Our volunteer Board of Directors provides governance and leadership to the Calgary Neuropathy Association focusing on our goals and ensuring our values are considered in every decision. Our Board is made of of people with a wide range of education and experience, a mixed experience with neuropathy and chronic pain, and very big hearts. Our Board strives to make the association a place for anyone who needs us.

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Linda Petiot – President

Linda has been volunteering as the Vice President with the CNA since 2015. Prior to her work with us, she volunteered for Scouts Canada in multiple roles, the Riverbend Community Association as the VP of Activities, and while Secretary of the Parent Association for Dr. Oakley School where she was also the project manager for the building of a new playground.


Linda’s professional experience is in business application requirements analysis & design, process development and technical writing. Linda left work in March of 2020, just as Covid-19 hit North America, and has been investing her time in the CNA.

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Cindy Bérubé – Vice President

Cindy has been volunteering with the CNA for the past 2 years as a Director for Communications. She has worked on the CNA quarterly Newsletter and was actively coaching the board build our vision for the future, until Covid-19 put an end to in person meetings.


Cindy has a passionate interest in connecting with others who live with neuropathy since going through her own experiences in the last 8 years. She believes that a person living with chronic pain benefits greatly by sharing with people who are in similar situations. Her journey started in June 2014 with a sore arm and so began the roller coaster ride into chronic pain and her own nerve pain issues.


Cindy has a master’s degree in Leadership & Training and a coaching certification through the Certified Coaches Federation. She has many years consulting in the Business Process and Change
Management fields. Cindy strongly believes that by seeing and hearing others, she reconnects to her true self as well.

Gurleen Gill – Treasurer

The CNA is very fortunate to have Gurleen Gill volunteer as our Board Treasurer. Since joining the CNA board three years ago Gurleen has been faced with finding the solutions to many firsts for organization.  She has CNA developed procedures to better track and manage our donations; learned how to set us up for CRA payroll – allowing us to hire summer students; and, built new financial tracking and financial reporting artifacts to help us be more efficient.  She does all this behind the scenes, but her contributions are so meaningful and will benefit the association for years to come. 

Gurleen has a degree in Economics and in Health & Society which gives her skills like no other.  While she works full time in investment banking, she also volunteers on another health-related organization; and, she has publications in both the Journal of Medical Internet Research and Diabetology International.

Louise Jones-Moore – Board Secretary

– On Temporary Leave

Louise is an independent marketing communications consultant and Secretary, Board of Directors of the CNA.

Like many of our members, Louise is a life long learner. Louise works very hard for the association and bring a wealth of ideas on association promotion, administration/organization, and program support. In addition to her Board Secretary role, Louise has also written articles for the website. Louise is currently back at school upgrading her education.

Stephen Verhoeff – Director

A proven executive and leader in business for over 30 years. Has founded or co founded 6 business & nonprofit organizations. Took Hemisphere GPS public in 1996 and as the CEO and grew the company from startup to $80M in revenue. Currently in role as owner and Co – President of Advance Flooring which is a western Canadian service provider for The Home Depot. Is owner and director of Canwest Flooring which is a commercial flooring company serving the hospitality, multi-family and retirement living sector.


Currently active as a major shareholder/founder/director of Trading Post Brewery and Eatery in Langley BC, Beach House Brewing in Lahaina Hawaii, Valley Commons winery in BC and a commercial art company called HFA Fine Art Services in Vancouver which is involved in providing art to the hospitality and commercial sector.

Stephen is active in nonprofits. Founded and served on CCRE (Canadian Carpet Recovery Effort). Serves on the board of Trinity Western University Spartan Foundation. Past board member Promise Keepers Canada. Also active as a fund raiser and speaker with Opportunity International as an a advocate for the poor in developing countries. Is a board member of Casa Connor which is a care facility for children with disabilities in Puerto Vallarta Mexico.

Stephen is married to Joyce for 35 years and has three adult daughters and three grandchildren. Stephen has a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Calgary graduating in 1986.

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Sylvia Donley

Sylvia Donley – Past President

Sylvia Donley was the the president of the Calgary Neuropathy Association for over 8 years and sits n the board of the Chronic Pain Support & Connections nonprofit.

Sharing her knowledge through the CNA Education & Support group has been a passion and focus for her, along with giving presentations to health care professionals and in the Calgary community. She believes in promoting awareness and self-management for those living with neuropathy and chronic pain, their family, friends, coworkers and health care providers.

Following her own personal experience with numerous accidents and injuries involving nerve damage, Sylvia continued her education earning a Bachelor of Science and a Masters degree in Nursing. She began volunteering by facilitating workshops with the AHS Living Well Program. She obtained her Master Trainer certificate through Stanford University to teach others to become facilitators. She’s also
created and conducted the Meditation & Creative Writing Retreats through UBC Okanagan campus. Sylvia is in her 10th year volunteering to run the Calgary Neuropathy Association.