Our Staff 2020-01-02T08:41:27-07:00
Monica Robson | Executive Director
Monica Robson | Executive Director780.413.9801 ext. 106
Monica 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.

Shelaine Sparrow | Manager, Communications
Shelaine Sparrow | Manager, Communications780.413.9801 ext. 108
Shelaine’s 20+ year career in Edmonton is guided by her passion for innovative, community-based solutions to social challenges.

Years of post undergrad travel through many of the world’s poorest nations informed much of her work as a multidisciplinary producer, presenter, director, programmer with a special focus on film and the arts as an effective tools for change.

As a managing director, consultant and resource developer, her work has championed access to water, the right to education, and food sovereignty impacting thousands of people in Latin American, Africa and Canada. This experience plus training in place-sourced development and whole system design influence her strategic approach to social-benefit development projects-locally and internationally.

The experience of her mother’s end-of-life journey led Shelaine to Pilgrims Hospice in late 2016. Her role continuously expanded from events to donor stewardship to managing the Home for Hospice capital campaign, and now, with 80% of the $15 million goal raised, she is pleased to take on communications for the rapidly growing organization in preparation for the opening of the Roozen Family Hospice Centre.

Outside of Pilgrims, she engages in yoga, daily river valley walks, and a creative community life with her daughter, participating in intercultural arts activities.

Cheryl Waldo | Executive Assistant
Cheryl Waldo | Executive Assistant780.413.9801 ext. 110
Cheryl joined Pilgrims 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.

Her 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 with people, travelling as often as she can, and kayaking. She’s also a lover of all things art related including drawing, painting and tattoos!

Bonnie Ross | Director, Hospice Community Programs
Bonnie Ross | Director, Hospice Community Programs780.413.9801 ext. 103
Bonnie enjoys a rewarding career with Pilgrims Hospice Society that began in 2011. She has worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Renal Dialysis, Long Term Care and Acute Care since 1995.

Bonnie manages the Hospice Day Program and Home-Visiting Program and established the No One Dies Alone 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.

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

Cheryl Salter-Roberts | Manager, Grief Support Services
Cheryl Salter-Roberts | Manager, Grief Support Services780.413.9801 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.

Gillian Bennett | Day Program - Recreation Therapist
Gillian Bennett | Day Program - Recreation Therapist780.413.9801 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.

Elaine Warick | Director, Development & Community Relations
Elaine Warick | Director, Development & Community Relations780.413.9801 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 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.

Liz Bartlick | Grants Specialist
Liz Bartlick | Grants Specialist780.413.9801 ext. 113
Liz joined Pilgrims Hospice in the fall of 2014, with a diverse background in community work, office administration and volunteer fundraising. She brings together her passion for hospice care and raising funds within the non-profit sector in her coordination of grant applications for Pilgrims.

Liz is inspired by the stories of clients positively impacted by the end of life or bereavement care they receive through Pilgrims Hospice Society services.

In her spare time, Liz enjoys good movies, singing, walking in nature with her husband, sitting round a campfire with friends, and snuggling with her adorable cat, Gracie.

Nicole Craft | Manager, Fund Development
Nicole Craft | Manager, Fund Development780.413.9801 ext. 111
Nicole joined PHS in 2017 and oversees the fundraising events at Pilgrims Hospice, 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 with the Alberta Diabetes Foundation, Meeting Professionals International and St. Albert’s 150th Anniversary Committee.

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.

Sarah Karesa | Grief Counsellor
Sarah Karesa | Grief Counsellor780.413.9801 ext. 107
Sarah is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and Registered Provisional Psychologist, providing individual and group counselling to adults who are grieving. She joined the team at Pilgrims Hospice 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 usually be found reading a good book or engaging in some sort of art activity.

Sean Youn | Accounting & Administration
Sean Youn | Accounting & Administration780.413.9801 ext. 104
Sean started working at Pilgrims Hospice in July 2013. He’s worked in accounting and office administration for the past 15 years. Before that, he 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-1990s, 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.

Shalini Dhunno | Grief Counsellor
Shalini Dhunno | Grief Counsellor780.413.9801 ext. 109
Shalini is a provisional registered 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.

Sheila Anne Bass | Day Program - LPN
Sheila Anne Bass | Day Program - LPN780.413.9801 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
Diana Steele | Coordinator, Volunteer Services
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!