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Pam Burns was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan where she attended the University of Regina and obtained a Bachelor of Social Work Degree. She is married with two teenage children.
After finishing University, Pam came to Fort McMurray in 1996, and she has been working in Human Services ever since. Currently, Pam is a Seniors Advocate with St. Aidan’s Society, specifying in the area of elder abuse, and she supervises the Seniors Outreach Program.
“Fort McMurray is such a young community that it is easy for people to forget about the seniors who live here.” Pam explains that the seniors in the region, built our community and we need to make sure they have the services they need to continue living meaningful lives. Pam is passionate about the needs of seniors and is highly motivated to improve their lives. In her continued advocacy efforts, Pam is a Board Member on the Advisory Committee on Aging (ACOA), the Alberta Elder Abuse Awareness Council (AEAAC), and the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA).
Outside of work, Pam volunteers for many organizations, including HALOS and Snow Angels. In past she has volunteered for the schools, and youth sport organizations that her children have been a part of. Her own active lifestyle has gotten her involved in a leadership role in the local Ladies Competitive Volleyball League. She spends her time playing slo-pitch, attending the Oil Giants games, as well as the plays at Keyano Theatre.
Pam explains that over the years Fort McMurray has grown a lot, but the people haven’t changed. “People are friendly and always willing to help each other.”