SC-CE Executive

President: Erin Relyea

2017 – Present

University of Toronto

Erin is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto Master of Social Work Program in Gerontology. She is currently working as the Communications Lead at the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE), while volunteering with isolated older adults at WoodGreen Community Services in Toronto.
Erin’s research has focused on older Aboriginal adults, addressing the under-researched issues of financial literacy and knowledge mobilization. Her poster presentation won the First Prize, Masters Category for the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Institutes on Aging Student Poster Competition at the Canadian Association on Gerontology, 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting. Erin is the creator and lead on the Wisdom Photo Project, a Canada 150 funded initiative that collects and exhibits images and quotations from older Canadians on their perspectives of what it means to age positively in Canada. She is also a representative for NICE at Toronto’s Senior Strategy Accountability Table, where she is a voice for making communities more ‘age-friendly’.
As the Student Connection – Connexion Étudiante Executive President, Erin is excited to continue developing the SC-CÉ community and to engage with students across Canada and internationally in order to promote the study of gerontology and the need to support older adults populations.

Vice President: Chantelle Lachance

2015 – Present

Simon Fraser University

Chantelle Lachance is a PhD student at Simon Fraser University in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. Dawn Mackey (Aging and Population Health Laboratory). Chantelle also holds a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Doctoral Award. Chantelle is particularly driven to conduct clinical research with integrated knowledge translation. Her doctoral research focuses on evaluating compliant (safety) flooring for fall injury prevention in long-term care through the Flooring for Injury Prevention (FLIP) Study (ClinicalTrials.gov #: NCT01618786). Results will provide insight about the potential of compliant flooring to reduce fall-related injuries in long-term care and are expected to guide the development of safer facilities for vulnerable older adults. After 2 years of being a Student Representative for the Student Connection, Chantelle is honoured to now take on a more active role in the Student Connection Executive Committee as Vice President.

Social Media Coordinator: Theodore D Cosco

2014 – Present

University of Oxford – MRC Unit for Lifelong Health & Ageing

Dr. Theodore D. Cosco is a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Oxford/UCL) having recently completed his doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge. Originally from Whitehorse, Yukon, Theodore developed an interest in gerontology early on, by age 12 Theodore was volunteering at a long-term care facility.  Upon completion of a BSc. with Specialisation in Psychology at the University of Alberta, which included a year internship as a Research Intern at a dementia research center, Theodore emigrated to Ireland to complete his MSc in Applied Social Research at Trinity College Dublin. After working as a Research Officer at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland he joined the Cambridge Institute of Public Health to pursue his doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Carol Brayne. In addition to being an executive member of the CAG Student Connection he is also Chair of the British Society on Gerontology’s Emerging Researchers in Ageing executive committee. Being a transatlantic student representative, Theodore hopes to use the CAG Student Connection as a vehicle to foster collaborative efforts between Canadian, Canadian-expat, and British researchers.

 

Communications Coordinator: Catherine Bigonnesse

2014 – Present

Simon Fraser University

Catherine Bigonnesse is a doctoral student in gerontology at Simon Fraser University. Her main research interest is innovative model of community-based housing for older adults and aging-in-place. Catherine’s master thesis main focus was on community-based housing for older adults by non-for-profit organizations, meaning of home in later life and community building process in the context of Age-Friendly Cities in Québec. As a PhD student, her research focuses on how innovative housing models and social and physical environments at the neighbourhood level can support aging-in-place.
Catherine is pleased to join the CAG SC-CÉ as the communication coordinator. She thinks that the SC-CÉ offers a unique network for Canadian students working on aging issues to meet, connect and discuss about their common challenges and interests. Gerontology is a young discipline and, as students, we have the opportunity to shape its future. Catherine looks forward to be part of this effort in joining the executive. Also, as a French-Canadian gerontology student, she will work hard to encourage and facilitate the involvement of the francophone students in the association and to assure opportunities for knowledge exchange in both French and English.

Student Representative Coordinator: Christine Sheppard

2015 – Present

University of Waterloo

Christine Sheppard is a PhD student in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, specializing in Aging, Health and Well-Being. She holds her Masters in Social Work with a specialization in gerontology from the University of Toronto. Christine’s research interests focus on community and life-space mobility. She is also passionate about program evaluation and is currently working with older adult centres across Ontario to build evaluation capacity.

Secretary-Treasurer: Laura Kadowaki

2017 – present

Simon Fraser University

Laura Kadowaki is a PhD Student in the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include home and community care, integrated care systems, community-based services and gerontology education. Laura holds a CIHR Doctoral Award and her dissertation research focuses on the home and community care system in B.C. and the development of integrated continuing care systems. Laura is involved in advocating for better health care and community-based services for older adults through her work with the Raising the Profile Project and the Canadian Association for Retired Persons.

Immediate Past President: Stephanie Chamberlain

2017 – Present

University of Alberta

Stephanie is a second year PhD student with Dr. Carole Estabrooks at the University of Alberta. She holds a BHSc in Health Science (University of Ottawa), and an MA in Gerontology (Mount Saint Vincent University). Her research focuses on knowledge translation and quality of care in residential long-term care. Stephanie currently works with the Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC), a program of research that focuses on improving the quality of care provided to nursing home residents, enriching the work life of their caregivers, and enhancing system efficiency. Her PhD work focuses on potentially vulnerable populations of residents in long-term care. Her project will document the prevalence, health outcomes, and experience of unbefriended elderly, those who are under guardianship in long-term care in the Western provinces. Her goal is to become an independent career scientist in the field of gerontology. Stephanie has previously held a position as a student representative, and is excited to move into her new role as President of the Student Connection Executive Committee.