
Heather was born and raised in Oakville Ontario, where she most recently finished her Social Service Worker diploma program at Sheridan College, with a specialization in Gerontology. She graduated at the top of her class with high honours. During Heather’s time at Sheridan College, she was able to participate in a placement program at an Assisted Living Residence as a recreation and support worker.
In May 2014, Heather moved back to Fort McMurray to begin her new journey with St. Aidan’s Society first as a Foster Care Coordinator and currently as a Seniors Advocate. Heather is extremely passionate about Seniors and looks forward to a long career working for and with them.
During Heather’s time off, she enjoys playing slo-pitch, visiting her friends and family throughout Canada; while making it to at least two Toronto Blue Jays games per year, and most importantly taking care of her cat Leo.
Lori is a registered social worker who obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary. Originally from Fort Chipewyan and a proud member of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, this mother of 5 brings a variety of professional experiences to her role as Seniors Outreach Worker. In her spare time she enjoys walking her two dogs Jasmine and Belle on the birchwood trails, and kept busy with her children’s extracurricular activities.
Ashley was born and raised in St.Vincent’s, Newfoundland. She moved to Fort McMurray in 2007 and made the region home. Ashley has worked in Oil and Gas holding various roles in Planning, Training, Contract and Project Management over the last 13 years. During Ashley’s career she has integrated community service into her workplace through United Way Campaigns and Volunteerism.
Ashley is a professional photographer and spends much of her time off creating and shooting personalized sessions. She enjoys traveling with her husband, especially road trips to the Mountains, which they do a few times a year. Ashley is a proud Aunt who is very involved with each of her nieces and nephews. Ashley is passionate about giving back and being a part of building a strong community.