Board of Directors

Chair – Dave Maffitt

Dave Maffitt is the current Chair of the Volunteer Airdrie Society.  Born in Calgary and raised on a small farm near Carstairs, he is an avid and lifelong volunteer.  He joined Volunteer Airdrie in mid-2013, just as he was wrapping up a 6 year involvement with Airdrie Minor Basketball, including 5 years as its President.  Dave was the Chairperson for the Basketball Sport at the Airdrie 2014 Alberta Summer Games, where he organized and supervised 75 volunteers at 4 venues over 3 days.  When Dave is not volunteering, he finds time to work in the Calgary oil patch as an oil & gas marketing consultant for junior and intermediate exploration companies.  His company Phoenix Energy Marketing Consultants currently assists about 25 companies.  In his “spare time”, Dave also teaches and trains in Shotokan karate at the Airdrie JKA Karate dojo and acts as Secretary for the Karate Alberta Association, Alberta JKA Karate Association and Airdrie Discovery Toastmasters Club.

Vice Chair – Leon Cygman

Leon moved to Calgary in 1979 and worked as a project coordinator in the construction industry. He turned his profession to teaching in 1983 and has taught courses in computer programming, systems design and security, and technical mathematics. In 2008, he joined Mount Royal University where he is teaching for the business school in the areas of management, e-business, management information systems and statistics. He has chaired the departments of Aviation, General Management, Human Resources, International Business and Supply Chain Management. Leon is the author of a textbook on database design and use, has written several papers and book chapters in the area of distance education and will be publishing a Business Statistics – Level One book in the fall of 2019, with Level Two expected the following year. Calling Airdrie home since 2014, Leon is married with one daughter and one beautiful granddaughter. Besides his work on the Volunteer Airdrie board, he is also a member of the Airdrie Public Library and the Marigold Library Systems boards. Leon is an avid traveler having visited over 20 countries on 4 continents. He is currently writing a book on independent traveling. Leon has a Masters degree in information systems and a PhD in business administration with a major in e-business.

Treasurer – Carmen Vetian

Carmen has been a Certified General Accountant (CGA) since 2001, in good standing with the Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta.

Since 1999, she has worked primarily in public practice, in various roles from junior apprentice to senior manager, and for the past 5 years the Owner/Partner of her own accounting and tax practice in Airdrie, Alberta.

She has also had the opportunity to work in industry as a corporate tax analyst for the Canadian division of an international company. In addition, she was also a corporate tax analyst in the oil and gas industry, also involved in planning, preparation and reporting of all the corporate tax to tax authorities and international based parent corporation. Within these roles, she has had various responsibilities for all tax compliance and due diligence processes for regular tax reporting requirements and also for acquisitions and corporate reorganizations.

A professional accountant is an essential part of a business, and Carmen partners with her clients to assist them in their success, and truly enjoys helping businesses and people with their tax planning and strategies for the future.

Secretary – Yenmy Peraza

Yenmy was born in Venezuela and she moved to Canada in December 2011. She is currently working and taking Business Administration Supply Chain Management Major at Bow Valley College. She speaks Spanish and she wants to continue improving her English. Her interests are living an active lifestyle, family and her dog Jax.

Director – Nina Nath

Volunteerism is very much part of my upbringing from an early age, and my grandfather inspired me. He was a Doctor and would provide medical assistance in any form free to people who were unable to provide medical needs for themselves. For his humanities he received the President of India’s Humanitarian Award. Plus Mother Teresa would come to our school, once a month, and involve the students in volunteerism. I have volunteered as a co-coordinator representing the Corporation I was working for, got involved with United Way, convincing as many staff as possible to contribute through monthly payroll deductions any amount, to United Way. I was in the banking and investment business for over 18 years. Have been a Director for North Rocky View which is now Community Links. When the Youth Program started by the City, I was also involved and tried to rid our society about Gay individuals perception, and promoted their rights as individuals with different bodies and feelings not to discriminate. I have advocated for accessibility for People with Disabilities and Seniors, as well as promote awareness of People with Disabilities and their needs and promote them as individuals with different abilities and different needs, specially with policy makers and politicians as an individual and did not take advantage of my position with Community Links. As well it is important to change the perception of our society that every Disability is different and unique and it does not necessarily mean that all Disabled People are mentally disabled as well and useless. I have been a Director of Volunteer Airdrie since its inception, and left for a few years, and am very happy to be back being a part of Volunteer Airdrie again. Personally, I am a Person with Physical Disabilities and understand them, and I encourage them to be part of some organization either as a worker or as a volunteer.

Director – Tiernan Neufeld

Tiernan has been a part of the Airdrie community since 2007. She started volunteering when she was 12 with her family and started junior leading with Girl Guides of Canada at 14 years old. Tiernan has graduated Bow Valley College with her Hospital Unit Clerk Certification. On top of everything, Tiernan works full time in downtown Calgary and volunteers frequently. She is a leader in two local Brownies Units and one Area Link Unit, Director of Youth Programming and Volunteer Coordinator for Volunteer Airdrie, Co-Chair for the Airdrie Y.E.S (Youth Engagement Strategy) committee and the Director of Volunteer Appreciation for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games.

Tiernan is a huge advocate for youth in Airdrie. She believes youth can do anything they put their minds to and more!

Director – Dirk Bannister

I have been a part of the volunteer community here in Airdrie, and in other Alberta cities and in the USA for over 47 years and have had a considerable amount of experience both as a Board Member and as an Executive Director working for Non-Profit Boards and Municipalities.

My wife, Cheryl and I first moved to Airdrie in 1979 and returned to Airdrie in 2001 after living in the United States for two years. After about a decade in Camrose, we returned to Airdrie in the summer of 2015.

