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.
2016-2017 | Slate of Directors
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 the Chairperson for FuseSocial, President of the Rotary Club of Fort McMurray, Director of Keyano College Foundation, Steering Committee Member with the Fort McMurray Community Investment Council, and a volunteer with the Poverty Reduction Committee of Fort McMurray. 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 Community Branch Manager in Fort McMurray with ATB Financial. She self-identifies as a “crazy cat lady” and her favourite spot in Alberta is the restaurant The Loft in Spruce Grove.
Matt is Vice President of the Volunteer Alberta Board. He joined the Board in 2015, bringing over 10 years of experience supporting businesses and nonprofits alike with the ‘art of possible’ and asking ‘why’.
Matt is also on the Board of Directors of the Resource Industry Suppliers Association (RISA) and a member of the Edmonton River Valley LRT Advisory Committee. He has spent over 10 years volunteering and serving on the board and committees of Big Brothers Big Sisters and greatly admires the leadership and progressive nature of everything they do.
Matt was the Managing Director at GO Productivity where he supported progressive mid-sized businesses across Canada to be more productive, profitable, and innovative. Matt currently lives in Edmonton with his wife and 2-year-old daughter. His favourite spot in Alberta is Edmonton’s River Valley, especially Mill Creek, where he enjoys running with friends and his dog, Guinness.
Tracey became a Director on the Volunteer Alberta Board in 2015. She is a community leader and is passionate about helping her community to be the best it can be.
Tracey is an active Rotarian of the After Five Club. She has previously served as President of the Grande Prairie Sunrise Club, Past Assistant Governor in support of the Grand Prairie and Grand Cache Rotary Clubs, and currently serves as District Governor 2019 – 2020, Rotary International District 5370. From Northwestern Alberta, Tracey loves the work of Alberta’s provincial Community Foundations to build smart and caring communities that are more vibrant, healthy, and resilient for all citizens.
Tracey is the CEO of the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta. She is a founding member of the Northern Alberta chapter of Kids with Cancer Society, Young Persons and Families with Cancer Society, and the Grande Prairie Against Bullying Committee. She has completed Jack Canfield’s Train the Trainer program and the Institute of Corporate Directors Governance Essentials Program for Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations. Tracey loves to travel and explore new places with her husband and family and to capture her experiences through her camera lens. Her favourite place to spend time in Alberta is in Jasper, enjoying the gift of the mountains.
Scott is the Treasurer of the Volunteer Alberta Board. He has served in his current position since 2014, and previously served as President of the Board from 2003-2007. Along with his history working with and alongside Volunteer Alberta as a leader in the Volunteer Centre Network, Scott brings broad provincial knowledge and a business perspective to his role.
Scott deeply values Alberta nonprofits that address the root causes of poverty – he finds that organizations that have embraced the complexities of the issue of poverty tend to be the most innovative and successful.
Scott is a Community Investment Specialist at Servus Credit Union. He has a certificate in Voluntary Sector Management and is currently obtaining his Community Investment Certification from Mount Royal University. Scott is married with three children and lives in Sherwood Park. He enjoys great food and beer and travelling, and his favourite spot in Alberta is Pyramid Lake.
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 lives in Okotoks and Chairs both the Dr. Morris Gibson School Council and the Fundraising Committee. In these roles, she plans and coordinates the Okotoks Chili Cook Off. She is also an active volunteer in the community for various events and sports teams. 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 currently works as the FCSS/Volunteer Administrator for the Town of Okotoks. She drinks a large amount of coffee and loves kickboxing, yoga, and running. Sian and her partner have a seven-year-old son who keeps them active and busy. As a family they camp, hike, bike, and do as much as they can outside. 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.
Morgan is a Director on the Volunteer Alberta Board. He joined the Board in 2016, bringing with him his experience in Aboriginal community economic development.
Morgan is on the executive of a local Electoral District Association for a provincial riding in Edmonton and grew up volunteering with Bissell Centre’s summer 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 acts as a bridge between the City and local Indigenous groups and organizations by enabling access to resources and supporting development. Born and raised in Edmonton, Morgan spent his teenage years volunteering at a summer camp on Wabamun lake and still feels connected to that peaceful setting. He loves exploring unusual communities and regions across Canada and, as a result, has visited every province, territory, and ocean.
Renée 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, including with the Junior League of Edmonton. 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 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 also serves on the Institute of Public Administration of Canada’s New Public Servants Subcommittee. She admires HomeWard Trust for their strategic work to address homelessness, and the United Way for engaging the government and corporate sector in their work to address poverty.
Susan is an Evaluation and Outcome Analyst at the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce degree, with an Honours degree in Economics. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy and Management degree. From Edmonton, Susan loves Edmonton’s river valley, whether for running, cycling, cross-country skiing, or floating down the river.
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 poverty reduction and co-directs the River Valley Free School, a skills sharing community. Heather also volunteers at Alberta music festivals in the summer. She greatly admires small nonprofits – the humble innovators and organizers across the province that do great work because it needs to be done!
Heather holds a Master’s diploma in Social Innovation and works with the Government of Alberta to strengthen the way public servants connect, lead, and learn together. As well, she is co-founder of Connect the Sector, a network connecting nonprofit leaders across generations, and a start-up staff member of the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN). Edmonton, where she lives, and Calgary, where her Dad’s family lives, are both home for Heather. Her vegetable garden and learning new skills are some of her favourite things!
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.