Our DWW Staff

Edmonton

Doreen Slessor

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

elisa

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

erin

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Kim Zahara

FUND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Caitlin

BREEDING PROGRAM MANAGER

Tia Nazarek

ADMINISTRATIVE/FUND DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

Heather

HEALTH AND KENNEL MANAGER

Emily Hendsbee

CLIENT SERVICES COORDINATOR

Taylor

EARLY CANINE DEVELOPMENT TRAINER

Jaime Travers

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

Stephanie O'Neill

KENNEL PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Calgary

Michelle

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Grande Prairie

Rebecca Hayes-Copeland

PUPPY PROGRAM TRAINER

Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Kim Palichuk is the Executive Legal Counsel to the Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta. In her role, Kim provides legal and strategic advice that impacts the operations of the Provincial Court.

She has practiced law since 1998, and has significant litigation experience in private practice, as well as within both the federal and provincial government.

Kim is a lifelong pet owner, and currently shares her home with her husband and three dogs, two of whom are rescue animals.

She has been previously involved in animal welfare and rescue organizations as a volunteer and fundraiser and is an enthusiastic, longtime certified Pilates Instructor.

PAST PRESIDENT

Toby Ramsden joined DWW (then Western Guide Dog Foundation) Board twelve years ago as Treasurer and then became the Board President four years later.

He became involved with the organization because of the wonderful work our dogs do for people. He has worked for many different companies, including public and private, in the UK, Guernsey, and Canada in finance and accounting.

Toby has owned his own businesses and worked in public practice as a CA in the UK, Guernsey, and Canada. Currently, he operates an accounting and tax franchise, Ledgers, in St. Albert, Alberta.

VICE PRESIDENT

Dale Hanson is an Educator by profession, and is now retired after twenty-eight years as a Teacher and Consultant. Dale now works as the Owner/Operator of Executec Business Centre.

Dale spends time working with not-for-profit Boards, helping them to understand their roles and responsibilities.  She has worked with many organizations to develop by-laws, policy, procedures and create strategic plans.

TREASURER

Janice Kent has been very involved in her community since 1998 with many different Boards, including not-for-profit organizations such as Change for Children Association, Canadian Blood Services Cord Blood Bank, Edmonton Police Foundation, Grandview Heights Band Council and our very own Dogs with Wings Board.

Janice is a CA and CPA and has worked in the industry for over twenty-five years. She is now the President and Owner of her own business, Janice L. Kent Professional Corporation.

SECRETARY

Darcy Pacholok is the Human Resources Manager for Celanese EVA Polymers.  His focus is helping to accelerate Celanese’s transformation through leadership, differentiated talent models, attracting and developing the best talent.  Darcy is also striving to build a culture of engagement, agility and inclusiveness.

Further, Darcy is involved with the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL as a Northern Alberta Scout, where he uses his keen people skills and abilities to select talent in hockey.

Darcy has been married over thirty years, and has three adult children.  His family has been involved with dogs for more than thirty+ years, and involved with Dogs with Wings for the past six years.

DIRECTOR

Teresa Boudreault has been in the Peace Region for the past ten years, living on a certified organic quarter section with her husband and labs Ruckus and Polo.

Teresa has provided services to her local community through Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) for the last nine years.

She is also a recipient of a Passionate Heart Award, as well as the Governor General’s Award for Volunteering.

DIRECTOR

Dave Mowat was the President and CEO of ATB Financial for eleven years, which, through more than 5,000 team members, provided a full range of banking services to more than 725,000 customers. ATB has grown to assets of more than $50 billion and is the largest, provincially based financial institution in Alberta.

Under his leadership, ATB transformed into a technology leader, committed to make banking work for people. It also became a bank obsessed with its customers and the experience  they received. Community involvement and support for numerous community causes were a hallmark of ATB. As a leader, Dave brought a strong commitment that growing team member engagement and customer advocacy were the most sustainable and successful ways to a strong bottom line.

In 2017, Dave was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta.  Dave was named Canada’s #1 CEO in 2016 by Glassdoor and was honoured as Business Person of the Year in 2014 by Alberta Venture.

In 2016, Dave headed Alberta’s Royalty Review panel that, after months of study and consultation with stakeholders and the public, the province adopted the panel's recommendation of an innovative new approach to Alberta’s oil and natural gas royalty structure.

Dave is involved with numerous boards, including Telus, STARS, Alberta Blue Cross, the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, and the National Music Centre in Calgary. He was also involved with Dogs with Wings prior to becoming a Board Member.  In 2016, Dave was the Puppy Raiser for DWW Vaughn, a Black Labrador, training to become an assistance dog and helping to make a positive impact on lives for the better.

Dave and his wife, Sandy, have raised three children and now enjoy travelling, golfing and riding road bikes together.

DIRECTOR

Collin Herbers is the retired Owner and CEO of Herbers Autobody Repair. For over thirty years, Collin wore the many hats necessary of a small business owner to grow Herbers Autobody into an industry recognized ‘Best in Class’ organization. The company brand has been synonymous with excellent autobody care in Edmonton for many years.

Collin was introduced to the impact of DWW through a Companion Dog that was trained and teamed up with a member of the Herbers Autobody Management Team who was diagnosed with ALS. At that point, he saw the powerful effect DWW has on an entire family, and knew one day that he wanted to contribute to such a great organization.

Collin continues to sit on the Board of Herbers Autobody, operates a real estate investment company as well as a charitable foundation. He is married with three children, and is the proud owner of a Spaniel (Chester) and a Blind Rescue Cat (Otis).

DIRECTOR

Jeff Boadway joined the Dogs with Wings Board in 2018. He currently manages large scale projects for an international Engineering, Procurement and Construction firm in the Edmonton region.

Jeff is involved with other not for profit organizations in Edmonton as he sits on the Board of Directors at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, where he serves as the Facility Chair.

Jeff is a long time resident of Edmonton and enjoys being part of organizations which enhance a community's identity.

CONTACT US

11343 174 Street NW
Edmonton AB T5S 0B7

p. 780-944-8011
e. info@dogswithwings.ca

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