Board of Directors
Claude M. Roberto
Claude M. Roberto, President and founding Director, lives in Edmonton, Alberta. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in 1984 and became an advocate in healing from pain after having a serious car accident in 1997.
Claude has been Vice-President of the Chronic Pain Association of Canada. This national organization aims to improve chronic pain treatment and facilitate the lives of hundreds of thousands of Canadians and North Americans living with pain. She is also a community member on the Advisory Board of the University of Alberta Multidisciplinary Pain Centre. She offers workshops and presentations to people experiencing pain, medical and pharmaceutical students as well as physicians wishing to upgrade their knowledge about the patient’s perspective on pain.
Claude also meets with decision makers and politicians to improve legislation so that clients and physicians have more power in treating pain. In addition, she is often involved with clinical trials aimed at finding new and improved medications for the people in pain.
Claude published in 2006 At Peace with Pain making available information gathered from these various personal life experiences. She is known to tell her readers or public how to enjoy life to the fullest even with pain; she never tells them how to get totally rid of it because
pain can be intractable. However she explains how to reduce pain with different techniques and how to avoid preoccupation with pain so that healing becomes possible.
She received several academic awards and literary prizes for previous books as well as in 2004, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Award given to outstanding Canadians for inspiring others, improving their life conditions and volunteering for communities at the local and national levels.
Mae Deans, Vice-president and founding Director, also lives in Edmonton, Alberta. Mae works with the Ministry of Seniors and Community Supports, Edmonton Region Board, Persons with Developmental Disabilities. She holds a Master of Science degree in Rural Sociology from the University of Alberta and has published several articles and book chapters pertaining to research in the field of rural sociology. Over the course of Mae’s life, she has been an advocate for people receiving institutional care – particularly the elderly and people with developmental or cognitive disabilities. Mae has been the secretary of the Family Advisory Council of the Good Samaritan Society. She is particularly interested in people with cognitive disabilities and how to ease the suffering of people with limited oral capabilities who experience chronic pain.
Sacha Aldrich, Director, lives in Edmonton, Alberta. She has spent the last seventeen years working in the human services field, specifically in the area of trauma and abuse. She also facilitated a support group for abused women at the YWCA Edmonton for seven years and developed the first acquaintance sexual support group in Western Canada for the University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre as part of her honours thesis.
She completed a Master’s in Counselling Degree from Gonzaga University in 2000. She is an Associate Member of the Professional Association of Canadian Christian Counsellors (PACCC) and a member of the American Association of Christian Counsellors.
Singular focus on pain can increase our feelings of suffering and our sense of hopelessness; it can lead to life put on hold, waiting for the day when things will get better. According to Sacha, as human beings we are comprised of our physical bodies, our mind and emotions, and our spirit. When we let our physical condition become our identity, we are denying the power of the mind and emotions and our spirit. Sacha has several years of clinical experience on how to deal with pain.