Our Staff 2020-06-18T12:19:58-06:00

Monica Robson | Executive Director
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 106

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 | Executive Assistant
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 110

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. 104

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.

Kelly Marlow | Director, Residential Care
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 118

Joining Pilgrims in February, 2020, Kelly plays an essential role in developing and overseeing the specialized residential palliative care for the new Roozen Family Hospice Centre.  Graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1992, from the University of Alberta Hospital School of Nursing, Kelly worked primarily in Pulmonary and Cardiothoracic surgery at the U of A Hospital, before finding her love of leadership as a Resident Care Manager at Sherwood Care in Sherwood Park.

A confident and compassionate leader, Kelly strives to build trusting, supportive relationships with those she serves, as well as her coworkers and her teams.  She believes that by creating a positive, respectful work environment, staff will give the very best of care to their clients and each other.  She is passionate about providing quality care to individuals and their families facing terminal illness, so their journey may be one of love and peace.

Kelly lives with her husband of 21 years and is a mom of three. She has enjoyed extensive travel throughout Ireland, Scotland, England, and all over the US with her two world-class Irish Dancer daughters and her son who has played competitive lacrosse since a young age.  Kelly’s family is her world.

Bonnie Ross | Director, Hospice Community Programs
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 103

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 Catholic Social Services, which allows our volunteers to companion residents at St. Joseph’s home.  this is a warm and caring home for those who are palliative and homeless.  Through Bonnie’s hard work, Pilgrims Hospice also recently launched the No One Dies Alone program in Edmonton.  Her hope and goal with this program is to ensure that no person will die alone, if that is their wish.

Outside of Pilgrims Hospice, Bonnie enjoys spending time with her 3 girls, riding her motorcycle, and travelling.

Gillian Bennett | Day Program, Recreation Therapist
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 105

Gillian joined the Pilgrims Hospice team in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and a Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation – Gerontology, from Lethbridge College.

She has previous experience working in assisted living facilities, and as a content developer in the area of communications. At Pilgrims, Gillian develops balanced, adult-centered programming based on the unique needs and interests of our clients.

In her spare time, Gillian is often painting or cycling through the river valley. She loves museums, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and scouring the archives for historical photos of our amazing city.

Sheila-Anne Bass | Day Program, LPN
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 112

Sheila Anne joined Pilgrims Hospice in the fall of 2016. She received her Education at NorQuest College to become a Health Care Aide and then a Licensed Practical Nurse. She followed a personal interest in hospice care after the death of her father, by obtaining a Palliative Certificate from the Royal Alexandra Hospital in 2013.

Working in the Day Program, with such an intimate group size, is a positive change for Sheila Anne, from the continuing care units she worked in previously. She’s inspired by the individuals who are focused on living as much as they can, and enjoys hearing what they have to say. Sheila Anne loves the opportunity to be creative (including singing!), and being involved in the arts and gardening projects with the clients.

Outside of Pilgrims, Sheila Anne spends her time surrounded by family, friends, children and grandchildren. Going for walks in the great outdoors, music, reading, gardening, and time in the gym are all meaningful for her.

Diana Steele | Coordinator, Volunteer Services
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 114

Diana joined the Pilgrims team in December 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Education from the U of A, a Master of Arts and Integrated Studies with a focus in Work, Organization and Leadership, and a Queen’s Certificate in Organization Development Foundations.  Previously, Diana worked for NorQuest College, the Gov’t of AB and ran her own consulting firm working with organizations to better understand the multi-generational workplace.

Diana currently works part time as a substitute teacher and does contract work for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada protecting the interests of minors.

Always seeking new ways to stay connected to people, Diana is an avid volunteer. She spends free time taking advantage of opportunities that come out of being the President of the Crestwood Community League. She is part of the Candy Cane Lane crew and the SMILE Edmonton organization.

Diana has two boys ages 10 and 12 who she hopes are being inspired to do good things with their lives. For fun, Diana loves shopping, reading Wait But Why and following every move Elon Musk or Gwen Stefani make for daily inspiration on changing the world for the better!

Elaine Warick | Director, Development & Community Relations
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 115

Elaine has an extensive background in Fund Development within the Edmonton community, from the revitalization program in Old Strathcona to Director of Patron Development at the Winspear/ESO.  She joined the team at Pilgrims Hospice Society in June, 2019.

Elaine’s goal is to ensure that our programs are sufficiently funded, to the point that we are able to expand our services, eliminate wait lists, and serve increasing numbers of individuals and families within the greater Edmonton area.

For Elaine, music of all genres is a passion.  She also loves hiking and outdoor pursuits with her family – especially her grandchildren.

