Our People

Leslie Evans

Executive Director

Leslie is a born and raised Calgarian. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Management, a Certificate in Human Resource Development and a master’s degree in Management focusing on Voluntary Sector Leadership. Throughout her career, she’s worked for a variety of organizations from social services and community services to capacity building and at the local, provincial and national levels.  Leslie has dedicated her career to the non-profit sector for more than 25 years, and has been our dedicated and fearless leader since 2007. Did you know Leslie brings her two dogs to work with her every day? Charlie is a shitzu pomeranian and Winston is a mini pinscher chihuahua!

Ask Leslie about difficult or complex governance issues, basic financial topics, and AGLC.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 201    leslie.evans@calgarycommunities.com

Lori Winder

Administration Assistant

Lori has a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science. After some time in the field of immunohematology, then some time at home with her children, she made the career switch into office administration to lead a more balanced lifestyle. After working for another community focused non-profit organization, she joined our team in 2010. As our Admin Assistant she does it all – keeping our office running smoothly and keeping us all sane! Did you know Lori loves tropical fish and has a 66 gallon tank in her living room full of them?

Ask Lori about who we are, how to contact community associations, purchasing contact lists, and our workshops.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 200     reception@calgarycommunities.com

Rebecca Dakin

Communications & Community Relations Specialist

Born and raised in Calgary, Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Applied Communications with a major in Public Relations from Mount Royal University and joined us immediately after graduating in 2011. She’s an active community volunteer as a Big Sister with Big Brothers and Big Sisters and has volunteered with a number of organizations helping them build their communications profile. Her role is responsible for everything and anything communications! She manages all our internal and external communications, media relations, fundraising and special events, and celebrating communities and their volunteers. Did you know Rebecca used to be a dancer and figure skater?

Ask Rebecca about strategic communication planning, media relations, fundraising and special events, and social media.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 204    communityrelations@calgarycommunities.com

Nicole Braun

Communications Coordinator

Nicole joined our team in 2018 with a diploma in Print and Online Journalism from SAIT Polytechnic and a Bachelor in Communications from the University of Calgary. Nicole enjoys volunteering her time at Inn from the Cold and I Can for Kids. Her role is responsible for our social media, event planning, storytelling, and supporting all internal and external communications. Did you know Nicole gets together once a year with her entire family to make hundreds of jars of their special tomato sauce?

Ask Nicole about social media content and scheduling, event planning and promotion, and communication planning.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 205     communications@calgarycommunities.com

Alana-Dawn Eirikson

Member Services Coordinator

Alana-Dawn has a Master’s degree in social work, specializing in international and community development, and a Bachelor of Arts  in international development with a focus in environmental sustainability. Prior to joining our team in 2018 she worked and volunteered in the non-profit sector for 8 years. She’s responsible for helping our members learn and understand board governance, organization development, compliance requirements, and much more. Did you know Alana-Dawn is taking classes to learn how to speak Icelandic?

Ask Alana-Dawn about board governance, roles and responsibilities, organization compliance, and bylaws.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 202     memberservices@calgarycommunities.com

Ariam Wolde-Giorgis

Engagement & Partnership Coordinator

Ariam has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Ethnicity, Immigration, and Multiculturalism and was named one of the 20 Compelling Calgarians for 2016 by the Calgary Herald, and received the Achievement under 40 Award at the Immigrant of Distinction Awards 2015 by Immigrant Services Calgary. She joined our team in 2013 with more than 10 years experience of volunteering with Calgary-based organizations. She’s responsible for educating our members on what it means to be welcoming and inclusive and building partnerships that support community leaders and organizations. Did you know Ariam loves karaoke?

Ask Ariam about community engagement, membership, welcoming and inclusive communities, and partnership development.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 208     engagement@calgarycommunities.com

Tyson Bankert

Building Stronger Communities Coordinator

Tyson joined our team in 2016 after graduating from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. He has extensive experience in the youth justice field working and volunteering with at-risk youth.  An active volunteer in his own community association he is passionate about community change. His role is responsible for educating both communities and Calgarians on crime prevention and safety, effective community development, and facilitation. Did you know Tyson brings his dog Teak, a mini australian shepard, with him to work every day?

