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On October 19th, 2011, elections were held at the Community Learning Network’s Annual General Meeting in Calgary, Alberta. The Community Learning Network’s Board of Directors is made up of six Community Adult Learning Council representatives from across the province, serving as follows:

Sherry Gagne, Chair

I have been the Executive Director of Provost Adult Learning & Literacy for the past 6 years.  My education is in business, where I worked in the Oil & Gas Sector for many years. It seemed like a natural fit for me to become the Executive Director but I soon learned that being in the not for profit sector is much more than business and money.  What a huge learning curve it has been for me to be a new coordinator and then join the board.  It has been an exciting and challenging experience.  I have been on the CLN for 41/2 years – filling an interim position for the first year and half.   I have been married for 24 years and have two sons in university pursuing their education for life careers.

Mumtaz Ebrahim, Vice Chair

In addition to serving as Vice Chair on the Community Learning Network Board, I am President of the Board for the Calgary Learns Association. I come from the world of customer service, training, and leadership, and am committed to lifelong learning. I am an empathetic communicator who highly values pluralism as an organizational strength. I earned an award winning MBA (Leadership) from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. and am also Acting Chair for the Calgary Chapter of the Canadian Society for Training & Development. My past community work includes spearheading the relocation and saving of an historic building and presiding as a judge at several high school debating competitions! I’m a big picture, systems thinker who advocates that intuitive change happens at the boundaries between diverse environments. Currently, I am an Education Analyst with Information Technology at the City of Calgary and work collaboratively across several business units.

Nancy Dinsdale, Treasurer

I have been a coordinator for the Lobstick Community Learning Society in Evansburg since 2000, a VTALS coordinator with Evergreen Reading Society since 2005 and have served one three year term as a regional leader.  I have volunteered with numerous organizations since young.  Presently, I am a CLN board member, a board member with Successful Kids and Families and a task team member with Leadership West Yellowhead.  I have a diploma in Business Management and Administration and come from a farming background. On a personal note, I have been married for 28 years and have three wonderful children, a dear son-in-law and a lovely little grand-daughter.  This newest addition has been taking up so much of my time.  Only she can distract me from my work! I believe in, promote and participate in lifelong learning.  The learning opportunities offered by my council, the CLN and LA have been very valuable to me. I appreciate CLN support over the years and feel that the CLN is integral in linking CALCs throughout the province.  I work alone, so being able to connect with other coordinators is essential.

Carol Aubee-Girard, Secretary

Currently CEO of Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association, I have held that position for 13 years. I am also involved in a literacy coalition in Edmonton to improve the number of adults accessing literacy programs in our community. I am also the past Chair of the CLN Board and have had the opportunity to work with many dedicated Community Adult Learning Council coordinators, Regional Resource Leaders and fellow board members. In my personal time I am involved in a winter food program for the homeless which runs on Saturdays during the winter months. I am married and the mother of three boys, two in the post secondary system and one in high school. Adult education is not only a privilege it is a necessity to live a fulfilling life. I feel honoured to witness the growth and success in the learners who access our programs each year and to be associated with the organizations we support.

Charleen Schnick, Director

I have over 37 years of experience in the field of adult education, building partnerships, collaborating with the community and cross sector agencies to implement strategies that meet community learning needs. I have been Executive Director for the Community Learning Council for Wetaskiwin & Area since 1979.  My board experience includes serving as director and Chair of the Community Learning Network, iCCAN board of directors as well as numerous local boards. I graduated U of A ’74 with a BPE in Recreation Administration and have lived my belief in lifelong learning. Throughout my career, I have been an active volunteer with a variety of organizations, the longest association being with Wetaskiwin & District Victim Services for more than 12 years. I live on a farm near Wetaskiwin.

Jackie Northey, Director

My background includes 30 years of development and implementation of projects/programs in the areas of community capacity building, youth, agriculture, rural development and adult education. I have extensive experience in strategic planning, communications and non-profit governance. My board experience includes a previous term with the CLN, 10 years with the Regional Child and Family Services board, 24 years with a Provincial Youth Agriculture board, an adult advisor for a young adults in agriculture provincial board and various terms on Economic Development and Community Development Boards both regionally and locally. I live with my husband Grant in Bashaw, Alberta, where I am the Coordinator for the Bashaw and District Community Adult Learning Council. We have four daughters and eight grandchildren so far. I continue to be involved as a volunteer in my local community.


Nancy Dinsdale, Terry Rosser, Charleen Schnick, Carol Aubee-Girard, Sherry Gagne and Mumtaz Ebrahim