Business Administration alumna becomes a leader in the business of caring
Lyn Krutzfeldt’s passion for quality health care began over 35 years ago when she personally cared for her ailing parent after graduating from nursing school. In the years that followed, she realized that building upon her nursing education could result in a career where she could really make a difference.
“After working as a nurse for a few years, I recognized that I wanted to move on and get into a management position, and MacEwan gave me that opportunity,” says Lyn. In 1983, she attended what was then Grant MacEwan Community College where she received her Business Administration diploma. “Nursing school had been much more regimented, but the Business Administration program was really aimed at expanding my thinking, and I really loved that,” she says. “For me, it was a welcome change. It was about looking to the future and seeing that the world was open to me, and that’s how I’ve built my career.”
Since her days at MacEwan, Lyn has gained more than 30 years of leadership experience in health-care management, seniors’ living, homecare and long-term care. As president of AdvantAGE Assist Group and chief executive officer of Christenson Communities, Lyn has spearheaded several new approaches that have transformed both organizations into leading providers of housing and care in the seniors’ living industry. Her philosophy of improving the lives of seniors through lifestyle, wellness and residential alternatives is now recognized and modelled across the country.
Lyn is a past-president of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and NWT, and served eight years as a board member with the Alzheimer Society of Canada, chairing its fund development committee. She is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work with Alzheimer Society of Canada and her service to those affected by Alzheimer's disease.
Lyn’s vision is to see Canada as the leader in seniors’ living, incorporating innovative strategies for both care and housing. Her mission is to enhance the lives of older adults by fostering strong partnerships and building inspiring communities that are dedicated to providing exceptional wellness options for seniors.
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