Regional Representatives serve as Executive Team Members

Laura Bulmer
Laura BulmerOntario Rep – Chair
Laura Bulmer, RN, BScN, M. Ed. is Professor in the School of Nursing at George Brown College.
Over the last 25+ years she has held the positions of PSW Program Coordinator, Clinical Coordinator and Program/Curriculum Developer in addition to being a theory, lab, and clinical instructor. Her focus and passion for PSW education and advocacy has been recognized in the media for her work on provincial and national committees.

  • Working Group Member: College and Institute Canada (CICan) Development of National Standards for Unregulated Care Providers
  • Researcher:  SRDC PSW specific projects
  • PSW Advocate/Researcher: Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
  • Consultant, MCTU’s Ontario PSW Program Standard
  • Editorial Opinion Writer, Healthy Debate. Macleans
  • Member of Heads of Health Sciences PSW Subcommittee, 2012
  • Member of CACCE since 2013
  • Member of Heads of Health Sciences PSW Subcommittee since 2012
  • Initiated Ontario PSW Educator Group (OPSWEG, 2020)

Laura also has experience working in the community sector and in palliative care.  She is currently consulting on palliative care education for PSWs as part of her continued search for opportunities to advance PSW profession. She can best be reached via her email at

Alison Fyfe-Carlson
Alison Fyfe-CarlsonManitoba Rep – Co-Chair
Alison Fyfe-Carlson RN, BN, MA-ed Alison is a nurse educator from Red River College in Winnipeg.

One of Alison’s roles is the coordination of Health Care Aide programs. Alison has a strong interest in gerontology. Prior becoming a nursing educator Alison worked many years in home care and public health, amongst other roles. Alison is interested in ensuring health care aides get the best education possible and are recognized as integral & vital to the health care team. Alison is very pleased to be a member of the CACCE executive.

Wendy Treble
Wendy TrebleMember Emeritus, Treasurer
Wendy Treble has worked in geriatrics for 33 years, as a unit nurse, at a wellness clinic, and as a supervisor in various long-term care facilities.

Her particular interest is in caring for clients with dementia. Following community experience, in 2000 she joined what was then SIAST and is now Saskatchewan Polytechnic as an instructor for the CCA program. In 2008 she took on the Program Head role for the CCA program in Regina and remains in that role.

Lisa Beveridge
Lisa Beveridge British Columbia Rep
Lisa Beveridge is the Department Head of Continuing Care at Vancouver Community College (VCC).

Beginning her career as a nurse, Lisa worked in Critical Care, Interventional Radiology, various outpatient programs and Complex Care. In 2011, Lisa transitioned into education and began teaching in the Health Care Assistant programs at VCC. In her current role, Lisa coordinates the delivery of the Health Care Assistant, Acute Care for Health Care Assistants, and Health Career Access Programs.

Lisa is excited to join CACCE and bring her experience in curriculum development, program evaluation, people management, and stakeholder collaboration, forward to support the Executive Team. With a Masters of Health Administration, Degree in Nursing and Provincial Instructor Diploma, Lisa provides a diverse perspective as she evaluates challenges through a health care, education and administrative lens.

Faye Billington
Faye BillingtonSaskatchewan Rep
Hello, my name is Faye Billington, Program Coordinator, Southeast College, Weyburn, SK Campus. I have been with the College for 10 years.

My first role was Business and Program Development Consultant and then 4 years ago I became the Program Coordinator for full time programs including CCA, PN, and PCP among other programs.

I began my career in the health care field on the administration side including working with a personal care home and health region in Manitoba. I feel I have found my calling with my current role of Program Coordinator. It is very important to me that our students successfully complete their chosen path of education and enter the workforce with the necessary skills and abilities to be extremely successful in their chosen career!  This all begins with education and ensuring the program, facility, supplies, etc. are the best available that we are able to supply.

Personally, I currently live I live in Weyburn with 2 furbabies and endeavor to help my community.  I am on the Board of Directors of the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce and I am on the Board of Directors of the Weyburn Oil Women. The Weyburn Oil Women are a non-profit group which raises funds to help support and encourage women in the community. We also support children and their various activities and needs.

Abby Boychuk
Abby BoychukAlberta Rep
Abby is an LPN and Instructor at Keyano College. She joined the Nursing and Allied Health Programs in 2016. She graduated with a Diploma in Practical Nursing from Nova Scotia Community College.

