Monica Robson | Executive Director
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 101

Monica Robson is the Executive Director of Pilgrims Hospice. She has a wide-ranging background in finance, marketing, Seniors & Supportive Living, and Hospice care. As Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Hospice in Sarnia, Ontario, Monica was responsible for Community Hospice programs and a 10-bed residential facility. She was involved in the development of the residential program, including a Capital Campaign, building project, grand opening and the ongoing fund development required to operate community based programs and services.

Monica is passionate about hospice palliative care and ensuring that those living with a life-limiting illness, their families and loved ones are well supported, both in living life well until the end, and through grief and bereavement.

When she is not focused on her work at Pilgrims Hospice, Monica enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage boys and can be most often found cheering her boys on at a hockey arena or swimming pool. She also enjoys gardening and walking her dog, and travelling with her family.

 

Cheryl Waldo | Senior Executive Assistant
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 240

Cheryl joined Pilgrims Hospice Society in April, 2019.  She brings 20 years of Administrative experience, with 9 years in an Executive Assistant role, over 10 years in Corporate Event Planning & Fundraising Events and holds a Commissioner of Oaths.  as EA, Cheryl sees her responsibilities as helping to shape the positive image of Pilgrims and to be the backbone of support for the Executive Director and for her team members.  She’s also the smiling face of welcome to our clients and visitors.

Here experience working with a diverse group of individuals gave Cheryl the invaluable tool of understanding people’s behaviours, enabling her to be persuasive, intuitive and creative in many aspects.  She’s gained the willingness to help others unconditionally and at Pilgrims has learned that compassion is not just in her words but in how she listens and responds to the emotions of others, as well as in understanding and remembering the characteristics of each individual she meets.

Cheryl is the mother of four successful adult children.  She loves going on adventures, getting to as many concerts as possible, cooking, travelling as often as she can, and kayaking.  She’s also a lover of all things art related including drawing, painting and tattoos!

 

Sean Youn | Accounting & Administration
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 238

Sean started working at Pilgrims Hospice Society in July 2013.  He’s worked in accounting and office administration for the past 15 years and before that, Sean studied Physics.  His work and education have taken him to many places around the world.

Born in South Korea, Sean moved to Manitoba for his studies, and then to Chicago.  In the mid-1990’s, he arrived in Edmonton, which to his surprise became the city he now calls home.

Sean enjoys cooking, playing the guitar, and spending time with his lovely wife and daughters.  he also spends time volunteering with various projects within his community.  Sean strongly believes in the importance of volunteerism and giving back, and is very pleased to be able to promote these values through working at Pilgrims Hospice.

 

Dr. Dinesh Witharana | Medical Director
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 237

Dinesh Witharana is a family physician focused on meeting the primary care needs of people diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. He is honored to be able to support families throughout their journey.

As a Clinical Assistant Professor in Family Medicine at the University of Alberta and Calgary, Dinesh enjoys bringing students and residents with him to hospice rounds and home visits. He also enjoys participating on the Alberta College of Family Physicians Board of Directors, The Provincial Palliative Tumour Group as an Executive Member, the AMA Section of Palliative Care Fee Committee, and the Core Committee for the Cancer Strategic Clinical Network. He currently also serves as the suburban family physician representative on the Edmonton Zone PCN Sub-Committee responsible for improving transitions of care. He was also awarded the Alberta College of Family Physicians 2018 Outstanding New Professional Award.

He lives in Spruce Grove with his two amazing children, ages 3 and 6, and his extraordinary wife. He enjoys making people laugh and often accomplishes that by playing hockey. Dinesh is committed to provide compassionate family centred care to enhance the quality and dignity of life for those diagnosed with a progressive, life-threatening illness. He believes that Pilgrims Hospice Society will expand its service to provide excellent, respectful palliative care to many Albertans regardless of where they are in their journey.

 

Bonnie Ross | Director, Hospice Community Programs
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 226

Bonnie enjoys a rewarding career with Pilgrims Hospice Society, managing the Adult Respite Day Program, since 2011.  She has worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Renal Dialysis, Long Term Care and Acute Care since 1995.

Bonnie also manages the Compassionate Companions home hospice program connecting many palliative clients with our volunteers and facilitating meaningful relationships when they are so needed.

In 2016, Bonnie became actively involved in a partnership with Ca