Team Members

The management, staff and Board of Directors of Canterbury Foundation have one thing in common: believing in the importance of our Vision, Mission and Values.  These core values and goals give residents dignity, independence and a higher quality of life. It is with the same beliefs our management, supervisory and support staff approach the work that we do.  


Wendy King joined Canterbury Foundation as Executive Director in 2012 and is a CPA, CMA with over 35 years of accounting, business, managerial and governance experience. She has been serving seniors in the continuing care sector since 2001 through the development and operation of publicly funded and private not-for-profit seniors’ residences.

During her career, she has been responsible for leading the operations of affordable and market supportive living sites and providing strategic, operational and financial direction and support for continuing care programs including long term care, end of life, designated supportive living, adult day support and home care.

Wendy collaborates through engagement and governance in organizations and associations within the sector to advocate and bring about needed change and quality improvement to community social services; seniors care and housing.


Nazz is a Chartered Professional Accountant whose business and management experiences cover a wide variety of industries including asset management, real estate, insurance, not-for-profit, retail franchise operations, pipeline and utilities and in various stages of the business life cycle. He is passionate about growing organizations and ensuring both human and technological systems are efficient to allow for a strategic managed growth. Nazz has spoken at conferences on the virtues of effective data analytics and also instructs at the Leder School of Business at The King’s University.


Stephanie came to Canterbury Foundation in August of 2014 with a rich background in public relations, education, criminal justice and film production.  From teaching project and production management in post-secondary institutions to organizing trade fairs and start-up studios, Stephanie has brought her momentum and keen operational experience to the benefit of Canterbury programs.  Through her tenure at Canterbury she has led projects to improve technology and emergency response plus developed continuous improvement systems throughout operations.  Her current portfolio at Canterbury includes Culinary, Environmental Services and Facility Security, as well as the four year Construction and Renovation Project.


Heidi Hadubiak joined the Canterbury Foundation team in 2018 and is currently the Director of Health Services. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing Degree, an executive-level MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree and is a Certified Executive Coach. Heidi has over 15 years of broad-ranging healthcare leadership experience. She brings her passion for the development of others and a commitment to helping Canterbury Foundation achieve continued success in providing ‘the promise of home’ to its residents.


Having prepared meals for rockstar royalty like David Bowie and Aerosmith, Executive Chef Ajay Lala continues his legacy of making taste buds sing from inside our very own Canterbury Kitchen. After three decades honing his craft at local spots like the Turtle Creek Cafe, Maxine’s Grill and the Matrix Hotel, Chef Lala came to Canterbury in 2016.


Jason is the Senior Manager of Human Resources at Canterbury Foundation.  He works with the notion that a civil, informed and competent workforce cultivates a happy, energized, and safe environment to create an exceptional quality of life for staff, volunteers, residents, families and friends of the foundation. Working with industry experts and partnering with colleges and students throughout Edmonton and area, Jason strives to balance OHS and Employment legislation with the foundations changing and growing environment, and it’s firm foundations tied into the Mission, Vision and Values.


Mbalia is a Therapeutic Recreation professional with over eight years of experience working with seniors in the community and in continuing care. She is passionate about improving the quality of life of seniors with a particular focus on improving the environments and promoting meaningful engagement for persons living with dementia.  Mbalia has a Bachelor’s degree in Gerontology from McMaster University and a Diploma in Recreation Therapy. In her role as Resident Experience Manager, She uses her knowledge to lead teams in the development and execution of multifaceted programs to support the holistic wellbeing of seniors and engage in community relations projects to expand the network of resident engagement activities.  She has also served as chair in multiple management committees and coordinated interdisciplinary teams in quality improvement projects. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration.


Fang joined Canterbury in 2013, she graduated from University of Alberta and received her official CPA designation in June 2018. She oversees the day-to-day operations of Canterbury’s accounting team and payroll. Fang plays a lead role in the preparation of financial statements, annual financial audit, and budget variances analysis. She began her career as an accounting assistant, where she learned the fundamentals of accounting by providing bookkeeping services. Her experience has grown to full-cycle accounting, financial planning, financial reporting, and budgeting. Having a positive attitude and dedication have made her a valuable asset for Canterbury Foundation.