Ask Tyson about crime prevention, safety, indigenous engagement, and community development.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 225     bsc@calgarycommunities.com

Toun Osuntogun

Urban Planner

Toun has a Masters of Planning from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. She worked in High River after the 2013 Alberta floods which is what inspired her to go back to school to get her planning degrees so she could help shape the way neighbourhoods and communities are planned. She joined our team in 2019 as an urban planner who helps educate community associations on the planning process here in Calgary and advocates for their role in the process. Did you know Toun met the Queen when she came to Canada in 2010?

Ask Toun about urban planning and design, planning committees, and stakeholder engagement.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 207    planner1@calgarycommunities.com

Fabio Coppola

Urban Planner

Fabio is a born and raised Calgarian. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Lethbridge and a master’s degree in Planning from the University of Calgary, with a focus on multi-scalar approaches and urban design. Throughout his career he has worked in local government in economic development as well as in the private sector as a land research analyst. He joined our team in 2019 as an urban planner who helps educate community associations on the planning process here in Calgary and advocates for their role in the process. Did you know that prior to going to the University of Lethbridge Fabio played junior hockey for the Brooks Bandits and Calgary Mustangs in 2010/2011?

Ask Fabio about planning and development, urban design, and community engagement.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 203    planner2@calgarycommunities.com

Adeniyi Adeaga

Energy Manager

Adeniyi is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. He moved to Canada for graduate studies in 2009, earning a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Dalhousie University in Halifax. He worked as an engineer in the Alberta oil and gas industry for over five years before heading to Texas Tech University for another master’s degree in Systems & Engineering Management. Joining our team in 2019, he’s responsible for working with community associations to help them understand and become more energy efficient. Did you know Adeniyi has an extreme fear of snakes? A fear so strong it once sent him to the hospital!

Ask Adeniyi about energy efficiency/conservation, green initiatives, and energy funding and rebate programs.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 228     energy@calgarycommunities.com

Ming Yu

Accountant

Ming graduated from Concordia University with a major in accounting and has a Bachelor of Commerce. Before she joined our team in 2014, she had been working in a public accounting firms for 3 years. She also used to be an internal auditor for 7 years in her home country of China. As our accountant she maintains our financial records and provides financial information and reports to management and external users. Did you know Ming was chased by an ox on her way home from elementary school?!

Ask Ming about year-end adjusting entries and how to get a business number.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 220    ming.yu@calgarycommunities.com

Heidi Brauer

Auditor

As an experienced CMA with a number of degrees under her belt, Heidi has more than 20 years of non-profit audit experience. She founded our audit program in 1993 after recognizing a need within smaller organizations for professional audit services at affordable prices. She also recognized a knowledge gap in volunteer board members and developed sector specific workshops and one-on-one learning opportunities for understanding financial statements and requirements. She’s been with us as a public practice auditor since 1983! Did you know Heidi lived in Vancouver before moving to Calgary? As much as she liked it there, she loves the Alberta sunshine!

Ask Heidi about audit and financial compliance for non-profit organizations and charities.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 209     heidi.brauer@calgarycommunities.com

Nancy Murdoch

Auditor

After finishing her Associate in Financial Management diploma, Nancy worked in accounting in the private sector for a while before going to work for public accounting firms. She has worked in British Columbia, Yellowknife, and High River before landing here in Calgary. She has also worked with Auditwatch Canada as an instructor offering courses all across Canada. As a Chartered Professional Accountant, she’s been with us as a public practice auditor since 2010. Did you know before becoming an accountant Nancy was a zookeeper for 8 years?

Ask Nancy about audit and financial compliance for non-profit organizations and charities.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 206     nancy.murdoch@calgarycommunities.com

Michael Ihekuna

Auditor

After earning a Bachelor of Finance degree, Michael became a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants in the United Kingdom, and a Masters of Business Administration. He also has his Certified General Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant designations. Before joining our team as a public practice auditor in 2017, he worked with public accounting firms helping clients solve complex financial, business, and tax issues. Did you know Michael was once chased by a rhino on a safari in Nigeria?!

