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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.

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

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.

Denise Cruz – YVC Team Leader

Raised in Calgary, Denise has called Airdrie her home for the last 15 years. She and her husband are the proud parents of four busy children, including a set of rambunctious twins, so she’s used to having her hands full.  She operates her own sewing business, specializing in custom weighted blankets, and single-handedly sewed over 3000 masks during the Covid pandemic. She has volunteered on many levels in Airdrie, you’ve probably seen her in the schools or at other events. She has committed a bulk of her time to Girl Guides of Canada for the last 13 years. And has served on the provincial council Area Commissioner, area and districts council in that time, many committees and teams, as well as operating her own units full-time. In her spare time she enjoys a variety or artistic endeavors, quilting, camping, canoeing and many outdoor activities. She loves a good joke or story, and can’t wait to see what opportunities she can offer to the youth of YVC.

Position Available – YVC Team Leader

For more information about the job and how to apply please go to Facebook.com/YVCAirdrie