Tuesday, 03 September, 2013 14:32
The EHS is governed and managed by a dedicated, volunteer Board of Directors, which meets monthly. Board terms are two years. Contact the EHS Board by email (select General Information) or by leaving a message at 780-456-3324.
|Pat McKendrick||President||Maggie Easton||Barb Gauf|
|Renita Eilertson||Vice President||Britta Johnson||Eric Koroluk|
|Helen Routh||Secretary||Sally Lore||Judy Rybaczok|
|Brian Heidecker||Treasurer||Jane Starr||L. A. Thomas|
|Jan Ogilvie||Past President|
The EHS is pleased to introduce our 2013-14 Board of Directors
An extension of her long-standing passion for gardening, Pat recently completed her Master Gardener designation and subsequently established the Master Gardener’s Association of Alberta, becoming its founding President.
Pat brings to her role as EHS President an extensive background in management as well as related interests and experience as a volunteer. These include:
- many years in management in the health sector, including with Capital Health and the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board. These roles involved leading and managing multidisciplinary project and planning teams in areas of strategic planning for business and service delivery; organizational transformation; client relations management; stakeholder consultation, relations and engagement.
- not-for-profit experience chairing a committee to host a successful conference; establishing a new provincial organization; and recruiting and engaging volunteers to achieve desired outcomes.
- serving as a member of the Devonian Garden Ecological Learning Centre Cabinet Campaign, and volunteering in other organizations that conserve, enhance and preserve the environment.
Pat is “committed to lifelong learning and experiences”.
Renita has gardened as long as she can remember and recalls her parents laughing at her young complaint: “I will never have flowerbeds! It is so hard to keep the lawnmower from making those deep scalloped marks!” Her mother, the “original” organic gardener, designed her garden with a narrow “trough” between the lawn and flower beds and that darn lawnmower kept on slipping into that trough.
Since then, she has landscaped her homes with shrubs and flowers in various designs (including the “trough”!), always trying to improve. Joyfully living in a condominium/townhouse now, she no longer worries about mowing a lawn. Wanting to learn more and be around like-minded people, Renita joined the EHS in 2005. She has won gardening awards and in 2007/8 took the Master Gardener course at the Devonian Botanic Gardens.
Renita is currently retired and brings to her role as EHS Vice-President and Garden Competition Chair, a professional and volunteer background that includes:
- Teaching for Edmonton Public Schools in a varied career that included physical education, adaptive and regular (all grade levels); consulting; providing in-services and workshops for school districts in Central and Northern Alberta, Greater Edmonton Teachers’ Convention; and coaching. Her greatest love was teaching High School at the Glenrose School Hospital, psychiatric unit.
- Serving as President, Secretary/Treasurer, Director and on various committees on her Condominium Board.
- Hosting EHS Open Gardens several times and serving as Open Gardens chair briefly in 2012.
Renita is “excited and proud to be a part of such a forward thinking, modern and prestigious organization”.
Helen enjoys spending time with her granddaughter Kaisley, gardening, scrapbooking and making homemade cards.
As current EHS Board Secretary, Helen brings to her role:
- a background in working for EPCOR Water in a clerical group, as a support to the Chief Engineer in Network Engineering, ten years in Human Resources, five years as Administrative Assistant to the Director of Water Treatment Plants, and is currently Executive Assistant for Water Services.
- Board experience as a Director on the Board of Administrative Assistants Association.
- organizational and administrative skills, as well as experience with and an understanding of the value of human resources.
With a background in agriculture (a large-scale cattle and forage operation), Brian is an accomplished gardener who, with his partner Donna Bagdan, created and maintains an award-winning home garden. Brian has volunteered with Communities in Bloom (Front Yards in Bloom) for many years and long been an EHS member.
To his current role as EHS Treasurer, Brian brings a vast and varied background which spans financial, management, governance and business experience, including:
- Chair of the University of Alberta Board of Governors from 2006 to 2011. He was first appointed to their Board in 2000 and served as Vice-Chair from 2004-06.
- Previous and continued service on many boards and councils, including the Alberta Treasury Branch (ATB) Financial, Bank of Canada Board, Alberta Securities Commission, Access to the Future Fund Regulation Advisory Committee, the Canada Council on Learning, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. He is a past trustee of the Clearview Regional School Division, a past trustee of Alberta Ingenuity, and also has worked with the Alberta Agriculture Financial Services Corporation. He currently serves as the Chair of the Sawridge Trusts, a First Nations entity; Director on the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada; and on the Fringe Theatre Adventure Board.
- Recognition as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people by Alberta Venture magazine in 2005 and an Honorary Degree from the University of Alberta in 2012.
In keeping with Brian’s belief in giving back to the community, the theme of his Convocation address was the importance of volunteering.
Learning and working side by side with her Mom and beloved Nana, Jan grew up loving gardening.
As the past EHS President, Jan brings to her role:
- a background in volunteer work that has included serving as Vice President, President and Treasurer of a community league to being a founding partner for the Southwest Area Council (SWAC).
- involvement in with many social issues and events, including Run for Cancer and organizing Christmas hampers for families in need.
- previous employment as a Conference Coordinator with the U of A, running the operations of a large real estate office, Consumer Impact Marketing Sales Representative for Dairy Farmers of Alberta, and dabbling in entrepreneurship as the owner of two different retail shops over the years.
- current experience running an interior design business and as a fitness instructor.
Maggie has been an avid gardener for 40 years, is mostly self-taught, and especially enjoys growing perennials and roses in her award-winning garden. She became a Master Gardener in 2010.