Ask Michael about audit and financial compliance for non-profit organizations and charities.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 211     michael.ihekuna@calgarycommunities.com

Neve Iskander

Auditor

Neve joined our team as a public practice auditor in 2018 with over 8 years experience in non-profit auditing, a Bachelor of Commerce, and her Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Shortly after becoming designated she moved into the corporate tax sector. After gaining  experience in this sector she realized her true passion was for non-profit organizations, the services they provide, and their impact on our communities. Did you know Neve is teaching herself how to play the guitar?

Ask Neve about audit and financial compliance for non-profit organizations and charities.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 215     neve.iskander@calgarycommunities.com

Reamarie Dela Cruz

File Manager/Audit Technician

Reamarie is from the Philippines and has lived in Calgary since 2012. She joined our team in 2014 with an International Qualification Degree in Canada for a one-year Masters of Business Administration degree and four-year Bachelor of Commerce degree focused on accounting, and business administration. She’s responsible for scheduling and preparing audit files and acting as the liaison between our members and the auditors. Did you know Rea loves spelunking; the hobby of exploring caves? She’s been inside a cave that’s 500 feet deep; the deepest cave in the Philippines!

(403) 244 4111 ext. 218     reamarie.delacruz@calgarycommunities.com

Sophia Wu

Intermediate Audit Technician

Sophia joined our team in 2009 with a Diploma of Business Administration (Accounting major) from SAIT. Being an intermediate audit technician means she’s responsible for supporting the audit process by preparing audit files for the auditors and helping coach other staff when necessary.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 224     sophia.wu@calgarycommunities.com

Bode Akinboyo

Audit Technician

Before moving to Canada in 2017, Bode had over 8 years of experience in the banking and finance industry focusing on financial controls, internal audit and controls, and global tax/transfers. He has a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Masters of Finance degree, both from the University of Lagos in Nigeria, and a diploma in International Financial Reporting from the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants in the United Kingdom. He joined our team in 2018 as an audit technician who supports the audit process by preparing audit files for the auditors.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 221     bode.akinboyo@calgarycommunities.com

Fateha Muzaffar

Audit Technician

Fateha immigrated to Calgary from Pakistan in 2003 with Bachelor of Administration in Economics and Math from Pakistan and has course certificates in bookkeeping. She worked as an accounting assistant at a public accounting firm before joining our team in 2017. As an audit technician she supports the audit process by preparing audit files for the auditors.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 212     fateha.muzaffar@calgarycommunities.com

Farzana Suleman

Audit Technician

Farzana graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance/Accounting. She joined our team in 2018 as an audit technician who supports the audit process by preparing audit files for the auditors. Did you know Farzana loves to travel?

(403) 244 4111 ext. 214     farzana.suleman@calgarycommunities.com

Anupam Acharya

Audit Technician

Anupam holds a Chartered Accountant designation from India and is an associate member of the Chartered Accountant of India(ICAI). He came to Canada in 2015 from Nepal with over 6 years of auditing experience in both the private and public sector. He joined our team in 2019 as an audit technician who supports the audit process by preparing audit files for the auditors.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 219     anupam.acharya@calgarycommunities.com

Mamadou Balde

Audit Technician

Mamadou has a Bachelor of Management with double majors in Accounting and Finance from the University of Lethbridge. He has worked in the oil and gas industry for 15 years as an auditor & joint venture specialist. He is fluent in both French & English, and is an ex-member of the Canadian Armed Forces. He has volunteered for many years in Calgary at the Drop-In Centre, Women in Need, and the Mustard Seed. As an audit technician he supports the audit process by preparing audit files for the auditors.

(403) 244 4111 ext. 216     mamadou.balde@calgarycommunities.com

Board of Directors

President Terry Koch
Vice President Valerie Mushinski
Secretary Pete Steenaerts
Treasurer Julia Read
Director Alyson Robb
Director Alicia McKinley
Director Austin Muir
Director Balraj Nijjar
Director Jermyn Voon
Director Matthew Robinson
Director Roy Wright
Director Sangeeta Kashyap
Director Stephen Appleton
Director Tracey Smith
City of Calgary Liaison Hayley Saunders