Nicole Craft | Manager, Fund Development
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 111

Nicole joined Pilgrims Hospice Society in 2017 and oversees the fundraising events, including the Pilgrims Hospice Annual Gala, River Valley Run/Hike, Golf Tournament and Sunflower Luncheon.

After completing her Event Management Certificate at Mount Royal University in  2005, Nicole started working in Edmonton’s non-profit sector with many large public fundraising events and festivals in the City, including the Ice on Whyte Festival, Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival and Edmonton Pride Festival.

Nicole has served on several committees and boards, including withe the Alberta Diabetes Foundation, Meeting Professionals International and St. Albert’s 150th Anniversary Committees.  In her spare time, she enjoys the great outdoors, coaching her daughter’s Ringette team , and is an avid Hockey Mom who enjoys watching her son play the game.

Liz Bartlick | Grant Specialist
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 113

Liz joined Pilgrims Hospice in the fall of 2014, bringing diverse experience in community work, administration and fundraising from both Edmonton and her home country of England.  She has a passion for hospice and raising funds within the non-profit sector.

Within various positions in the Fund Development team at Pilgrims, Liz developed a love of writing and found a perfect fit in the world of grants, securing funds for the programs and services, as well as towards building the Roozen Family Hospice Centre.  At the end of 2019, Liz’s position evolved to Grant Specialist and she is currently working towards her Grant Professional Certification.

Liz enjoys good movies, waling in nature with her husband, sitting round a campfire with friends, and snuggling with her cat Gracie.

Roxanne Werbicki | Coordinator, Donor Relations & Stewardship
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 116

Roxanne started with Pilgrims in February, 2020 bringing 20 years experience in donor relations and stewardship specializing in fundraising database software. She has worked for Newman Theological College & St. Joseph Seminary as well as the Edmonton Humane Society.

A compassionate soul by nature, Roxanne felt very drawn to working with Pilgrims. She instantly fell in love with the mission, vision and values.

Roxanne is the mother of five grown children and grandmother of two girls, with a grandson on the way. She loves spending time with her family, enjoys music, going to concerts, spending time outdoors and cooking.

Cheryl Salter Roberts | Director, Grief Support Services
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 102

Cheryl is a long-standing member of the Pilgrims Hospice team, managing the Expressive Arts for Children, Teens and Families program since 2004.

As a Grief Educator and Counsellor, she strives to provide education and support to all those who are grieving the loss of someone they love. She loves being part of this community and to watch people grow from their own personal journeys.

To balance her grief work, Cheryl loves to write, practice yoga, create art in her studio, spend time with her family, travel to her favorite island for retreats, and go for long walks in the woods on her property in the country.

Sarah Karesa | Grief Counsellor
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 107

Sarah is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and Registered Psychologist, providing individual and group counselling to adults who are grieving.  She joined the team at Pilgrims Hospice Society in January, 2016.

Inspired and influenced from a young age by her grandmother, a long-time Pilgrims volunteer, Sarah volunteered for the Day Program and the Expressive Arts program for many years, developing her passion for helping others, especially those grieving the death of a loved one.

Outside of Pilgrims, Sarah can be found reading a good book or engaging in some sort of art activity.

Shalini Dhunno | Grief Counsellor
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 109

Shalini is a registered Provisional Psychologist. She joined Pilgrims Hospice in 2017, where she offers individual counselling and supports clients through group counselling.

She was previously a counsellor at Momentum Walk-In Counselling Society and iHuman Youth Society. Her therapeutic approaches include solution-focused, cognitive-behavioural, narrative, and humanistic therapy.

Shalini has volunteered on the Edmonton Support Network as a distress line listener and at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, where she facilitated therapeutic art groups. Outside of Pilgrims, she spends time with her friends and family, playing with her nephew, and attempting different creative and recreational endeavors.

Paige Tirs | Marketing Specialist
Phone:  780.413.9801 Ext. 108

Paige joined Pilgrims Hospice Society in 2020 as the Marketing Specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and Arts & Cultural Management Certificate from MacEwan University, She also has an extensive graphic design background with training from Toronto Film School.
Paige has a passion for working with non-profit organizations and helping them to develop their marketing/brand image. She’s successfully developed and implemented marketing campaigns and strategies for organizations such as Vinok Worldance, the Winspear Centre and the Art Gallery of Alberta. She is the Treasurer for Alberta Dance Alliance and has been a member for over 10 years.

Outside of Pilgrims Hospice, Paige professionally dances with Vinok Worldance, teaches Tap dance at various studios in the city and runs her own tap youth ensemble, Rhythm Motives. She enjoys running, playing with her two dogs and camping with her soon to be husband.