Our two daughters, now living in Calgary and Fernie, B.C., were raised in Airdrie and we have considered Airdrie our home (even though we have been away twice!) since first moving here in 1979.

Director – Vanessa Logan

I’m married, was born in Calgary, but moved away to Ont at age 8 and
came back in 2005. I have one wonderful son.

My hobbies are photography, nature, card games, and social events

I joined Volunteer Airdrie to get more involved in the city and to meet new people

Director – Monique Sereneo

Monique is relatively new to Alberta, having moved to Calgary in May 2019. She was raised in Winnipeg, MB and lived in Kingston, ON while attending Queen’s University for Applied Economics with a minor in Global Development Studies, and a Certificate in Law. Monique joined Volunteer Airdrie through Volunteer Alberta’s Youth @ the Table program, and currently works at CCVO (Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations). She enjoys learning about Alberta’s vibrant nonprofit community and also volunteers for YYC Growers + Distributors and the Calgary Migratory Species Response Team.

Director – Sue Der Stepanian

Sue was raised in Nova Scotia and has lived in Airdrie since 1994. She is married and has 2 adult children. She retired one year ago as the Volunteer Coordinator at Community Links. Sue comes from a family of life long volunteers and givers. She is excited to be a part of Volunteer Airdrie and this great community.

Director – Carol Wilcox

Carol lives in Crossfield. Carol enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community. Carol is currently enrolled in Mount Royal University in the Nonprofit Management program. Carol’s experience in the nonprofit sector ranges from libraries to adult learning and literacy. Carol is an avid reader and quilter, enjoys camping and spending time with family and friends. Carol is looking forward to being a part Volunteer Airdrie.

Director – Paige Fossheim

Paige was born and raised in Calgary and moved to Airdrie in 2017 with her husband.

Paige has worked at ATB Financial for 8 years, starting as a Customer Service Representative in a branch, then promoted to a Client Service Officer for Corporate Financial Services and currently is in the role of Manager, Retail. She is also working on her BA, with a major in psychology, through online studies with Athabasca University.

In addition to working at ATB, Paige is very active in the volunteer community, including the theatre community – behind the scenes and on stage, the Distress Center and other charities within ATB

Her most memorable volunteer involvement has been with the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society, Seniors Secret Service, Teddy for Toonie, Marathon of Sport, Habitat for Humanity, and Brown Bagging Calgary and most recently, Speak Anglos, a language immersion program where she spent 8 days in Italy helping people learn English.

Volunteering is very important to Paige as she believes in giving back to the community, which she does in support of ATB’s various charities and on her own. Helping people is a large part of Paige’s beliefs, it is something she feels very strongly about and looks forward to helping people in the future.

Volunteer Airdrie Staff

Jason Heer – YVC Program Director

Jason has a degree in Education, and a Master of Leadership. He has been in the non profit sector for the past 15 years and worked for agencies such as Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary and Edmonton m, as well, Big Brothers, Bis Sisters of Calgary and Area. His focus has been working with vulnerable and high risk youth, by providing programs that will engage them with particular life skills, healthy mentors and safe space. Additionally, he has a passion assisting young people achieve their goals, reach their milestones and discover their own potential.

Jason has lived in Airdrie over 10 years, currently raised 5 children, all which participate and volunteer through Airdrie Minor Hockey. Jason also has enjoys participating in most events in Airdrie such as Airdrie Fest and Linking the Community in the Park.

Jason believes that children and youth are the future of our society and the importance of the commitment of the adults to create an impact in them for a better society.

Dorothy May – Assistant YVC Director

Dorothy May is proud to have called Airdrie home for my family since 2000.  She enjoys a successful career as a Behavior Therapist and Clinical Service Coordinator, working with families who have children diagnosed with special needs (primarily ASD), and  working in the elementary, middle and high schools on the Tsuu T’ina First Nation.  Dorothy has always appreciated the small town feel that Airdrie offers;  seeing our beautiful city continue to grow, increased her desire to become more involved in the community.  In the spring of 2016 Dorothy reached out to Volunteer Airdrie Society and applied to become a member of their Board of Directors.  Since joining the VA team,  Dorothy has actively worked to initiate and implement the VA-LEAD, Youth Leadership and Volunteer Development Program since spring 2017.  Dorothy’s goals and motivation to continue with her volunteer efforts are to: empower youth through skill development, provide support  towards their successful experiences  within our community and to build their confidence and belief that they can make positive impacts on society.

Ang Lutz – YVC Team Leader

Angela moved to Airdrie with her husband in 2005. She has done everything from selling new homes throughout various communities in Airdrie, to opening and successfully running her own Day home for several years. Her family also owns and operates a successful construction company that has proudly served Airdrie for over 30 years.

She has also been actively volunteering in various schools throughout Airdrie since 2009.

In the fall of 2017, Angela reached out to the Volunteer Board of Airdrie regarding the VA LEAD program, and has been Co-Facilitating ever since in addition to helping out with various events held within our community. Her family also knows the value of Volunteering, so you will often see Angela in tow with her Husband and 2 children.

“Initially, I wanted to be more involved with helping the youth in our community engage in positive experiences through volunteerism. However, it quickly became so much more fulfilling than I would’ve ever thought possible. It showed me that young people want to be active citizens. It gave me passion to help our youth with opportunities that otherwise may have been a challenge for them to find if it wasn’t for programs such as VA LEAD.”

Angela is looking forward to a bright future, continually engaging with youth, helping them find a voice and showing them that volunteerism can be a fulfilling lifelong involvement.