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Our Board of Directors

The Workers' Resource Centre is proud to be governed by a Board dedicated to enhancing the rights and dignity of all Alberta workers. 

TERRI GIFFIN

Board Chair
Terri graduated from Dalhousie University with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree, Psychology followed by her Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. In more recent years, Terri has been actively involved with her children’s schools, volunteering with the parent-teacher board, coaching children’s soccer and, now, marathon training. Terri has worked in a variety of counselling settings, including with the Department of Social Services as a live-in-support worker with adolescent teenage girls in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her work career, here in Calgary, has included: Counsellor at Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse; The Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter; and, The University of Calgary’s Counselling Centre where she completed 1600 hours of supervised counsellor training. Also, during her counselling career, Terri has been involved in counsellor/volunteer training and public education/outreach.
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KAREN CRAIK

Vice Chair
Karen Craik is a Registered Nurse and has had the pleasure of representing her members as Secretary Treasurer of United Nurses of Alberta since 1996. Karen was the founding Chair of the Calgary Workers’ Resource Centre and served on the Board for many years. She has also served on the Board of Ovarian Cancer Canada and was a founding co–chair of the Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope in Calgary. Rejoining the Board of the Workers’ Resource Centre is like coming home. It is so important to support and educate workers’ on their rights of Employment.

ALEXANDER SHEVALIER

Treasurer
Alex is President of the Calgary and District Labour Council. In that role, he represents the interests of affiliated unions before the City of Calgary, the school boards and the community. He is a member of UFCW 401. Alex serves as a Director at Public Interest Alberta and as a Director at Friends of Medicare. He sat as a Worker Representative on the Employment Insurance Board of Referees until it was dissolved in 2013. He served as a Vice-President of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 401; he also served as the Chair of the pride and solidarity committee at the Alberta Federation of Labour. Alex has taken numerous labour education courses. He has just completed his third year on the board as Vice-Chair and second year as Treasurer.

ALISON GRITTNER

Secretary
Alison Grittner’s passion for redressing the connection between social justice and space has lead her on a unique professional path that sits at the intersection of architecture, research, history, and ethnography. Since completing her Master of Architecture in 2012, she has dedicated her skills and knowledge to researching, evaluating, and designing spaces that address the specific needs of those whose needs are traditionally overlooked in our environment: women, youth, seniors, Indigenous Canadians, persons with cognitive challenges, persons with mobility limitations, and the LGBTQ2S+ community. Her work won the Alberta Premier’s Council Award of Excellence in Public Awareness (2015) and the City of Calgary’s Accessibility Advocacy Award (2015). Currently Alison continues this work through her own social justice and design firm, Equal by Design, and as a PhD student in Social Work at the University of Calgary.

TRAVIS ASPLUND

Director
Travis Asplund has been working as a Paramedic in Calgary for 9 years and as an EMS for 15 years. He is serving as a Board Member for his union, the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), Calgary District. In his role within HSAA, Travis is the chair of HSAA’s provincial Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) committee that represents more than 23,000 members. OHS has been his passion and it is OHS issues in his workplace that were the catalyst for his involvement in the union. It was also his involvement with HSAA that led Travis to the opportunity to work with the Workers’ Resource Center (WRC).

Siobhán Vipond

Director
Siobhán is a leading advocate for the rights of working people in Alberta. Siobhán is in her second term as the elected Secretary Treasurer of the Alberta Federation of Labour. The AFL represents more than 170,000 unionized workers in all sectors of the Alberta economy, and works to advance the rights of working people throughout the province. Prior to joining the AFL, Siobhán worked as a stage and film technician, and is a longstanding active member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). Siobhán was recently selected as one of the next generation of Albertan leaders to be a member of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

ABENA EDUGYAN

Director
Abena Edugyan has been working in health and fitness for the past 10 years, with the last six years dedicated to employee wellness. She has held roles as both a corporate wellness consultant working in Occupational Health and Safety and most recently as a wellness supervisor in Human Resources. Abena is also an Advisory Board member of the Alberta Centre for Active Living, providing guidance on the developments and issues related to influencing the adoption and maintenance of physical activity behaviour in communities and workplaces.
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