Board & Committees

SWESA Organization Chart

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2022 – 2023 Board of DirectorS

Josie Richardson (President)

Josie Richardson

Josie has a business background, graduating from NAIT with a diploma in Business and Office Administration and CPP Certification from the Canadian Payroll Association. She spent the majority of her career working in the customer service sector before assuming the role of Business Manager for Tempest Fire Protection Ltd., a business she founded with her husband Jack.  Josie has volunteered in various capacities, including President of the St. Albert Gymnastics Club and lead on parent council committees. As business owners, Josie and Jack were major sponsors of St. Albert Seniors Association, Edmonton Firefighters Burn Treatment Society, Canadian Cancer Society and S.A.I.F. (Stop Abuse in Families)

Vicki King (Vice President)

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Vicki devoted almost 20 years of her career to project management and business continuity program management. She led numerous project teams in business and technology projects and, prior to retirement, spent the most recent years creating and administering a Business Continuity Program which included business continuity, disaster recovery and emergency response. She is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and is an active member with the Disaster Recovery Institute of Canada (DRIC). She was previously certified and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Vicki has volunteered in various capacities with the MS Society, Canadian Cancer Society, and the Stollery Hospital Foundation.

Donna Stickland (Secretary)

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Catherine Hammond (Treasurer)

Catherine Hammond

Catherine is a retired professional with over 30 years accounting and office management experience working with non-profits and small business. Her educational background includes a BA (Economics), Chartered Professional Accountant designation, Certified Management Accountant (Retired) and a Certificate in Voluntary and Non-Profit Management. Catherine has volunteered with various organizations, including Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT), Woman in Science Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT.)

Bob Turner (Director)

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Andrew Robert (Bob) Turner and his wife Joan have lived in Edmonton for 45 years. Bob is retired from his medical and academic positions as Professor of Medicine and Oncology at the University of Alberta, Hematologist/Oncologist and Director of the Canadian Blood Service Blood Transfusion Centre.  He was also the MLA for Edmonton Whitemud from 2015-19.  Bob’s interests are wide ranging – climate change mitigation, health equity, alternate mobility options and both municipal and provincial politics.

Lynn Masters (Director)

Lynn Masters

Raziya Sachedina (Director)

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Raziya immigrated to Canada from Tanzania in 1968. Her career path included teaching middle school in Tanzania. After her arrival in Alberta in 1980, she spent 28 years of her working life at the Alberta Government. Her many roles included claims adjudicator, trainer, field service representative, and reviewing provider billing patterns. These roles enhanced her expertise in understanding, interpreting and applying government legislations.

As a volunteer, Raziya advised on course development at Grant McEwan College as well as spearheading fundraising activities for Parkland Institute, University of Alberta, and for a highly competitive dragon boat racing team. Raziya is passionate about economic, social, and cultural issues facing seniors in our community.