Below are the biographies for members of the 2017/18 Winston Heights-Mountview Board of Directors. For contact information, please click here.
Christine Johns, President – We first discovered the wonderful community of Winston Heights-Mountview in 2008 when we fell in love with a house in the area and decided to make the neighbourhood home. We love the walkable nature of the area, the great path system for biking and running and the beauty of an established neighbourhood. I joined the board in 2009 as I wanted to contribute to my community and help make it an even better place to live. In addition to the Board, I also sit on both the Development and Playground Committee. In my day job I am the Director of Planning and Reporting at the University of Calgary.
Caleigh Hanks, Vice President – I have lived in Winston Heights-Mountview since 2015 when my husband and I moved into the community. Having grown up in the suburbs of the NE and NW, we knew we wanted to live in the inner city to avoid a lengthy commute. We love our neighbours, the off leash dog park, and the fact the community has so many things within walking distance … and proximity to Deerfoot to get around town to see the friends and family still in the suburbs! I am happy to begin serving my second term as Vice President of the WHMCA Board.
When I am not working my full time job as a litigator at an oil and gas company, you can find me volunteering with the WHMCA, Winston Heights-Mountview Refugee Response (WHMRR) or Calgary Legal Guidance (Immigration Program).
Werner Harahap, Treasurer (acting) – I moved into the community with my wife and two kittens just before Halloween 2012. As newlyweds, we quickly fell in love with the neighbourhood. We have many wonderful people on our street, great amenities, and easy access to both Deerfoot Trail and 16th Avenue. This combination is hard to beat. Our family has expanded with the birth of our baby girl in June 2016. We definitely see ourselves in Winston Heights-Mountview in the long run as we view it as a great place to raise a family. For that reason, I decided to get involved with the WHMCA this year, firstly with the Finance Committee, and then with the Board. I look forward to working with everyone to make this an even better place to live.
Personally, I have worked as a professional accountant in a variety of industries, and I also volunteer with Sonshine Community Services and Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta in addition to the WHMCA.
Kari Major, Secretary – Living in Winston Heights-Mountview when my children were young, I was always struck by the fact that neighbours knew each other and each other’s families. I remember my Father in law looking out the living room window on a Sunday afternoon to see who had their kids and grand kids coming for dinner. Although we lived in other districts, once the nest was empty, we bought an original home only 3 blocks over from our last home in the neighbourhood. Since 2008, my husband and I have loved our home, neighbourhood and the people in our community.
I worked for 25 years in local government and 19 of those years in planning and development. I understand both the legislative process of municipalities as well as the importance of Community Associations within them. I love seeing the changes and progression that our community and many others in Calgary are making towards local, sustainable and healthy choices. Community gardens, playgrounds, and natural areas within Winston Heights-Mountview and connections throughout our city make our neighbourhood wonderful to live, work, and play in.
DJ Kelly, Past President – I am a marketing and communications professional and I joined the board in 2008 because of my passion to make Calgary and my community an even better place to live. This passion can also be seen through my previous work as a committee or board member with Calgary Economic Development and the Calgary Professional Arts Alliance and an active civic advocate. I have been president since 2009. Prior to that I served as the communications director.
Terence Evans, Director –I have been a resident of The Mountview Parc Condos part of the community since May of 2014. I am an active member of the condo board and have been since moving here. I have also been an active member of the Winston Heights-Mountview Community Association since the summer of 2014.
As I am currently unemployed (but looking for work in my field of drafting), I volunteer in the fundraising side for both STARS Air Ambulance and Big Brother/Big Sisters of Calgary.I am also struggling through the learning of Java and Android coding languages.
Pat Hanson, Director – I moved to Winston Heights in 1970. We loved the area and moved the older house off our lot and built the house I now live in. I left Calgary in 1999 and my son and daughter-in-law bought the house and raised their children here. I moved back in the house in 2012 when they moved to an acreage. I m a retired teacher. Being on the Board keeps me up to date on what is happening in our area. It also gives me an opportunity to volunteer and help where I can.
