Staff & Board of Directors


 Executive Director Sandra Azocar

Sandra Azocar

Executive Director

Sandra Azocar has been an advocate for a fair and equal society for more than 30 years in Alberta. Her past experience includes working as a child protection worker, and volunteer work within the Chilean community as well as the labour movement. She has served in many positions in the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) including Vice-President from 2007-2012. Sandra had also served on the Board of Directors of Friends of Medicare for 6 years prior to becoming the Executive Director in 2012.


Alyssa Pretty

Communications and Administration


Board of Directors

Friends of Medicare is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of both elected and appointed members. Up to fifteen members may be elected by the membership, of which a maximum seven can be organizations. Each chapter is also able to appoint one representative to the Board of Directors.

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Trudy Thomson Barret Weber Karen Werlin Loraine Anderton
Board Chair Vice Chair Treasurer Secretary
Health Sciences Association of Alberta       
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Marg Brown Gil McGowan Shelley Magnusson Bonnie Gostola
Director Director Director Director
Alberta College of Social Workers Alberta Federation of Labour  Alberta Teachers Association Alberta Union of Provincial Employees 
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Nick Jurich  Heather Smith Brenda Corney Avril Torrence
Seniors Action & Liason Team  United Nurses of Alberta Director - Red Deer Director - Palliser 
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Michael Cormcian Bruce Fafard Abdul Raheem Jason Rockwell 
Director  Director  Director Director
Alex Shevalier