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, Capital Campaign & Major Gifts780.413.9801 ext. 108
Shelaine’s persistent interest in humanity is the driving force of her career in Edmonton’s not-for-profit sector. She consistently seeks creative platforms to engage, inform and mobilize community support for initiatives that enrich quality of life of the vulnerable, build community resilience, and nurture the soul.
The experience of her mother’s end-of-life journey led Shelaine to Pilgrims Hospice in late 2016. Her background as event producer, cultural programmer, communications director, and administrator combined with her passion for stewardship and strategic development has continuously expanded her role with Pilgrims.
She is thrilled to be part of realizing Edmonton’s first Residential Community Hospice Centre, as the Manager: Capital Campaign and Major Gifts.
Outside of Pilgrims Hospice, she engages in a creative community life with her daughter, participating in music and arts festivals, enjoying the river valley with her dog Teddy Bear, and dreaming of travel.
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 | Manager, Hospice Community Programs780.413.9801 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.
Cheryl Salter-Roberts | Manger, 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 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 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 joined Pilgrims Hospice in the fall of 2014, with a diverse background in community work, office administration and volunteer fundraising. The position brings together her passion for hospice care and raising funds within the non-profit sector.
As writer and editor for the monthly e-newsletter and other communications, Liz is inspired by the stories of clients positively impacted by the end of life or bereavement care they receive through Pilgrims Hospice.
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 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 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 & 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 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 - 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.
Donna McIsaac | Coordinator, Volunteer Services
Donna joined Pilgrims Hospice in November 2018. She has a Bachelor Degree in Education and Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Alberta. Donna brings extensive skills and expertise from her background as a teacher, counsellor and school administrator within Edmonton.
In her role as Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Donna is excited to continue building a community of capable and caring volunteers. She looks forward to assisting volunteers with a variety of interests – from fundraising, event planning or administration, to connecting with those in need of companionship and support. Donna believes there is no greater gift than giving a warm heart and a listening ear.
In her spare time, Donna enjoys spending quality time with her family in her home away from home, the Kootenay Mountains. She loves to be in the great outdoors skiing, hiking, golfing and paddling.