Board Members 2020-2021
Kerby Centre is a charitable organization with programs and services in Calgary and Medicine Hat, Alberta. The Annual General Meeting takes place in the spring. Any member in good standing may run for positions on the Board.
Richard Parker, President
Hi I am Richard Parker, the new President of Kerby Centre. I became involved with Kerby Centre ten years ago following my retirement from the City of Calgary. As a board member since 2015, I have great admiration for the Kerby Centre staff and the many volunteers who donate their time and skills to helping Calgary’s seniors.
In my role as President I look forward to seeking opportunities for Kerby to collaborate with other agencies and to explore new uses for technology, creative approaches to the funding of services, and opportunities for intergenerational activities.
I would like to introduce you to the Kerby Centre Board of Directors. To do so I asked them each the question “why do you want to be on the Board?”
Stephanie Sterling, Vice President
At some point in our lives, I believe we will all need ‘a Kerby.’ To help us navigate and find social interaction, and to connect with services and support for life’s challenges both big and small. I believe Kerby Centre can, and often is, that ‘someone by our side,’ so none of us have to walk alone.
Hank Heerema, Past President
I took early retirement from Esso in 1991 and became involved in Kerby Centre as a volunteer, that same year, working on the travel desk organizing trips for seniors. I quickly became involved with the computer and network needs at the Centre.
I have served on the Board of directors for many years as a director, treasurer, vice president, president, and now past president Next year I will have volunteered at Kerby Centre for 30 years. I am honoured that the computer classroom that I put in place was dedicated to me as Hank’s Room. I have served with pleasure and know the centre has been, and continues to be, a great organisation, serving the needs of Calgary’s senior population, of which I am a member.
Kenneth Lin, Treasurer
I was born and raised in Calgary and the Kerby Centre is an integral part of the fabric of this city. I joined the Board so I could contribute to the sustainability of this vibrant community that services so many folks in our amazing city.
Tara Weber, Secretary
I am on the Kerby Centre board because I believe strongly in the work Kerby does in our community. My background is in media and communications and there are so many stories of the unique ways in which Kerby improves the lives of older adults – everything from the woodworking shop to our many amazing volunteers. I am always looking for new ways for Kerby Centre’s great work to be showcased and to help the organization in any way I can.
Russ Altman, Director
I am very excited to be part of the Board at the Kerby Centre. Lending my support to fund development, the finance committee, and the technology sub-committee will allow me to have a great impact in areas of urgent need. I look forward to seeing thrilling advancements take place based on our efforts!
I have seventeen years’ experience in IT Business Development, Support, and Procurement. Designing organizational support plans for small to medium-sized organizations.
Deborah Durda, Director
What the Kerby Centre offers the aging community is what ultimately spurred my request to join the board. I wish to offer my support as a Human Resources professional, but also relish the ability to grow with a community support group that I believe in and will use myself as I get wiser with age.
Peter Molzan, Director
I have been a volunteer at the Kerby Centre for over 10 years, and over that time period I have helped in many different positions. By far, the most enjoyable is working at the Membership Desk where I have the opportunity to speak with many of the people that make use of the Kerby Centre. I also hear some of their concerns and I want to be able to bring some of those to the Boards’ attention so that the members of the Kerby Centre get the attention and have access to the programs that they want. The Kerby Centre is a fantastic organization and I really want to make sure that it continues to help and serve the needs of Calgary Seniors well into the future.
Jacquelyn Poetker, Director
As a retired gerontological social worker and educator with a focus on the issues of the older person, I look for opportunities to advocate for and support older adults. Most important to me is assuring that each of us has the information and support we need to always be at the centre of our decision-making. As a new Board member I am looking forward to contributing to the continued success of the Kerby Centre’s many programs that do just that.
A community of engaged older adults.
To support older adults to live well in their community.
Empowerment: We create opportunities for older adults to enhance their quality of life
Inclusivity: We embrace the diversity of all people.
Compassion: We act with care and empathy, mindful of the unique nature of each person.
Aging: We champion aging as a journey of discovery
Respect: We treat everyone with honesty and integrity.
Collaboration: We build connections and partnerships, working together with common purpose.