Board of Directors

On June 1st, 2011 a group of caring and engaged Calgarians was invited to attend a meeting at the Office of the Chief of Police with one thing in mind…to create Calgary's first Child Advocacy Centre (CAC).

Born from that meeting was the CACs Founding Board of Directors – a group of passionate professionals from the oil and gas industry, business, community, philanthropy, law and law enforcement, social work, and medicine.

Some of us were aware of the horrific crimes being committed against children, but now we all stand shoulder to shoulder in our commitment to create a Centre that begins by protecting and healing an abused child, and will result in a better, more coordinated community response to child abuse. Without a doubt, victimized children and their families will notice an immediate difference in how their needs are met.

As a CAC Board Member, our duty is to ensure children have access to the best care and treatment during the darkest time of their lives.

As the Founding Board of Directors, we have embarked on a capital campaign to raise $8 million to design, fit-up and operate the state-of-the-art Child Advocacy Centre which will house the incredible people who provide services for the abused children.

It is our distinct honour to work with an incredible group of people to help build a Child Advocacy Centre which will ultimately change the lives of abused children and their families.

Every child deserves the chance to lead a healthy and happy life.

Tom and Debra Mauro,
Co-Chairs, Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Anita Poscente

Anita Poscente

Anita is a leader in the private company services group at Deloitte & Touche.  She brings experience in addressing the tax requirements of numerous private enterprises in various industries.  Anita has extensive experience in advising private corporations on issues such as tax compliance, corporate structuring, compensation and employee retention, succession planning and merger and acquisitions.  She also provides personal taxation services to many private company clients.  Anita has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary (1993), her Chartered Accountant’s designation (1996) and her Tax In-Depth specialization (1998). She has also taught for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants as well as presented to various industry groups and organizations.

Bonnie Johnston, CEO

Bonnie Johnston has dedicated her career to serving children and families, first as a nurse and health administrator and now as Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary and Area Child and Family Services Authority (CFSA).  She has held the position of CEO since February 2002.

Bonnie began her career as a nurse in an Aboriginal community in northern Alberta and later served in a variety of increasingly responsible roles in the health care field in Edmonton and Calgary. Prior to her current position, Bonnie was the Director of Child and Adolescent Health for the Calgary Health Region. In that role, she was responsible for pediatric inpatient and critical care health services at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and pediatric inpatient services at the Peter Lougheed Centre.

Bonnie holds a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration and a Bachelor of Nursing Degree from the University of Calgary.  As CEO of the Calgary and Area CFSA, Bonnie’s focus has been on partnerships, collaboration and innovation to continuously improve outcomes for vulnerable children, youth and families.

Brian Evans

Brian Evans was born and raised in Edmonton.  He attended the University of Alberta where he received degrees in Arts and Law.  After articling and working as an associate with the Emery Jamieson law firm in Edmonton he moved with wife Debbie to Canmore and established Canmore’s first full time law office.  After 13 years of practice in Canmore he was elected the MLA for Banff-Cochrane in 1989 and served as MLA until he retired from government in 1997.  During his time in government Brian served as Minister of Environmental Protection and as Minister of Justice and Attorney General.  Upon retirement from government Brian joined the Miller Thomson law firm in the Calgary office. 

In 2006 Brian left Miller Thomson and joined the Werklund Group family office as Executive Director, serving in that position until retiring from Werklund Group in 2010.  Brian is currently Executive Chair of TSO Energy Corporation and Executive Advisor of Tecskor Corporation as well as serving on a number of not for profit and for profit boards.  Brian is married to Debbie and they have 3 wonderful children and 2 amazing grandsons.

Debra Mauro

Debra Mauro is Co-Chair of Albi Homes Ltd. with husband Tom. In 2012, Albi will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary - an accomplishment both Debra and her husband Tom are extremely proud of. 

Debra’s passion for the community is demonstrated by her never-ending commitment to generously volunteering her time to numerous charities in the Calgary area.  Most recently, she co-chaired the successful Big Boys and Their Toys – a fundraiser for HomeFront, a Calgary organization dedicated to reducing domestic violence where Debra continues to serve as a Director.  Debra has been the proud recipient of Canada’s “Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs” distinction, as cited by Chatelaine and PROFIT Magazines for three years.   She was also named one of the “Leading Entrepreneurs of the World” in 2002.  In 2005 the Consumers’ Choice Award for Business Excellence named Debra “Businesswoman of the Year.”

In her spare time, Debra enjoys reading and spending time with her granddaughters Grace Alessandra and Emilia Rose.

