Board of Directors

 

 

Board of Directors

Tom Chelmick (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.

Kevin Gurr (Vice-Chair) 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.” 
Stephen Kambeitz (Secretary) grew up in Camrose. A partner with the firm Farnham West Stolee Kambeitz L.L.P, Stephen believes the Battle River Community Foundation is very worthwhile organization because it acts as a vessel for people to support charitable causes in a long-term way. He’s very pleased to be part of the Board of Directors and contributing to the organization’s success. “I believe in strong, clear governance,” he explains. “The Foundation is intended to be in existence forever. That kind of long-term sustainability requires thought and planning. Strategic planning is critical and I look forward to supporting the Foundation in moving forward successfully.”
Garrett Zetsen (Treasurer) is the third generation to be involved in his family’s construction business where he is currently the General Manager. Garrett sees the benefit of having a source of funding that can support the community through tough economic times. “These funds exist for the long term,” he explains, “so when the economy is in a rough patch and people don’t have as much available to give, the funds are there to continue meeting needs.” It was because of a donation Zetsen Master Builders made to BRCF that Garrett started paying attention to the impact the organization could have. “It was very meaningful to see how the results of that donation really changed lives for the better,” he recalls. “It helped me learn first-hand the importance of giving back. I’m really looking forward to bringing my perspective to the Board of Directors and working together to keep helping our communities.”
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.
As an investment advisor with BMO Nesbitt Burns, Debbie Orcheski (Director) understands the importance of risk management. As a life-long member of the local community, she’s also passionate about continuing to raise awareness of the great work made possible by the Battle River Community Foundation. “I’ve had the opportunity to travel,” she says, “and as I have seen other parts of the world I have come to really value what we have here at home. I want to help ensure that people are aware and willing to support the work of the Foundation, to help the Foundation stay viable in the long-term. I want to ensure that high quality of life is still here for the next generations.”
Imogene Walsh (Past 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
Blain Fowler (Ambassador Emeritus) 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 (Ambassador Emeritus) 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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