Sage's Board of Directors Announces a New President

Posted on January 3 2014

Sage is pleased to announce that Dr. D. Lynn Skillen has moved from the role of President-Elect to President of Sage's Board of Directors as of January 1, 2014. Congratulations Lynn, and thank you for your dedicated volunteer contributions to Sage! Please see Lynn's biography below.

The Sage team would also like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our outgoing President, Bauni MacKay for her years of generous service and exceptional leadership on the Sage Board. Thank you Bauni! Bauni will continue on the Board in the role of Past-President.


Lynn obtained a BScN (1963), MHSc (1979), PhD (Sociology, 1992), and a certificate in occupational health nursing (1985).  She grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and lived in Toronto, Calgary, Colombia (South America), and Fort Chipewyan before settling in Edmonton in 1981.  She is fluent in Spanish, reads French, and is studying Italian.  Her first career was as a clinician (public health nurse, nurse manager, nurse practitioner); the second was as an academic (Nursing), focusing her teaching, research, and community service on women’s health, and workers’ safety and health; her third career is to be discovered, but could be freelance writing, copy editing, and drama.  Her volunteer experience includes 4 years with CUSO in the Colombian outback, 2 years on Edmonton’s Distress Line, Universiade 1983, and 30 years of short term consulting in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. 

Lynn’s major areas of interest are: health promotion, lifelong learning, physical fitness, personal and community safety, and global citizenship.  She enjoys public speaking.  Lynn has held positions of leadership (Chair of academic committees, Director of International Nursing Office, Board Member of the Canadian Society for International Health, and Regional Nursing Officer for a Territorial Public Health Service in Colombia). She is an appointee to the Standing Advisory Committee for International Engagement at the University of Alberta, is registered with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, and is a member of the Canadian Nurses Association. As a Professor Emerita (U of A), Lynn looks forward to skiing, hiking, biking, travel, live theatre, new friendships, meaningful volunteering, writing textbooks, and occasional consulting.  Lynn was appointed to the Sage Board in February, 2009.

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