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Board of directors

Heather Stockall

Board Chair

Heather is the present Chair for the Board of Directors and past Treasurer and Chair of the Human Resources and Finance Committee (HRF).  Heather started with Seventh Step in May 2005 and was an HR Business Partner with Agrium at the time.  Now retired, she operates a dog daycare & boarding business out of her house.

Andrea Czinkota

Treasurer, Chair of Finance Committee

Andrea joined the board in November 2020 and believes that individuals deserve a second chance, especially when it is something they put their mind to achieving.  Being a part of an organization that supports individuals to help themselves, brings Andrea joy and fulfillment, as they becomes responsible members of the community. Andrea hold CPA and CMA designations. 

Bonnie Lewin

Vice Chair, Chair of the Governance Committee

Bonnie joined the Board in 2010 and took a two-year break in 2020 to complete a Masters in Social Work as she has a passion to help individuals realize their potential and identify their strengths and resiliency when overcoming challenges. Bonnie’s youth probation experience will contribute to the mission and vision of the organization as we support offenders in recognizing their potential and becoming accountable for their actions.

Bernard Pitre

Director, Chair of the Fundraising & Outreach Committee

spent his 35 year career in Corrections in institutions and in the community in both provincial and federal jurisdictions. He has been connected with Seventh Step since 1976 in various capacities due to his employment and joined the Board in 2011.  Bernie is presently the Lead of the Funding Committee.

Heather Priestley

Director, Chair of HR Committee

Heather joined the Board in 2018 as she has extensive academic knowledge studying Criminal Justice and Corrections in University and is currently working in the corporate Human Resources sector.  Heather is currently the Lead of the Human Resources Committee for Seventh Step and has a strong volunteering background. 

Ellen Campbell


Ellen joined the Board in 2018 bringing with her a B. Comm and an MBA. She has a desire to give back to the community and help the board out with her extensive financial experience working for the City of Calgary.

Mick Cawthorn


Mick has been involved with the Alberta Seventh Step Society since the mid 90’s, both as a program participant while incarcerated and since his release. Having had first hand knowledge of the program and its benefits to those re-entering the community, Mick is a lifelong supporter and contributor to those in need of the Society’s help. Mick is currently the Board Chair of the National Seventh Step Society of Canada. Mick owns and operates Kane's Motorcycle Shop in Calgary.

Amanda Desjardins


Amanda is a mining engineer who recently completed her MBA.  She joined the board in May of 2022. She hopes to use her MBA to further Seventh Step’s goals to give back to the community.  She believes in the ability for people to change and grow with effort and determination.

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