Bernadette N. Swan Social Care Foundation

Bernadette Nelberta Swan

Bernadette was born in British Guyana in 1938, and immigrated to Canada in 1963. She has always had a special place in her heart for senior citizens.

In 1998 Ms. Swan organized key community members who were interested in the well-being of the elderly.  They founded the Bernadette N. Swan Social Care Foundation (BNSSCF) and it was registered as a charitable organization.

​In 2006 the BNSSCF inaugurated the Grandparents Award of Distinction. This program is an annual celebration of the importance of Grandparents' role in the inter-generational relationships, in family relationships and in the community as a whole. It is the only program of its kind in Edmonton.

Bernadette's passion for helping seniors, women, and immigrants led the way to a large body of community work for which she has received recognition including many lifetime achievement awards.

Ms.Swan has served the community in a variety of capacities:

  • Served as a Board Member for the Alberta Status of Women Action Committee.
  • Was Appointed to the Alberta Advisory Council on Women's Issues, by the Hon. Dennis Anderson, Minister responsible for Women's Issues.
  • Was Appointed to the Edmonton South Local Advisory Council on Employment and Immigration by the Hon. Jim Edwards M.P.
  • Served as Chairperson-Aboriginal, Immigrant, and Visible Minority Women's Committee.
  • Founding member, Program Director, and President of The Black Women's Association of Alberta.
  • Founder and Executive Director of the Bernadette N Swan Social Care Foundation, 1998 through 2016.

​​For her years of service to the community Ms. Swan has received:

  • The Award for Outstanding and Dedicated Service from the Edmonton Caribbean Cultural Association.
  • The Filipino Domestic Servants Association Award.
  • The YWCA Tribute to Women Award.
  • The Helping Hand Willing Heart Award.
  • The Bread and Roses Award, in recognition for her Community Service as a long-standing member of the Edmonton Women's Liberal Policy Association.
  • The City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence - Community Service Hall of Fame, 2013.


We provide Edmonton's seniors with the resources they need to attain and maintain optimum wellness, lead fulfilling lives, and know they are valued members of society.​ Through our Advocacy and Referral, Community Education and Peer Support Programs, we are building a more inclusive community that optimizes the quality of senior's lives.


The Bernadette N. Swan Social Care Foundation envisions a society where seniors have vibrant social lives, are continuously learning, and sharing their knowledge with others. We envision a society that enables seniors to participate fully and to be valued for the knowledge, understanding, experience, and wisdom they have to share. 



Through exposure to continuous learning opportunities, seniors in our programs develop knowledge and skills, an improved sense of well-being, a higher degree of social inclusion, increased confidence, and an enhanced sense of accomplishment.


Our programs enable seniors to refine their leadership and social skills, and experience meaningful community involvement.


Our programs nurture care for our selves, for others, for our society, and for the world that sustains us.

Executive Director
Stephanie Burlie

Tanya Behm
Brenda Wangert

Regine Favour