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.

Our Staff

Sheila Taylor
Executive Director

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.


Steve Duncan

Mr. Duncan 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, Mr. Duncan 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.

Mr. Duncan holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Manitoba and holds a Chartered Professional Account, Certified General Accountant designation.


Karla Gervais
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.


Dolores Sakayue
Accounting Manager

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.

Alyshia Auston
Communications and Resource Development Manager & Amateur Sport Grant Manager

Alyshia grew up in the Yukon and completed high school in Airdrie, Alberta where she now resides.

With a life-long passion for learning and the arts, Alyshia successfully completed her BFA at the University of Calgary with a focus in Education and has continued her creative interests as a regular pottery member of the North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre.


Sheila Ferguson
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.


Sara Stepa
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 completed her BSc in Biological Sciences and Anthropology in 2012 before embarking on a lengthy adventure to Southeast Asia in 2013. Sara has always had a love for the world, a passion for the environment and a desire to work with people.

With her role as Grant Program Manager, she is looking forward to working with Calgary communities to help build active outdoor spaces that will enhance the lives of children and all residents of the Calgary community.


Our Committees

Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee is responsible for governance and policy, and is made up of the Chair John Houghton, Vice-Chair Mark Terrill, Secretary /Treasurer Frederick Nicholson.


Finance Committee

Our Finance Committee oversees the financial well-being and fiduciary responsibilities of PFC. This committee is Chaired by Frederick Nicholson.


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. 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.


Advisory Council

This committee, chaired by Gord Brown, is a think tank that coordinates the efforts of Project Committees. It also reviews and recommends new project ideas.