John Dielwart

Mr. Dielwart is Chief Executive Officer of ARC Resources Ltd., which owns and operates oil and gas properties in Western Canada.  He has overseen the growth of ARC Resources Ltd. since inception in 1996 to current production of approximately 83,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (6:1).  Prior to joining ARC in 1994, Mr. Dielwart spent 12 years with a major Calgary based oil and natural gas engineering consulting firm, as senior vice-president and a director where he gained extensive technical knowledge of oil and natural gas properties in western Canada.  Mr. Dielwart has a Bachelor of Science with Distinction (Civil Engineering) degree from the University of Calgary (1977). He is a member of Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (“APEGGA”) and is a Past Chairman of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Margaret Fullerton, RN, BScN

Margaret Fullerton currently serves as the Vice President, Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH), where she is responsible for providing leadership to a diverse team in the development, design and implementation of the programs and services in a state-of-the-art family-centered pediatric facility.  

Margaret has had a long career in healthcare spanning 30 years.  As a Registered Nurse, she began her career in a pediatric unit, moved on to a neonatal intensive care unit, post-anaesthetic care unit and worked extensively in the operating room.  She obtained her BScN from the University of British Columba, and has held a wide range of leadership positions and private sector health care roles in Saskatoon, Vancouver, and Washington D.C.  In the past 10 years, she has held a variety of progressively complex leadership positions in Calgary.

Margaret is passionate about providing excellent care to patients and families, and she is dedicated to supporting health care professionals in continually improving access, quality and sustainability of models of care.  She supports research, academics and education in the pursuit of best practice.  Margaret is committed to the strong linkage between ACH and the Community.

Kevin Hall

Kevin N. Hall is a Founding / Managing Partner of Odgers Berndtson, a global executive recruitment and management consulting firm.  Kevin qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England before moving to Calgary in 1982.   During the past 30 years he has held executive positions with publicly traded and privately held corporations.  He also has sat on and served numerous Boards of Directors and special committees in both the public and private sectors.

Leah Murray

Leah Murray is a senior communications and public relations advisor and practitioner with more than 25 years experience providing innovative ideas and solutions to clients in private industry, not-for-profit organizations and the federal government. With a passion for politics, Leah has helped government, business and industry leaders achieve their corporate goals through effective communications, change management, relationship building and government relations strategies.

Leah has also made volunteer work a personal priority, having been involved with such high-profile events as the Governor Generals Performing Arts Gala, Ronald MacDonald House Board, The Rick Hansen Man in Motion tour, Women’s Literacy in Afghanistan, and Politics and the Pen.  Leah brings a wealth of ideas and enthusiasm to every project she is involved in.

Lloyd W. Robertson Q.C.

Lloyd is the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Calgary General Prosecutions (Alberta Justice). He began his prosecution career in 1993 in Edmonton, Alberta and relocated to Calgary in 1994. During his career Lloyd has had the conduct of a number of serious and complex prosecutions. He has represented the Crown in Provincial Court and the Court of Queen's Bench for offences ranging from shoplifting to murder. Lloyd became an Assistant Chief Crown in 2006 and the Chief Crown Prosecutor in 2008.

In his spare time Lloyd is involved in Shorinji Kempo, a martial art incorporating self defence techniques and Zen philosophy. He is a 3rd Dan black belt in this Art and also teaches the Art to kids.

Lucy Miller

Dr. Miller is Chief Superintendent with the Calgary Catholic School District.  She joined the Calgary Catholic School District in March, 2007 and has successfully built an organizational culture of high standards, collaboration, transparency, accountability, and shared responsibility. The District has 106 schools, over 45,000 students, and a staff of over 5,000.  She has been a teacher, principal, curriculum consultant, and superintendent in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Alberta for thirty-eight years.  She is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees, Dalhousie University with a Master of Education degree, and the University of Toronto with a Doctor of Education degree.  She has been a part-time professor at Queen’s University and the University of Ottawa, is the author of five books and numerous articles, has a history of active involvement and leadership in public administration, and has been recognized by numerous awards for her work including: the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the Women of Distinction Award, the Alberta Catholic School Trustees Appreciation Award, Calgary Police Services’ Award of Exceptional Recognition, and the Lieutenant Governor’s Leadership Award.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Calgary Educational Partnerships Foundation, and the Calgary Catholic Education Foundation.  She is on the Board of Governors for St. Mary’s University College and is a Director for the United Way’s Calgary Children’s Initiative and works closely with Calgary Police Services, Community Services, and with the Health Region. 

M. Ann McCaig, C.M., A.O.E., LL.D.

Ann McCaig is one of Canada’s most prominent leaders in the not-for-profit sector, a well-known advocate for youth, education and health and an accomplished fundraiser.  She is passionate about developing strong healthy communities and works tirelessly to ensure the highest possible quality of life for future generations.  In the last 20 years Ann has lead numerous successful, large goal capital campaigns for major institutions in Calgary including the Alberta Children’s Hospital campaign raising more than $52 million to help build a state-of-the-art pediatric facility in Calgary.  She chairs the boards of the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre and the Calgary Stampede Foundation and is a long-time supporter of the City of Calgary’s Police Interpretive Centre.  Ann is Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, Chair of the Calgary Health Trust, Honourary Chair of the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, a Trustee of the $400 million Killam Estate and a Director of the Gairdner Foundation.  Ann’s outstanding and exemplary community contributions have been recognized at local, provincial and national levels.

