Rosemary Dunne is a Vancouver based Recreation Therapist and Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA) with a Master’s Degree in Health Leadership and Policy: Senior’s Care. She is the executive director and director of lifestyles and therapeutic services at a local Vancouver, British Columbia complex care home. The author of Discovering Adventure in Special Care, Sharing the Magic, and Dementia Care Programming: an identity focused approach, she has been passionately voicing and leading compassionate care initiatives for over 30 years in support of seniors and individuals living with dementia. Her most recent publication is Moments: from extravagant programs to extraordinary moments. She has a keen interest in writing fiction as a hobby and hopes to publish her YA fantasy fiction piece Kingdom Keeper in the next year. Rosemary lives on the Fraser River in New Westminster, British Columbia in what she calls her little bit of paradise with her partner and their mini Australian Shepherd, Harley, where life is just plain good!
Jo-Anne Harrison is retired and resides in the Greater Vancouver area with her husband and four-and-a-half year old chocolate lab, Maya. Her healthcare career began when she returned to full time post secondary education as a mature student, mother of two teenage boys and whose husband was working out of town. With a healthcare career spanning close to 30 years, Jo-Anne has worked as a Community Program Leader for the Vancouver YMCA, Recreation Therapist in a Therapeutic Leisure Adult Day for Young Adults with Physical Disabilities, a Therapeutic Recreation Department manager in a Long Term Care home, and held the position of President of her professional association. Currently Jo-Anne sits on a board of directors for a long term care home in Vancouver where she is applying the skills she has acquired along her career. Married for 49 years to her high school sweetheart, Jo-Anne is an avid photographer, loves to travel, enjoys spending time in nature, spending time with her two grandchildren, or her niece and nephew, either at home or camping and taking time to unwind at her “Little Cabin in the Woods” on Mayne Island where it is likely you will be able to hear her exhale when she pulls into the driveway.