Board & Committees


Meet the Directors through their own words…

Carol Bigam (Past President)

Carol has lived in SouthWest Edmonton since 1968 where she raised three children. She retired three years ago from the Bank of Montreal (after working for 30 years in a variety of positions from office clerk to Bank Manager). She has volunteered in the community as a Girl Guide Leader and with Aspen Gardens and Royal Gardens Community Leagues, as well as with the Cancer Society, Diabetes Association, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Carol was SWESA’s Vice President for 1 year and the President for 3 years.

Judy Baker (President)

Judy has lived in SouthWest Edmonton since the early 1980’s.  She has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Pharmacy and a PhD in Biological Psychiatry.  She is a retired pharmacist who has worked as a university lecturer, pharmacy manager and pharmacy consultant for the Alberta College of Pharmacists, privately owned pharmacies, the Government of Alberta and others.  In 1990, she was President of the Alberta Pharmaceutical Association and in more recent years, she has participated in and chaired may committees and work groups for her professional college and other groups.

Fred Rumpel (Vice President)

Fred has lived in SouthWest Edmonton since 1997. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Pharmacy from Canadian universities; a Master’s in Administration and a Regulatory Associate designation from US universities; and is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. Fred is a retired pharmacist who has worked as a pharmacist and in management positions in hospital pharmacy; has taught at the University of Alberta; and has worked in drug, medical and clinical drug trial research. Fred has been a member and part of the Executive of Councils and Boards for organizations in Canada. In addition, Fred has experience with provincial drug benefit programs.

Shirley Adam (Treasurer)

Shirley arrived in Edmonton from Saskatchewan in 1979. She joined the staff of the Bank of Nova Scotia, from which she retired recently as Manager, Customer Services. “A Volunteer Big Time,” she’s worked with the Special Olympics, the City of Edmonton (Costumed Interpreter, Ft. Edmonton Park), the City of St. Albert, and many other sporting events.

Judith Abbott (Secretary) 

Judith has lived in the Duggan area since 1968 and often volunteered with the local Community League, Elementary School Parent Council, and both Boy Scouts and Beaver groups.  She was also involved with Edmonton Keyano Swim Club, and has canvassed her neighbourhood for various charitable fund-raising organizations.  Judith worked at the University of Alberta from 1974 through 2010; after 20 years on Temporary Staff Services, she accepted a permanent position as Administrative Coordinator of the Health Research Ethics Board, from which she retired in 2010.  Related to that position, Judith was active in several provincial and national organizations.

Rob Agostinis (Dr.) (Director)

Rob, a physician, has lived in the Southwest community since 1994. His passion for community, sports and City initiatives in southwest Edmonton is what led him to founding the Terwillegar Riverbend Advisory Council which then led to the building of the Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre. He has led many other community initiatives to support families, youth and seniors.  In fact, it was Rob and friend Glenn Kissick who spearheaded the founding of SWESA.  Rob also represents the Faculty of Medicine on Alumni Council at the University of Alberta.  In any spare time he has, Rob travels, hikes, sings and dabbles as a photographer, sommelier and ukulele player.  His current journey of getting healthy has him doing High Intensity Interval Training and Crossfit.

Bob Hoddinott (Director)

With degrees in Engineering and Education as well as a diploma in Business Management, Bob has served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Works and Highways, Govt. NWT and was seconded to the Govt, Nunavut in 2004 to set up the directorate of Community and Government Services.  Bob has served on many boards as a Director and in Executive positions. His career culminated as Executive Director of the Alberta School Boards Association.  In retirement, he is a member of the Canadian Gas Association/Advisory Council, the American WaterWorks Association and the Canadian Snowbirds Association.  As SWESA’s newest board member he is most often found in the kitchen with his wife Barb, volunteering as chefs at SWESA luncheons.

Chris Powell (Director)

Chris has lived in the Riverbend area since 1981. Chris has over 30 years of experience in both the federal and provincial government. During her career in the public sector, Chris worked in the finance area primarily in auditing, budgeting and financial and strategic planning. Over the years, Chris has also volunteered at her church as a member of its council in a variety of positions such as President, Secretary, Treasurer and Financial Secretary.

Bob Power (Director)

I have lived in the south west for the last 19 years. I have worked for the City of Edmonton for 44 years. My wife Kathy and I have been married for the past 3 years. All my schooling has been in Edmonton. I was president of the Strathcona Legion for 2 years also on the board for 9 years.

Lawrence Tymko (Director)

Lawrence has Bachelor degrees in Geology and Education, a Doctorate of Philosophy and Master of Education.  He has held many different positions in education, from teacher and principal to consultant and superintendent.  In 1995, he started his own consulting firm specializing in governance, accountability, strategic planning, leadership and more.  His work in the volunteer sector is extensive and more recently includes serving on the Alberta Seniors Housing Association, Alberta Health Services councils and panels, the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors and ANSRO: Integrated Services for Alberta Seniors Project Chair.

Sam Radke (Director)

Sam is married, has 5 children, retired from Alberta Gov’t, Alberta Education after 40 years serving in various IT related roles (programmer, business/systems analyst, project manager, project director).  Sam has a Bachelor’s degree in computer Science and has 25+ years in management and director positions, primarily in project and operations management.   Previous volunteer experience includes: 10+ years in various United Way Campaign roles including treasurer and campaign chair at both an individual ministry level as well as at the full Alberta Gov’t level; 20+ years Scout Canada experience at the Scout Group level as treasurer, registrar and group commissioner: 5+ years with U of A Hospital Gift Shop; 3 years treasurer experience with a Junior High School Band.

Liz Tondu (Director)

Liz Tondu has worked in the senior’s service sector for 25 years and is passionate about serving seniors.  Currently Liz is the Executive Director of Edmonton Meals on Wheels promoting seniors’ independence, well-being, and client centered approaches to senior support and services. Liz has been on the Board and involved with numerous steering and working committees of the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council and Age Friendly Edmonton. Volunteerism, inclusion, diversity, client centered support and healthy aging are important values and interests of Liz.

Carol Vaage (Director)

Carol holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught for many years in the Riverbend community. During her career, she held leadership positions as regional and provincial presidents in the ATA’s Early Childhood Council. Most recently, Carol has served two years as President of the Board of Directors for Edmonton Lifelong Learner’s Association, an organization that offers 3 week courses at the U of A for members 50+.

Volunteer Board Consultants

Kathy Trepanier

City of Edmonton Advisors

Earl Bubis


Board Committees

Executive – Judy Baker (Chair)

Governance – Lawrence Tymko (Chair)

Programs – Fred Rumpel (Chair)

Liaison – Sam Radke (Chair)


Board Leads

Finance & Audit, Membership, Human Resources, Casino – Shirley Adams
Fundraising – Rob Agostinis, Bob Power
Programs – Fred Rumpel
Volunteers – Bob Power
Home Supports Ad Hoc Committee – Lawrence Tymko
Facility Development Ad Hoc Committee – Lawrence Tymko
Communication and Marketing – Carol Vaage