Staff & Board of Directors


Executive Director Sandra Azocar

Sandra Azocar

Executive Director

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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

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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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Karen Kuprys  Bruce Macdonald  Karen Werlin  Judy Lederer 
Chair  Vice Chair  Treasurer  Secretary 
Alberta Federation of Labour       
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Leanne Alfaro Marg Brown  Elissa Corsi Bonnie Gostola 
Director  Director  Director  Director 
Health Sciences Association of Alberta  Alberta College of Social Workers  Alberta Teachers' Association  Alberta Union of Provincial Employees 
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Nic Juric  Heather Smith  Bev Muendel-Atherstone  Alison Van Dyke 
Director  Director  Director  Director 
Seniors' Action and Liaison Team  United Nurses of Alberta  Lethbridge Chapter Chair  Palliser Chapter Chair 

Alex Shevalier  Linda Cook  Jocelyn Johnson  Greg Mady 
Director  Director  Director  Director 
Calgary Chapter Chair       

Farris Sobhani  Trevor Zimmerman     
Director  Director