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Board of Directors2019-09-15T06:50:03-06:00

There are eleven board positions for the Calgary and District Foster Parents Association. The board of directors holds meetings nine times per year. They are responsible for supporting foster and kinship families, liaising with Child and Family Services and the Alberta Foster Parents Association. They plan and organize events that appeal to a wide variety of families. Fundraising for these activities is also coordinated by the board.

Elections are held each June at an annual general meeting. Each term is a two year commitment with the President, Recording Secretary and 3 Directors elected on even numbered years and the Vice President, Treasurer and remaining Directors on odd.

Joanna BussePresident
My name is Jo Busse and I’ve been fostering for 11 years, in that time we have added 5 children to our family through adoption and private guardianship:) I decided to join the CFPA board so I could be more involved in helping foster families make amazing connections to other foster families through the activities we do each month! 🙂
Monique McCardleVice-President
We have been fostering over 5 years and have really enjoyed all the fun family activities offered to the Calgary Foster Parent Association membership. I am looking forward to contributing to the CFPA as it has given so much to Calgary foster parents over the years.
Alexia Foster-WilliamsonTreasurer
We have been proudly fostering for a little over a year. Currently we have 4 children (bio & foster). I am passionate about foster care and I am excited to contribute to the CFPA board and work with this amazing team. In my spare time you can find me taking photos, gardening and doing a whole lot of vacuuming!
Andrea DaleyRecording Secretary
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Tineke ShanksDirector
With my husband Derek and our 3 daughter we have been fostering for 3 years. We have loved the events and support we have recieved from the CFPA as a foster family. I have had the privilege to serve on the board since 2018, I am inspired at the dedication each board member brings and the amazing things the CFPA is working on for the foster system, foster families and children just like mine.
Jennifer WelshDirector
My name is Jen, and along with my husband (and our 3 bio children), I have been fostering since 2014. In my pre-foster care life, I worked in Real Estate and then Oil and Gas, but we always hoped to one day become foster parents. When the timing was finally right, we jumped in with both feet and we’ve never looked back. I have been involved with the CFPA since 2015 in the position of Director, as well as Secretary, and currently hold a Director’s Position. I run the Casino for the association, our biggest fundraising initiative, and a few fun events throughout the year. In my spare time I am an avid scrapbooker, skiier and have recently started learning to golf. I also have a love music and play a variety of instruments. I am happy to serve on the CFPA board with a wonderful group of people.
John StarkeyAFKA Representative
John and his wife began fostering in 1992. They have fostered 87 kids and adopted two babies who are now 23 & 20 years old. John has served the board continuously in different roles for the past 24 years. He has been the AFPA representative for Calgary region for 15 years now.
Lana IlcisinDirector
I have been a foster parent since February 2015 and I am so blessed to have these kids in my life. I’ve enjoyed the events the CFPA puts on for foster parents and have helped with the Christmas party the last two years. I am new to the CFPA board in 2017 and can’t wait to see the smiles from families as they attend upcoming events in our dynamic community.
Rosanna Beyoozen-MesenDirector
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Peter RochowTreasurer
I and my wife Joanne, have been fostering since April of 2012. We have 7 children and 11 grandchildren. As a professional accountant, I have used my expertise to assist on the board and act as Treasurer since 2013.