Meet Our Executive Committee

President: Ariane Massie

2020 – Present

York University

Ariane is a third-year Ph.D. student in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University in Toronto, ON. Her current research explores the systematic uptake of physical activity for health and well-being in later life. Specifically, she is interested in mechanisms and strategies for the adoption of interventions that increase mobility and reduce sedentary time among residents of long-term care facilities. Ariane has been in the role of communication coordinator on the Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) Student Connection Executive Committee (SC-CE) since 2017. She is excited to continue her involvement with the SC-CE and to represent you as the next CAG SC-CE president.

Vice President: Christine Sheppard

2015 – Present

University of Waterloo

Christine Sheppard is an upper-year PhD student at the University of Waterloo in the Aging, Health and Wellbeing program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from the University of Ottawa and a Masters in Social Work with a specialization in gerontology from the University of Toronto. Her research and evaluation practice explores how Older Adult Centers contribute to the wellbeing of Ontario seniors, and examines how seniors use these centres relative to other programs/services offered by other community-based organizations. Through this work, she hopes to shed light on the value Older Adult Centres play in their local community and increase our understanding of who attends and benefits most from their programming.

Christine has been on the SC-CE Executive Committee since 2015 as the Student Representative Coordinator. As an executive member, she expanded the student representative program to include over 25 student representatives from 15 universities across Canada, re-established grant opportunities for student representatives, and led several successful fundraising events to support student-led activities on local campuses and communities.

Communications Coordinator: Kim Thériault

2020 – Present

University of Ottawa

Kim Thériault is a first-year MA/PhD student at the University of Ottawa in the Experimental Psychology program. She holds a Health Science Diploma (Pre-med) at the University of Moncton and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Her current research study emotional influences on semantic priming in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. Kim’s is excited to join the Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) Student Connection (SC-CÉ). She is looking forward to being involved in this association as the Communications coordinator.

Kim Thériault est une étudiante de première année au programme MA/PhD en psychologie expérimentale à l’Université d’Ottawa. Elle détient un diplôme préparatoire en Sciences de la santé à l’Université de Moncton et elle détient également un baccalauréat en sciences spécialisé en psychologie à l’Université d’Ottawa. Sa recherche actuelle étudie les influences des émotions sur l’amorçage sémantique dans les cas de troubles cognitifs légers et de maladie d’Alzheimer. Kim est enthousiaste à l’idée de rejoindre la Connexion étudiante (SC-CÉ) de l’Association canadienne de gérontologie (ACG). Elle a hâte de pouvoir s’impliquer au sein de cette association en tant que Coordinatrice de communication.

Student Representative Coordinator: Tia Rogers-Jarrell

2018 – Present

York University

Tia Rogers-Jarrell is a PhD student at York University in the department of Kinesiology and Health Science under the supervision of Dr. Brad Meisner. Combining her interests in promoting active aging and combating social isolation, she utilizes critical qualitative approaches to understand how to create opportunities that encourage social participation within older populations. Her research also examines the role stereotypes and age-barriers have on impacting ones ability and willingness to engage in and with their community.

Prior to starting at York, Tia completed a Masters degree in Applied Health Sciences with Dr. Paula Gardner at Brock University. During this time, she was the project coordinator of an intergenerational program. As health is directly related to the neighbourhood that one lives in, this project explored the age-friendliness of various Niagara Region communities to understand how to make these locations healthier places to grow old. Tia’s excited about joining the student connections as it’s played an important role in her academic and professional development. She hopes to continue connecting aspiring gerontologists across the country and bring further awareness to this association.

Secretary-Treasurer: Andrea Rochon

2018 – Present

Queen’s University

Andrea Rochon is currently a student in the PhD in Nursing program at Queen’s University. Her interests include healthy aging, health promotion, polypharmacy, and adverse medication events. Andrea’s Master’s research focused on nursing teamwork.

Andrea has a passion for education and learning and currently works as a Clinical Instructor for Nipissing University in the online blended learning program. She provides education and instruction across a number of clinical areas and settings including pediatric, family, and community health, and acute care. In Winter 2018, she worked as a teaching fellow for an undergraduate gerontology course where she had the opportunity to share her interest for working with and caring for older adults with a large group of nursing students.

Her recent clinical work was as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gerontology. In that role, she advocated for the safe, quality care of older adults across the organization by providing education, consultation, mentorship, and leadership to staff, and through work on various committees. Andrea presented a poster at the 2016 CAG Conference titled ‘Assess and Restore Workshops: Living the Philosophy to Enhance the Care of Older Adults’ on behalf of an interprofessional team she worked with to develop and deliver education to a team of health care professionals working specifically with older adults.

Andrea has been a member of numerous organizations including the Gerontological Nurses Association of Ontario, the Staff Nurse Interest Group, and the Nursing Research Interest Group. She is an active member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and is currently the financial officer on the Kingston Chapter Executive. She is looking forward to the opportunity to become more actively involved with the SC-CAG!

Past President: Laura Kadowaki

2020 – Present

Simon Fraser University

Laura Kadowaki completed a PhD in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include: home and community care services, community-based seniors’ services, integrated care systems, and social policy. Laura has worked on a number of research and advocacy projects including the Raising the Profile Project, the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, and the Lived Experiences of Aging Immigrants Project. Laura is the Past-President of the Canadian Association on Gerontology Student Connection, and previously has served as the President and Secretary-Treasurer. She is currently a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University.