Board of Directors



Board of Directors

Imogene Walsh (Chair) is an Assistant Superintendent with the Battle River School Division. Imogene has called the Camrose area her home since 1995. She believes in supporting the community. Imogene is encouraged by the work of the Battle River Community Foundation and is proud to be part of the organization. 780.672.3954

Tom Chelmick (Vice-Chair) came to the local area as a retail store manager and, though he has since retired, is happy to continue calling Camrose home. Tom is familiar to local children as a Conductor of the Mirror Lake Express train. He has also played a part in bringing a number of major curling events to the local arena.  Along with his community spirit, Tom brings integrity and enthusiasm to his new role.

Wally Wrubleski (Treasurer) has a personal philosophy that is grounded in two belief statements: “it’s not what you say, it’s what you do” and “bloom where you are planted”. In other words, Wally believes we all have a part to play in ensuring our own positive future and the positive future of our community. He believes that the Foundation makes a difference in local lives.

Kevin Gurr (Secretary) is the owner of Boston Pizza in Camrose. He has been active in bringing provincial and national sporting tournaments to the Camrose community. He and his wife Ally were honoured as Community Builders in 2013 and have established a fun aimed at helping children and adults with special needs, a cause that they are very passionate about. Kevin explains that “with the BRCF we have found a vehicle to continue our support in perpetuity.” 
Jim Hampshire (Director) is from the Sedgewick area, where is works both as a farmer and in the oilfield. Jim thinks very highly of the work of the Foundation and particularly likes the concept of longevity – using funds to continue supporting and enhancing local communities for the long term. Jim and his wife Mell, were acknowledged as Community Builders in 2008 and have been supporters of the Battle River Community Foundation ever since. 

Leon Lohner (Director) served as a teacher for more than three decades, which has given him an understanding of the importance of supporting young people to achieve their goals. Raised on a farm, Leon also continues to believe in the importance of agriculture and rural communities to our area’s long-term prosperity. He sees the Foundation as a perfect fit for ensuring our east central Alberta home continues to thrive, as well as looking forward to exploring new opportunities for individuals and groups to support a strong local future.

David Ofrim (Past Chairman) is a third generation Camrosian and owns and operates a local construction firm. He feels the health of a community is judged by how well all of its needs are met. The Foundation goes a long way towards achieving this goal. 780.672.3534
Blain Fowler (Past Chairman) is a founding member of the Battle River Community Foundation. Blain is the second-generation owner of his family's publishing and printing business in Camrose and believes in boosting the community. Blain chose to become involved with the Battle River Community Foundation to help ensure the local area stays strong and community needs can be met now and in the future. 780.672.3142
Ken Drever (Past Chairman) has been with the Battle River Community Foundation since its inception. He has served as Chair. Having grown up on a farm near Hardisty and enjoyed a 40-year career as a bulk fuel agent, Ken is very familiar with east central Alberta. He believes strongly in giving back to the communities in which he lives and works. 780.672.4651
Dana Andreassen (Executive Director) was selected to be Foundation Executive Director 6 months after completing the maximum 3 consecutive 3 year terms as a Board member and two months after retiring as a University administrator. She holds a law degree although is no longer an active member of the Law Society. Dana is happy to continue as part of an organization that supports community priorities as they evolve. 780.679.0449


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