Born in Holland, Maggie came to Canada at age 10. She has a degree in Honours Physics and worked as a computer analyst until the birth of her children. She has two children and three grandchildren. Maggie has been a member of the Edmonton Horticultural Society’s board for more than 10 years, including serving for 4 ½ years as president.
Along with her extensive background with the EHS, Maggie brings to her current role as Director on the EHS Board, the following:
- Volunteer experience with Scouts Canada for 31 years, first as a Cub leader, then a trainer, and later a Deputy Commissioner for Training for the Alberta Council. She also spent ten years as a Director for both the Edmonton Regional Council and the Alberta Provincial Council.
- Extensive courses on board development.
- Experience in many other volunteer positions over the years. Maggie is currently on the Board of The Friends of the Devonian Botanic Garden.
Inheriting a love of gardening from her mother, who was a landscape designer and avid gardener, Britta has gardened in some capacity for over 40 years, winning awards in the process. Her flower beds have become bigger and she has collected a wide variety of perennials, many of which are now replanted in the garden she and her husband created in 2012.
Britta has been an EHS member for over eight years. Thinking it would be fun to volunteer with a gardening group, since gardening is her favourite hobby (or obsession, as her husband describes it), she served as Open Gardens Chair, helped with the Compost Sale and several other events before taking on Chair of the EHS City Gardeners over the last several years.
To her role as Director on the EHS Board, Britta brings organizational skills, financial knowledge and a commitment to completing projects in a timely manner, as well as experience in the following areas:
- Sales manager at Eaton’s running a variety of departments; dealing with staff, budgets, inventory and sales.
- Bookkeeping for two local businesses before semi-retiring and taking on a few bookkeeping clients on her own.
- Treasurer of Ritchie Community League for about 15 years, and Treasurer of Alberta Regional Lily Society for the last four years.
Britta enjoys “the camaraderie of fellow gardeners as well the knowledge and plants we share”.
In his spare time over the last 23 years or so Eric was has gardened with his wife in a suburban Edmonton yard – there’s now much less grass than there used to be! He is interested in all aspects of gardening (even weeding,) but especially “playing” in the pond.
Eric is a native Edmontonian and long-time EHS member. Now recently retired, he has the time to become more involved with the EHS on the Board and as a volunteer. Along with his wife, Eric took on the Open Gardens program for 2013.
Eric hopes that with both his technical and organizational background after 31+ years in the IT Industry, he can make a positive contribution to the EHS. His background includes:
- mainframe systems programmer and team leader — remember punched cards?
- leading a small open systems server support team.
- five years as manager of the remaining legacy mainframe support team along with the server and storage teams, responsible for a large multi-site open systems server farm.
He and L.A. Thomas manage the Gardener’s Gate, our full-colour, magazine-style newsletter.
Sally was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. With several years spent in Calgary, southern Alberta, and Ottawa she moved to Edmonton in 1989. Recently retired from a career with Canada Post, Sally joined the EHS Board of Directors in 2014 bringing with her a varied and extensive background in management and community Board experience, including:
- over 25 years in management at Canada Post, most recently managing Retail Training and Development for Alberta and Northeast BC – providing coaching, leadership, and strategic perspective.
- positions within Human Resources, Corporate Training and Information Technology.
- receiving numerous awards including the Canada Post Silver Postmark Award (for Alberta) and Canada Post Golden Postmark Award (National recipient) for her Outstanding Customer Service to Internal Clients.
- service on various Boards and committees in the City of Edmonton such as Northlands, Orientation Chairman for Klondike Days Association, Alberta Ballet – Initial Edmonton organizer and Co–chair for the House and Garden Tour, liaison with City of Edmonton and Communities in Bloom Canada – for the Front yards in Bloom program, and recently as an active Member and Chair of Club and Community Services for the Rotary Club of Edmonton Glenora and on Senate at the University of Alberta.
Volunteering, community involvement, education and travel are areas of personal interest for her. Having the opportunity to give back to the community gives her great pride and personal satisfaction.
After retiring in 2006, Judy started planting a new yard from scratch with mostly perennials. Later she acquired a passion for lilies and now has hundreds of varieties blooming from May to Oct in a large, beautifully designed, award-winning garden.
Judy joined the EHS in 2008 and is currently serving her in her third year on the Board of Directors, bringing a background as a volunteer:
- with the Cub Scouts
- as Secretary of a community league.
She is also an EHS City Gardeners, going weekly in the summer to help weed and maintain the EHS beds on the grounds of the Muttart Conservatory and EHS Centennial Garden. “We learn a lot from each other and have fun socializing”, says Judy.
Jane is a keen, award-winning vegetable gardener but likes ornamentals, too. A 30 + year career as a librarian with the Government of Alberta has given Jane a deep appreciation for the power of gardening to reduce stress and counteract the physical effects of too much computer time.
Jane brings varied interests and knowledge to role on the EHS Board of Directors and Membership Director as:
- a reader, librarian, gardener, parent, wife, volunteer, cook, and photographer, not in order of importance or skill.
- a self-described “compost geek” who graduated from the City of Edmonton’s Master Composter/Recycler course in 2013.
After many years of volunteering in schools and the community because she “had to”, she now volunteers with EHS because she wants to.
L. A. Thomas
L. A. Thomas is a long-time EHS member who credits her father for her gardening genes. She is interested in all aspects of gardening, but is not as ruthless as she should be when it comes to eliminating self-seeded volunteers in the very large garden she and her husband Eric maintain.
In spite of a somewhat wild garden, she is otherwise very organized and looks forward to learning more about Board responsibilities and making a positive contribution in her first opportunity to serve on a Board.
She and Eric manage the Gardener’s Gate, our full-colour, magazine-style newsletter.