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.

Jon Schiedel – Project Director

Jon has worked for many years in construction management. He is very knowledgeable about the requirements for barrier-free design and construction, and has led the construction of many accessibility renovations.

Heather Patrao – Event Director

Heather is the Program and Volunteer Coordinator and Communications and Marketing Specialist for the Alberta Lawyers Assistance Society.  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.

Allison Sutherland – Volunteer Director

Allison is an accomplished real estate agent who originally started out in the non-profit sector. Her initial background was in non-profit fundraising, as well as volunteer and event management.

Committee Members

Kevin Quan – Web and I.T. Coordinator

Kevin recently graduated from computer science at U of C.  He has built and managed websites and IT systems for non-profits and businesses.  He is currently developing the ARK website and setting up IT systems for ARK. 

Jaymee Coyes – Event 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.