President:

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The President of PCG provides leadership to the organization and ensures that the Board adheres to its bylaws and constitution.

Top 3 responsibilities:

  • encourages Board members to participate and supports them in making decisions in their areas
  • acknowledge Board member contributions as they occur
  • promote PCG’s purpose to the larger community – permaculture and beyond (work with Vice President and Strategic Communications Director to reach new groups and people)
  • prepare a report for the AGM (government requirement)

Other key responsibilities:

  • Board Meetings:
    • Prepare the agenda (with input from board members)
    • Chair the meeting. (Various members of the Board may take on this role)
    • Keeps discussions on topic.
  • Acts as one of the signing officers for cheques and other documents, such as contracts and grant applications.
  • Ensures the Board’s activities are focused and aligned to PCG’s mission.
  • Plays a leading role in supporting fundraising activities.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of the Board’s decision-making process.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of Board Members, using measurable criteria.
  • Annual General Meeting:
    • Prepares and presents the annual report (government requirement)
    • Chairs the Nominating Committee
    • Prepares the nomination list of candidates for open Board positions to be presented at the annual general meeting.
    • Orients Board Members and committee chairpersons to the Board.

email: president@permaculturecalgary.org


Lisa Patterson Lisa Patterson Off-grid-living, sheep-rearing, garden-crazy permaculturalist. President

Vice President:

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The Vice President provides support and backup for the President.

Top 3 responsibilities:

  • acting in a support role for the president as consultant, advisor
  • staying current on what the president is doing, being informed on key issues within the PCG and within the community
  • find strategic ways to connect to the community (cross-over with Communications)
  • chairing Communications Committee

Other key responsibilities:

  • Participates in board meetings on a regular basis
  • Attends the annual general meeting
  • Chairs at least one major committee
  • May act as a signing officer for cheques and other documents.

email: vice.president@permaculturecalgary.org

Marcia MacLellan Events

Webmaster:

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email: webmaster@permaculturecalgary.org

Michelle Avis Michelle Avis Currently serving the PCG Board as Website Director.

My husband Rob & I run two permaculture businesses: Verge Permaculture and Adaptive Habitat.
We have two children, Rowan (6) and Naomi (4).
Webmaster

Events:

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email: events@permaculturecalgary.org


Marcia MacLellan Events

Treasurer:

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  • Serves on the Executive Committee
  • Gives regular reports to the Board on the financial state of the organization
  • Keeps financial reports on file
  • Chairs the Finance Committee
  • Acts as signing officer, with another officer or Executive Director for cheques and other documents
  • Keeps accurate accounts of Board receipts and disbursements for Board-related expenditures
  • Speaks for the budget in partnership with the President and Finance Committee
  • Makes sure all necessary financial reports are filed
  • Collects and records membership dues. Issue receipts.
  • Orients the new Treasurer

email: treasurer@permaculturecalgary.org


Warren Hall Treasurer

Communications:

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email: communications@permaculturecalgary.org

Ally Cameron Ally Cameron Growing up I always had a permaculturist heart. I was always concerned about water, soil, food security and the well being of all of Earth's inhabitants. I felt immensely connected to the earth and to the natural ecosystems but over time I started to lose my way; to lose that connection, my sense of place and purpose. I became bitter, pessimistic and saddened.

As an engineering technologist I had a job in the oil and gas industry (looking for opportunities in soil reclamation & remediation) which gave me an appreciation of the non-renewables. Seeing that many of the industry workers had admirable intentions it propelled me to think of people in a better light. It helped me to understand that we all have our own purpose and passion; that we don't all have to agree on how to get there - we just need to move humanity to a more regenerative conscious time. After having 3 children I became immensely interested in taking care of and honouring the body, mind & spirit and thus became a C.H.N. (Holistic Nutritionist). I then found permaculture and was instantly hooked. I was finally connected again - water, soil, food security and the well being of all of Earth's inhabitants! I took my PDC with Verge Permaculture 2 years ago. While I haven't created a career for myself or found my niche I have used it in my life and in raising my 3 daughters. I am currently a stay at home mom, homeschooling my 3 beauties.

I have taken on the role of communications director with the PCG because I really enjoy spending my time with this diverse community as it moves toward the common goal of permaculture. I enjoy getting to know people, writing and making connections. I want everyone to feel welcome, to feel connected and for everyone to have growth.
Communications

Member Support & Benefits:

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email: membership@permaculturecalgary.org

Tawnya Hons Member Support & Benefits

Education:

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email: education@permaculturecalgary.org

Gunther Benkenstein Gunther Benkenstein engineer.
geek.
permie.
homeopath.
empath.
health nut.
nut.
jack-of-all-trades.
master-of-none.
allround good guy.
Education

Secretary:

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  • Serves on the Executive Committee
  • Keeps copies of the organization’s bylaws and the Board’s policy statements
  • Keeps lists of officers, Board Members, committees and General Membership.
  • Notifies Board Members of meetings
  • Keeps record of Board attendance.
  • Makes sure that there is quorum at Board Meetings.
  • Keeps accurate minutes of meetings.
  • Records all motions and decisions of meetings.
  • Signs Board minutes to attest to their accuracy.
  • Keeps copies of minutes of both Board and committee meetings.
  • Distributes copies of minutes to Board Members promptly after meetings.
  • Conducts general Board Correspondence.
  • Keeps records of all Board correspondence.
  • Signs official documents of the organization as required.
  • Files the annual return, amendments to the bylaws and other incorporating documents with the Corporate Registry.
  • Ensures that members are notified of General Meetings.
  • In the absence of the President and Vice President, chairs Board Meetings until the election of an alternate President
  • Receives and reads all correspondence and brings it to the attention of the appropriate officer.
  • Orients the new Secretary

email: secretary@permaculturecalgary.org


Traci Berg Traci Berg Island-learned permaculturist landed back on Alberta soil. Passionate gardener, crocheter of garments, mother-of-pets. Eager to put my hands to many projects!

Currently serving the PCG Board as Secretary.
Secretary

Board Systems & Processes:

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email: boardsandp@permaculturecalgary.org

Barbara Minard Currently holding the position of Director of Board Systems and Processes.

Gardener of 20 years, got my PDC in February 2016. Currently working on a full permaculture inspired design of my inner city property in collaboration with local consultants/designers.
Board Systems & Processes

Tool Trailer:

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email: tools@permaculturecalgary.org

Mike Dorion Tool Trailer

Connections & Permablitz:

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email: connections@permaculturecalgary.org

email: permablitz@permaculturecalgary.org


Name Bio
Deborah Burke Deborah Burke I love plants.......I can sit for hours on the side of a mountain soaking up their blissful presence, listening to their silent voices. I still have the first plant I ever grew from a cutting when I first moved away from home. It was just natural for me to start gardening at the wise old age of five at the side of my grandmother because it was a love that she shared with me, and it has been a very important part of my life ever since. Permaculture fascinates me because it is a system based on replicating the ways that plants have always grown, and I feel that it is an important piece in the healing of the earth and the rebuilding of cohesive communities........it is time to connect, to build relationships... Board Member
Jack Jack 4th generation Calgarian who has fallen in love with the city all over again. BSc. in Chemistry and 5 years working in evironmental research at the U of C led to discovering permaculture. Past 5 years spent supporting local food and land management through groups such as Grow Calgary, YYC Growers and the Permaculture Calgary Guild. Board Member