Prior to teaching, Abby worked in Emergency as a Licensed Practical Nurse and Orthopedic Technician. She continues to work on a casual basis and believes her nursing experience and passion encourages students to learn at their highest potential; thus, aids in the development of competent and capable professionals.

Rachel Burwell
Rachel BurwellAlberta Rep
Rachel Burwell has been a Registered Nurse since 2005, with most of her career at the bedside spent in critical care nursing.

She currently works casually at an IV clinic in Calgary. Rachel completed her Masters of Nursing in 2016 specializing in nursing education with a strong focus on the use of simulation in nursing education. She has been teaching in the health disciplines since 2015. Rachel particularly enjoys teaching using a virtual, synchronous approach to rural students and has taught using this modality for most of her teaching career in the Practical Nursing program at Bow Valley College, and in the Health Care Aide program at Red Deer Polytechnic. Rachel enjoys using technology to help students learn content, and is passionate about creating safe and effective healthcare workers.

Lynn Chartrand
Lynn ChartrandOntario Rep
I have been a Registered Nurse for 31 years, having graduated from Cambrian College in 1990.

I worked in many different nursing environments, with my passion being in Critical Care Nursing and nursing education. As a nurse and educator, I value mutual respect, collaboration and professionalism.

I am Registered Nurse who holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing with a teaching focus and an undergraduate Bachelor of Science Nursing degree. During the past three years, I have been a professor in the Personal Support Worker Program at Cambrian College. During this time, I have been committed to creating a supportive learning environment that encourages students to learn about themselves as they pursue their studies and goals of becoming a Personal Support Worker. My deepest concern as a professor is to create a classroom environment that is respectful of learners, one that encourages students to engage in their learning and gain confidence in their abilities.

During my off time, I enjoy reading, gardening, spending time outdoors, as well as spending quality time with my family and friends.

Alicia Davies
Alicia DaviesOntario Rep
Alicia Davies is a Registered Nurse (RN) with a degree in Sociology, Women’s Studies (BA) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN).
She completed her Masters of Science in Nursing (MScN) with a focus on nursing leadership and knowledge transfer. She was a successful recipient of a fellowship in Transdisciplinary Understandings and Training on Research in Primary Health Care. Alicia has worked as an RN in various health care settings, including Community Care, Acute Care and Long Term Care. As a nurse educator for 15 years, she has worked with BScN, RPN and PSW students. Alicia is the Program Coordinator for the Fanshawe PSW Program at the London and St Thomas campuses. Most recently, she has been involved with the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) initiative to develop an accelerated online program for PSW interns. As a newer member of the CACCE Executive, Alicia is a strong advocate for PSW education. She is committed to not only supporting quality experiences for students, she is passionate about maintaining a high standard of PSW education to improve the quality of life for clients and their families.
Kim Diamond
Kim DiamondYukon Rep
Kim Diamond, RN BScN MAdEd Originally from Nova Scotia, I have lived in Yukon since 1991.

During my nursing career I have worked in the following clinical specialties: Medicine, Intensive Care, Home Care and Long term, with a little Peds, Surgical and Women’s health thrown in as well. I have experience in Nursing education as a clinical educator/resource nurse in Acute care, an instructor (theory and clinical) in a Practical nursing program and more recently as Instructor/Coodinator in the Health Care Assistant program at Yukon University. As an educator I am committed to a student-focused learning experience that is innovative, comprehensive, trauma-informed and relevant to the north and its unique social context and fabric. When not working, I am usually outside exploring the wilderness in a canoe, on skis or on foot. Down time is spent baking, drawing/painting, reading and being with family and friends during long winters or late midnight-sunned summers.

Connie Fisher
Connie FisherNova Scotia Rep
Manager, School of Health & Human Services- Nova Scotia Community College M.A. M.Ed.

Connie is a manager in the School of Health and Human Services, overseeing academic programs within the school, specifically the Continuing Care Assistant program. Connie brings fifteen years of post secondary experience, having been in roles within student services, business development, and most recently as Academic Chair for the School of Health and Human Services where she delivered annual intakes of CCA for over 12 years. She has experience in program development, has designed and managed programming through alternate online delivery, managed accreditation and program evaluation for multiple programs in health, from Practical Nursing, Continuing Care and Occupational Therapy Physiotherapy Assistant programming. Her professional background is as a counselling therapist, where she operated  private practice  prior to joining the college.

