Tri Community Health and Wellness Foundation Board of DirectorsDedicated to creating a healthier community.
A Healthier Community
We work with local communities to raise and direct funds in support of health and wellness initiatives in the Tri Community Area.
The members of our volunteer Board are a hands on collective that is passionate about the Vision and Mission of the Foundation. As individuals and as a group, they are dedicated to enhancing care in our community.
Brenda is a long-time resident of Parkland County where she continues to enjoys acreage living with her husband & enjoying her family nearby. She retired from a nursing career that gave a variety of opportunities in health care. She continues to focus on health needs in the Tri-community area, joining the board 3 yrs ago & will be chair til Jan/18. Previously involved in the County Arts & Culture Advisory, as an emerging artist, she continues to be creative in many venues. Also, she has participated in some
local Crimewatch activities & county strategic planning workshops. Other hobbies include travel, camping with family, gardening, biking & cross-country skiing.
Vice – Chair
My name is Susan Ritter. I grew up in Stony Plain. Live in Parkland County, married, 2 children, 2 grandchildren. Retired last year, worked in banking industry for 40 years. Volunteered throughout my lifetime, recently joining Tri-Community Health & Wellness Foundation
My name is Lynda NicoI and I have lived in the Stony Plain/Spruce Grove area for 44 years. I have been a trustee with the Tri-Community Heath & Wellness Foundation since May 2015. Health has always been an interest of mine as my background is nursing therefore; when considering volunteerism, I naturally chose the health field. I had previously served on the Health Advisory Board for the WestView Regional Health Authority. I have also volunteered for the Santa’s Breakfast at the Festival of Trees for several years. I believe foundation funding is an important part of subsidizing government (public) funding for healthcare, supporting the ‘extra’ necessities when providing patient care. I am also interested in fundraising for wellness programs such as the Wellness Wishing Well program at the Tri Leisure Centre. I enjoy meeting and working with our dedicated Executive Director and board members as well as, the many enthusiastic volunteers associated with this Foundation.
Trustee, Festival of Trees Chair
Professionally, Tammy MacKay, NCIDQ, AKBD, LEED Green Associate, is an Edmonton based registered interior designer in her 21st year in the Industry. She owns a boutique design firm called Design Eye. Here she works on both Commercial and Residential projects of varying scope. Tammy is a member of Interior Designers of Canada, Interior Designers of Alberta, National Kitchen and Bath Association, and Canada Green Building Council. She also teaches interior design at the University of Alberta part-time. She is an advocate for the interior design industry which has led her to mentoring and supporting new and upcoming designers; additionally, throughout her career, she has participated and been chair of interior design advisory boards in the province of Alberta. In 2014 she moved out of the city into the County of Parkland to be closer to her ailing parents. With 4 children, 10 horses (soon a mini donkey will be added), cats and dogs, the move has been a wonderful one. Unfortunately her dad passed away at the West View Health Centre that same year. To meet people in her community, and to give back to the hospital that treated her dad with such great care, she decided to join the Tri-Community Festival of Trees Volunteer Committee. In early 2017, she was asked to join the Tri-Community Health and Wellness Foundation Board. “Parkland County feels like home. I have met the most incredible people in the last 3 years who have become mentors and friends”.
Ralph grew up in Central Alberta and after high school moved to Red Deer, then Calgary and Edmonton to complete his education and pursue a busy career with Alberta Social Service and Advanced Education. He then worked for several years as a consultant with post-secondary health and human resource programs. Ralph has been a member of the Board since 2011 and Chair from 2012 – 17. He has always enjoyed being a community volunteer helping to support communities through youth groups, volunteer fire brigade, church administration, professional associations, Canada Club, dance club and community associations. Ralph and his wife Shirley have lived in Parkland County since 1999 and they are proud parents to 4 children and several grandchildren.
Executive Director – Shandi Saito
Shandi comes to the Foundation after volunteering for both the Smile Cookie Campaign and the Festival of Trees in 2016. She resides in Spruce Grove with her family and prides herself in raising her children in a community that gives back. She comes to the Foundation with 10+ years of administrtion, family law and business background and looks forward to working with the Board and volunteers to continue to create a healthier tri – community.
Ellen Elliott – Site Director, Westview Health Centre
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Stories in the Media
From Community Compass June 26, 2017 By Marcia Love Whether it’s a trip to the health centre or getting active at the Tri Leisure Centre, the Tri-Community Health and Wellness Foundation is working behind the scenes for families in the tri-area. The not-for-profit organization raises funds to support the WestView Health Centre in Stony Plain and also the TLC for Everyone program at the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre. The program offers Tri Leisure passes to people who have financial constraints or mental or physical disabilities causing income restraints. Read more –