Grace is a Payroll Supervisor at  Canterbury Foundation and has extensive experience in Finance & Payroll. She has experience as a managing accountant in an international bank and as a corporate payroll supervisor. Her diligence and attention to detail have facilitated the discovery of fraud and the streamlining of financial operations.


Joanne enjoys the privilege of journeying with residents, families and staff of Canterbury Foundation. Connecting with where people are in their sense of spirituality and helping to support and encourage, many times, helps find meaning in life and a sense of hope, and is all part of Canterbury’s holistic approach to care.

Joanne is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church and has a background in parish ministry. She earned her Master of Theological Studies in 2008 and also has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto.

Joanne especially enjoys spending time with family, camping in the mountains, gardening and cooking.


Kenn Mills is the Nursing Manager at Canterbury Foundation.  He brings to Canterbury, a vast nursing experience to include, Registered Nurse (almost four decades), with Cardiovascular and open heart management experience, as well as nearly a decade of long term/dementia care experience. Kenn’s career has taken him to numerous international destinations. His primary focus is for the dementia community and is a strong advocate for family-centred care.  He is very involved with the day-to-day care of all of our clients and families. His role is directly involved with the future of dementia care here at Canterbury Foundation.


Lincoln is a Facilities Manager with 20 years’ experience in managing facilities. He has in-depth knowledge of Mechanical and Electrical Systems and is familiar with the operations and maintenance of building systems. A Certified Energy Manager with a background in engineering, he has been involved in energy management of a million square feet of building space in facilities of higher education. He has project management and facilities management experience from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta.


Vedran is the Accommodations and Licensing Coordinator, who is the primary facilitator of all new residents moving into Canterbury. Vedran coordinates between all of the various departments in the organization and ensures that all services, including dietary, housekeeping, maintenance, social worker support, financial services, and nursing, are delivered to residents effectively and on time. He furthermore engages in the community in finding new residents that need cozy and nurturing accommodation provided by Canterbury. He speaks several languages and is the readily available primary contact for any issues that need dealing with by the residents, as well as their families.


Adiatu (Addie) Kuyatah is originally from Sierra Leone. Addie has lived in Canada for 18 years. She was a Health Care Aide, working with seniors for about ten years. Her passion for seniors led her to enroll in the Social Work program. Addie is a graduate of MacEwan University with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Addie was elected social secretary within the Sierra Leone community here in Edmonton in 2017. She is also the current president of the Africanival in Edmonton. She has extensive volunteer experience under her sleeves. Sometimes, Addie and her family will bring food to homeless people around downtown. Addie is a wife and a mother of three beautiful children. Fun fact about Addie is that she loves to dance, but terrible at it.


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Scott was chair of the business-law group at Edmonton’s second largest law firm before he retired in 2017 after close to thirty years of practicing law. Before law, Scott obtained his degree in business administration and commerce, specializing in finance, from the University of Alberta and worked in the banking industry where he earned the designation, Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.   


Roger was born and raised in Edmonton, and has been a member of Christ Church since baptism. After high school, he attended the University of Alberta and earned a business degree.

Roger brings knowledge of finance, taxation, and business leadership from his background as a chartered accountant. Prior to starting his own accounting practice in 1990, he managed large audits at KPMG, both in Edmonton and the UK, for numerous private and public corporations. He has also provided financial advisory services to many local Edmonton businesses, with a particular focus on new entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.

Roger also contributes significant experience from Board positions within the non-profit sector, including E4C, The Churchill Society, The Canadian Club of Edmonton, Canterbury Foundation, and others. He has served as Treasurer at Christ Church, and volunteered for his local Community League and Scout Troop. He has an amazing wife and a fabulous daughter that he loves dearly.