Shelaine Gallant
Shelaine GallantPrince Edward Island Rep
Shelaine Gallant, RN, originally from Prince Edward Island, graduated from Université de Moncton in New Brunswick with her BScN.

Upon graduation, she returned to her home province to start her nursing career in the Emergency Department. Although she enjoyed working as a bedside nurse, Shelaine was ready to take on a new role in the nursing field. In November 2021, she started as a Clinical Instructor and Educator for the Licensed Practical Nursing and Resident Care Worker programs at the Collège de l’Île in P.E.I. Shelaine is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing program at Université de Moncton. Some subjects that interest her are the advancement in the profession, nursing shortages and work environments. Shelaine aspires to be a role model for future nursing staff and hopes to bring a positive outlook on the profession for her students. As a new member of the CCACE Executive, Shelaine is eager to learn more about personal support workers across Canada and share her experiences that she encounters. She also believes it is crucial to touch base with her colleagues across Canada as this will help contribute to more consistency of PSW educators’ nationwide.

Dr. Ursula Jahn
Dr. Ursula JahnMember Emeritus
Dr. Ursula Jahn, RN. Faculty at Saskpolytech Dr. Juhn completed her PhD (2011) in Education: Curriculum Studies. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education: Curriculum Studies from the University of Saskatchewan.
She has diploma in nursing from the Calgary General Hospital School of Nursing. She is an experienced DACUM facilitator in Canada and internationally. She has facilitated DACUM workshops in Canada, in Kenya (Kenya Polytechnic), Malawi (Malawi Polytechnic), India, Nepal (Federation of Professional and Business Women of Nepal) and Jordan. She has also delivered workshops as follows: Train the Trainer, Competency Based Education, Instructional Development, Organizational Change Theory, and Principles of Adult Learning. She has extensive experience facilitating prior learning assessments and recognition (PLAR) in Canada. Prior to her acceptance of the program head position for the Continuing Care Assistant base program in Prince Albert, Dr. Jahn worked in the Program Planning and Development Department. She has broad teaching experience, particularly in the healthcare field.
Jane MacPhee
Jane MacPheePrince Edward Island Rep
Jane MacPhee’s career as a registered nurse began thirty years ago when she graduated from the University of New Brunswick’s Bachelor of Nursing Degree Program.

Her varied work experiences include employment in acute care, long-term care, mental health, and community nursing in Canada and the United States. Jane joined Holland College’s Resident Care Worker Program in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, as a Learning Manager in 2010 and began a career in teaching and learning. Jane strives to engage each student in an active learning journey of preparing for a career as a Resident Care Worker while embarking on a voyage of self-discovery in the process. Building strong communication skills, reflective practices, and self-awareness aptitudes in all learners is her passion and is especially evident in her interest in dementia, mental health, and palliative care. As a model of lifelong learning, Jane is a graduate of the Certificate in Adult Education Program offered jointly by the University of Prince Edward Island and Holland College and is presently a student in the Master of Education in Leadership in Learning with a focus on College Educators Program at The University of Prince Edward Island. As a new member of the CACCE executive, Jane is eager to learn more about personal support workers’ education across Canada while sharing information about Prince Edward Island’s educational and work opportunities for the unregulated worker.

Sara Nestoruk
Sara NestorukNew Brunswick Rep
I have been a Licensed Practical Nurse for the past 19 years. The last ten years have seen me in my current role as a Community College Instructor with the School of Health and Wellness at New Brunswick Community College (NBCC).

I can honestly say being an instructor offers the best of both worlds, which I consider so important to today’s society – healthcare and education.  I received my diploma from the same campus I currently work.  I was also part of the first group of students to graduate as Practical Nurses as the name changed from Nursing Assistants (RNAs) during my program.  I am also a Back in Form trainer (WorkSafe NB’s training system to reduce musculoskeletal injuries).  My nursing career has offered me experience in acute care, long-term care, and community health areas.  I consider myself a lifelong learner and look forward to mentoring students every day.

Lanette Nordick
Lanette NordickBritish Columbia Rep
Lanette Nordick RN, BScN A passionate nurse educator who began as a Health Care Assistant (HCA) close to 30 years ago, then proceeded on to be a Registered Nurse working in long term care, while also teaching future HCA’s, since 1997.

