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VA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Members of our Board share a vision for thriving communities across Alberta and, through a generative governance model, provide leadership on their vision for Volunteer Alberta. The Volunteer Alberta Board honours the values of volunteerism, community, stewardship, ingenuity, excellence, and integrity.

Our Board represents the many corners of Alberta and includes rural and urban representation, Volunteer Centre representatives, and professionals working in a variety of roles.  In celebrating a diversity of perspective, skills, and experience, as well as personal networks of influence, Directors on the Board bring their individual knowledge to inform the work of the Board and Volunteer Alberta.

Directors are responsible for the effective governance of the organization, which includes fiscal responsibility, strategic directions, and generative leadership. Directors are informed on sector trends and the impact of volunteerism. They participate in the Board’s deliberations and decisions in the governance areas of policy, finance, senior personnel, advocacy, and education.

2019-2020 | Slate of Directors

Morgan Bamford - President

Morgan is President of the Volunteer Alberta Board. He joined the Board in 2016, bringing with him his experience in Indigenous community economic development.

Morgan grew up in a family of volunteers, spending his summers volunteering with Bissell Centre’s youth and family programming. While he was in university, he worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Ben Calf Robe Society. They hold a special importance for him because of the important work they do for children and families.

Morgan holds an MBA in First Nations Community Economic Development and is a certified Technician Aboriginal Economic Developer. He works as an Indigenous Relations Consultant at the City of Edmonton where he builds internal capacity for Indigenous relations and serves as a bridge between the City and Indigenous communities and agencies. He was born and raised in Edmonton, lives in Camrose and considers many places in Alberta special including Wabamun Lake and Jasper. He loves exploring unusual communities and regions across Canada and, as a result, has visited every province, territory, and ocean.

Heather Laird - Vice President

Heather (Heath) joined the Volunteer Alberta Board as a Director in 2017, contributing her experience building networks and working across sectors on social innovation.

Heather is a Steering Member of Powered by Data. As well, they work locally in Edmonton to support permaculture and public art. They greatly admire small nonprofits – the humble innovators and organizers across the province that do great work because it needs to be done!

Heather works with the Canada School of Public Service (Government of Canada), leading development on ways to effect great people exchange for the GC and other organizations. They are a serial social entrepreneur and inveterate collaborator – a founding Guardian of Social Innovation Canada, a co-founder of Connect the Sector, a start-up staff member of the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN), and co-founder of the River Valley Free School, a skills sharing community Edmonton, where they live.

Sian Anderson - Secretary

Sian has been a director since 2016 and is the Secretary of the Volunteer Alberta Board. She brings experience in working with volunteers, and a strong understanding of the voluntary sector, outcome measurements and preventative social services. Sian has a passion for collaborative projects.

Sian grew up on the coast of England and moved to Okotoks, Alberta in 2007. Although she was not impressed with this move initially, she has come to love the community and Canada as a whole. Sian and her partner have chosen to remain in Okotoks to raise their growing family.

Sian currently works as the Community Wellness Specialist for the Town of Okotoks. She loves the grassroots work of Alberta’s community nonprofits – the energy, commitment, and passion for their causes inspire her and she is amazed by their capacity to meet community needs.

Susan Gulko - Treasurer

Susan joined the Volunteer Alberta Board as a Director in 2015. With over a decade of provincial and municipal government experience, she provides a strong understanding of governance, performance management, policy development, and government and stakeholder relations.

Susan admires both i-Human Society, for their inclusive work to support youth to develop to their potential and collaboration with the community.

Susan is a Manager with Alberta Health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce degree, with an Honours degree in Economics and a Master of Public Policy and Management. From Melbourne, Australia, Susan enjoys live music, the outdoors, and activities such as cross-country skiing, running, yoga, hiking, cycling.

Jeanette Bancarz - Past President
Jeanette is the Past President of the Volunteer Alberta Board. She joined the Board in 2014, bringing with her significant community service experience and leadership ability.

Jeanette is very involved in her community: she is also a director on Capacity Canada.

Jeanette Is currently devoting her time to several community projects as the Community Advocate with Synergy Aviation Ltd. She self-identifies as a “crazy cat lady” and her favourite spot is sitting around the fire pit at her acreage.

Renita Bartlett - Director

Renita has been a passionate supporter of the nonprofit sector since she was a teenager, volunteering with an organizations that provide community based supports and services for children, youth and families. Still today, she recognizes its integral role in providing programs that fill gaps in the community.

Hailing from Truro Nova Scotia, Renita’s educational and professional endeavors have taken her west, where she has spent the last fifteen years working in Alberta’s nonprofit sector. Six months ago Renita joined the FCSS team with the Town of Cochrane as the Community Liaison and Programmer with the Voluntary Sector. She strives towards building and connecting networks, increasing collaboration and enhancing resiliency within community organizations.

Naomi Mahaffy - Director

Naomi grew up in Edmonton, currently lives in Fort McMurray, and has previously called Calgary home. She has volunteered for many different organizations, and particularly loves giving her time to support environmental education, refugee settlement, and youth mentorship programs.

Her professional, personal, and academic pursuits have ranged from studying complex interactions between species in Alberta’s grasslands, to designing and delivering adult education programs, to helping international organizations develop and improve their water and sanitation initiatives. Always excited to bridge disciplines and cultures, Naomi loves facilitating opportunities for organizations and individuals to learn from one another’s work and spark new ideas. She currently coordinates a social innovation network for Albertan changemakers (ABSI Connect).

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