John Patterson is a seasoned senior financial executive who has had a successful 40 year career in providing treasury, corporate finance and risk management expertise for nine major Canadian power, resource and telecommunications companies.  His career included negotiation of several corporate and project financings, evaluations of resource projects and potential acquisition targets, preparation of long term strategic plans and development of banking relationships and treasury functions.  Since his retirement in 2011, he has served on the Board of the Royal Glenora Club as its Treasurer and Secretary and participated on its Finance, Governance, Redevelopment and Membership committees.  In late 2016 he was approached by Canterbury to assist in reviewing financing proposals for its current redevelopment project and now brings his financial expertise to Canterbury as a Board member, currently Treasurer, and member of its Finance and Redevelopment committees.  


Darlene retired as a Justice from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in 2016.

Throughout her legal career, she engaged in various community service activities through her involvement with the Canadian Bar Association, the Anglican Parish of Christ Church and the PEO Sisterhood.

Several of her PEO sisters were residents of Canterbury Manor.

Darlene has been a member of the Parish of Christ Church for over 25 years.

Her personal passions involve attending the Citadel, the Edmonton Symphony, Edmonton Opera and following the Oilers, closely.  She likes to sew, garden and read frivolous fiction.

Darlene especially enjoys time with her son, William, who lives in Calgary.


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Nancy joined the board in 2015; she is a very active volunteer with experience in both governance and healthcare.  Nancy holds a professional certification (ICF) in Coaching; she has a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy, and holds a diploma in Adult and Continuing Education as well as a diploma in Aesthetics.  She has facilitated programs in personal and professional development which serve to enhance her coaching credentials.  She has experience working with government, business experience in the medical field, not-for-profit, and as a small business owner.  Nancy’s skills lie particularly in critical and evaluative thinking, learning systems, philanthropy, communications and personal relations.

 

Nancy has practically lived her whole life knowing the value of Canterbury Foundation!  Her father, Ron Grantham, was the founder of the project and her mother, June’s,  voluntarism here was by starting, stocking and staffing the other volunteers for the onsite gift shop.  Voluntarism was a strong value in the Grantham household.  The last 7 years of his life, her father enjoyed residing in the Manor and then the Court.  Growing up in the community, as the child of the founding director, as the family of a resident, friend of many residents, and now as a director, Nancy has a unique perspective and brings this to her work on the board.  She finds it a joy to be part of a board whose focus is upon ensuring the promise of home to our residents, assurance for families, support to staff,  and being a conscientious member of the community.


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Mary has over 25 years of senior administrative level experience in both the corporate and public sector in Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta.  Her passion is re-organization, culture building, and coaching senior administrators to excel in their particular field.  She is an experienced operations manager; developing and marketing successful programs; managing budgets and leading teams; and establishing and meeting business outcomes.  Her role, as chief of staff to the vice-president of a large capital and operations portfolio at the University of Alberta, included organization development and restructuring, strategic financial planning, issues and communications, policy development and liaison to the Board of Governors; and Secretary to the University of Alberta Properties Trust Inc.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in   administrative studies from York University, a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University and coursework from UC Berkeley and the University of Alberta in organizational development.   She served on the Canterbury Board of Directors 2003 to 2009.


Jo-Ann Sherlock is a recently retired family physician who worked in family practice as well as in the Learning and Development Clinics at the Misericordia and Grey Nuns Hospitals and in the community health clinics of West Jasper Place and Sherwood Park.  In the Learning and Development Clinics she collaborated with a multidisciplinary team to provide services to children struggling with learning and mental health concerns.  Prior to entering medicine, Jo-Ann was a high school teacher for four years. She graduated with her medical degree from the University of British Columbia and worked as a physician for thirty years.  Jo-Ann has actively supported agencies such as Kids With Cancer, ABC Headstart and the Edmonton Foodbank through volunteer endeavours.

