Gordon Dirks - Interim Executive Director
C. Yvonne Chenier Q.C. - Board
Colin Jackson - Board Chair
Gordon has an extensive background as a senior executive. He served as Executive Pastor at Centre Street Church (Calgary) and Beulah Alliance Church (Edmonton). For 11 years he served as a Calgary public school trustee, and was also Chair of the Board of Trustees. He served as a college president for 10 years, and was also a public school principal. Gordon’s public service record includes election to the Saskatchewan and Alberta legislatures, serving as Minister of Social Services and Education. He also served as an assistant deputy minister in the Alberta government. Gordon has extensive experience as a consultant to church boards and non-profits in the Carver Model of Board Governance, HR, Strategic Planning, Team-Building and Fund-Raising. As a coach to boards and senior executives he is committed to helping organizational leaders and their teams create successful futures and lead people for results.
Gordon earned a Bachelor of Education degree, Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration, and a Master of Education degree with a speciality in administration. He is an ordained minister. Gordon serves on the Board of the Rosebud School of the Arts, and is a member of the Corpath Business Forum. He is a past member of: CentrePoint-Advancing Non-Profit Management, of the City of Calgary’s “Imagine Calgary Steering Committee,” and of the Government of Alberta’s Results Based Budgeting Review Committee.
Gordon has been married for 44 years to Joy Dirks, a retired Citizenship Court Judge. In 2005 he was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal, and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He is an avid reader, sports fan, and enjoys fitness, motorcycling and travelling.
Erna is a senior change management consultant with extensive experience in HR, management, business planning, and large-scale projects in IT and Supply Chain. Over 25 years of this has been in the oil industry, with an additional three years in Christian Education administration.
Education background includes a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Religious Studies (Music Major), A.R.C.T. in Piano, and a Masters in Business Administration. A number of additional certifications have also been completed including the Prosci Change Management.
Erna’s life has also been characterized through service work in Christian and secular settings. One year was spent in full-time service in Mennonite Central Committee’s SALT program. Another year was dedicated as national chair for Petro-Canada’s United Way campaign. Church service work has been on-going, including many musical commitments and leadership opportunities, and most recently facilitating a strategic visioning process. A memorable event was assisting in a three-day “church-raising” on the Hobbema reserve. She currently serves on the Board for Rosebud School of the Arts.
Erna and her husband Eric Rose enjoy many pastimes together, including hiking, photography, scuba diving, travel, and spending time with family including several grandchildren.
For over 20 years Bob has engaged the diverse landscape of rural communities and non-profit organizations witnessing many and varied challenges and opportunities.
Bob has served in positions ranging from Executive Director/General Manager positions with the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Rosebud Centre of the Arts, the Canadian Badlands Ltd. and Drumheller Chamber of Commerce to Business Analyst with Community Futures Highwood, and Project Coordinator (Hockey Canada) and Administration Assistant (Hockey Alberta).
As a volunteer, Bob has served multiple roles including Capital Development, Finance, Marketing and Executive Committees, including and Board Chair. He has completed the Credit Union Director Development program and facilitated the Community Futures Board Development program.
Bob has encountered numerous examples of community and organizational courage and risk ranging from local sports associations, churches and community events, to chambers of commerce, credit unions, regional tourism boards and arts and education institutions.
Bob lives in Strathmore where he is currently the General Manager for the Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Society/Charity), Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry (Society), Old Trout Film Division (social enterprise), and volunteer director with the International Festival of Animated Objects.
Murray began his term on the Board of Governors of Rosebud in May 2014 serving as the Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee as well as serving on other committees on that Board. He has extensive experience in working on the Boards of not-for-profit organizations and usually as the Treasurer of these Boards.
Murray graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and subsequently earned the designation of a Chartered Accountant (now referred to as a Chartered Professional Accountant). During his tenure of 27 years in public accounting he served as auditor, accountant and financial and tax advisor for many different types of businesses including not-for-profit organizations. Murray currently is engaged as a management consulting to a number of companies and individuals providing financial, taxation and accounting services. Murray volunteers at his local Church in a number of capacities and serves on the Board of two missions organizations.
Murray takes a lead role in providing accounting and financial advice to the Board and staff and in providing direction on taxation issues that Rosebud faces as a not-for-profit organization.
Murray lives in Calgary. He has been married to Joan for 41 years and has been blessed with two children and three grandchildren. He loves to read and to participate in sports.
Yvonne prefers to work for clients in the philanthropic and social enterprise sectors, acting as general legal counsel and advising on planning, organizational, regulatory and governance matters. In the past 30+ years she has built a private law practice and worked as a financial consultant and advisor to high net worth, aboriginal and not-for profit clients. She has also lent her expertise to a small privately owned trust company and a large Canadian financial institution. She is presently legal counsel with Drache Aptowitzer LLP in Calgary, Alberta.
Yvonne has served as a trustee, board member or founder of numerous organizations. She is actively involved in her professional associations and speaks frequently to various groups on topics ranging from legal to financial matters. Her articles have been published in numerous publications including Canadian Taxpayer, the Not-for-Profit News, Charity Talk, Tax Times, Taxnet Pro, Canadian Fundraising & Philanthropy and Hilborn Charity eNEWS.
Johann grew up in South Africa under the Apartheid regime, which lead to his life-long passion for the transformative value and role of the arts in a community.
After serving in the military, he graduated as an architect, followed by a Masters degree in music from Ithaca, NY. Returning to SA in 1982, Johann started a career of various arts executive positions. During this time he was actively involved in the political transformation of his homeland through pioneering work in the arts, resulting in recognition from Mr. Nelson Mandela’s government.
In 2002 he was recruited as CEO of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), based in NY. From 2007 he served as Executive Director of the Mesa Arts Center, and Director of Arts and Culture for the city of Mesa, Arizona.
In December 2009 Johann became President and CEO of Arts Commons in Calgary, Canada.
Colin Jackson is the Chair of the Rosebud Centre of the Arts and Chair of imagINation 150 (an organization dedicated to the celebration of Canada's Sesquicentennial in 2017), Chair of the Advisory Board for Living a Creative Life and a Board member for the University of Calgary Graduate College. He has been the Executive in Residence at the Haskayne School of Business and a member of the Senate of the University of Calgary, a drama producer for the CBC, founding Artistic Director of Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg, Executive Director of the Confederation Centre of the Arts and President of Calgary's Arts Commons. He holds an MPA from Harvard University and is the recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal, the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal and a Canada Council Senior Arts Award.