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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.

2018-2019 | Slate of Directors

Jeanette Bancarz - President

Jeanette is 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. Her most admired Alberta nonprofit is FuseSocial for the support they provide to the Wood Buffalo community – especially through their Strategy Roadmap project.

Jeanette works as a Market Manager in North Market with ATB Financial. She self-identifies as a “crazy cat lady” and her favourite spot is sitting around the fire pit at her acreage.

Morgan Bamford - Vice President

Morgan is Vice 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.

Sian Anderson - Secretary

As a member of Volunteer Alberta’s Volunteer Centre Network, Sian brings with her experience working with volunteers in a rural municipality. She is also experienced in nonprofit programs design and management. Sian joined the Volunteer Alberta Board as a Director in 2016.

Sian currently works as the Community Wellness & Volunteer Administrator for the Town of Okotoks, where she also works, and is an active volunteer in the community for various events, sports teams, and her son’s elementary school. 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.

Sian believes in continuous learning, and is currently a student through Athabasca University, completing a Public Administration Certificate in her free time.   She drinks a large amount of coffee, hates staying still for too long, and enjoys spending time with people. Sian and her partner have a growing family that keeps them active and busy.  As a family they camp, hike, bike, and do as much as they can outside, including looking after their Community Garden plot (even though the seeds Sian touches never grow!). They love traveling throughout Alberta and always try to stay in a new spot – one of Sian’s favourite places is the Grande Cache and Jasper area.

As a member of Volunteer Alberta’s Volunteer Centre Network, Sian brings with her experience in volunteer management and knowledge of current conversations in the sector.

Renée Gagnon - Treasurer

Renée is the Treasurer of the Volunteer Alberta Board. She joined the Volunteer Alberta Board as a Director in 2015. As a new lawyer with past experience in the nonprofit sector, she brings legal advice as well as an understanding of issues facing nonprofits.

Renée lives in Edmonton and volunteers at many events. Of Alberta’s many wonderful nonprofits, she particularly admires the work of the Support Network, now part of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton, and the services they provide Edmontonians through their Distress Line and Suicide Bereavement Support Services.

Renée works as a lawyer at Bennett Jones LLP. She loves all things outdoors, and her favourite spot in Alberta is in the mountains – one of her favourite hikes is Heart Mountain, just outside of Canmore.

Susan Gulko - Director

Susan joined the Volunteer Alberta Board as a Director in 2015. With over 8 years 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 HomeWard Trust, for their strategic work to address homelessness, and the sector, for their resourcefulness and creativity in their work to address poverty.

Susan is a Policy Advisor 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 loves music, the outdoors, and activities such as hiking, cycling, and cross-country skiing.

Heather Laird - Director

Heather joined 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, she works locally in Edmonton to support permaculture and public art. She greatly admires small nonprofits – the humble innovators and organizers across the province that do great work because it needs to be done!

Heather works with the Treasury Board Secretariat (Government of Canada), leading partnership development to build an open and accessible digital workspace for public servants and their partners in other sectors. She is a serial social entrepreneur – 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 she lives.

Shaun Maslyk - Director

Shaun joined the Volunteer Alberta Board as a Director in 2018. He has been working in the co-operative sector for 10 years and has developed a great business mindset while partnering with sectors that do “good” for our overall communities. He enjoys finding sustainable business solutions that help build capacity for individuals and organizations. Shaun volunteers with Junior Achievement, Make a Wish Foundation, and various other small events.

He especially admires Junior Achievement, as he is incredibly passionate about financial literacy and how it can change individual’s overall well-being. He owns and operates an Insurance and Financial Services Agency for The Co-operators and has a Certified Financial Planning Designation, along a Certified Insurance Professional Designation and a Bachelor of Commerce.

Shaun has an amazing two-year old son, lives in Edmonton, and loves to spend the summers outside at all the great festivals. Edmonton is his favourite place in Alberta because of the food, cafes, river valley, people, etc. He also loves to travel and takes any opportunity to explore. Shaun and his wife have travelled to over 20 countries.

Evan Romanow - Director

Evan joined the Volunteer Alberta Board as a Director in 2016. He contributes his experience in strategic policy-making and planning as well as his strong background in social services, culture, and sporting nonprofits. He worked as Communications and Policy Manager at Volunteer Alberta in 2010-2011.

Evan also serves as Board Director and Ski School Director with the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing. He has a long history of volunteering in his community, including with the United Way of Alberta Capital Region, Homeward Trust Edmonton, Habitat for Humanity, CJSR (FM 88.5) University of Alberta Radio, and Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. He especially admires Homeward Trust Edmonton for driving collaboration between nonprofit, private, and government sectors to coordinate policies and deliver programs and services.

Evan lives in Edmonton and serves as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Minister of the Alberta Government’s Executive Council. He is father to a wonderful daughter who provides him with a daily reminder of what is important in life. His favourite place in Alberta is Jasper National Park.

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