GPA National Advisory Committee – AGE

GPA National Advisory Committee

The GPA National Advisory Committee (NAC) provides important stakeholder feedback to inform development and enhancement of the GPA curriculum. To enrich the scope and reach of our curriculum, committee members come from all aspects of geriatric healthcare, coast to coast.

Each year we review the committee to ensure we are reflecting a rich and varied collaboration. If you are interested in the possibility of joining the committee in the future, please contact Michele Bliss, AGE Clinical Education Specialist, at


(listed alphabetically by first name)

Charles Gagné, BA, MA, MBA
Chief Executive Officer/Directeur général of Actionmarguerite.
Winnipeg, MB.

Craig Smith, BSCH, RSW, MSW, GPA NAC Co-Chair
Elder Mediator and Geriatric Assessor CCAC Cornwall
Cornwall, ON.

Debbie Hewitt-Colborne, RN, MScN, GNC(C)
Project Advisor at the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) Coordinating Office. North Bay Regional Health Centre.

Denise Paradis, OHS Dip
Executive Director of the New Brunswick Continuing Care Safety Association/Directrice gènèrale de l’Association de la sécurité des soins continus du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Geneviève Laferrière, BComm, Project Management Certificate
Project Coordinator/Coordonnatrice de project at Réseau franco-santé du Sud, the French Health Network of Central Southwestern Ontario. Ancaster, ON.

Janet Aucoin, RSW, MSW
Challenging Behaviour Resource Consultant (CBRC) for Northern Zone in the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Jennifer Lyle, BSc, MHA
Executive Director, SafeCare BC, the workplace health and safety association for the continuing care sector in the province.

Lisa Wauchope, BSc, M.Ed(c), PGDip, GPA NAC Co-Chair
Facilitator with the Centre for Inter-professional education at the University of Toronto, Ontario.

Monica Bretzlaff, BA, TRS
Manager Behavioural Supports Ontario (Provincial and North East) Regional Aboriginal Mental Health Services, Seniors’ Mental Health Integrated Service and Seniors’ Mental Health  Regional Consultation Service.

Paul Fieldhouse, BA (Hon), BSW, MSW, RSW
Provincial Manager of Behavioural Health – Continuing Care with the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Tracey Leslie, B.Rec, CGN
Manager of Recreation Therapy and Volunteer Services at Retirement Concepts/Seniors Village, Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Tracy Danylyshen-Laycock, BSPE, MSW, RSW, Ph.D
Behavioural Consultant for the 30 long-term care homes in Saskatoon Health Region, SK.

Vivian White, RN, BN, GNC(C)
Regional Education Coordinator, Western Health, Stephenville, NL