Board & Committees

2018-2019 Board of Director Members

Chris Powell (President)

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.

Judy Baker (Vice-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.

Sam Radke (Treasurer)

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.

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 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.

Josie Richardson (Director)

Josie has a business background, graduating from NAIT with a diploma in Business and Office Administration and CPP Certification from the Canadian Payroll Association. She spent the majority of her career working in the customer service sector before assuming the role of Business Manager for Tempest Fire Protection Ltd., a business she founded with her husband Jack.  Josie has volunteered in various capacities, including President of the St. Albert Gymnastics Club and lead on parent council committees. As business owners, Josie and Jack were major sponsors of St. Albert Seniors Association, Edmonton Firefighters Burn Treatment Society, Canadian Cancer Society and S.A.I.F. (Stop Abuse in Families)

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.

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+.

Pam Williams (Director)

Pam has lived in the SW since 2005 , she was previously in West End since 1976. She has a Bachelor’s degree In Environmental Science and is a Certified Public Health Inspector. She has spent 40 years working for Alberta Environment, private consulting companies, and Health units in Edmonton and Camrose as well as being Managing Director of the Beverage Container Management Board that oversees all the Bottle depots. In between raising 3 children she volunteered at major sporting events such as Commonwealth Games, organizations in the community and schools as well as Big Sisters, she has previously been a Board member of Robin Hood Association in Sherwood Park which provides housing and day programmes for children and adults with disabilities.


City of Edmonton Advisors

Shelley Kwong

Board Committee Chairs

Executive Committee: Chris Powell

Governance Committee: Lawrence Tymko, Josie Richardson

Program Committee: Judy Baker

Communications and Marketing: Carol Vaage

Board Leads

Diversity and Inclusion: Rob Agostinis and Sam Radke

Facility Ad Hoc: Lawrence Tymko

Financial and Audit: Sam Radke and Chris Powell

Fundraising: Rob Agostinis and Bob Power

Grants: Chris Powell

Human Resources: Chris Powell

Liaison: Judy Baker

Membership: Pam Williams

Seniors Home Supports Program:  Josie Richardson

Volunteers: Bob Power

Organization Chart

Org Chart 2019-02-16

Committee Descriptions

Executive Committee:

  • Monitor business plan
  • Set board agendas
  • Address issues/interim decisions
  • Identify board recruitment skill needs
  • Orient new directors
  • Assign HR responsibilities to hire, evaluate, oversee (PC) and pay staff.
  • Ensure sustainability planning
  • Government relations
  • Assign/direct PCN Liaison

Governance Committee:

  • Recruit directors
  • Develop business plan
  • Develop policy

Program Committee:

  • Direct the development of programs
  • Support Program Coordinator

Communications and Marketing Committee:

  • Develop marketing & communication resources to support Board Business Plan
  • Maintain SWESA website
  • Submit columns for community newspapers and newsletters

Diversity and Inclusion:

  • Promotes diversity through inclusive programming and other areas

Finance and Audit:

  • Operational budget & audit


  • Raise funds: sponsorship & advertising
  • Write Fundraising policy


  • Develop grant plan & write application
  • Monitor spending according to grant terms.

Human Resources:

  • Oversee Seniors Home Supports and Program Coordinators


  • Develop and sustain relationships with external organizations


  • Direct the annual membership fee drive
  • Maintain membership data base
  • Recommend targeted growth


  • Direct volunteer development
  • Support volunteer/staff Volunteer Coordinator
  • Work with Special Event Coordinator


  • Address current issues and plan for future space and equipment needs


Thank you to our outgoing Board of Director members:

Shirley Adam

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.

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.