Jo-Ann was born and raised in Edmonton and attends the Anglican Parish of Christ Church.  She is married to Dick and has four grown children.  She is pleased to serve on the board having very fond memories of Canterbury where her mother, Kathleen, was a resident for six years.


Scott Belamisca’s career started with Scotiabank in Edmonton as a Personal Banking Officer in 1997. This  led him to Grande Prairie and then onto his first leadership role in Peace River as an Assistant Manager of Personal Banking in the spring of 2000.  Since 2003, Scott has worked as the Branch Manager of numerous Scotiabank branches, those being in Beaumont, as well as Whyte Ave, 97th and 132nd in Edmonton.

Scott is currently the Branch Manager of the Millwoods Town Center Branch – Edmonton South, and was appointed to this position in March of 2016. Prior to his current role, Scott held several senior roles in Scotiabank including Small Business Development Manager for the Edmonton District.

In the past number of years, Scott has led his team to excellence in the areas of Customer Advice, Compliance and Financial Results as acknowledgement in 2011 and 2016 with the ‘Best of the Best Nomination’ in his role as Branch Manager.

In addition to his professional achievements, Scott is very proud of his community involvement with NAIT as the Chair for Scotiabank’s activation committee as well as for his involvement as the incoming Chairman for Canterbury Foundation.

Scott and his wife, Kristine, have three children ages 11, 9 and 6.  In addition to attending Holy Cross Elementary School in the International Baccalaureate program, Scott’s three children are active in Hockey and music lessons.


Rev. Susan Oliver began her post-secondary education at Mount Allison University where she completed an honours BA in Religious Studies in 1998. Having felt a call to ordained ministry from an early age, Sue returned to her hometown of Toronto where she pursued a Masters of Divinity at Wycliffe College. Sue was ordained in 2005 and began her formal ministry in the small hamlet of Fort McPherson in the Northwest Territories. After three and a half years of ministry among the Gwichin people, she moved ‘south’ to Edmonton and began her work as the Anglican Educational Chaplain at the University of Alberta. Soon after her work at the U of A commenced, Sue added rector of St. George’s to her ministry.  In the summer of 2015 Sue became the rector of the Anglican Parish of Christ Church.    

Sue is married to Dr. Stephen Martin, associate theology professor at The King’s University here in Edmonton and they have two active and busy children, Amelia and Simon.  

 


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Scott is Chair of our Capital Campaign Cabinet. He sat on our Board from 2013 to 2019. Scott was chair of the business-law group at Edmonton’s second largest law firm before he retired in 2017 after close to thirty years of practicing law. Before law, Scott obtained his degree in business administration and commerce, specializing in finance, from the University of Alberta and worked in the banking industry where he earned the designation, Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.   


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Ron Coulombe, BPE and MBA worked with the YMCA from 1976 to 2008. He held a number of different positions including leading the fund development and communications portfolios from 1993 to 2008. Ron helped the YMCA raise over $45 million during that time.

Ron received the North American YMCA Development Organization 2005 Eagle Award of Excellence in Fund Raising as the top YMCA fundraiser in North America. Since 2008 Ron Coulombe and Associates Ltd. has helped charities raise over $25 million. From 2012 to 2017 Ron volunteered with the Asia Pacific Alliance of YMCAs in Hong Kong. He coordinated a project, which shared principles North American YMCAs employ to develop a culture of philanthropy with YMCA volunteers and staff from 8 countries in southwest Asia.

As Campaign Director Ron is pleased to be helping Canterbury staff and volunteers implement a successful capital campaign.


Herman is very proud to be part of the Canterbury Foundation Capital Campaign Cabinet.   He was born in Wynyard Sask, attended Notre Dame College (Father Athol Murray) in Wilcox Sask.  Herman played Junior Hockey with the Flin Flon Bombers (WHL) and then turned Pro with the Los Angles Kings (NHL). After a short career with hockey, he entered into his long career in the Sports Marketing Business.   Herman was Superintendent of Recreation Vermilion Alberta, Ass. General Manager/Marketing for the Saskatoon Blades (WHL). He took on the job of Marketing with the 144 Teams across the 10 Provinces with the Canadian Junior A Hockey League. Herman’s most recent project was to finance, plan, build and administrate the New (5 million dollar) Stock Car Race Track in Saskatoon for the Non-Profit Volunteer Group (SSCRA).

