Raymond Royer, Board Chair, Edmonton
Raymond was a firefighter for the city of Edmonton from 1977 to 2013. Was a member of the Canadian Ski Patrol Edmonton Zone from 1987 to 2007. Volunteered much time ski patrolling at Marmot basin in Jasper. My favorite summer sport was windsurfing. I sustained a spinal cord injury in 2007 and now I have 14 years lived experience. Life didn’t end, it just changed. I now sit on the board for SCI Canada and also for SCI Alberta. As I use a wheelchair, I’ve gotten pretty good at “sitting.” I have four wonderful children in my life and no grandchildren. The sweetheart in my life is Maria Angelina Roslin. She is a fountain of positivity.
Stacey Supina, Vice Chair, Fort Saskatchewan
After sustaining a spinal cord in 2000, Stacey Supina brings diverse experience to the SCI Board of Directors successfully leading and supporting multiple initiatives on behalf of a wide range of potentially marginalized Albertans as a long-time manager with the Government of Alberta. His collaborative efforts have led to a number of honours including formal recognition from a First Nations band and several Metis Settlements as a particularly trusted member of the provincial government, a Premier’s Award of Excellence, a Project Management Institute Project of the Year Award, recognition by the Director of our province’s Information and Privacy Office as one of 15 Government of Alberta “Thought Leaders” and, most recently, being nominated to be considered as a member of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors.
Stacey notes that his greatest priorities in life are his belief in Christ, his three daughters and his passion to give back, inspire and support others with spinal cord injuries and other barriers that life can present.
Stacey’s hobbies include a strong interest in all sports, particularly the Oiler’s, sports card collecting and a fanatical devotion to working out and weight training.
Leslie Tanzi, Treasurer, Edmonton
Leslie was the Event Planner for the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) with the City of Edmonton. The AAC is a 15 member volunteer committee appointed annually by City Council
As a board member, I wanted to learn what the goals of the board were and be an active and involved member. I have met and made friends with many people within the disability community. I am past Chair of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Provincial Committee, Chair of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Edmonton committee, was a member of the Red Carpet Affair committee and love volunteering with Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, Paralympic Sports Association and the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Assn of Northern Alberta in various roles.
I retired in January of 2020. My husband and I married in 1979. We have 3 (actually 4) adult kids along with 3 grandchildren.
Teren Clarke, Secretary, Edmonton
Teren retired from the health and not for profit sector in March 2020. In retirement she serves as a patient and family advisor for the Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) for Neurology, Rehabilitation and Vision, an initiative of the Alberta Health Services. She has been an active participant in several working groups with the SCN. She also serves on the board of the Health Coalition of Alberta where she is now the past president. She completed her 2 year term on the Executive Committee for the North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium in Dec 2021 . Teren is the former Chief Executive Officer with Spinal Cord Injury Alberta and Executive Director of the Alberta Paraplegic Foundation from 2005 to 2019. Prior to that, she worked with Muscular Dystrophy Canada between 1993 and 2005 in roles including National Director of Programs, Prairies Executive Director, and Provincial Services Director. Teren earned a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Calgary, a Diploma in Supervisory Development from University of Alberta and a Masters in Management from McGill University and a certificate in Board Governance from the Banff Executive Leadership Institute.
Steven Jeffrey, Director, Fort McMurray
Steven joined the Board of Directors for Spinal Cord Injury Alberta in the Spring of 2014 –he is currently the Chair of our Nominations Committee. He truly enjoys the opportunities to give back to the community he calls home – Fort McMurray. He is also a Board of Director member for Pastew Place Detox Centre here in Fort McMurray – he believes it is important to get involved in building the communities we want to see for everyone.
He is a surviving Above Knee Amputee after being crushed between two cars in June 2012 – his lower back spine was also impacted/injured during this incident. His road to recovery was a long one, and he was aided by the support of the U of A Hospital, the Glenrose Hospital, and many doctors and nurses along his journey. He was introduced to SCI early in my journey, and believes in what SCI-AB does for all Albertans impacted with spinal injuries, and he wanted to be an active, contributing member.
He is a Red Seal Millwright; holds a Bachelor of Business Administration & a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Development from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. He is also an employee at Suncor and currently managing the Learning and Capability for Fixed plant operators.
Brian Sholom, Director, Calgary
Brian Sholom is an experienced business leader with over 20 years of practice in business management consulting and operations. He has held several senior leadership positions in various organizations throughout Canada. He has also served as a director for Shalom Residences Inc. and the Winnipeg Winter Club. Brian holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, along with certificates in project management, quality management, and technical communications.
Cal Schuler, Director, Calgary
Cal Schuler is a man of vision, commitment and connection, over the span of three decades; Cal has forged powerful inroads for those with disabilities and contributed wholeheartedly to numerous community initiatives. His career began and flourished following his injury in 1975, but his personal experience with a spinal cord injury has fueled his true passion – to assist others who also live with various disabilities, and to promote disability awareness and barrier-free environments.
Cal has been an active leader and participant on numerous boards and committees on local and provincial levels. Over the years he has coordinated and guided numerous projects and owns and operates, Spectra Alternative Solutions, geared to facilitate disability awareness and sensitivity training, promote barrier-free activity, develop corporate policy, provide support and actively change conditions that negatively impact upon full participation for persons with disabilities.
Cal has been recognized for his efforts in working for and on behalf of people with disabilities, as a recipient of the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal, the Access Recognition Award through the City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility, the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities award for Excellence in the category of Public Awareness, with the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership award, as an Ambassador for Calgary Rotary Challenger Park, as an “Inspired Albertan” with Darrel Janz with CTV News. Most recently as recipient of the 2022 Advocacy Award with the City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility.
All this merely skims the surface, but to know Cal one must meet and connect with him in person. His humour, forthright nature and genuine desire to improve our community and our world for all of us, is truly awe-inspiring and fundamentally motivating. Cal is currently employed as the Diversity and Accessibility Consultant with Calgary Alternative Support Services.
Raymond Chow, Director, Calgary
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