Board

Board of Directors

Keys to Recovery is very grateful for the guidance, wisdom and support from the Board of Directors. The diversity in their backgrounds and experience has played a significant role in the success of Keys to Recovery.

Spencer Chimuk
Chairman
Lawyer
Board member since May, 2014
“When I first heard about Keys, I was immediately drawn to the cause. Far too often people facing homelessness and who struggle with addictions are ‘hidden in plain sight’ in our society. Keys provides comprehensive social assistance to marginalized individuals and generates tangible results that reverberate through our community. I am honoured by the opportunity to participate in Keys and to work with a program tailored to helping those who need it most.”

Spencer Chimuk is an associate at Burstall Winger Zammit LLP and practices primarily in dispute resolution. His practice involves contractual disputes, employment disputes, shareholder litigation, builders’ liens and construction disputes, debt recovery, and various other civil and commercial litigation matters. He has appeared before the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and the Alberta Provincial Court. Mr. Chimuk has also participated in alternative dispute resolution processes, such as mediation and arbitration.
Frank Frey
Founding Director
Board member since September, 2012
“People with the chronic disease of addiction need safe affordable housing. K2R provides that.”
Frank is the warehouse manager at Domicile Contract Sales. He has experience in oil and gas development in southern Alberta and onshore in the United Kingdom. He was Board Chair at Fresh Start Recovery Centre for over a decade.He is a founding director at Keys to Recovery.
Andrew Joo
Social Worker
Founding Director
Board member since September, 2012
“No one passes through this life without someone being present for them at some point in their life. Calgary Keys to Recovery is one pivotal pathway on the road to recovery. They bring real and meaningful caring, support, and guidance – the foundation for those committed to choosing to live forward.”

Andrew has over forty years of Social Work experience in a variety of roles and settings. He has served on several not-for-profit Boards and he is a founding Director at Keys to Recovery.
Liseanne MacDonald
Marketing
Board member since January, 2013
“I became involved with Keys to Recovery because I believe we provide more than just housing, we provide a home and more importantly hope. We are a unique agency that ensures all of our clients get the dedicated support they need on their path to recovery. Once our clients have that foundation and support they can begin to do more than just live they can begin to dream and believe they deserve more.”
Ralph Hubele
Alberta Health Services
Advisor to the Board of Directors since September, 2012
“The ability for an individual to move into the community and have the support to acquire and maintain independence is an important facet of the Calgary Keys to Recovery Society. This Society helps individuals to open the door back to a healthy and productive life.”

Ralph Hubele has worked in the field of affordable housing for over 36 years. He holds Bachelor Degrees in Sociology and Education, a Master’s Degree in Environmental Design, and an Advance Certificate in Gerontology. During his career he has been involved in the development and delivery of a number of provincial programs that have helped to create a variety of affordable housing options for residents of Alberta. Currently he is the Senior Manager of Health and Housing Initiatives, Continuing Care Capital Programs, Health Facilities Planning Branch, with Alberta Health. He is involved in creating affordable continuing care capacity throughout the Province. He remains committed to the idea of offering senior households as many housing choices as possible as they age.
Marlena Bova
Lawyer
Board Member since 2015
“As an organization with proven results in revitalizing communities and reducing the reliance on the justice and health systems, Keys is a charity which assists those who may otherwise rely on social programs in becoming independent, self-sustaining persons, by providing them a home to call their own. This convincing mandate, coupled with the momentum with which the Keys team was striving to achieve it, was one I simply had to be a part of – their energy is contagious.”

Marlena is a lawyer with a civil litigation practice focusing on construction, product liability, insurance and commercial disputes. She is a member of the pro-bono legal counsel for the Provincial Court Civil Claims Duty Counsel, the Queen’s Bench Amicus Program, and Pro Bono Students Canada. Marlena also acts for youth as a volunteer with the Children’s Legal & Educational Resource Centre, and has assisted Veterans with applications for judicial review in the Federal Court of Canada. Marlena has a Juris Doctor Degree as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Distinction) from the University of Manitoba.
Jack Cristall
 Secretary/Treasurer
Chartered Accountant
Board member since July, 2015
“Jack is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA, CPA) and currently focuses on due diligence work for mergers and acquisitions. Prior to starting his current position, Jack worked on financial statement audits for 6 years with a variety of experience in government and non-profit organizations. Jack has a B.Comm (Hons) degree from the University of Manitoba and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 2012.
Erin Butler
Vice-Chair
Market Analyst
Member since October, 2015
"I am became involved with Keys because they are providing support and hope to the people in our city who need it desperately. Their success is evident in the way their clients not only gain a home to call their own but true independence and a productive self-sustaining life."

Erin is a Market Analyst at a leading engineering firm where she focuses on market research and strategic planning. She provides support in a variety of areas including sales and business development, process development and improvement, and website and social media growth. Her background is in finance and has a strong history in project management.
Wendy Cundall
Fund Development 
Member since October, 2015
"I became involved with Keys to Recovery as I believe in Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. Keys plays a key role within the Plan by providing permanent supportive housing to adults who were chronically homeless and would otherwise be discharged back into homelessness upon successful completion of addictions treatment. Clients are provided whatever support they need to remove any barriers to regaining their independence and maintaining their sobriety."

Wendy has worked and volunteered within the non-profit sector for many years and strongly believes in giving back to the community in which she lives.
Cal Watson
Engineer
Board member since January 2016
"I am became involved with Keys because they are breaking the cycle of homelessness and bringing hope to the people in Calgary who need it desperately. Their track record of success is impressive in assisting their clients to gain their dignity, self confidence, true independence and a productive self-sustaining life."

Cal Watson brings more than 30 years of combined oil and gas industry and business experience to the Keys to Recovery Board. During his 17 years with Devon, Cal held various executive and leadership positions, including VP Production, VP Thermal Operations, and GM Thermal. He made significant contributions to the business, building effective and high performing reservoir engineering and business development teams for Devon’s Central and South Plains, and later their Foothills region.
Kamil Lalji
Realtor
Board member since January, 2017
“People experiencing homelessness are the only type of people who are classified by something they do not have, and society’s strong emphasis on the value of possessions classifies these people as useless. I believe everyone has a part to play in society, and people who experience homelessness deserve to live fully. Keys is an amazing organization for what they do. They never give up on their clients, and their investment in the homeless community contributes positively to our city at large.”

Kamil specializes in Commercial real estate, Investment Properties and inner-city homes. Kamil has bought, sold and built several of his own inner city properties and manages more than a dozen investment properties of his own. He has aided numerous investors make the right decisions on finding the right type of investment property for them. Recognized as a respected leader in the real estate industry, Kamil is known for his excellent negotiating skills along with honesty and integrity. He is also the president of Rumble House Arts Society, a Calgary-based not for profit arts initiative.
Karen Crowther
Founder and Executive Director since July, 2010
“It is difficult to recover from alcohol and drug addiction if you are spending all your time just trying to survive on the streets. Housing formerly homeless individuals after they have completed addiction treatment and then assisting them in removing whatever stands in the way of their independence is truly changing lives. I am so blessed to play a part in their journey.”

Karen is the Founder and Executive Director of Keys to Recovery. She is a Social Worker and has spent her entire career being of service to those suffering from addictions, homelessness and mental illness in various settings.
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