BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President & Chair of the Board
I am an eclectic professional. My diverse range of interests include educational institutions, publishing, engineering, staffing services and passenger transportation. Managing communications, human resources, public relations and operations provided me with opportunities that intersected with volunteer opportunities for Calgary Immigrant Womens Association, SAIT, Calgary White Hat Awards, Calgary 88 Olympics Transportation consortium, to name a few. I also enjoy the medium of film, not only watching but also working with creatives to produce. As a native Calgarian, I am excited about the THIRD ACTion Film Fest; and its mission to educate and entertain about ageism.
My love of film began as a young child and has endured over time as I transition into my third act. The opportunity to share stories/information that help others maneuver the challenges of aging is a passion for me. Over the course of my career, I have been involved in many different aspects of teaching, media design and production as well as, working in the non-profit environmental sector. I hope to bring this expertise to my role as a board member for THIRD ACTion Film Festival.
I have spent most of my life in this incredible city. After graduating from U of C, I wandered off to Toronto for 5 years and then a couple more wandering the globe with a backpack. Setting roots back in Calgary, I have had the joy of raising two boys with the love of my life, and being a Managing Partner at Centex Petroleum. I’m a cinephile at heart and look forward to spreading the joy of cinema and celebrating age with THIRD ACTion Film Festival.
As someone who cares about the power of story to change hearts and minds, I’ve worked in the book publishing industry for years, reading widely and watching a wealth of films. I’ve promoted books, edited books and guided people through the publishing process. Now, I’m jazzed to be joining this board to create and celebrate a healthier narrative about aging using film as the primary driver.
I began my education by studying physics at the University of Alberta, then studying history, then law. Thereafter, I became a lawyer with a large firm and stuck with that for 43 years. I learned a lot in that job and now try to apply some of that knowledge to assist volunteer organizations in and around Alberta. THIRD ACTion Film Festival is a great organization to be a member of and I anticipate learning a lot from the other board members AND the films!
Interim Executive Director
*see bio above