I am invested in the education of Health Care Assistants to support our age-ed population in the holistic fulfillment of their health and well-being. My interests include all aspects of older adult health, chronic illness, dementia, and palliative care. In collaboration with my colleagues across Canada and with unrelenting determination I am dedicated to increasing the knowledge, visibility and recognition of the unregulated health care providers, who with genuine compassion deliver day-to-day care to some of our most vulnerable members of society. Certified Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) Coach and Virtual Dementia Tour facilitator. Have been a participant in the BC Articulation Committee. A member of the Canadian Nurses Association, Gerontological Nursing Association of BC and Alzheimer’s Society of BC. Educated in the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety course.

Jillian Penny
Jillian PennyNewfoundland Rep
My name is Jillian Penny. I have been teaching the PCA (Personal Care Attendant) program at College of the North Atlantic since 2014.

I live in St. John’s, Newfoundland. I have been an RN for 15 years working in both acute care and long-term care.

Wanda Roberts
Wanda RobertsNorthwest Territories Rep
Wanda moved north to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in 1994 as a new Licensed Practical Nurse looking for adventure. She started her career in long-term care with the intention of moving to acute care once she acquired experience and confidence in her practice.
What began as Wanda’s “starter job” turned quickly into her passion, fueled by the desire to make a difference in the lives of elders entrusted to her care. This desire to make a difference led Wanda to Aurora College, where she has taught the Personal Support Worker program for the past 15 years. Wanda has continued her education while teaching full-time; completing a Bachelor of Nurse degree and a Master of Education in Open, Digital, and Distance Education. She believes teaching is an extraordinary privilege, influencing not only the quality of care people receive, but also students’ lives and futures.
Cheryl-Ann Shears
Cheryl-Ann ShearsNew Brunswick Rep
Cheryl-Ann started her career as a PSW and for 12 years she worked as a Licensed Practical in an acute medical-surgical unit.

Cheryl-Ann started her career in the educational sector in 2018 with NBCC  as a casual Clinical Instructor, and now is a Program Coordinator.

Cheryl-Ann believes that her experience in educating PNs and PSWs has put her in a unique position to advocate- which she enjoys doing. Her role has greatly expanded her nursing knowledge and a note of interest: She works at the same campus she graduated from after receiving her PN Diploma. This has allowed her the opportunity to work alongside the mentors who shaped her nursing career and she is passionate about passing that knowledge on to her students.

Doris Jean MacKinnon
Doris Jean MacKinnonNational Association of Career Colleges Rep
Doris Jeanne MacKinnon is an education leader with over 15 years of experience in the public and private post-secondary sector, specializing in curriculum design, program development, teaching, and adult learning.

She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Queen’s University, as well as a Masters and a Ph.D. in Canadian and Indigenous History from the University of Calgary. Her work in community-based research with educators and Indigenous peoples has led to the publication of numerous books and articles. 

Doris Jeanne brings extensive knowledge of both regulated career colleges and public post-secondary institutions from her tenure as Dean of Academics at a regulated career college in Alberta, as well as Coordinator of New Programming, Learning Designer and Educator in public post-secondary institutions. In her spare time, Doris Jeanne enjoys hiking, cycling, snowshoeing and other outdoor activities with her horses and dogs.

Cindy Woodson
Cindy WoodsonManitoba Rep
Cindy Woodson is an RN with a passion for infection prevention and control, public health, gerontology and dementia care.

After several years as a long-term care nurse manager in rural Manitoba, she joined the University College of the North Health Care Aide program in 2020 and is loving every minute of it. She states creating passionate and skillful health care team members is the ultimate goal. Being a life-long learner, Cindy is currently pursuing her Masters in Nursing program, with a teaching focus, through Athabasca University.

Anita Plunkett
Anita PlunkettCESBA Rep
Anita is an RPN with palliative care, educator and foot care expertise

She graduated with honours from St. Lawrence College in the RPN program and completed 2 years at St. Francis of Xavier University where she received her certificate in Adult and  Continuing Education and Teaching. Her current role is the PSW Lead/Quality Assurance Coordinator with the Ontario Association of Adult and Continuing Education School Board Administrators (CESBA). Anita is the proud owner of Well Grounded Foot Care Services and in her spare time has been known to dabble in the theatrical sphere.