Carmon Blacklock, President

Carmon has been volunteering with the BRCA since 2012, first as the Treasurer for 3 years, and then as the community President for the past 2 years.  

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Brian Beck, Vice President

At work, Brian is a lawyer who manages several Calgary businesses; at home, he is lucky husband to Lynne and proud father to Kate (14), Ella (10), and Will (8). Plus three dogs and one rabbit. Brian has lived and volunteered in Bridgeland for 18 years and most recently has been Director and Vice President with BRCA since last year. On the Board, Brian has focused mainly upon helping with society governance (bylaws, policies, contracts), human resources, and business issues / planning. Also this past year Brian has been the Board’s key liaison to the Calgary Tool Library program, he has helped out with setups of the Farmers' Market, and has spent a lot of time working as key contributor to BRCA’s Planning Committee.

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Matthew Littlejohn, Treasurer

Matthew has resided in Bridgeland for over 11 years with his wife (Tessa) and three children (8, 6, and 4). They have deep roots in the neighbourhood through their involvement in the church on 8A St, many friends they have made over the years in the neighbourhood and utilizing many of the programs the BRCA provides (Soccer, Hall, fun events). Outside of the community, Matthew is a Director within ATB’s Corporate Banking group, providing lending to many of the large Oil and Gas companies in Calgary. Prior to ATB, Matthew held roles at TD Bank and Petro Canada. Matthew holds an BBA from Simon Fraser University and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

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Nazimah Gilani, Secretary

Nazimah is currently the Board Secretary. She has lived and volunteered in Bridgeland for over 11 years and was the Secretary from 2012-2014. As a member of the Board, Nazimah enjoys listening to the dialogue in meetings, supporting the record keeping requirements, and contributing her insight to the discussions. She is amazed and inspired by the passion and commitment of her fellow Board members.

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Ali McMillan, Planning

Ali is presently a proud stay-at-home Mom to two highly active girls, Reilly (12) and Gracie (9) although she fills most of her hours with community work, coaching adventure running/field hockey, and volunteering at Langevin School.  Ali and her family moved to Bridgeland from Regina, Saskatchewan 3 years ago.  A native of Vancouver, Ali was happy to return closer to the mountains but she still sports a Saskatchewan Roughriders' sticker on her car. 

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Ana Hoepfner, Communications

Ana Hoepfner joined the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association Board in September 2016, assuming the Communications portfolio.

Ana is currently a Communications Officer at CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology), which is both a registered Canadian charity and a licensed engineering firm. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and has worked in public relations, communications and marketing roles for both non-profit and for-profit oil and gas companies, including an international start-up.

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Mary-Grace Linton, Events

Mary Grace and her family moved in to the Riverside area 3 years ago. She got involved with the community association in the winter months of 2015, when she first saw the call out to help with CulturaFest in its first year. She took on the Vendor Coordinator role, as she has had experience, and has stayed with the festival since. Please contact her if you want to get involved with the festival!

She was invited to join the BRCA Board back in 2016 as the Events Director, and would like to keep community events going full force in Bridgeland.

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Lindsey Ross, Facilities

Lindsey is a Director with ATB Financial and an avid equestrian. She and her husband Nelson have lived in Bridgeland for over 7 years. For the past year she has been the Facilities Director and has contributed to supporting the great initiatives run through the Hall as well as increasing the awareness through improved marketing campaigns. She brings more than 10 years of experience in corporate banking, planning and marketing. 

Although unable to continue on the Board next year, she has enjoyed her brief time with the team and wishes the new board all the best as they continue to make Bridgeland one of the best communities in Calgary. 

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James Duggan, Membership

Coming soon!

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Dustin Jones, Fundraising

Dustin Jones grew up in rural Saskatchewan, though his roots to Bridgeland-Riverside stems from his parents having their wedding reception in the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association Hall in 1978.  After leaving the family farm in 1998, he spent a year in England studying and travelling before returning to Canada to complete a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.

Dustin has worked most of his career in the energy sector with progressive experience across major North American basins. He started his career in a gritty hands-on field operations role and has continued to serve the energy sector as a reservoir engineer, exploitation engineer and in corporate development. In 2014, he helped evaluate the Baytex strategic acquisition of Aurora in a $2.6 billion deal.

Dustin has volunteered for Bike Calgary as Research Lead and Beakerhead. In 2017, he served as Fundraising Director for BRCA where he organized a Casino for the first time.

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Kara Brennan, Programs

Kara joined the BRCA Board as a Program Director and has been responsible for the Farmers’ Market and Rooftop Garden for the past two years.  She has an unusual career that sees her splitting her time between the corporate world as a CPA, and furniture and fabric stores as an interior decorator. Kara is incredibly proud of how the market continues to grow each season and the unique vendors that can be found there each week. She is also amazed at how each gardener manages to take such a small plot of dirt and grow such a wide variety of vegetables over the summer. 

Community members interested in taking over this role should have a passion for shopping locally and supporting community gardeners (a green thumb is not required). Both programs are run by two very dedicated committees and the Program Director works collaboratively with each committee to help develop and achieve their goals.  

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Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association

917 Centre Ave. N.E.
Calgary, AB T2E 0C6
403-263-5755
Hall@BRCAcalgary.org
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