MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY — Mountain View Seniors’ Housing (MVSH) has named a new chief administrative officer to replace long-time CAO Sam Smalldon, officials said.
Stacey Stilling has been appointed to the top administrative position, officially taking over on June 27.
MVSH is an Alberta housing management body that operates lodges in Sundre, Olds, Carstairs and Didsbury, as well as other housing units in the district.
Stilling has more than 20 years of professional experience in leadership roles, including in health care, education, supportive living and non-profit organizations. She has a Master of Business Administration, with a specialization in executive management as well as a Bachelor of Education.
“We are very pleased to have someone with Stacey’s experience and skillset joining MVSH,” chairperson Heather Ryan said in a press release.
“Stacey is not only local to Mountain View County as she and her family currently reside in Didsbury, but she is also familiar with MVSH as she was instrumental in commissioning the Sundre Seniors’ Supportive Living Facility during her time as a consultant with MVSH in 2015-2016.”
In an interview, Stilling told the Albertan she looks forward to continuing Smalldon's work.
“He has lead Mountain View Seniors’ through countless challenges through his 12 years and he has also achieved a lot of success,” said Stilling. “So, I think now we have the opportunity to take the reins and continue on with that success that he has built the foundation for.”
Being a local resident and someone who is already familiar with the workings of MVSH should be helpful, she said.
“I think it is really important for all of us to understand the needs and desires of the local community and how we best support our seniors and their families and our teams that are doing that hard work,” she said.
Asked if she has yet had a chance to meet with some of her team, she said, “Some of them I’m already familiar with and they are just phenomenal people in the organization. Typically, I find that people who really engage and really want to be part of this kind of work are amazing people because they want to help others.
“So, I’m looking forward to meeting everybody. It’s all about us working collaboratively and figuring out the path forward.”
Chairperson Ryan commended Smalldon for his work with MVSH.
“We appreciate the valuable efforts and contributions that Sam has made as our CAO,” said Ryan.