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).
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.
Werner Harahap, 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.
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.