Westend Seniors Activity Centre is a tremendous place for seniors to gather to enjoy activity and fellowship. We are very fortunate to have a committed Board of Directors that conscientiously provides “governance” leadership for the organization. This volunteer Board cares deeply about member experiences at the Centre and is open to hearing member ideas about improvement.
Jay Pritchard – President
Jay has been a member of WESAC for four years and is currently serving in his third year on the Board of Directors. His training and experience has been in the area of Public Education as teacher, principal and superintendent. He and his wife both say that the best thing that has happened to them since retiring and moving to Edmonton has been finding and joining our Centre. WESAC provides us access to outstanding programs, interactions with terrific members and staff and utilization of exceptional facilities. Jay says that we have a great Board and he feels thrilled to act in a leadership capacity with them.
Sharon Brown – Past President
Sharon has been a member of WESAC for a number of years and is currently serving in her fifth year on our Board of Directors, three as President. She has been a tireless volunteer and leader in Community Soccer and in support of the Boy Scouts Association. While living in Morinville, Sharon served as the Chair of the Town’s Culture Committee, as Chair of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Committee and as Chair of the Recreation Board. As a result of her exemplary work three community groups nominated Sharon as “Volunteer of the Year”. Sharon enjoys the social aspect with the other members at WSAC, example the monthly Pot Luck group.
Marilyn Tywoniuk – First Vice President
Marilyn has been a member of WESAC for some time and is currently serving her second year on our Board of Directors. Before retiring she worked for 30 years as a Public Educator (25 in Edmonton), most recently as a Principal with Edmonton Public School Board. Marilyn says her interest in Board work with WESAC comes from her strong desire to optimize opportunities for those of us who are “young at heart”.
Barbara Gibson – Second Vice President
Barbara has been a member of WESAC for three years and is currently serving her second year on our Board of Directors. Prior to retirement Barbara enjoyed a very successful forty-four year career in the field of Nursing, forty-one years of which were focused on Nursing Education. Four of those years were spent serving as Undergraduate Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. When asked about her motivation for becoming a Board member Barbara said, “she wants to utilize her professional knowledge, experience & energies by volunteering to enhance the lives of seniors.”
Spurgeon Gammon – Treasurer
Spurge has been a member of WESAC since 2011 and is currently serving in his second year on the Board of Directors in the capacity of Treasurer. His background and experience has been exclusively in the Accounting area as he owned and managed a public accounting firm in Banff for almost thirty years. Over the past six years the Centre has introduced him to friends, activities and a social life. Spurge says that he was “compelled by the benefits he derived from the Centre, to contribute something of himself in return.”
Sharon Smith – Secretary
Sharon has been a WESAC member for 5 years and is currently serving her third year on our Board of Directors. Her background is in the area of Counseling and Teaching, with a specialty in Leadership and Training. Her most recent job was as a faculty member at Douglas College where she worked as Regional Student Transitions Coordinator. Sharon says she decided to join our Board in order to contribute to her community and because she is committed to providing quality services to seniors. A strong belief for Sharon is, “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” (Eleanor Roosevelt).
John Kennedy – Director
John has been a member of WESAC for ten years and has previously served on our Board of Directors (four years) in the capacity of Treasurer. He is serving in his 5th year as a Board member and is in year one of a two-year term on the current Board. John proudly carries the title of Certified Professional Accountant and has worked in public practice, industry and government, most recently with the Federal Government as an auditor. John says that he has chosen to serve on the Board again because the Centre “gives” to him and he wishes to try his best to “give back”.
Brian Quickfall – Director
Brian has been a member of WESAC for nine years and is currently serving in his third year on our Board of Directors. Brian worked for the provincial government in various capacities for 33 years, including the delivery of provincial housing programs, then dealing with municipal taxation and legislation as Assistant Deputy Minister of Local Government Services in Alberta Municipal Affairs. In response to being asked why he chose to join the WESAC Board Brian said, “I wanted to strongly support this organization, which delivers important services and programs to a significant number of Edmonton’s senior citizens.
Donna-Mae Clark – Director
Donna-Mae has been a member at WESAC for almost 3 years and is currently serving in her second year on the Board of Directors. She has been a business owner, a travel guide, has provided service as a medical transcriptionist and as a business administrator. Donna-Mae believes that her positivity and energy will serve the Board and the Centre well. She is very interested in understanding how the organization operates in order to be able to provide appropriate guidance.