Linda Sharp, Director – Linda Anne Sharp was born and raised in Winston Heights-Mountview and with her husband David, daughter Alexandra and dog Teddy she now lives in the home in which she grew up. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from U of C and a Master’s degree in Library Science from UBC. After careers in libraries and records management and public affairs, she retired from Shell in 2007. You will find Linda gardening, walking Teddy throughout the neighbourhood and volunteering with community committees or the Crescent Heights High School Archives.
Karl Sonnichsen, Director – Born and raised in Nova Scotia, I traveled across Canada and finally moved to Calgary in 2000. In 2010 my wife and I moved to the Winston Heights-Mountview community to start our life together as a new family. We were thrilled to do this in such a beautiful, established, inner city neighbourhood.
Over the past few years I wanted to become more involved in the community so I joined the community association board, currently as Chair of Community Relations. I have a passion to share information on current events within the community and hope that my involvement will increase participation so our neighbours can join together to build an even better community.
I have spent 20 years in hospitality (hotel, restaurant and event planning) and retail and the past 4 years drafting.
Andrew Strack, Director – TBA
Kris Webb, Director – As a new home-owner, we built in Winston Heights and moved in March 2017. I have chaired the Planning and Development Committee since 2014 and look forward to being more involved in the community and giving back in a meaningful way.
I have had a 15-year career in Marketing, Communications and Events working in multiple industries including; Tourism, Law, Technology and Small Business.
I also volunteer with DIRECT-MS, The Ronald McDonald House and The Calgary Stampede.
Mary-Beth Walsh, Director – I joined the community association in 2009 just after having revived the playgroup for the community association and establishing weekly playgroup. I had approached the board to request space and minimal funding to support our new playgroup’s needs, and as a result, started to become more interested in other community projects. Not long afterward, I joined the playground committee and worked along with many other passionate community members to revitalize and rebuild the playground and surrounding park area of the 7th street Victory park. That was a very satisfying experience, and led me to take the step of formally joining the board of directors, which I then served on for 6 years.
My first year on the board, I spent most of my time just figuring out how it all worked, and in my second year started taking on more formal roles. I started working to coordinate parties, such as the Christmas party, and fall clean-up. Eventually, I moved on to events such as our annual Stampede party, and endeavoured to come up with a new event with a new approach. The community was moving away from the evening party they had been organizing, due to low attendance, and the resulting vision is our Pre-Stampede Friends and Family BBQ, which I’m proud to say, celebrated it’s 4 year this year. This event has grown in success, support, and attendance each year. Prior to stepping down from the board, in order for our family to travel Europe for 10 months, I filled the position of Events Coordinator, as well as coordinator of pot-luck, playgroup, mom’s night out, and book club. I’m happy to say that each of these groups still meets monthly (if not weekly as with playgroup) and have been taken on by other coordinators in the community.
Now that we have returned to Calgary, and have had a chance to catch our breath and settle back into the Winston Heights Mountview community, I would like the opportunity to serve on the board of directors once again in the hopes of bringing my strengths and talents to an already abundantly talented group.
Sarah Wiedmer Jarabak, Director – My husband and I lived in Crescent Heights for 4 years before discovering Winston Heights-Mountview. In late 2014 we found a house with our 2 children and made the move over.
In 2015 I started Volunteering as Playgroup Organizer and since Winter 2016/17 I taught the Tiny Tots Skating Lesson.
My background is a Bachelor in Hospitality Management from Switzerland and many years in the Airline Industry with Swiss International Airlines. Since fall 2017 I am taking classes to become a Mediator/Negotiator, I only have a few classes left to go. I also volunteer for the Calgary Mediation Society.
We have two small children who will be attending the Mountview School soon. We are very fortunate to live in this beautiful neighbourhood where everything is in walking distance.