Meet Our Team


Board Members

Monica Graham

President

Monica has a long history of teaching and working with people who have autism, as well as other disabilities. She started over 20 years ago in the residential sector assisting adults on the severe end of the spectrum. She travelled overseas as a classroom English teacher to Japan, moving later to England and working for the National Autistic Society, running programs for different boroughs (respite programs for carers, music and drama therapy, support meetings for parents and carers, inclusive play groups, and social support groups for adults with Aspergers). Monica holds the position of Board President. She strongly believes in the work that the EK Carers Network provides, and hopes to continue supporting this amazing program in the years to come.

Joyce Turner

Treasurer

Joyce as our treasurer she has a strong background in nursing and completed the LPN program at the College of the Rockies. Her role as LPN led to leadership roles such as Director of Care for a residential care facility in Ontario. Joyce is dedicated to further education and has a EMBA from the University of Fredericton. She is now the East Kootenay Regional Manager for the Kootenay Golden Life Management in Cranbrook. Joyce supports leadership in the community for those in need and those who care for them. This has led to her dedication to the Caregivers Network.

Jessie Bell

Secretary

Jessie has worked and volunteered with seniors and wanted to make a difference and serve a need in the community. In her past work she has assisted in renovations for senior living residences in Southern Alberta and she has been a check in volunteer with seniors in Calgary Alberta. She recently moved to Cranbrook and plans to write and support seniors with my upcoming college program. Recently Jessie wrote an article about caregiving for the Senior Living magazine. As a teen she helped care for a sick parent which gave insight into the commitment and support needed for our caregivers in the community. Jessie also volunteers with Volunteers Kootenay CMHA, the Cellar Thrift store and she donates handcrafted goods to East Kootenay Regional Hospital. 

Helen Luke

Director at Large

Helen has been a board member for 7 yrs. Her reason for being on the board is her experience as a caregiver 3 times over. This led Helen to attend one of our support groups. Helen can relate to all the guilt & obstacles which caregivers go through.
Helen has volunteered for approx. 30 yrs. at the Fernie, Cranbrook Hospitals also the Green Home & Joseph Creek care village.  She also was the coordinator for the candy striper /
junior volunteers program for 23 yrs. Much of Helen’s time is spent with seniors and she continues to volunteer at the Cranbrook hospital.

Norm Weitzel

Director at Large

Norm values his time spent with the Caregivers Network and working with the Board members with similar interests to care for the needy people. He has been a caregiver to his own mother during her hospital stay and Norm can greatly understand the responsibilities caregivers take on. Norm likes the responsibility of being a member of the board and he also volunteer with the United Way, SPCA and Social Planning. Norm strives to meet the needs in his community.

Joan Dolynchuk

Director at Large

Joan is a retired registered nurse who spent the last 20 years of her career working in long term care as well as home-care and case management. Joan experienced over time many situations whereby family were cared for by their loved ones. Joan sees this as the norm for today’s society and that a caregiver network essential to support these caregivers. Hence Joan dedication to the Caregivers Network and the work accomplished by the Board.

Louise Abbott

Director at Large

Initial educational goal was Gerontology (the study of aging) which led to Social Work and then Addictions & Mental Health. Louise returned to Cranbrook in 1990 to teach at the College. Her first job at the college in 1990 was teaching nurses about the field of gerontology, and Louise’s first job in the community was the Facilitator for the Caregivers Network. She rejoined the Caregivers Network in 2018 to sit on the Board of Directors.


Our Staff

Tobi Johnston

Program Manager

Tobi has over 20 years of experience in non profit, government and private sectors. She has spent many years working in community development and with disenfranchised populations in society. Tobi hold a BA in Public Health policy, a Masters degree in Social Work and another Masters Degree in Political Science. Tobi Knows first hand what it is like to juggle work, a young family and caregiving. As such, Tobi is committed to supporting and achieving recognition for family caregivers in her community and throughout the province of British Columbia.

Margaret Balas

Golden Facilitator

Leanne Brooks

Invermere Faciltator

Carey Henry

Cranbrook Facilitator

Doug Johns

Creston Facilitator

Marianne Agnew

Fernie Facilitator

Stacey Coleman

Kimberley Facilitator