Les E. Stelmach
Retired, McKinsey & Company (Chair)
Lawyer, Mediator and Arbitrator, Wise Scheible Barkauskas
Regional President, Alberta & Territories, RBC Royal Bank
President & CEO, Bow Valley College
G.M. Planning & Finance, Functions & Major Projects,
Suncor Energy Services Inc.
Principal, Dynawise Inc.
Deputy Chief, Calgary Police Service (Vice-Chair)
President & CEO, Calgary Homeless Foundation
Councillor, Ward 11
Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Hestia Group (Vice-Chair)
Director, Imagine Energy Inc.
Director, Community Development, Boardwalk REIT
President & CEO, United Way of Calgary & Area
President, SAIT Polytechnic
Vice President, Bissett Investment Management
President, Barber Lucia Productions
Chelsea* grew up in a world where dropping out of school and substance abuse was the norm. Her lifestyle adapted to her environment leading to depression and she began using drugs as a coping mechanism. She dropped out of school, personal relationships were lost and her physical health deteriorated. Eventually, Chelsea left the reserve where she was born only to become homeless in Calgary. She began couch surfing in an effort to find food and a safe place to live. Eventually, through a friend, she heard of McMan’s Hope Homes for Aboriginal Youth Program, a program funded by the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Realizing she could not continue on the path of self-destruction, she made the decision to enter into a drug rehabilitation center. Once her treatment was completed she was able to find a place to call home and with the support of her case manager and the use of the Medicine Wheel, she set up her own personal goals. A key goal was to graduate from high school in a year, a goal she is close to achieving. She is on track. Chelsea has been very successful in the Hope Homes for Aboriginal Youth Program. She still struggles with anxiety from the abuse she encountered in her past, but using what she’s learned, and with support, she is able to maintain healthy relationships with herself and family members. Her dream is to graduate from the Program, enter into post-secondary education, and strike a stronger, more powerful path in life than the one she was born into.
*not her real name
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