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 (former team member);
Alexandra Velosa, Marketing Manager
Back row: Sara Stepa, Program Manager; Dolores Sakauye, Accounting Manager; Sheila Taylor, CEO; Sheila Ferguson (former team member); Steve Duncan, Financial Controller. Missing: Sonja Sahlen & Bryan Goehringer.
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.
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.
Fund Development & Projects Manager
Bryan joined Parks Foundation Calgary September 2018, he is a Husband, Daddy, Dog Owner, Advocate & Idea Guy. He brings to Parks Foundation Calgary, nearly 20 years of experience in both Not For Profit Leadership, Development and Communications. 10 years ago Bryan and his wife moved to Calgary and have since he has become deeply invested in the community. As a family they love the outdoors and enjoy Nose Hill, dog walks and cycling. Bryan has served as a Director at Large and Pathways Coordinator for North Haven Community Association, on the planning committee for Canadian Mental Health Association's "Ride Don't Hide" cycle campaign, as well as being a charter member of 100 Men YYC. Bryan's role with Parks Foundation Calgary is Major Projects Manager and Fund Development Director.
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.