Morine Bolding Rossi (New), President
Morine is a GRIT Alumni Parent, and mother of three. She is a secondary teacher, but currently staying home with their young children. Her GRIT Star, Will, is currently in grade one. Morine is fully committed to the health and happiness of her family. They enjoy travel, music and sport together.
Katie Smith (New), Vice President
Katie is a mother of three wonderful children. She is a physiotherapist with over ten years of experience working with adults who have had a variety of neurological injuries. This past year, she had the opportunity to work with your children that have complex medical and developmental challenges. Katie believes her experience as a mother of a special needs child, as well as her professional experience will allow her to serve as a valuable member of the Board of Directors.
Debbie Green, Treasurer
Debbie is the Executive Director of Bredin Centre for Learning, a non-profit organization in operation since 1976, assisting unemployed and underemployed Albertans with training, job placement and credential recognition assistance. Debbie has been employed with Bredin Centre for Learning for the past 16 years, and brings with her a background in Social Service agencies in both Nova Scotia and Alberta. Debbie became interested in pursuing further education in the accounting field and felt strongly the Certified Management Accountant was the best path to enhance her professional development skills for her role as Executive Director. In 2013, Debbie completed the Executive Certified Management Accounting program. Debbie is currently enrolled in a Certified Financial Management program. On a personal note, Debbie is from Nova Scotia and moved to Sherwood Park in 1994 where she currently resides. Debbie is the mother of two boys aged 12 and 15 years.
Martin Kholmatov, Secretary and GRIT Parent
Currently Martin works for Alberta Energy (international Energy Policy Branch) dealing with market access issues for oil and gas. Prior to Alberta Energy, Martin spent over 15 years with World Bank in Washington DC and various countries covering issues related to economic and social development. Martin was part of over 20 research and projects in Former Soviet Union countries and is an author of a number of several publications. He holds Master’s degree in Development Economics from Williams College (Centre for Development Economics, Massachusetts, USA). He is also a farther of two children.
Shyla Masse, Past President, Director and Alumni GRIT Parent
Shyla and her husband Ronan have three children. Daughter Meagan is 18, their son Blade is 10 years old, and Carson turned eight in June. In spite of complex medical and global developmental delays, Carson lives a rich and meaningful life, attends a regular grad 3 classroom in their community, and has been accepted and embraced by everyone who knows him.
The GRIT Program was the first to help the Masse family find joy in their journey and belief in themselves a capable advocates for their children?s futures. Shyla took advantage of many , if not all, of the learning opportunities GRIT had to offer. Since 2008, Shyla has served on GRIT?s Board of Directors and as representative for GRIT on the AACL?s Board of Directors.
Shyla finds her true passion in speaking from the heart and helping to support other families who choose the challenging path toward an inclusive future.
Joelle Fawcett-Arsenault, Director and GRIT Parent
Joelle and her family are enrolled with GRIT this year. Joelle is thrilled for the opportunity to join an organization with similar core values as her own and to further the goal of inclusive communities for all. She is Mom to Sadie (5) and Blake (3). Blake has Dravet syndrome, a rare and progressive form of epilepsy. Joelle is an active advocate for managing all aspects of Blake’s care, while working to raise awareness and pave the way for others. Joelle’s has been dedicated to supporting individuals, families and organizations. She is a Professional Human Ecologist (University of Alberta). She was a founding member, volunteer and then Executive Director of SACRED (Society of Assisted Cooperative Recovery from Eating Disorders) since 1996. Joelle managed the Alberta Network of the Canada Volunteerism Initiative at Volunteer Alberta, and also co-owns a consulting company; Eco-Approach Consulting Inc. Joelle’s dedication has been recognized by several awards, including the YWCA Woman of Distinction (2005), University of Alberta Alumni Horizon (2008), FLARE magazine Volunteer Award (2009) and the City of Edmonton Citation Award (2009).
Tara Irwin (New), Director
As a mother of three grown children, Tara is thankful for the life lessons her children have taught her. Tara is a proud entrepreneur of several grass roots companies. Her current focus is to enrich her leadership experience and skills to support others to excel toward their potential accomplishments. Tara looks forward to working with champions that steward equality in our communities and instill leadership among our children.
Lorraine Stewart, PhD, R.Psych, Director
Within her many years in education, Lorraine has worked with learners of all ages from ECS to adult as teaching assistant, teacher, coordinator and facilitator in elementary, secondary and district office levels of education. Her past 12 years has been with Alberta Education where she held a variety of positions working in Early Learning, Special Education, Inclusive Education, Cross Ministry, Governance, Appeals and Reviews, Policy Reviews, Project Management. Lorraine has supported a number of initiatives including the Early Child Development Mapping Initiative, Setting the Direction and numerous cross-ministry initiatives. Currently, in this next phase of life, Lorraine is teaching courses with Athabasca University; doing some contract work; and sitting on a number of boards including Rehoboth, Parkland Municipal Library Board, Stony Plain United Church, Yellowhead Presbytery, and Phi Delta Kappa. Lorraine and her husband have been blessed with two daughters (and their husbands) and six grandchildren who keep her grounded in the realities of family and educational life.
Roger Cable, Director
Roger is the principal owner of Veyron Projects who won the tender contract for GRIT’s new home. Roger loves to travel; spending five years living and working in Australia, volunteered in Japan with Samaritan’s Purse after the tsunami, and volunteered in Ecuador with “Children of Ecuador”. Roger has great respect for GRIT and GRIT’s vision for what can be accomplished and is excited to join the board this year.