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 people with a wide range of education and experience, a mixed experience with peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain, and very big hearts. Our board strives to make the association a place for anyone who needs us.
Linda has been volunteering as the Vice President then 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.
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.
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.
Brenda Drake was born in Edmonton, to toweringly tall parents. She is a native Albertan. Her family moved to Calgary in 1972 when her father, a geophysicist, was transferred. Brenda has a Diploma in Architectural Technology from SAIT and a BA in history from the University of Calgary. Working as a draftsperson at Shell allowed her to travel widely, exploring Canada and the world. She found a sanctuary in the Rocky Mountains, while hiking and backpacking. When Covid hit us all, she was lucky to already have many hobbies and interests. She enjoys reading, cooking, baking and entertaining, hiking and is interested in genealogy and climate change and its political ramifications. Quilting has given her a lot: an opportunity to learn new techniques and challenge herself and a community of joyful and kind women. She volunteers with the Alberta Quilt Study Society, documenting quilts, both old and contemporary, and recording details about the quilt maker.
Her Master’s Swim Club stands as a foundation in her life. A 25-year member (and counting), she has found not only exercise, but meditation, stress relief, community and pain relief in the face of neurological pain. She has found many role models and mentors there, and has learned the value of community in her life.
She was diagnosed with Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy in her feet in 2017. Her father also suffered from Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy but a genetic cause for their disease has not been found yet.
Brenda lives with her partner Mike and her dog Vinnie Van Go.
Simron Sidhu joined the CNA board in May of 2023 and started making exciting suggestions right away. As the CNA’s newest director, he will be helping to establish connections with the University of Calgary and or organizations that we could align with.
Simron’s academic background is in Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology, complemented by ongoing studies in Patient Engagement in Research. Having contributed to research projects addressing inequities in mental health care and the meaningful involvement of immigrant populations in research, Simron is committed to provincial and national quality improvement initiatives in patient safety.
Simron is a strong advocate for ensuring patients and caregivers lived and living experience influences the future of healthcare.
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.
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