Our staff is important to us.
We are a small and dedicated team.
Without our hard-working staff members and equally dedicated committee members, Parks Foundation Calgary would never be able to accomplish all that it does.
(Left to right)
Front row: Karla Gervais, Project Manager; Alexandra Velosa, Marketing Manager
Back row: Sara Stepa, Program Manager; Dolores Sakauye, Accounting Manager; Sheila Taylor, CEO; Sheila Ferguson, Assistant to CEO & Bench Program Manager; Steve Duncan, Financial Controller.
Chief Executive Officer
Sheila Taylor joined Parks Foundation Calgary in January 2017. With a life-long passion for active living and amateur sport, she is dedicated to ensuring Calgarians have world class recreation and green spaces. Previously, Sheila held senior management roles in the oil and gas and advertising industries. A familiar face in the community, she was elected to the Calgary Board of Education in 2010 and 2013, serving as board trustee and chair, and director and president of Lake Bonavista Community Association.
Executive Assistant & Bench Program Manager
Originally from England, Sheila has called Calgary home for many years having raised her family here. Prior to joining the team at PFC, Sheila spent eight years with Loblaws as Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Western Canada and Ontario Superstores and to the Vice President of Pricing and Promotion, Western Canada. As well as bringing a depth of knowledge to her position at PFC Sheila also brings enthusiasm for both the job and the organization.
Steve joined the Parks Foundation as the Controller in late 2014. He is a multi-faceted finance and accounting professional with 13 years hands-on experience in corporate accounting, finance and treasury aspects of businesses with both private sector and Government clients. A committed and team oriented manager, mentor, advisor and analyst comfortable in working with all levels of an organization. As Controller, Steve is responsible for all aspects of the financial and accounting well-being of the organization. He participates in the structuring of all contracts and business arrangements, as well as, advising both staff and partner organizations on business and financial matters. Steve holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Manitoba and holds a Chartered Professional Account, Certified General Accountant designation.
A native of Montreal, Dolores has lived in Calgary for 20 years. Here, she has raised a family, studied accounting at SAIT and gardens in her free time.
Major Projects Manager, The Rotary/Mattamy Greenway
A native of British Columbia but a long-term resident of Calgary, Karla considers herself a Calgarian. In 2013, Karla began working with the Parks Foundation as a Horticulture Program Leader and then accepted other roles within the organization such as managing the Building Playground and Communities Program and the Bench Dedication Program. As of March 2015, Karla has assumed the role of Major Projects Manager which focuses on the completion of Parks Foundation Calgary’s largest capital project to date, The Rotary/Mattamy Greenway. With a passion for horticulture and the outdoors, Karla is excited to work towards building amazing outdoor spaces that will enhance the lives of all residents of Calgary.
Grant Program Manager
Growing up, Sara called much of southern Alberta home. She finished her undergraduate degree at the University of Lethbridge, and moved to Calgary in the summer of 2014. Sara has been at Parks Foundation Calgary for three years. During this time she has helped manage multiple community led projects and has built extensive relationships with our partners. During her time at PFC Sara has supported almost 50 community projects around Calgary. With her role as Grant Program Manager, she manages both our Building Communities and Amateur Sport grant programs. She is always excited to work with Calgary communities to help build active outdoor spaces, and improve our amateur sport facilities that enhance the lives of children and all residents of the Calgary community.
Originally from Colombia, Alex has over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications and events. Her passion for non-profits led her to a new project at Parks Foundation in 2017, where she managed the #Greenway150 celebration generating awareness for PFC’s signature project: The Rotary/Mattamy Greenway. As part of the strategy she hosted four events simultaneously in each quadrant of the city and encouraged Calgarians to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary by going 150 km around the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway,
Now, Alex is in charge of marketing, communications and all the events and fundraiser activities at Parks Foundation Calgary. Using her creativity and unique vision she hopes to bring our organization to the forefront of everyone's hearts and minds.
Our Finance Committee provides financial oversight of Parks Foundation Calgary. This committee is chaired by David Inhaber.
Rotary/Mattamy Greenway Capital Campaign & Patrons Council
Chaired by Jim Davidson, Deputy Chairman of GMP FirstEnergy, this committee supports the fundraising efforts for Parks Foundation Calgary's most ambitious project to date, the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway. Jim is supported by the members of the Patrons Council, which he also chairs. The Patrons Council members are:
- Scott Bratt
- Vincent Chahley
- Paul Colborne
- John P. Dielwart
- Dr. Chen Fong
- John G. Langille
- Ronald J. Poelzer
- Ruth Ramsden-Wood
- Scott Saxberg
Amateur Sport Committee
Chaired by David Ardell, this committee reviews and recommends applications submitted to the Amateur Sport Grant Program three times each year.
BUILDING COMMUNITIES ADVISORY Committee
Chaired by Ian Playfair, this committee reviews and recommends applications submitted to the Building Communities Grant Program three times each year.