Our People

Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc

Academic Lead

Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc

Jayna is an academic geriatrician, Professor, and Head of the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services (AHS) Calgary zone. Her research utilizes knowledge translation science to improve care for older adults. She holds the University of Calgary Brenda Strafford Foundation Chair in Geriatric Medicine. Jayna plays a leadership role within the Canadian Frailty Network, and was previously an Associate Editor for the Canadian Medical Association Journal (2010-2020). She was also the former Head of the Division of Geriatric Medicine (2016-2020) within the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary/AHS Calgary zone, Medical Director of the AHS Calgary zone Specialized Geriatric Services (2016-2020), and Scientific Director of the AHS Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network (2012-2015).

Administrative Assistant

Shezmin Rashed
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Dr. Ann Toohey

Manager, Research & Scientific Programs

Dr. Ann Toohey

Ann's interdisciplinary research program has integrated growing understandings of the health-promoting potential of human-animal relationships for older adults into frameworks for developing age-friendly cities. Her approach delves into policy implications of promoting aging-in-place in ways that also promote social justice. Ann has worked in both municipal government and non-profit sectors in a variety of capacities, including facility-based research and policy development, funds development, and communications. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, where she completed her PhD in 2018.

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Dr. Chantelle Zimmer

Senior Project Coordinator

Dr. Chantelle Zimmer

Chantelle has multidisciplinary training in the social and health sciences. Her primary research interests are improving the social participation, social inclusion, health, and well-being of equity deserving populations. Most of Chantelle’s work with older adults is focused on age-friendly communities and healthy aging. She has provided leadership for academic and community associations by serving on various boards and committees, including the Alberta Association on Gerontology, as well as for non-profit organizations working as a consultant. Chantelle holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor appointment in the Faculty of Kinesiology.

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Jayne Beselt

Research Coordinator

Jayne Beselt

Jayne holds a MSc in Sport, Exercise, and Health Psychology from the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. For the last few years she has worked as a research assistant in the Relationships and Exercise Lab. Her research interests include understanding the experiences of older adults who live alone with social support, relationships, and barriers related to physical activity including the ways in which group physical activity can influence experiences with loneliness and social isolation. More broadly, she is interested in ways marginalized groups within the older adult population who are at increased risk of social exclusion and isolation experience social support through physical activity.

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Dr. Tom Stelfox

Scientific Director, O’Brien Institute for Public Health

Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc

Academic Lead, Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging

Donor Representatives

Tony Weeks

President & CEO, Brenda Strafford Foundation

Navjot Sidhu

Manager of Research & Innovation, Brenda Strafford Foundation

Faculty Representatives

Dr. Todd Anderson

Dean, Cumming School of Medicine

Dr. Meghan McDonough

Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology

Dr. Sandra Davidson

Dean, Faculty of Nursing

Dr. Ellen Perrault

Dean, Faculty of Social Work

Non-voting Members

Dr. Jamie Day

Administrative Director, O’Brien Institute for Public Health

Dr. Ann Toohey

Manager of Research & Scientific Programs, Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging

Dr. Chantelle Zimmer

Senior Project Coordinator, Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging

Jayne Beselt

Research Coordinator, Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging