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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

Jeanette Bancarz - Past 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.

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.

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.

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 (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.

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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