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Calgary 2016 - 2017 Chapter Board of Directors

President - Wayne Steer

President-Elect - Karen Filbert, CFRE

Past-President - Lorie Abernethy, CFRE

Vice-President - Vacant

Treasurer - Sandra Clarkson

Secretary - Marni Halwas 

Professional Development & Advancement - Vacant

Diversity and Inclusion - Anila Umar Lee Yuen

Government Relations - Vacant

Marketing and Communications - Catherine Yates

National Philanthropy Day/Week - Sherry Dahl

Youth in Philanthropy - Vacant

Chapter Services - Cheryl Hamelin

Revenue Development - TBA

Banff Compass 2017 - Vacant

Every Member Campaign - Michelle Regel, CFRE

20th Anniversary Chair - Derek Fraser, CFRE


About our Board Members:

Board of Directors Biographies 2014

Wayne Steer

Wayne joined Fresh Start Recovery Centre in the capacity of Director of Fund Development on February 1, 2010 to help develop the organization's capacity to raise money for programs and to orchestrate their capital campaign to build a facility so that a greater number of people would be able to recover from a life torn apart by alcoholism or drug addiction. His professional fund development experience includes roles with Volunteer Calgary (Director of Fund Development), The Canadian Red Cross Society (Manager of Relationship Development for Alberta, Manager, Planned Giving for Alberta and Major Gifts Coordinator for Southern Alberta Region) and the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of Alberta (Fund Development Manager).

Wayne was introduced to practical fundraising in the mid-1980s while volunteering for the Canadian Progress Club, an organization that generates revenue streams for Uncles At Large/ Aunts at Large (later  amalgamated with Big Brothers/Big Sisters), Canadian Special Olympics, the Calgary Burn Unit and Camp Warwa Society.  Since the mid-1980s, he has chaired several special events committees in Calgary and Edmonton in addition to serving stints as Vice-President and President of the Edmonton Downtown Chapter of the Canadian Progress Club. Other volunteer experience includes fundraising and exposure building exercises with Edmonton’s Klondike Days Association, Reynolds Alberta Museum and the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Wayne has a strong corporate background in marketing and communications having worked in management and marketing positions for companies such as the Royal Bank of Canada, Husky Oil Marketing Company (now Husky Energy), Fantasyland Hotel at West Edmonton Mall and a number of small, privately held companies.

Wayne holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance, Economics and Marketing from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

Wayne has been an active member of AFP since 2004 and has served as the Editor of the AFP Newsletter – Calgary Chapter (2004 – 2008),Chair of the Chapter Services Committee (2006-2007), Co-vice Chair of the AFP Calgary and Area Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day or NPD (2007) and Co-chair of the NPD (2008), has more recently served taken on the role of Diversity Chair. Wayne is also an active member of AFP International sitting on the Membership Services Division, International Development and  International Diversity & Inclusion Committees and the Diversity Resource Guide Task Force.

In addition, Wayne's volunteer roles outside AFP have included membership in the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP Southern Alberta Roundtable) as Communications Chair and editor of their quarterly newsletter “Sounds like a Plan”, Vice-President of the Western Canada College Old Boys Association and President of the Western Canada High School Alumni Association.  

Karen Filbert

Karen Filbert works at Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta as Manager of Individual and Corporate Gifts.  Core responsibilities include the direct mail program, Ride for a Lifetime sponsorship, monthly donors, and corporate gifts. 

A board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Calgary & Area Chapter. Past AFP volunteer roles include co-chair of the Generosity of Spirit Committee in 2007 and 2008, co-chair of National Philanthropy Day™ activities in 2009 and co-chair of Banff Compass 2011- the association’s bi-annual conference. 

Lorie Abernethy MA, CFRE 

Lorie’s passion is education and her greatest pleasures are her volunteer work in the community, and vacations with her husband Gie and her dog, Wilson.  Over her career in private, post-secondary education and nonprofit environments, she has become known for her decisive and effective leadership style; recognized for her ability to engage multiple stakeholders to tackle tough problems; and respected for her commitment to ethics, transparency and integrity 

Lorie has been active in the Calgary & Area Chapter of AFP since 2002.  Most recently she has served as Co-Chair of the 2011 National Philanthropy Day & Philanthropy Awareness Week activities.  Other board positions include Treasurer and Chair of Professional Development & Advancement.  She continues as a mentor in the AFP Mentorship program.  Lorie obtained her CFRE in 2003 and is most proud of her CFRE study group who continues to meet.  Lorie holds a Master’s degree in Philanthropy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.  Lorie’s next adventure BHAG is to begin PhD studies in 2012 in Leadership and Organizational Change at Regent University.

