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 Membership Officer for the Karate Alberta Association and Secretary-Treasurer for the Alberta JKA Karate Association.

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.

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 – 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 – 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.

Director – Isra Abdelrahim

Isra has lived in Calgary since she was 4 years old, and has been a regular volunteer since middle school. Her volunteerism evolved from being involved in a variety of groups and clubs throughout junior high and high school, to eventually branching off into volunteering in her larger local community.

She enjoys finding ways to channel her strengths into the work of various grassroot organizations. Her interests are public speaking, current events and she is an avid film enthusiast. Connected to Volunteer Airdrie through Volunteer Alberta’s Youth @ The Table program – she hopes to assist Volunteer Airdrie in their mission, mainly through the lens of youth involvement.

Director – Tyson Bilton

Tyson was born and raised in Alberta and has been living in Calgary for almost 5 years. He recently completed a BComm. (Hons.) in Finance and Sustainability from the University of Calgary and holds a Responsible Investment Professional Certification. He has actively been working at the intersection of finance and social impact for the past few years. He has completed a Fellowship in Social Innovation & Impact Investing from the Social Innovation Academy, where he now currently works as a Program Manager.

Tyson’s volunteerism has ranged from supporting environmental education non-profits, tackling food insecurity, and most notably co-founding two student-run non-profit organizations, Reimagine17 and the Calgary Social Value Fund. Reimagine17 is a national non-profit of youth working to re-imagine sustainable development through intersectional and interdisciplinary collaboration. The Calgary Social Value Fund is Alberta’s first and only student-run impact investment fund, mobilizing local capital to be invested into early-stage organizations that have social or environmental impact in the Calgary community.

Director – Hyejun Kim

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Hyejun moved to Calgary with her family in 2009. She is a public health practitioner by training, having completed a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She comes from a background of government, academic & applied research, and community outreach, and is currently working in the primary care sector to improve the quality and accessibility of primary care for patients and communities in Calgary and area. Her areas of interest include community engagement, Indigenous health, process improvement, change management, health policy & equity, and mental health advocacy.

Hyejun joined the Volunteer Airdrie Society through the Youth@ the Table program. She is also a board member of the Indigenous Kids Network of Canada and a crisis line volunteer at the Distress Centre Calgary.

Director – Jasmine Navarro

Jasmine is a born and raised Calgarian, spending much of her time engaged with the community. She has grown her volunteerism into professional engagement with the not-for-profit sector in Calgary as a Social Worker. Her background is in family and community work, currently as the Family Coordinator for Brown Bagging 4 Calgary’s Kids. Jasmine was connected with Volunteer Airdrie through the Youth @ the Table program and also sits on the board of North East Family Connections. She is passionate about supporting the growth of community serving agencies and building connections.

Director – Phillip Hoffmann

An Airdrie resident since 2018, Phil Hoffmann is an active volunteer in the community. He is on the Board of Directors for the Airdrie Food Bank and is President of the Advocates for Airdrie Public Library Society. Before moving to Airdrie, he volunteered for arts and other organizations in Calgary, including the National Music Centre and the Calgary Folk Club. His former professional roles include Executive Director of Literacy Alberta. Phil holds a PhD. in philosophy from the University of Calgary. He enjoys tutoring philosophy online and composing original acoustic guitar music. His favourite quote is: “Remember your humanity and forget the rest” – Albert Einstein.

Volunteer Airdrie Staff

Jason Heer – Director, Youth Advisory Board, Community Engagement, & Fund Development

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, as well, Big Brothers Big 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 raising 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 – Director, Program Administration

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.

Jessica Neufeld – Director, Program Administration

A born and raised Albertan, originally from the Red Deer area, Jessica and her family have called Airdrie home since 2007. She is happily married to husband Colin and together they have 3 beautiful children, Tiernan, Liam & Sadie whom they cherish and are extremely proud of. Jessica and her husband own and operate their own successful electrical contracting company, providing expertise and professional service in the oil and gas sector. Jessica believes in giving back to her community and as such has dedicated a great deal of her time and energy to volunteerism in Airdrie. In addition to sitting on various boards and committees including the Airdrie Festival of Lights and the Airdrie Youth Engagement Strategy (YES), she has given her time to Soap for Hope, the Airdrie Food Bank, Volunteer Airdrie, Airdrie Relay For Life, Our Lady Queen of Peace school, and WH Croxford High School to name a few. For the past 9 years Jessica has been a proud member of Girl Guides of Canada in Airdrie serving in several senior administrative roles including Contact & Unit Guider for 2nd Airdrie Brownies, Goldenfields Membership and Public Relations Adviser, Parkland Area Trainer and Parkland Area Training Adviser. In her downtime you will find Jessica relaxing at home with her family, spending time with her friends & Guiding Sisters, hanging out at the Calgary Comic Expo or out camping in one of Alberta’s beautiful Provincial Parks or campgrounds. Jessica is excited to join Volunteer Airdrie’s Youth Volunteer Corps as the incoming YVC Airdrie Director of Program Administration. She brings to the table a diverse set of skills, a quirky, fun personality and a cooperative leadership style.

“I believe there’s a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength and makes us noble.”
-May Parker, Spider-man 2

Mackenzie Wood – YVC Team Leader

Mackenzie Wood has lived in Airdrie since 2002 and graduated from W.H. Croxford High School in 2018. At Croxford, Mackenzie was a part of the junior and senior volleyball team for four years, ending the senior year as captain. Shortly after entering high school, she was awarded the Mayor for the Day opportunity, where she worked alongside Mayor Peter Brown in helping to develop and oversee community events. She was accepted into the Building Futures program in the 2015-2016 school year, where she spent 10 months on a construction site, helping to build two residential homes in an Airdrie Community. She also got involved in the Leadership Committee at Croxford and joined the Rocky View Leadership Academy in the 2017-2018 school year. Currently, Mackenzie attends Mount Royal University, where she is enrolled in their Bachelor of Communications – Public Relations program where she will grow her volunteer opportunities and gain many insightful learning experiences to develop her career goals.

Madison Brooks – YVC Team Leader

Madison moved to Airdrie in the middle of 2020. After moving from Calgary, Airdrie quickly became home. She has had a passion for volunteer work since she was young. Madison attended high school in Black Diamond where she was involved in working with many different programs within the community.

Today she has the amazing opportunity to volunteer with the Carstairs Public Library, as well as a Calgary based princess company where she gets to spread magical moments to the children of Calgary, Airdrie and the surrounding area. Over the years, she has been able to work with different companies such as the Believe in the Gold Society, Ronald McDonald House, and Autism Calgary to name a few. Madison is working toward her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Ancient and Medieval History at the University of Calgary, with the goal of pursuing a Master’s Degree in Library Information and Technologies.
Madison is looking forward to being involved with such a wonderful community of youth and getting to help foster a lifetime love of volunteerism, a passion for learning and an appreciation for the hard work it takes to be the change you want to see in the world.

Madelaine Coupland – YVC Team Leader

Madelaine moved to Airdrie from Kelowna, BC in 2018 and has since proudly graduated from St. Martin de Porres. She is currently enrolled in the Child and Youth Care Diploma at Bow Valley College and plans on working with at risk youth in her community. She joined Youth Volunteer Corps as a Team Lead because she is passionate about working with youth and showing them that volunteerism is fulfilling, full of valuable life experiences, and is the core of a community.