Herman has since retired and has moved to Edmonton to be closer to his two children, grandchildren, and family loved ones.   Herman is married to Gail (RN) and their son Craig is with the Edmonton City Police, and daughter Kimberly is with the Edmonton Public School. 


Professional Consulting Engineer, Vice President,

Stantec and Reid Crowther, 1976 – 2016 (Ret. 2016)

Rick Prentice is a Professional Civil Engineering Consultant with a B.Sc. from the University of Manitoba.  Over the course of his 45-year career he has worked at senior levels of corporate management, community leadership and industry relations, and delivered many notable projects for private and public-sector clients internationally and domestically. 

Rick has devoted considerable time and effort beyond the normal day-to-day project activities.  This includes for example, the consulting engineering industry while serving locally as Director and President of CEA, Nationally as Vice Chair of ACEC and Internationally as FIDIC Business Practice Committee Chair, as well as a number of APEGA committees, the Southwest Area Council of Community Leagues, Rotary International, Edmonton Capital Region Housing Corporation, Canterbury Foundation, Construction Research Institute of Canada, Urban Development Institute and North American Society for Trenchless Technology.

Projects include neighborhood infrastructure renewal such as the Edmonton downtown ICE District utilities upgrades, Shanghai Second Sewerage Project and the Shanghai Urban Environmental Project Master Plan Design Review and Advisory Services. Other international experience includes assignments with the Pahang State Drainage and Irrigation Department in Malaysia, wastewater management in Cyprus and China and solid waste management facilities in Barbados and China.

 

 

 

 

 


Scott Belamisca’s career started with Scotiabank in Edmonton as a Personal Banking Officer in 1997. This  led him to Grande Prairie and then onto his first leadership role in Peace River as an Assistant Manager of Personal Banking in the spring of 2000.  Since 2003, Scott has worked as the Branch Manager of numerous Scotiabank branches, those being in Beaumont, as well as Whyte Ave, 97th and 132nd in Edmonton.

Scott is currently the Branch Manager of the Millwoods Town Center Branch – Edmonton South, and was appointed to this position in March of 2016. Prior to his current role, Scott held several senior roles in Scotiabank including Small Business Development Manager for the Edmonton District.

In the past number of years, Scott has led his team to excellence in the areas of Customer Advice, Compliance and Financial Results as acknowledgement in 2011 and 2016 with the ‘Best of the Best Nomination’ in his role as Branch Manager.

In addition to his professional achievements, Scott is very proud of his community involvement with NAIT as the Chair for Scotiabank’s activation committee as well as for his involvement as the incoming Chairman for Canterbury Foundation.

Scott and his wife, Kristine, have three children ages 11, 9 and 6.  In addition to attending Holy Cross Elementary School in the International Baccalaureate program, Scott’s three children are active in Hockey and music lessons.


After graduating university with a Commerce degree, Monty joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in Ottawa where he obtained his Chartered Accountant designation. He returned to Edmonton as a senior manager with Deloitte & Touche and later joined Grant Thornton LLP where he became a partner, remaining for 16 years.

Monty’s financial career took a different focus in 1998 when he became a financial, investment and wealth manager with CIBC Wood Gundy. Here, he was able to provide his individual and institutional clients, additional benefits gained from his many years of professional experience in the accounting and management consulting sectors. He retired from Wood Gundy in 2017.

He and wife Cheri have 2 adult children and five grandchildren. Their son and his family live in Sweden and their daughter and her family are resident in Edmonton.

For most of his life, Monty has been a committed volunteer, executive leader and board member of Canadian professional and business associations, and many non-profit and charitable organizations. He is very pleased to have been asked to serve as a board member of the Canterbury Foundation.