Board of Directors
Kevin Gurr 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.”
Kirstyn Rau, a partner in the firm of Olson + Rau Law Office, Kirstyn Rau is excited to stretch her wings as an active community citizen. She joined the BRCF Board in early 2020. “Once I finished articling, I finally had some time to focus on being a contributor to the community,” she explains. “I believe the Foundation is a great organization, with a strong track record, and I’m enjoying being part of it.”
Raised in Daysland and now living in Camrose, Kirstyn says her “analytical, detail-oriented, Type-A” personality is an asset at the Foundation table, as is her ability to work cooperatively and bring fresh ideas.
“There are so many facets to our east central Alberta communities,” Kristyn says. “There is so much history and so much commitment to supporting each other. I really want to play apart in building that sense of connection.”
Stephen Kambeitz grew up in Camrose. A partner with the firm Farnham West Stolee Kambeitz LLP, Stephen believes the Battle River Community Foundation is a 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 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.”
Before joining the BRCF Board in 2020, Neil was already very familiar with the Foundation, having been an attendee at Community Builders Dinners many times and often supporting projects that benefit the rural east central Alberta communities in which he has lived, such as Sedgewick and Forestburg. “I feel a real sense of responsibility to the rural areas involved in the Foundation,” Neil explains. “Those communities are important to me and I want to ensure they are represented.”
As a Chartered Accountant, Neil also brings extensive financial knowledge to the table along with broad experience.
Sharleen Chevraux is a long-time Killam-area resident with a 30-year history as a teacher and additional years running the local career office, working with troubled youth and running a quilt store. She believes strongly in the Foundation’s commitment to supporting local communities and feels her own ability to identify local needs and challenges will fit nicely with that. One of her goals is to ensure that not only is the Foundation aware of worthy local organizations, but that the opportunities the Foundation provides are brought to the attention of local organizations as well.
Rob Hauser joined the Battle River Community Foundation Board, effective January, 2021. Rob is no stranger to the Foundation, having been celebrated as a BRCF Community Builder 2019. Rob is also no stranger to supporting the community. Both as an individual and as the owner of Hauser Home Hardware, Rob has a long history of contributing to local causes, events and activities.
As a life-long resident of the Camrose area, Rob is deeply committed to supporting the success of our local communities. His philosophy of giving back is very much in line with the priorities of the Foundation and we are looking forward to working together in the years to come!
Leon Lohner 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.
Ben Paulson has called Camrose his home for many years and together with his wife, Jolene, they chose to stay and raise their three children here. Both in his personal life and his professional life, Ben prides himself on being able to give back to the community in which he works and lives. In addition to being President at Align Builders Ltd., and a Director of the Foundation, he serves on the Camrose Fire Department. Ben is proud to serve on the BRCF Board and to support our communities.
Carol Rollheiser is the General Manager of Wild Rose Coop, which serves the east central communities of Alliance, Camrose, Galahad, Killam, Sedgewick and Viking. Carol has a deep interest in the success of local communities. She also has a keen interest in investing and exploring new ways to create long-term, sustainable financial growth. She hopes that combination will be great asset to have represented on the Foundation Board.
Past Chair / Ambassador
Imogene Walsh is an Assistant Superintendent with the Battle River School Division. Imogene has called the Camrose area her home since 1995 and 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.
Blain Fowler 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.
Dana Andreassen was selected to be Foundation Executive Director in 2013 after completing the maximum 3 consecutive 3 year terms as a Board member and 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 evolving community priorities.