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 2019 Board of Directors
Gary was part of a 2001 group of volunteers that explored the community-based resource centre model and helped establish the SWCRC as a society. He then joined the initial board of directors as Treasurer from 2003 until 2007.
Gary returned to the board of directors in 2014 and has served as Secretary and Treasurer before being elected Chair of the board in 2018.
Gary enjoys music and spending time in the mountains with his family.
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 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.
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.
When human beings experience major life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. Debra’s greatest passion has been to bring healing and support to people who have been through difficult times. With a degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary she began her earliest career in Government with Alberta Child and Family Services where her focus was on the safety and care of children. This was followed by a move to the City of Calgary, Community and Neighbourhood Services with various leadership roles including Emergency Social Services.
In 2005, Debra discovered a new passion when she began working with older adults as Executive Director of a senior serving organization. Her dedication and commitment to intergenerational programs throughout Alberta was recognized in 2013 by the government and she was awarded the Alberta Senior Services Award followed by an appointment to the Alberta Senior Advisory Council.
Debra has always valued Community involvement and has been very active as a volunteer. She has been the President of her Community Association, Board Chair of the Calgary Youth Justice Society, Red Cross Disaster Volunteer and remains involved with various committees with Social Workers for Social Justice. She strongly believes that small actions can lead to big changes and that is why her role as Executive Director of the SouthWest Communities Resource Centre is a perfect fit.
Today Debra helps to improve the life of thousands of vulnerable residents in 28 Calgary Communities and is committed to helping others reach their fullest potential. She is grateful for the many years of support from her two grown sons Dale and Derek, and her patient and loving husband Steve Armstrong.