Board of Directors and Staff
Chair - Dave Maffitt
Maffitt is a native Albertan and has lived in the Airdrie area since
2006. He has worked in the Calgary oil patch since 1981 and is an active
volunteer and board member with Volunteer Airdrie, Airdrie Minor Basketball,
Calgary Minor Basketball and Alberta JKA Karate. Dave also volunteered
as the Basketball Sport Chairperson for the 2014 Alberta Summer Games
which was hosted by Airdrie in July, 2014.
Vice Chair - open
For more information please contact Dave.Maffitt@volunteerairdrie.ca
Treasurer - Carmen Vetian
Carmen has been a Certified General Accountant (CGA) since 2001, in good standing with the Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta.
Since 1999, she has worked primarily in public practice, in various roles from junior apprentice to senior manager, and for the past 5 years the Owner/Partner of her own accounting and tax practice in Airdrie, Alberta.
She has also had the opportunity to work in industry as a corporate tax analyst for the Canadian division of an international company. In addition, she was also a corporate tax analyst in the oil and gas industry, also involved in planning, preparation and reporting of all the corporate tax to tax authorities and international based parent corporation. Within these roles, she has had various responsibilities for all tax compliance and due diligence processes for regular tax reporting requirements and also for acquisitions and corporate reorganizations.
A professional accountant is an essential part of a business, and Carmen partners with her clients to assist them in their success, and truly enjoys helping businesses and people with their tax planning and strategies for the future.
Secretary - Position Open
For more information please contact Dave.Maffitt@volunteerairdrie.ca
Director - Danielle Dansereau, PMP, RYT-200, Usui Level III
Mrs. Dansereau has 17 years of operational and consulting experience in program management across various industries including Oil and Gas, Government, Public Education, and Telecommunications and High Tech. Mrs. Dansereau has expertise working on large, global, and complex strategic initiatives with a strong focus on process improvement, information management, data migration and complex organizational change projects.
Danielle holds a Senior Leadership position in a local management consulting firm, Mosaic Inc, sits on the Board of Advisors for a publicly traded technology company (OTC:WRAP) and also spends her time teaching and operating the yoga studio Blacksmith Yoga Community, Airdrie’s original yoga studio.
Danielle and her family have been residents in Airdrie since 2003.
Her passion lies with connecting people with opportunity. Opportunity
to connect, opportunity to thrive and opportunity to be the best version
of themselves. With this focus, she is excited to join Volunteer Airdrie’s
Board of Directors and participate in strengthening the community of
Airdrie through Volunteerism.
Director - Charlotte Blackwell
Charlotte has dedicated her life to caring and advocating for others. From a young age she started volunteering in hospitals and won awards based on her service. She volunteered mentoring girls of all ages in modeling and body positivity. She then worked in pediatrics and in the special care nursery as a nurse until she retired when her third child was born. While at home with her children, I wrote and published 4 young adult novels. Once her children were all settled in school full time, she began volunteering at the school with special needs students. From there she decided to return to the work force as a special needs learning assistant for Rockyview schools. Charlotte is an avid volunteer within the community, always assisting with AMHA, dance studio’s, schools and more.
Director - Dorothy May
Dorothy May has been proud to call Airdrie, AB home to her family since 2000. Dorothy enjoys an efficacious career working with families and their children who have special needs, primarliy diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has always appriciated the small town feel that Airdrie has had to offer. As she watched our beautiful city continue to grow, so did her desire to become more diversly invoved. In the spring of 2016 she reached out and applied to become a member of the board of directors for Volunteer Airdrie. Dorothy brings with her over ten years experience on the board of directors for Stephen’s Backpack Society as their volunteer coordinator. As she continues to serve and volunteer for both nonprofits her appriciation and passion for volunteerism has become a vertue of her lifestyle.
Director - Nina Nath
Volunteerism is very much part of my upbringing from an early age, and my grandfather inspired me. He was a Doctor and would provide medical assistance in any form free to people who were unable to provide medical needs for themselves. For his humanities he received the President of India's Humanitarian Award. Plus Mother Teresa would come to our school, once a month, and involve the students in volunteerism. I have volunteered as a co-ordinator representing the Corporation I was working for, got involved with United Way, convincing as many staff as possible to contribute through monthly payroll deductions any amount, to United Way. I was in the banking and investment business for over 18 years. Have been a Director for North Rocky View which is now Community Links. When the Youth Program started by the City, I was also involved and tried to rid our society about Gay individuals perception, and promoted their rights as individuals with different bodies and feelings not to discriminate. I have advocated for accessibility for People with Disabilities and Seniors, as well as promote awareness of People with Disabilities and their needs and promote them as individuals with different abilities and different needs, specially with policy makers and politicians as an individual and did not take advantage of my position with Community Links. As well it is important to change the perception of our society that every Disability is different and unique and it does not necessarily mean that all Disabled People are mentally disabled as well and useless. I have been a Director of Volunteer Airdrie since its inception, and left for a few years, and am very happy to be back being a part of Volunteer Airdrie again. Personally, I am a Person with Physical Disabilities and understand them, and I encourage them to be part of some organization either as a worker or as a volunteer.
Executive Director - Melanie Taylor
Melanie is a wife and mother of 2 young adults who simply loves giving back to her community. This love started early in life as so many amazing volunteers personally impacted her life that she knew she wanted to give that gift to others. Over the years she has volunteered with programs like Crime Stoppers, Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce, Aids Canada and and Aids Vancouver, the Boys and Girls Club, the International Insitute of Restorative Reproductive Medicine and so many more.
Her professional background includes 25+ years of corporate leadership, training, coaching and people development. She leads from a focus of helping others reach their potential and being part of the community. Through her career she is most proud of being the leader of the Canadian and Western US Community Action team where she lead the community involvement in hundreds of communities. Her favorite volunteer moment is being asked to participate in a Habitat for Humanity build in New Orleans in 2016 to represent her company.
Melanie joined Volunteer Airdrie as a board member in May of 2013, in Feb 2014 she accepted the position of Vice Chair and most recently in Mar 2017 became our Executive Director.