The Good Samaritan Society, a Lutheran Social Service Organization, is a not-for-profit, registered charity with over 65 years of experience providing specialized health and community care services in innovative and caring environments.
The programs, practices and policies of The Good Samaritan Society and Good Samaritan Canada are managed by a team of top professionals who are not only extremely skilled but are passionate and dedicated to the vision, mission and values of the organization.
Michelle is an accomplished executive professional with extensive international corporate experience in a variation of private and public sectors. She has over twenty years of professional experience in all facets of human resources and people strategy, labour relations, strategic planning and executive leadership management and development. Michelle is a multilingual leader and high performer that develops executable strategy and employs human capital practices that attract, retain and develop high potential talent.
Michelle was most recently the Corporate Director of Human Resources Integrated Client Services for the University of Alberta and prior to that held the positions of Deputy Chief/Chief People Officer for the City of St. Albert, Chief Human Resources Officer in the European Telecommunications sector and was also the Vice President of the National Foundation for Human Resource Development. She is also currently the Vice President of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta.
Michelle possesses strong educational credentials which includes a Master of Laws (Human Rights and Employment Specialization), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Policy and Certification in industrial relations, executive leadership, strategic business planning and alternative dispute resolution.
In her work as Vice President of the National Foundation for Human Resource Development and as a Board Director and Managing Partner of ‘Objective HR’, a professional consultancy firm, Michelle worked diligently to promote and advance HR practices, standards and ethics as well as ADR/mediation practices, by promoting designation standards and advancing/educating standards of practice both within private corporations as well as throughout a variation of levels of government.
Advancing and successfully executing people strategy initiatives and a commitment towards purposeful and authentic leadership are philosophies she has consistently striven to incorporate in all aspects of her work. Her commitment to providing solutions for individuals to resolve conflict and to negotiate terms of resolution as well as promoting clear differentiators and employee centred value propositions have proven to be a successful strategy throughout her professional career.
Scott has been a Registered Nurse in Alberta for the past 29 years. Over that time, he has held a number of different positions as both a front line nurse in the Emergency Department to various administrative and leadership positions within Alberta. Scott was the Executive Director of the Cross Cancer Institute located in Edmonton. He then moved to a seconded role within Alberta Health as a Clinical Advisor to various departments within that Ministry. Most recently, Scott was the Senior Provincial Director of the Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network as well as the Emergency Strategic Clinical Network for Alberta Health Services.
Scott has completed his Bachelors of Science in Nursing as well as a Masters in Business Administration. He has recently been certified as a Canadian Health Care Executive. Scott has a passion for evidence-based healthcare and supports change in care delivery to ensure safe and quality care for Canadians.
Sindy has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta and obtained her Certified General Accountant designation in 2000. Sindy joined The Good Samaritan Society in June of 2004 as their Finance Manager and was promoted to the Director of Finance role in October 2011. Sindy's prior work experience includes 7 years auditing retail cooperatives and another 7 years working in various accounting roles in Alberta¹s oil drilling industry. Sindy also served on The Good Samaritan Society¹s Board of Directors from 2000 to 2003.
Karen holds a degree in Theology from Taylor University and was consecrated as a Lutheran Diaconal Minister in 2004. Engaged in team ministry at a parish for 15 years Karen joined The Good Samaritan Society (GSS) and Good Samaritan Canada (GSC) as a chaplain in 2012, serving in various care homes in Edmonton and area. She was promoted to Director of Mission Effectiveness in 2016.
Prior to joining GSS/GSC Karen represented Diaconal ministry for The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada for eight years on the Diaconal of the Americas and Caribbean (DOTAC), an international committee for Diaconal Ministers. She also served on many national and synodical leadership committees within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).
Additionally, Karen sits as a member of the Western Canada Examining Committee, a body to examine candidates for ordained and diaconal ministry within the ELCIC.
Karen has a passion for the mission, vision and values of GSS/GSC based on the parable of The Good Samaritan. As a Christian, not for profit healthcare provider, we have a unique identity that is important as we strive to live out our core values by providing healthy relationships, a hospitable environment and by modeling servant leadership. Called to ministry within GSS/GSC, Karen hopes to inspire staff and volunteers working in our care homes to become extensions of God’s love to the residents and families who come to live at GSS/GSC.
As a charity, The Good Samaritan Society raises funds to provide loving care and quality service to honour the diverse population we serve. Donations to our charity allow us to enhance the programs and services we offer to more than 6000 people.Donate Today