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.
2021-2022 | Board of Directors
Morgan joined the Board in 2016, bringing with him his experience in Indigenous community economic development. He led Volunteer Alberta as Vice President and then as President (2019-2021).
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.
Hero joined the Volunteer Alberta Board as a Director in 2017, contributing her experience building networks and working across sectors on social innovation.
Hero is currently pursuing a law degree at UAlberta, where they recently completed second year with First Class standing. Hero works with the Wahkohtowin Law & Governance Lodge on community-led legal work, and also leads legal innovation and public service projects with Donna Purcell Law QC and the Canada School of Public Service (Government of Canada).
Hero currently serves on the leadership teams of the Digital Law & Innovation Society, the Indigenous Law Students’ Association at UAlberta, and Powered by Data. Previously, they co-founded Connect the Sector, acted as a start-up staff member of the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN), and co-founded the River Valley Free School, a skills sharing community in Amiskwacîwâskahikan / Edmonton, on Treaty 6 territory, where they live.
You can find Hero hanging out with trees, jumping in the water, meditating, making art and cuddling with family. Pronouns: any (this means you can’t go wrong 🙂
Sian has been a director since 2016 and is the Treasurer 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 and spend a lot of time exploring the surrounding mountains.
Sian currently works as the Community Wellness Specialist for the Town of Okotoks and is a student at Queens University. 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.
Naomi recently returned to Edmonton, where she grew up, having previously called Fort McMurray and 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).
Corinne joined the Volunteer Alberta Board as a Director in June 2021, bringing her experience working in a volunteer-focused profession. She also volunteers as chair of the We Care Too Much Committee, MindFull Solutions Inc (community investment, tech startup), as a mentor with Mount Royal University’s Harry G. Schaffer Mentorship Program, and more.
As an avid user of parks and recreation facilities, she really appreciate the unity of the Alberta Parks & Recreation Association and their commitment to building healthy communities. Corinne admires Alberta Farm to Food Bank, loving that local farmers are using their resources to fight local famine by supporting food banks, shelters and others in need.
Currently the Manager, Events & Properties for Hockey Canada, Corinne manages operations and logistics, the ingredients that make a national and international/world championships come to life. She is very proud of building Hockey Canada’s volunteer program which achieves exponential growth annually (managing over 10,000 volunteers across the country) and shares best practices with other sport organizations related to recruitment, retention, recognition and risk management. She previously worked with the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary and the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club, and has a Bachelor of Business and Entrepreneurship, Sport and Recreation from Mount Royal University.
Corinne is a sun worshipper who loves being outdoors year round and some her favourite Alberta moments are skating on a frozen glacier lake in the mountains or sitting on top of a mountain. With Calgary as her home base, Corinne is an avid traveler who has explored over 40 countries around the globe (and counting!).
Lisa Gilchrist has been Executive Director of Stony Plain Family and Community Support Services and Volunteer Centre since May 2016. Her team’s community development efforts centre on preventing and reducing poverty, ending family violence, promoting positive mental health, and enhancing inclusion and diversity. This work is done with a focus on increasing the capacity of community and supporting volunteers.
Previously, Lisa spent fourteen years in leadership with the federal government at Service Canada to deliver employment programs for youth, people with disabilities, unemployed workers, and in community engagement with the temporary foreign worker program. Lisa is passionate about lifelong learning. In 2018 she completed a Masters of Professional Studies in Community and Economic Development through the Pennsylvania State University.
Lisa has two stepsons in their early twenties who are slowly moving into careers with the Canadian Armed Forces and in agricultural management. Lisa and her husband John share their rural home with two Labrador Retrievers, three barn cats, and two horses.
Dave joined Volunteer Alberta’s Board of Directors in June 2021 and brings his experience as a lifelong volunteer, sports background and a rural perspective. He also volunteers with many organizations, including Volunteer Airdrie Society as Chair, Karate Alberta Association, Alberta JKA Karate Association and Airdrie Sport Council. Dave admires Volunteer Lethbridge for their great leadership and programs, and values Drive Happiness as a great partner for seniors assisted transportation.
Since 1990, he has worked as President of his company, Phoenix Energy Marketing Consultants Inc. in Calgary. He has a BSc in Chemical Engineering, his P.Eng., and MBA in Marketing & Distribution Systems from the University of Calgary.
At home in Southern Alberta, he may be found at one of his favourite places – the Good Earth Café in Airdrie. Dave is married with a son and daughter. He also has a 2nd degree black belt in karate and loves to teach kids.
Lesley MacKinnon joined VA’s Board in 2020. Most recently she worked with Grayhawk Investment Inc. and served as CEO of the Fig Tree Foundation, supporting a thriving sustainable development ecosystem in Calgary. In other roles, Lesley has worked on social impact and community partnership initiatives with the Grameen Bank and Grameen Trust, Carleton University (Carleton Centre for Community Innovation), Mount Royal University (Institute for Community Prosperity), Alberta Social Innovation Connect, and United Way of Calgary and Area – where for three years, she managed a portfolio of community investments supported by some of Calgary’s most committed high capacity philanthropists.
She believes that every citizen and organization has a role to play in achieving positive social and environmental change, and sees her role as assisting these individuals and groups to take their next steps using their time, talent, treasure, and ties to engage or lead in support of their impact goals. She has a soft spot for mentoring passionate young professionals who want to use their knowledge and assets for good. She has contributed her own time and talent on the Board of Directors of UN Women Canada, the founding executive committee of the Student Philanthropy Council at Carleton University, and to various community initiatives over the years including Alternative Spring Break, Stampede Breakfasts, the Bands of Calgary (Stampede Showband) – of which she is a proud alumni – and as an animal foster.
Bonnie joined the Volunteer Board in October 2019 as part of the Youth @ the Table Program, bringing a youth perspective and a positive mindset to our board.
Bonnie admires the Multicultural Health Brokers because they help support the health and well-being of newcomers to Edmonton. She also values the work of the Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association as they promote the learning of Chinese language and culture in Edmonton schools.
Bonnie majored in Family Science and minoring in Community Nutrition. She has a Certificate in International Learning and is just beginning her career in the nonprofit sector.
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