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


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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
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