Chief Rick Hanson

Born in Red Deer but raised in Calgary, Chief Rick Hanson attended St. Francis High School before joining the Calgary Police Force in February 1975.

 For the next 30 years Rick worked in a variety of different operational areas within the Calgary Police Service before moving over to the RCMP in October 2005. After 2 years with the Mounties, he left his position as Chief Superintendent in charge of Integrated and Federal Policing and returned to Calgary to become Chief.

Rick graduated from the University of Calgary in 1982 with his Bachelors degree in Social Sciences and completed a number of Executive development programs including the FBI Leadership in Counter Terrorism program which included time in Scotland, Belfast Northern Ireland, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and the FBI Training Academy at Quantico Virginia.

After a career in policing he is convinced that community partnerships targeting prevention and early intervention are the keys to effective community policing. Consequently he is a firm believer in the value of the Child Advocacy Centre.

Sheldon Kennedy

Sheldon Kennedy skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career (Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins) and played for Canada’s gold-medal winning team in the 1988 World Junior Hockey Championship. He was also Captain of the Memorial Cup winning Swift Current Broncos in 1989. He is best known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey league coach with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered over a five year period while a teenager under his care. Sheldon’s subsequent decision to go public with the charges brought these issues to the social forefront. Sheldon has become an unofficial spokesperson for millions of abuse survivors around the world. His life story was made into an award winning television movie and he has appeared on Oprah, ABC’s Nightline, W-5, The Fifth Estate and was nominated as Peter Jennings’ Man of the Week. After retiring from the NHL, Sheldon in-line skated across Canada to raise awareness of abuse issues.

In 2006, Sheldon wrote “Why I Didn’t Say Anything” a riveting account of the many psychological impacts of abuse. Sheldon’s ongoing work “in the trenches” has lead to his passion to make change through advocating for victims and supporting legislative changes that serve to better protect Canadian youth from abuse. Having transformed his own personal situation into positive action, Sheldon continues to carry his message through Respect Group Inc., the company he co-founded. Respect Group Inc. provides empowering on-line education for the prevention of abuse, bullying and harassment in sport, schools and the workplace.

Tom Mauro

Tom Mauro is the Founder & Chairman of Albi Homes Ltd.  Born in Albi, Italy, Tom’s personal and business philosophy is about Old World craftsmanship; a commitment to excellence, a deep commitment to the Community, and a steadfast belief in education. 

Tom has been in the housing industry his entire career starting as a journeyman carpenter graduating from SAIT.  In 1982 he founded Albi Homes Ltd., a niche builder with a stellar reputation for quality construction and service.  He served as a Director of the Alberta New Home Warranty Program from 1988–1994 and as Director of the Calgary Home Builder’s Association from 1988–1994.  In 2007 Tom was inducted into the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Hall of Fame.  He is presently serving on the SAIT Promising Futures Campaign raising funds for the new Trade and Technology Complex. 

Tom is an avid golfer and loves to travel to his homeland of Italy with his wife Debra.

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Wayne McNeil

Wayne McNeil served as Trustee and Vice-Chairman of the Rocky View School Division, volunteer President of the Sheldon Kennedy Foundation, which raised over $ 1 Million during the 1998 Cross-Canada Skate to raise awareness for the prevention of child abuse, and was volunteer Chairman of the Alberta Gymnastics Federation for six years. These volunteer experiences and his social consciousness towards the issue of abuse prevention lead Wayne to co-found Respect Group Inc.; Canada’s first, on-line, abuse, discrimination, bullying and harassment prevention training program for community/sport organizations, schools and corporations. Wayne has a seasoned, professional background in Information Technology and Project Management that he developed through key global positions with Bell Canada, 3Com Corporation and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). This strong IT expertise enabled Wayne to create a solid team and technology approach for Respect Group Inc. Wayne was instrumental in forging an exclusive partnership with the Canadian Red Cross to combine Canada’s best abuse, bullying and harassment prevention curriculum (RespectED) with Respect Group Inc.’s world-class, on-line training technology.

Gary Strother

Gary Strother

Gary Strother assumed his role as chief superintendent of the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) in March of 2012. Prior to his current role, Mr. Strother served as a superintendent with Calgary Catholic, providing services to CCSD’s Area D schools in addition to overseeing the information technology department. Mr. Strother has been employed with CCSD since 1983 and has served in a number of capacities, including classroom teacher, assistant principal, vice principal and principal.

Mr. Strother has been involved at the provincial level with the College of Alberta School Superintendents, recently serving as first vice president. He has played key roles locally, provincially and nationally in facilitating workshops both internally and externally to the district. Mr. Strother is well known throughout the educational sector, providing exemplary leadership in every role he has filled.

Mr. Strother is married to Kathie, who is a teacher with CCSD, and is the father of two grown sons, both graduates of Calgary Catholic.