Meet Our Leadership Team

Managing Director

Linda Hygard

I love Chinook Village! Being a small-town girl at heart, Chinook Village is a small community full of kind, caring people – both residents and staff. All the nuances of small-town living are encapsulated right here in the land of “Oz”! Everything you want or need is likely to be found right here at Chinook Village, including an opportunity to grow and enjoy your best life now – at any age. 

I firmly believed that older adults - seniors, had the right to live life the way they wish and should be encouraged to stay independent in their own home for as long as possible. That was, until I came to work in retirement communities that provided safe, secure accommodations; services that support our seniors and care based on identified unmet care needs.

Chinook Village offers so much more than your own home. Other people!

We have heard numerous times how our residents have flourished since they moved in, how they got a new lease on life. They have experienced fun, fellowship and new friendships.

People are a social being and desire love and a place to belong. There is no better place to continue this journey than within the walls of Chinook Village.

Chinook Village is full of people with similar values and beliefs and offers a warm and welcoming alternative. We enjoy life and each other’s company and all the amenities here.

Join us now and start really living again!

Operations Manager

Vern Enslen

Outdoor activities, whether solo or with family and friends, always puts things in perspective for me and helps me see some of the more important things in life. One of those important things is relationships and another is freedom. 

The view from atop a mountain ridge will reinforce that perspective as will a hike in the backcountry where there is a sense of vulnerability where safety and security cannot be taken for granted.

Providing safe, comfortable accommodations for seniors where social relationships flourish is important to me.

Yes, I believe in rules and regulations to ensure freedom from a sense of vulnerability in community living. Those rules allow the framework whereby residents and staff can experience freedom without fear. Often I hear a resident say, “I just love it here! I wish I would have done it sooner!”

Food Services Manager

Sourav Saha, RSE

Life is all about growing, like a tree that continues to grow and never ages. The realization of this became clear when I got an opportunity to work at Chinook Village. My focus is our residents’ delight and I love to bring a smile to their faces through the avenue of food.

I am blessed to have an awesome team working with me and together we create some original and delightful fare! I have worked in the hospitality industry since 1997 and have had the privilege to be employed with some of the most renowned hospitality groups such as Fairmont Group, Intercontinental Hotels, Cara Corporation, Taj Group of Hotels, Westin, Cypress College and various golf courses.

I love to spend my time with my family and friends. When I’m not at work, I enjoy sports like soccer, table tennis and badminton.

Bottom line – I love our residents and want them to live their best life now!

Supportive Living Manager

Cherie MacKenzie, LPN

The foundation of my career has always been rooted in seniors’ care. I am motivated by it and passionate about trying to make a difference every day. My health care background has provided me the opportunity to experience a deeper perspective.

From my early introduction into Long Term Care as a Resident Care Attendant, through my academic endeavors into Licensed Practical Nursing, I have had the privilege of working with people whose care needs are as diverse as they are. Those needs range from acute care in the medical/surgical departments to the transitional care of senior services in the Geriatric Assessment Unit. My experiences have facilitated personal and professional growth where I am humbled, enlightened and consistently inspired by the kaleidoscope of residents that call Chinook Village home.

I enjoy having a community of caring team members around me and here at Chinook Village we foster a wonderful sense of family through our residents and their families and friends.

Maintenance, Housekeeping Manager

John Neurauter

Every day is a new and interesting experience when you oversee six buildings with over 400 residents! That keeps me and my maintenance team on our toes at all times.

Whether it’s checking the heating systems, refurbishing suites or ensuring the security of the buildings, all are committed to ensure our residents have a safe, secure and well-run place to call home.

Our housekeeping staff is “top-notch.” Not only do they excel at keeping things clean and tidy, but they spend their days putting smiles on our resident’s faces!

Whether it’s maintenance or housekeeping, each and every member of our team has a heart for our residents here at Chinook Village.

Program Manager

Judy Fredeen

Hi! My name is Judy and I have been a Recreation Therapist for forty years. Although I have worked with a variety of age groups, I have always had a passion for working with seniors. 

I have been a part of the Chinook Village team for the past fourteen years and have helped build a recreational therapy department whose aim is to promote both physical and psychological health with a variety of programs.

I place value on respecting our residents’ autonomy and fostering an enabling social environment.

I, along with our Lifestyle Coordinator, strive to improve the well-being and quality of life of all our residents by encouraging participation in our daily programs, as well as being a friendly, familiar face who is always willing to take the time to listen and chat.

Sales Coordinator

Diane Eley

I was never that “hardcore” salesperson. I never liked that ‘make a sale at any cost’ attitude.

The things that always motivated me and was my first passion was people – and I ‘just happened’ to find my way into sales. However, I didn’t see myself as your typical salesperson. That wasn’t me. But I knew myself to be a “solutions person” and I found the vehicle to express my passion of helping people here at Chinook Village.

Chinook Village represents all I believe in. Integrity. Warmth. Compassion. Stability. A place I could stand behind and honestly represent. A place that allows me the freedom to grow; that gives me the freedom and time to respect those who come to me.

I can honestly say the heart of Chinook Village is you as a resident, and we’re here to give you the best possible community, the best possible home, the best possible life.

Each day I become more and more aware that we have this one life, this moment. There are things only we can do. There are people only we can touch. It is up to us to decide how we want to embrace this precious gift of life, no matter where we are on the journey, no matter what state of our health.

We have this time to live our best life now.

Live it to your fullest!


Lance Duncalfe

For with God, all things are possible!

Pastoral care, which is at the heart of chaplaincy, is centred in the belief that with God, all things are possible. I believe it, because the Bible states it. I see it all around and I hear about it often.

I grew up in a home where both parents exercised a confident belief in a God who would come through for them. As the third youngest of eight children, I was the beneficiary of blessings that God miraculously delivered to our home – a food hamper mysteriously arriving on our doorstep when my Dad broke his leg; lost calves almost buried alive but found just in the nick of time.

Mentored to believe that with God all things are possible, I have seen it in my own home where my wife, a stage four cancer survivor, lives and thrives fifteen years later!

Over the past thirty-eight years, I have experienced how with God all things are possible as a Senior pastor in four different churches; as a Manager and Program Director in two different Bible Camp settings; as a short-term Missionary team leader in the Philippines and Korea; as a Youth Pastor and as an employee at a Helicopter Company, a Seed Cleaning Plant and as a brick labourer.

Now, as Chaplain at Chinook Village, I hear stories from residents and witness first-hand how with God all things are possible. I carry that belief with enthusiasm as I attend to the Chaplaincy needs of the family here at Chinook Village.

Chinook Village

2801 13th Ave S.E.

Medicine Hat, AB T1A 3R1

We serve Medicine Hat, the surrounding area, and bordering Saskatchewan towns.




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