Board of Directors 2020 – 2021

Julie Kearns

President

  • Resident in Oakridge since 1978, married to Jim, parent of 3 and grandma to 8.

  • Semi-retired adult educator and evaluation consultant, following 32 years as University of Calgary faculty member.

  • Board member of Oakridge Community Association.

  • Julie enjoys genealogy and gardening.

  • OSA Focus: Making Oakridge a community for all ages and building OSA into a strong and viable organization. Grant application writer.

Sheila Foster

Vice President/ Director of Communications

  • Resident of Oakridge since 1976, married to Ted, no children, just 46-year-old Amazon parrot.

  • Retired President of Target Communications, an independent contractor with public sector, private sector and not-for-profit clients. Accredited member International Association of Business Communicators (ABC).

  • Twenty-five years’ business experience in automobile (London, England) insurance (Toronto) and oil and gas exploration and development (Calgary) industries.

  • Graduate and past PR Advisory Committee Chair of Mount Royal University Public Relations program.

  • Interests: Travel, reading, photography

  • OSA Focus: Marketing & Communications

Shelley Goldstein

Treasurer

  • Resident of Oakridge since 2012, married to Ken, parent of 4, step-parent of 4, Nana to 12. 

  • Certified Professional Bookkeeper (CPB) with more than 35 years’ experience, passionate about helping businesses move their books to the cloud.  Works with business owners to help them better understand the financial side of running their businesses. 

  • Interests include walking, reading, gardening, knitting and languages.

  • OSA focus: Moving our accounting records to the cloud, financial viability, accountability and sustainability.

Elaine Brathwaite

Director, Memberships

  • Retired marketing communications professional with fifty years of national experience in brand advertising, charitable sector marketing and strategic planning with non-profit boards.

  • Before moving to Palliser two years ago, she was an active volunteer in her local community, chaired the 1994 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, and served on the Boards of the YWCA and The Arthritis Society. 

  • Avid crafter, mom to a wonderful daughter, and gran to two Shiba Inu dogs and a Black Lab.

  • OSA Focus: growing OSA by encouraging new members to join and collaborating with members to ensure we are meeting their needs

Debra Sharpe

Director, Programs & Events

  • Resident of Oakridge for 15 years, raised her two children here.

  • Career as Realtor and Land Sales Agent for the City of Calgary.

  • Keen amateur photographer, with focus on urban wildlife, exhibiting her work on local and international Facebook pages. Her passion in this area keeps Debra engaged in technology and editing photos.

  • Involved with OSA as a volunteer in Wednesday Walkers and other programs.

  • Has experience on a non-profit board.

  • OSA focus will be to create fun and enjoyable programs despite the pandemic, to ensure member feedback and ideas are included in our plans.

Del Kobelsky

Director

  • Native of Wilkie, Saskatchewan, studied Architectural Technology in Moose Jaw.

  • Career in home design and construction (Saskatoon and Red Deer), then commercial construction.

  • Moved to Oakridge in 1989, working in Property Management (maintenance and property upgrades), and eventually as construction manager for large downtown high-rise property management firm.

  • Del has two kids, a son in the oil industry and a daughter with a degree in Kinesiology.

  • Active volunteer in Oakridge Boy Scouts for 15 years, and currently enjoys woodworking.

  • Active in various OSA activities since 2018, especially weekly Men’s Coffee Group.

  • OSA Focus: Vetting contractors for the Preferred Service Provider l-ist and creating other basic service connections.

Dianna Campbell-Smith

Director

  • Dr. Dianna Campbell-Smith is a Psychologist, executive coach and author who, after more than a decade as a geologist changed careers to become a psychologist.  Currently in private practice with many years of experience as a Supervisor and Director of Counselling in a large counselling agency.

  • Hobbies include silver working, acting, painting, Oakridge bridge group, and doing presentations for OSA. 

  • OSA Focus: Providing interesting and uplifting opportunities and content for area seniors.

Our Staff

Sarah Ferguson

Manager

  • Born and raised in Calgary, lives with husband John, two school-age children and rescue dog Brewser.

  • Ran a successful day-home for eight years, then became more involved with non-profits. 

  • Has volunteered on several different non-profit boards. 

  • Sarah enjoys all types of crafting, especially knitting. 

  • OSA focus: to organize and facilitate programs, members and volunteers.

Teresa Nelson Keller

Community Engagement Strategist

  • Has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 20 years in a variety of fields, primarily focusing on non-profit management, organizational development, community engagement and communications.

  • Teresa volunteers as a Girl Guide leader, participates in school field trips at Louis Riel school with her son and daughter, and teaches yoga.

  • OSA Focus: Communications, Community Engagement & Board Governance