Brad Perkins

President and CEO

 

Brad has been on the Board as President & CEO since March 1, 2016.  Born and raised in Edmonton, Brad graduated from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and former partner with KPMG. Brad has previously served on the Excel Society Board of Directors for 12 years including roles as Chair, Chair of the Building Committee, and Chair of the Audit Committee.

Our Board of Directors

 

 

Colleen Scott

Board Chair

Colleen is a Customer Implementation Manager that works directly with clients providing voice/data solutions. She is an active participant in the TELUS “Give Where We Live” campaigns and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, The Edmonton Humane Society and the Valley Zoo.

 

 

Michael Walesiak

Vice Chair

Michael holds a chartered accountant designation and has worked with the U of A Research Services Office (RSO) as Associate Director – Finance and Information; Assistant Director Finance, RSO; Finance Manager RSO.  Additionally, he was a senior manager at Deloitte, manager at KPMG, and an auditor with the office of the Auditor General of Alberta

Tamara Browning

Director

Tamara is a director of St. Gregory’s Landscaping Inc. where she is responsible for the accounting, technology and administration.  As Tamara’s first born developed a rare syndrome, 4p minus, she is directly involved in her child’s PDD program where she advocates for funding, hires aides, plans daily programing along with managing all aspects of his funding.

 

Cathy Chouinard

Director

Cathy has always held an interest in contributing to an organization that helps adults with disabilities, particularly developmental disabilities as this issue resonates with her. Cathy has been with Alberta Benefits since 2008 and holds a dual role of VP of Business Development for both Alberta Benefits and its sister company, Canadian Benefit Providers.

 

 

 

Jeff Dumont

Secretary & Treasurer

Jeff is a Chartered Accountant. with over 20 years of auditing experience from working with KPMG and the Office of the Auditor General of Alberta. Jeff has been appointed as NAIT’s associate vice president, finance and corporate services, his portfolio includes several Government Ministries and board-governed Government Agencies.

 

 

 

Carol Moen

Director

Carol Moen is the past Registrar for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and carried responsibility for APEGA’s regulatory policy and associated processes.  She also held a variety of leadership roles in her 26 years at DOW chemical. As a leader in multiple positions and industries, Carol has an extensive knowledge base on both managing an organization’s environmental footprint while also generating operational success.

Eileen Passmore

Director

Since joining The Excel Society’s board in 2016, Eileen has been pleased to participate with other board members and the team members of the excel society as she is also committed to supporting and enriching the lives of the people in our care. Eileen’s has a Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Alberta, and has held multiple management positions in public and private post-secondary institutions and government.  

Ihor Pecuh

Director

Ihor was raised in Edmonton and finished his BSc in Pharmacy.  He has since enjoyed a diverse and exciting career, including community & hospital pharmacy, corporate management and at a primary care network. 

 

 

 

 

 

Garry Rentz

Director

Gary has been with The Excel Society since 2002 and is a native of Edmonton. His interest in private schools and adult education, as well as experience in the field of disabilities has brought depth to the organization. “I chose to serve based on my history in the field and I see rapid growth in the field of specialized care.”

 

 

 

Our Leadership Team

 

 

Becky Elkew

Care: Grand Manor

Becky is our Director of Care for Grand Manor and began with the Excel Society as an LPN in 2005. She was promoted to Director of Care at Grand Manor in 2009 and over the years she has also worked at Balwin Villa. Becky and her husband Stewart enjoy spending their spare time heavily involved in their two children’s competitive sports teams and organizations.

 

Dawne Lonsdale

Operations

Dawne is our director of operations and leads a team that is responsible for all of the Excel Society’s physical and virtual properties. By ensuring that our equipment and resources are up-to-date, all members of the Excel Society can stay safe and comfortable within their positions. Over the past 5 years, she has been collaborating with several OH&S committees across Excel to bring greater awareness to staff safety.

Heather Rogers

Finance

I have a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta and am a Certified Public Accountant (CMA). I have had the privilege of working in senior financial roles in Not-For-Profits and Charities for most of my career. I joined Excel Society in 2018 and I feel honoured to work with so many talented and caring individuals at Excel Society; it is really a special place!

 

Sue Kovich

Community Services

I have a Bachelor degree from the University of Victoria and have been working in the social services field for 35 years, 25 of those years have been with Excel Society. I have worked all shifts and positions from frontline staff, relief, coordinator, program manager and now Director. I have enjoyed working with so many amazing clients and team members over my 25 years at Excel!

 

Sarah Ng

Human resources

Sarah is our Director of Human Resources who started working at the Academy. Sarah has worked for Excel Society since 2009. Some of Sarah’s major projects include the team member Appreciation & Recognition Program, Mentorship Program, and the soon to be released updated Volunteer Program. Sarah loves her dogs, to travel, and roller coasters/amusement parks.

 

Chris Thomson

Excel Academy

With extensive experience as manager of Excel Society’s day option programs for adults with developmental disabilities, as well as briefly managing the child & youth services department, I bring an understanding of and a passion for seeing all individuals enjoy inclusion in their communities. That experience and passion deeply influences the learning and development culture of Excel Academy and the entire organization, which filters down to my focus on supporting best practices in health and human services, adult learning modalities, leadership development, and holistic practices, where everyone brings wisdom and experience to the shared learning experience.

 

Jennifer Thomas

Care:Balwin Vialla

Jennifer is our Director of Care for Balwin Villa, she started with Excel as an LPN Residential Coordinator in 2012 and has been a Registered Nurse since 2017. While working as a Program Manager for community services Jennifer lead the development and opening of Residence 66, presented to Chick with Cheques to make the residence feel more like a home which resulted in being awarded $10, 000, developed the penguin recreation program to enhance clients quality of like and is currently leading a new initiative at Balwin though partnering with AHS and the opening of a mental health transition unit. Jennifer loves anything that has to do with penguins and is very family focused.

Excel Society | Enriching Lives 

 

 

Edmonton – Head office

Phone: (780) 455 2601
Fax: (780) 455 2589
info@excelsociety.org
Suite 500 9707 110 Street NE
Edmonton, AB T5K 2L9

Calgary Office

Phone: (403) 730 2117
Fax: (403) 503 1126
cgyinfo@excelsociety.org

intake information

For all intake inquiries please email: intake@excelsociety.org

Edmonton Residential Supports & Day Programming:
intake@excelsociety.org or 780-733-0256

Excel Society Balwin Villa: (780) 757 5550

Excel Society Grand Manor: (780) 441 7979

Calgary Residential Supports & Day Programming:
(403) 730 2117 ext. 1

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