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Leadership

Sonshine Community Services is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are committed to leading with integrity, quality and compassion.

Board Chair

Sandy A. Vander Ziel

Sandy Alison Vander Ziel graduated from the University of Alberta with her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History.  Sandy then attended the University of Calgary Faculty of Law where she received her Bachelor of Laws in 2000.  Sandy practices Family Law in the litigation department of Davis LLP and is a registered Family Law mediator and a Collaborative Family Law Lawyer.  Her practice focuses on alternative dispute resolution so as to develop healthy parenting relationships that focus on the interests of the children.  Sandy has had extensive experience with files involving domestic violence and has a true passion for working with organizations that are committed to educating the public and assisting families in need of accommodations.  Sandy is actively involved in the legal community and the community at large and is the President of the Board of Directors for the Calgary Youth Justice Society.  In her spare time, Sandy is an avid Stampeders fan and loves time in the mountains with her husband and three beautiful children.

Vice-Chair

Angela Gosselin

Angela received her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from the University of Calgary in 2003, her Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004, and her Chartered Accountant designation in 2005.  Before joining the Board of Sonshine Community Services, Angela served as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society for the Investigation of Child Abuse for five years.  She is a native Calgarian and is married with a young daughter.

Treasurer

Barbara Feit

Barbara Feit has been a senior executive with Big Rock Brewery since 2011 following many years spent in financial roles in the electricity and oil and gas industries. She obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in Calgary after completion of her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She currently sits on two other local non-profit boards: the Alberta Small Brewers Association and Western Sky Land Trust. Barbara has had the opportunity to live and work in the United States and Eastern Europe and is thrilled to share her love of travel with her husband and their two teenage sons.

Directors

Jeff Swart

Jeff Swart is a husband and father of two teenagers.  Jeff’s expertise is in building mechanical systems and a few of his recent projects are the Heritage Park Expansion, the Athletic and Ice Complex at COP and the Genesis Center (NECC).  Jeff’s work in the community is equally important to him; he coaches community hockey and serves at the Mustard Seed.  When he does have spare time, he likes to spend it outside mountain biking, hiking and downhill skiing.

Ken Boessenkool

Ken is a partner in the public affairs strategy firm, Kool Topp & Guy. He has practiced public affairs for nine years with GCI Canada and Hill &Knowlton Canada. Prior to that, he was senior policy advisor to the then Leader of the Opposition, Stephen Harper. Ken has played senior strategic and policy roles in three national election campaigns for the current Prime Minister, and has been a senior policy advisor to three national leaders, two Alberta Finance Ministers and Chief of Staff to the Premier of BC. He has played senior roles in numerous leadership campaigns. Ken has served as a board member for The Canada-Israel Committee, The Cantos Music Foundation, The Canadian Friends of Hebrew University, Civitas, and the Forum of Federations. He has published numerous policy and academic papers on a range of key national issues. Ken has an undergraduate degree in business with majors in Finance and Philosophy from the University of Lethbridge and a graduate degree in economics from the University of Toronto. Ken is married and has four children.

Barry McNamar

Barry is Vice President of Frontier Centre for Public Policy, a Canadian think-tank providing policy solutions for issues impacting the Prairie West. Barry also serves as Principal Consultant for BCM Philanthropic Council, a management consultancy providing public relations, institutional development and advisory supports to political organizations, research intensive charities and the donors who support them. Barry brings to these roles more than 21 years’ experience in non-profit management, fundraising, public and corporate relations. Barry has served as Vice President for the Manning Foundation, Director of Corporate Development for the $300 Million Reach! Health care campaign, and founding Director with The School of Public Policy at University of Calgary. He has also held leadership positions with The Fraser Institute, Canadian Alliance Fund and Reform Fund of Canada. Barry is an alumnus of the International Visitors Leadership Program, the U.S. Department of State’s premiere professional exchange program, and has served on the professional development and ethics committees for the Canadian Public Relations Society and Association of Fundraising Professionals. Barry is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Planners Calgary chapter. He resides in Calgary with his wife and two children. 

Darrel Reid

Darrel Reid is Vice-President, Policy and Advocacy, for the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA), whose members comprise many of BC’s largest constructors. Previous to that served as GM, Sustainable Development, Upstream Americas for Shell Canada, and VP of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy. He has served Canada’s federal government in numerous senior roles: Policy Director and Deputy Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Senior Advisor, Science and Technology to Maxime Bernier (Industry); and Chief of Staff to Ministers Ambrose (Environment) and Kenney (Citizenship and Immigration). During the Reform years he was Director of Policy and Chief of Staff for Preston Manning, Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition.

Kristen Lawson

Kristen Lawson has been the Director of Communications and Government Relations for Bethany Care Society since 2014. To the Sonshine Board of Directors, she brings close to two decades of communications and public affairs experience. Her business background includes leading companies’ internal and external communications activities, media relations and employee communications. She is best known for community and government affairs activities of which she has extensive, high-level, and detailed knowledge. Earlier in her career, Kristen worked for Alberta legislature and the House of Commons. Previously she has held the position of chair for the National Government Relations committee of JDRF Canada.