Why ARK?

While ARK is a newer Calgary non-profit, the organization is filled with many volunteers who have extensive experience in accessibility renovations and non-profit management. Our team has recognized the need to help children with mobility challenges, and will do whatever is needed to ensure as many families as possible can benefit from ARK’s resources.

Our Team

Board of Directors

Sue Trefry and Cindy Eberth – Co-Chairs

Sue and Cindy have many years of experience and education in non-profit management, as well as experience managing accessibility renovations.

Sue has a strong project management background in her career as well as in non-profits.  Cindy has extensive marketing and communications experience with several non-profits.  Cindy also runs a gourmet baking company – Chartier Specialty Sweets.

EJ Schiiler – Treasurer

EJ operates her own bookkeeping business and brings a broad depth of business and finance experience to ARK.

Glynis Carling – Secretary

Glynis recently retired from Imperial Oil as a senior environmental advisor.  She has extensive experience working with government and business organizations, school boards and non-profits.

Heather Patrao – Event Director

Heather is an Event Planning Specialist for the Hunter Hub of Entrepreneurial Thinking at the U of C.  She is very experienced with planning and executing events and programs for both non-profits and corporations.

Neil Rasiah – Fund Development Director

Neil Rasiah is completing his PhD at U of C and working on his thesis in neuroscience.  He has a wealth of experience writing grants, doing research and has recently been involved in fund development for another non-profit organization.

Bridgit Kong – Volunteer Director

Bridgit is an accomplished director who works as a Maintenance/Tenant Coordinator at Real Property Management Access.

Kevin Quan – I.T.

Kevin graduated from computer science at the U of C.  He has built and managed websites and IT systems for non-profits and businesses.  He built the ARK website and manages the IT systems for ARK. 

Committee Members

Jaymee Coyes – Events Committee Member

Jaymee’s background is in the medical and business development fields. She is experienced in administrative assistance, and lends this knowledge to help Heather plan our fundraisers and events.

Hailey Hahn – Events Committee Member

An accountant by trade, Hailey is actively involved in the Calgary dance community as a teacher and choreographer.

Lina Barakeh – Events Committee Member

Originally from the UAE, Lina is an interior decorator who is also a fun-loving yogi.

Amanda Liu – Events Committee Member

Educated in England, and newly-arrived to Calgary, Amanda comes to us as an aspiring and experienced event planner. Having worked for the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Special Olympics, coordination is in her blood as is multitasking.

Tate O’Dwyer – Marketing Committee Member

Tate is a marketing student at Bow Valley College. He is using his communications skills to help ARK with expanding our social media presence.

Febby Josephine – Marketing Committee Member

Febby has a background in communications specializing in public relations. She is a Customer Relations Specialist by day, and social media handler for us by night.

James Gaetz – Marketing Committee Member

James Gaetz used to be a linebacker for the U of C Dinos football team. Recently graduated, he helps oversee ARK’s public relations.

Praveen Kumar – IT Committee Member

Originally from India, Praveen has extensive experience in systems administration and networking.

Luke Hume – Finance Committee Member

Luke is a Senior Financial Analyst for Deloitte. He has a lot of experience with financial reporting and accounting.

Tim Tse – Finance Committee Member

Tim is an accountant currently with MNP.

Melanie Lai – Finance Committee Member

Melanie is also an accountant at MNP.