PRESIDENT - Alta Pharis
Alta Pharis is a rancher’s wife, a retired school teacher and a mother of five children. She has served on various boards through the years including Sun Country Child and Family Services and Mountain Plains Community Services. Mountain Plains dealt with troubled youth. Alta claims Pincher Creek as their “main centre” although the family lives 55 kilometers away.
VICE PRESIDENT - Michael Rothery
Michael Rothery has recently retired to a home on the banks of Yarrow Creek, near Twin Butte, after a career that included work in the fields of child welfare, mental health, and social work education. He was born and raised in Manitoba, practiced social work for several years in Saskatchewan, and taught for almost three decades at universities in Ontario and Alberta (University of Calgary).
Throughout his professional career, Mike studied services to vulnerable families, with family violence being an especially strong interest. He has, in recent years, devoted time and energy to understanding the relationship between religious and secular helping for people experiencing family violence. He has continued to pursue, research and write about these interests into retirement – which has also afforded him time to devote to other lifelong enthusiasms such as family, music, writing, and photography.
SECRETARY/TREASURER - Evelyn Gilbert-Gladstone
Evelyn Gilbert-Gladstone is currently our Secretary/Treasurer and has been a Group Group Youth Board Member for 11 years. She moved to Pincher Creek in 1959 and completed her high school at Matthew Halton High School. Two years ago, Evelyn retired from her twelve-year position as an Employment Counsellor and team Leader with Training Inc. Providing services under Government contract, “Alberta Works”, for persons seeking employment.
In 1992, Evelyn earned a Rehabilitation Practitioner Certificate at the Lethbridge Community College and spent many years working in that field, supporting adults and children with developmental disabilities in their homes, schools and vocational settings. Her experience also includes supporting persons with mental health issues and dual diagnoses. Evelyn also volunteers for the Legion Ladies Auxiliary and has volunteered for the Minor Hockey League, the Cancer Society, the Diabetes Society, local schools and a number of fundraising events. Evelyn moved back to Pincher Creek in 2002 and keeps busy with activities that usually include her immediate and large extended family.
MEMBER AT LARGE - Lou Niven
Lou's home is an acreage in the MD of Pincher Creek, west of Lundbreck Falls. She has been a nurse for 50 years, having graduated with a BSN from the University of British Columbia, after which she worked in Vancouver, other BC communities, the North West Territories, New Brunswick and in Alberta -- mostly in Community Health settings and often in First Nations communities.
Lou has served on boards such as The Waterton Natural History Association, the United Church, OES, and the Windsor Heritage Drop In Centre. As someone who believes in the education of children through quality experiences, she started a preschool program in Saskatoon which is still in existence, and later served on the boards of two other preschool programs.
Lou has a background in music (piano and other instruments) and is the mother of three great adults -- and she's a Grandma too!
MEMBER AT LARGE - Darryll Crowshoe
Darryll was born and raised on the Pikani Nation in a family of nine children. He attended NAIT to obtain a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology and worked in the pipeline industry for many years, both in Calgary and Edmonton, before returning to this area as a farmer/rancher and business owner. He has served on the Pikani Board of Education and the Pincher Creek Friendship Center Board.
He is married with 3 children, and enjoys hiking and cross-country skiing whenever he can.
MEMBER AT LARGE - Lou Burnham
Lou moved to Pincher Creek in 1977, and is a long time volunteer in the community. She was an original board member of Group Group Youth as Treasurer when it was first formed By Y Lebel.
Lou managed the meat counter in the IGA for Hansen’s, and she owned and managed H & R Block and built it to where it is today.
With her long time partner and husband Dick Lou has three children, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She and Dick are retired and enjoying the life of retirement.
MEMBER AT LARGE - Kaycee Peters
Kaycee joined the board this spring (2019) and has been excited to do her part and serve kids in our community. She is a Montana native, a nurse, an entrepreneur, a wife, and a momma to two beautiful girls with a third on the way.
She and her husband run a cow calf operation south of Pincher Creek and she works part time at the hospital as well as running her own business. Cheers!