The Team

Judith DeGroot

Judith DeGroot has completed her Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia and is presently teaching in the Health Care Assistant program at KPU. Her main areas of interest are in gerontology, Dementia and Dementia care, and the development of Open Educational Resources. She is presently working with the City of Surrey, exploring the development of a Dementia Friendly Community that will support individuals to live satisfied, productive and fulfilled lives in their own homes and communities.

Sharon Leitch

Sharon Leitch has worked in a variety of health care settings and in diverse roles through the continuum of Health Care. Her passion in nursing has evolved over the years from the adrenaline rush of ICU to the peace and tranquility of Hospice care. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing, graduating from the University of British Columbia in 2007. Her philosophy of teaching has evolved from seven years of experiential experience as a faculty instructor at KPU.  Her overarching aspirations as a teacher are threefold:

  •  to facilitate learning that is meaningful to each individual student;
  • to provide a safe learning environment for all;
  • to inspire self growth and a foundation for lifelong learning.

Her research interest is focused on what it means to be a “dementia friendly community.”  She is engaged in examining how communities can best support the diverse needs of people living with dementia and their care providers. She aspires to become a practical resource for people living with Dementia and health care professionals who hope to provide person centered care that is meaningful. ​

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Harj Randhawa

Harj Randhawa is a third-year student in the Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). Her passion is to make a difference in the lives of others experiencing acute or chronic health issues through providing nursing care that is person-centered. Her areas of interest include Emergency and Critical Care. She also has a keen interest in technology, and supported the development of the OER course by designing the website, and making sure it is easy to navigate.

Aimee Fauteux

Aimee Fauteux is a Research Impact Coordinator at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) who is responsible for supporting KPU’s knowledge dissemination and exchange activities between faculty, student researchers and the broader community. She produces a variety of plain language materials online and offline for diverse audiences (both internal and external) by synthesizing results of research, research impact stories, public communications, website content, background for media requests, and content to support revenue development activities. She is also currently completing her MA in Intercultural and International Communication at Royal Roads University.

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