The achievements of the Winnifred Stewart Association would not be possible without the organizations' dedicated staff. WSA's diverse and experienced team continues to guide WSA towards its vision of enhancing quality of life as it strives to help WSA in its mission to provide comprehensive, customized services.
Winnifred Stewart Association Leadership Team
Larry Smook, Chief Executive Officer
Larry has been the CEO of the Winnifred Stewart Association since 2005. He has spent most of his executive career in the healthcare sector in B.C. and Alberta. Among his executive positions, Larry has been the Director of Laboratories at the Cross Cancer Institute, worked for the B.C. Ministry of Health in Victoria, B.C. and was on the Board of Directors of the Lillian Lefcoe Center for Developmentally Disabled Adults. He returned to Alberta in 1991 to become CEO of the Brooks Health Center, and in 1994 was appointed CEO for the Westview Regional Health Authority.
Emily Dixon, Director of Support Services
Emily has been working with WSA since January 2013. She began working as a Special Events Assistant while completing her Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Grant MacEwan University. Since then, Emily has worked in a few different roles around WSA, before becoming Director of Support Services in April 2016.
Sheila Maher, Controller
Sheila had just moved to Edmonton from Quebec City when she started working for WSA in November 1976. She started out as a receptionist before moving on to work in the accounting department. In 1982, she was promoted to controller, and still holds the position today. Sheila has enjoyed being a part of the many changes and challenges in WSA’s journey.
Vicky Andress, Empties to WINN & GreenGoods Manager
Vicky has worked with the Winnifred Stewart Association since 1981. After completing post-secondary schooling in Toronto and working at an institution in Whitby Ontario, Vicky moved to Edmonton. She began working at Cerwood Enterprises for the Winnifred Stewart Association and later moved on to work in Residential Services as a Program Coordinator, Service Coordinator, Supervisor, and Manager. In 2005, Vicky became Manager of Empties to WINN and GreenGoods.
Mary K Macdonald, Manager of Day Services
Mary K completed her Developmental Services Worker Diploma in Brockville, Ontario in 1982. After graduation, she moved west to pursue a position with the government of Alberta, but soon came upon an opportunity with WSA. She began working at Res #2 as a full time Service Coordinator and has been part of the WSA family ever since.
Nadine Laurent, Manager of Residential Services
Nadine has been the Manager of Residential Services since July 2007. She began her career as a residential careworker in B.C., eventually to become a program manager. In 2006, she moved to Edmonton to obtain better services for her daughter who is deaf. Though she tried a new career path when she arrived in Edmonton, she soon realized the developmental disabilities field is where her heart is, and jumped at the opportunity to work for WSA.
Candace Smallwood, Director of Development
Candace has been working with WSA since December 2002. She began as a weekend support staff while completing the Rehabilitation Practitioner program at McEwan University. After graduating, Candace continued to work in Residential Services as a Service Coordinator and then as a Supervisor until March of 2008 at which time she took on the position of Special Events & Development Manager. In October of 2016, Candace began in a newly created position for the WS Foundation as the Director of Development; working with the Foundation Board and staff on all revenue generating programs and fundraising initiatives including sponsorships, grants, major gifts and planned gifts to provide financial support to the programs offered by Winnifred Stewart Association.