Board of directors
Heather joined the Board in 2005 to assist with the new board structure and to better understand the needs and requirements of a non-profit organization. Her goal in life is
to help others and believes that everyone deserves a second chance to live a healthy and contributing life.
She has a Teaching degree but has spent most of her career in various levels of human resources in the corporate world.
Vice-Chair, Secretary, Governance Committee Chair
Jim is a retired lawyer previously specializing in Aboriginal Affairs and Public Interest Democracy. Jim joined the Board in 2018 and believes in the worth of the individual.
Jim feels that once someone has accepted responsibility for his actions, expressed a desire to be free and understands the ways to achieve this, he deserves our support. The Seventh Step pledge is a mantra for the ex- and would-be-offender that all of us should live by.
Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee
Bonnie is a Registered Social Worker and joined the Board in 2010. In her various roles with the City of Calgary, Bonnie has worked with incarcerated youth helping her to understand their challenges and gain insight into their complex lives. She believes that those who have been incarcerated deserve the support like Alberta Seventh Step to lead a full and productive life in the community.
Chair of the HR Committee
Bernard has been with the Board since 2011 and through his career with Corrections Canada he has seen positive results from offenders/ex-offenders helping each other reintegrate into society with the support of the Alberta Seventh Step Society. Bernard has a Masters degree in Criminology and is now retired.
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.
Julie has a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Lethbridge, majoring in Addictions Counselling. Julie joined the Board in 2015 as her passion lies within helping others, especially those who are in need the most. Joining the Board has allowed Julie to bring her experience and help those in crisis.
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.
Heather joined the Board in 2018 as she has extensive academic knowledge studying Criminal Justice and Corrections in University and felt it would be a good fit. Heather is currently working in the corporate human resources sector and has a strong volunteering background.
Kathy joined the Seventh Step Board of Directors because, she has worked with the society as a colleague for decades, and has a specific interest is public legal education.
Kathy joined the Board in 2018 and has a BA and MA in Legal History.