Sandra Clarkson

Sandra Clarkson has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector and is currently President of MSH Strategies Inc., an independent consulting firm specializing in building capacity in organizations involved in the social profit arena. Sandra, formerly Vice President - Grants at HRJ Consulting Ltd. for 16 years, brings a broad perspective to organizations from funding proposals, to strategic and business planning, to program evaluation based on her many years of operating from a funder’s perspective and reviewing, analyzing and evaluating projects throughout Western Canada and the midwest Untied States. In 2015, Sandra joined the Board of AFP Calgary Chapter as Treasurer.

Marni Halwas

Adriana Simon

Adriana Simon is the Director, Resource Development and Membership with the Calgary
Chamber of Voluntary Organizations. With Bachelor degrees in Arts and Science, and
certification in fundraising and events management, Adriana brings a distinctive perspective to
her role, marrying her passion for building a strong community with a broad and diverse
background in fund development, strategic planning and event planning. Adriana has been
instrumental in developing Connections Conference, CCVO’s signature annual event, which
brings the nonprofit, business and government sectors together to share big ideas.
As a teen growing up in Communist Romania, Adriana dreamed of coming to Canada and to
work for Red Cross or UNICEF, organizations that had made a huge impact on her own
development. More than 20 years later, she has achieved those dreams, getting to work with
the Canadian Red Cross as a new immigrant in Canada, and then spending four years as
Community Partnerships Manager at UNICEF.

Her community work has included roles with Wellspring, the Romanian-Canadian Association of
Calgary and the Calgary Jazz Festival. She has a current seat on the Youth in Philanthropy
Committee for AFP, and is very excited to have most recently been appointed co-chair of Banff
Compass 2015.

Catherine Yates

As Principal of Yates Communications, Catherine helps non-profits raise more money and support through excellent donor communications.

Catherine is passionate about helping organizations articulate a powerful case for support, and convey this messaging consistently and purposefully in a well- planned communication program that promotes action. She is a firm believer in using donor research to guide communications planning.

Catherine has served as Executive Director, Donor Relations at the University of Calgary, Vice-President at Webber Shandwick and Communications Manager for the Torstar Corporation and Dow Canada. A consultant for more than 10 years, Catherine’s clients have included Boys and Girls Country, Teen and Family Services, the Texas Medical Centre Library, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, The Art Gallery of Calgary, UFA, the Toronto Star, DuPont Canada and Canadian Tire Corp.

Catherine holds a certificate in Comprehensive Fund Development from the Glasscock School of Philanthropy at Rice University in Houston, and a degree in Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University. She has had more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit and corporate sectors in Canada and the U.S.

Corey McKeown, CFRE

Michelle Regel, CFRE

Michelle has worked in the charitable sector since 1995 in both international and grassroots organizations in the areas of health, education and social services. Her career spans many areas of fund development and non-profit management including major gifts, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns.

Since becoming a strategic fund development consultant in 2006, Michelle has worked with clients on a variety of projects, most of which have involved sponsorship, prospect research, campaign counsel, feasibility studies, fund
development assessments and planning or executive and senior management recruitment. Michelle’s analytical approach and her eye for detail ensure that clients receive professional, customized counsel.

Michelle is a member of AFP, CAGP and APRA. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies and English and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. She earned her CFRE designation in 2003.

Cheryl Hamelin, CFRE

Cheryl Hamelin is Vice President, Development for Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta.  Prior to this, Cheryl served as Director of Development at the University of Calgary for over 10 years.  She led the Development and External Relations team for the Haskayne School of Business and Faculty of Law.  A senior fundraising and communications professional, Cheryl has provided strategic leadership for a variety of organizations over the past 25 years.

Prior to joining the U of C, Cheryl was Director of Development and Public Affairs with The Calgary Handi-Bus Association.  She has worked with The Calgary General Hospital Foundation, The Calgary Zoo and the Muttart Public Art Gallery (now The Art Gallery of Calgary).  Cheryl's current focus is on major gifts and strategic planning, however she has worked in all facets of fundraising, external relations and business development.

Cheryl has her BSc in Consumer Studies and Finance (1988) from the University of Saskatchewan.  She achieved her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) accreditation in 2000.

