The SouthWest Communities Resource Centre’s Board of Directors are community residents just like you. Each one has been elected and together they help monitor and guide the organization’s direction by making decisions on policy and strategy.

Our Annual General Meeting is held each September where the year’s business is reviewed and our membership is updated.

Meet our 2020 Board of Directors

Mathew MacIntosh 
Board Chair

Matthew is a Registered Social Worker who does Complex Intensive Case Management for the Health Authority. He focuses on person-centered care, is a facilitator for self-management workshops on Chronic Pain and Illnesses, and an avid volunteer for at risk populations providing preventative services, with a harm reduction emphasis.

This has brought him to his role on the Board of Directors at the SWCRC, in hopes he can provide some of his work and community experience to support the staff in their continued efforts to go above and beyond for our community.

In his down time Matthew prefers to be found trying to cook new dishes in the kitchen, be out in the mountains, or experiencing different gifts of the world.

Christine Mihailedes
Vice Chair

Christine Mihailedes retired from her role as VP, Personal and Small Business Banking, CIBC after a long career that took her across the country.  Her diverse leadership and financial experience were developed in roles of progressive responsibility.  

Christine is a CFA Charterholder, completed her Master of Business Administration at Athabasca University, and a Masters Certificate in Financial Services Leadership through Schulich School of Business. She has undertaken numerous industry accreditations, and is currently completing the Non-profit Management Program at Mount Royal University, Continuing Education.  

Christine is an active community volunteer who was introduced to SWCRC through her membership in the Rotary Club of Calgary Heritage Park. She looks forward to bringing both her business experience, and experience in non-profit volunteering, advocating, and fundraising to the SWCRC. 

Christine and her husband, Peter, love to travel and enjoy all things food and wine!   

Kirsten Boda and Lee Stevens

Palmira Leon

Kathleen Deman

Kathleen Deman is the Communications Coordinator in the Health Information Management department at Alberta Health Services. Prior to that, she was the Communications Manager at the non-profit Prostate Cancer Centre. She has over 8 years of experience in strategic communications, digital marketing and public relations.

Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Communications degree from Mount Royal University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University. She has also completed the Social Media for Business Certificate through Mount Royal University.

Kathleen is looking forward to bringing her non-profit experience and strong understanding of communication to the SWCRC to help support the vulnerable people in SW Calgary. She currently sits on the Communications & Marketing Committee.

Kathleen is a born and raised Calgarian, is always down for a good bite of pizza and has a dachshund (wiener dog) named Jarvis.

Kirsten Boda

Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioural Sciences, a combined degree of sociology and psychology, as well as a Master’s degree in Public Policy. Due to her work in frontline service delivery working with individuals experiencing chronic homelessness, Kirsten is passionate about working to strengthen the non-profit sector. One of Kirsten’s favourite past times is trying new restaurants in any city that she is in. She also loves to read and spend time with her many nieces and nephews. Kirsten brings her diverse experience in the non-profit sector, along with her desire to connect policy and practice, to her role as a director at the SWCRC.

Lee Stevens

Lee has lived and grown up in and around Calgary, and has worked as a social worker for the past 11 years with organizations such as the Calgary Drop in Centre, CUPS, and Alberta Health Services.  Lee currently works at Vibrant Communities Calgary (VCC), a non-profit organization advocating for long-term strategies that address the root causes of poverty in Calgary. VCC is guiding the implementation of Enough for All, Calgary’s poverty reduction strategy. 

 Lee has both a bachelor and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Calgary.  She has over a decade of frontline experience working with families and individuals impacted by poverty and homelessness and believes that reducing poverty must focus on changing the odds as much as it means helping people beat them.  Lee hopes to bring her knowledge and experience to support the South West Community Resource Centre. 

In her spare time Lee loves to hang out at home with her husband and two boys Eli and Clark.  Lee is a fan of super hero comics and movies and all things Superman. 

Palmira Leon

Board Treasurer 

Palmira moved to Calgary 5 years ago from Mexico where she held an accounting degree. She has raised two young men works part-time while she is obtaining her Canadian CPA designation. Palmira brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her background.