Mary Anne Watt has been on the Board of VSCHS for four years, as Secretary for three years and Board Chair for one year. Prior to retiring to Valemount (the best place in the world)! - she managed seniors Supportive Living facilities in Alberta for twenty years (from 40 units – 113 units with 120 residents). She was on the Board of the Alberta Managers Society, Senior Citizens Housing for four years and studied Gerontology through distance learning from Mount Royal College, Calgary. Mary Anne believes that all seniors are entitled to a quality of life that ensures independence and dignity. She loves greeting the day (not too early!) on her deck with coffee. Her five grandchildren and her garden make her so happy.
I have had the privilege of being a member of your board of directors for this past year. I have enjoyed the collaboration that is essential to provide a meaningful way forward to achieving the goals set forth. I believe my skills were very helpful this past term and hope that you will support my continuing as a director.
I was raised here in Valemount, attended high school in McBride. After working away, I have lived and worked here in Valemount for the last 21 years. My husband and I run a small forestry consulting business and I am currently a Councillor with the Village of Valemount. Caring for my late mother Louise MacLean has also given me insights to support seniors to age in Valemount. I am interested in serving as a board member for the Valemount Senior Citizen’s Housing Committee as I believe this is one of the most important organizations in the Village. My work experience as an administrator, grant writer, bookkeeper, safety coordinator and small business owner would contribute as a board member for the Housing Society.
I am letting my name stand for another term on the Board of the Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society. These are both challenging and exciting times as we work through a global pandemic. I continue to advocate for the continued well-being of the current and future residents of housing provided by the Society. Having a structured and effective Board is crucial and I feel my committee experience, good business sense and people skills would contribute to a successful Board.
After spending one year on the board of the Valemount Senior Housing Society, a lot has been learned. Understanding the full scope of what the board does took a little time and has been challenging and rewarding. As a board member I look forward to maintaining the existing facility, and keeping it affordable, as well as supporting future projects.
I am a long-time resident of Valemount and part of a large family still residing in our valley. I was employed in the Health Care System for many years and retired in 2012. During my growing up years I have envisioned a future for Valemount that would include a safe and pleasant home for our seniors as well as a fully functioning Hospital. I have been a caregiver for a senior here in the valley and experienced some of the challenges they are faced with. A goal of mine would be to assist the seniors any way I can. I have served a one-year term on the senior society board and look forward to what the new term will bring in the way of board members.
After retiring from Valemount Elementary School, I've always found time to volunteer in our community – be it minor sports, or community activities. With my organizational skills, connections with people and finger on the pulse of the community, I have been able to initiate many projects and help the community. My work for seniors includes - a seniors' spiritual weekly Bible Study, the bi-monthly "Coffee House" for seniors to get out and socialize, "Adopt a Senior" for Christmas, and helping organize the "Yellow Duck Raffle," which generated $3500 for the Valemount Cares project. I'm a team player and want to use my volunteer skills as a director of the Valemount Seniors Citizens Housing Society.