Cheryl currently serves on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) – Calgary Chapter as Government Relations Chair.  She is a member of the CARE Canada – I Am Powerful Council Calgary and the Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown.  Past Board service includes: Hope for Healing Children with Autism Society; Calgary French and International School; the Canadian Council for Advancement of Education; and Mount Royal College Not for Profit Degree Program.  She served as Faculty Advisor to the Business Day Student Group at the Haskayne School of Business, and as a member of the International Association for Students of Economics and Commerce (AISEC) Board.  Cheryl is a Past-President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - Calgary Chapter and has been extensively involved at the Board level with AFP Calgary since its inception in the early1990s.  Cheryl was also AFP Philanthropy Day Co-chair in 1998 and 1999, and a member of the Planning Committee in 1997 and 2000.  Cheryl was honored to be named by AFP Calgary as 2015 Outstanding Fundraising Professional.

Cheryl has delivered presentations focusing on development, communications and volunteer resources at several national and local conferences and seminars, and has served as a faculty member for the AFP First Course in Fundraising and the Survey Course for CFRE Accreditation.  She is a proud member of AFP, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and the Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta Economic Futures Council. 

Sharon deBoer

Derek Fraser, CFRE

Derek is President of Derek D. Fraser Philanthropic Advisors Inc. (Twitter – @idophilanthropy), a fund development consultancy in Calgary, AB. Derek’s current clients reach across a broad spectrum of organizations from independent schools, professional association foundations, performing arts organizations, and social service agencies. Derek has worked in the non-profit sector since 1987 and has had the privilege of experiencing the width and breadth of fund development work with concentrations in annual giving, capital campaigns, major gift work both in Canada and abroad, Board development, strategic planning, alumni affairs, along with association organization and volunteer management. Derek is currently Associate Campaign Director on the $32 million campaign for The Centre for All Abilities at Calgary Rotary Challenger Park.
In December 2014, he completed his two-year term as the Chair of the AFP Canadian Council. Derek is also past president of the Calgary & Area Chapter of AFP, and is a member of the AFP International Development Committee, the Communications and Marketing Committee was recently elected to serve as the Canadian representative on the AFP International Committee on Directorship (COD) as well as the Governance Task Force. Derek currently serves on the Executive of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – AB/NT/NU Division and has just completed his term on the Board of Rhythmic Gymnastics Alberta as Marketing Chair.

He has also served as president of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools Advancement Professionals (CAISap), he is past president of the Chinook Rhythmique Gymnastic Club in Calgary and was a director of Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary for 4 years. Derek was recognized in 2009 with the Sam Heaman Award (CAISap) for exemplary service to independent school advancement in Canada.

Derek holds a B.A. (Hons) in Film Studies from Queen’s University and earned his Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2004 with re-certifications in 2007, 2010 and 2013. Derek is married to Andrea and they have two busy daughters (Emma and Maddy), and two beautiful English Springer Spaniels and a handsome Tabby!

Stephanie Raynor - Hohol 

Stephanie Raynor - Hohol has never missed a business or revenue target in almost two decades as a leader in business development, philanthropy and as a corporate social responsibility specialist. She holds multiple accreditations in marketing, public relations, sales and corporate social responsibility. Her reputation as an articulate and dynamic person is built on extensive experience creating long term, finacially successful relationships between non-profits and corporate sectors within investment projects. 

Stephanie Raynor - Hohol is a recognized trail blazer and leading expert in the evolution of authentic business development and community partnerships and in the integration of social purpose, community engagement and partnership development. For over 20 years, she has worked at the intersection of tri-sectored strategic partnerships between corporate businesses, all levels of government and non-profit organizations. Throughout her professional career she has embraced a steadfast commitment to building substntive and sustainable partnerships. She has developed countless innovative and mutually beneficial relationships and empowered people, organizations and systems to work together to build healthy and vibrant communities. 

Sheliza Kassam 

Sheliza Kassam is currently a first year Schulich School of Engineering Student. In January 2013, Sheliza founded a nonprofit organization called Children's Birthday Miracles (CBM), dedicated to throwing monthly birthday parties in Canada, Kenya, Tanzania and Peru. The organization has hosted over 50 birthdays worldwide and impacted over 3000 underprivileged children. With the generous support of Coca-Cola, Best Buy, McDonalds Canada, Mastermind Toys, AltaGas and more, CBM has raised over $100,000. Sheliza has been recognized in her community as Top 20 Under 20 Canada, Top 30 Under 30 Alberta and AFP's Generosity of Spirit Youth Philanthropist Winner.