Board of Directors

Board and Staff


 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.



Trevor Zimmerman

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