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.

Helen Luke

Vice President

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.

Joan Dolynchuk

Treasurer

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.

Noreen Palermo

Secretary

Noreen graduated from Humber College in Toronto as RPN in 2005 and has worked in senior’s housing and Long-Term Care ever since. Noreen received her Long-Term Care Administrators Certificate in 2018. Noreen has a strong background in palliative and dementia care. Noreen relocated to Cranbrook from Ontario last year (2019) to accept the position of Quality & Clinical Practice Consultant with Golden Life Management and is a Licensed Practical Nurse in BC. Noreen has a great respect for seniors and finds it a privilege to work for them and with them.

Diane Baher

Director at Large

Diane Baher is a new member of the Caregivers Board.  She very much enjoys retirement life and is very active in her church, enjoys the opportunity retirement has given her for travel, exercise, and her hobbies.  Most importantly she loves the time retirement has given her for her friends and her sons, daughter-in-laws and her 6 precious grandchildren.

Before retirement Diane spent 40 years in banking, the last 29 working for East Kootenay Community Credit Union.  Over the 29 years with the Credit Union she held many positions, and was involved in most aspects of banking, starting as a frontline teller and progressing to the position of Senior Manager of Service, in the Cranbrook Branch.In this position she managed the Cranbrook branch and participated as a member of the Senior Managers Team.  In her role as Senior Manager, she participated in supporting many charities.Diane sat on the Board of Directors for Cranbrook Society for Community Living, 3 years as president.  She was also a director for the Chamber of Commerce. She is looking forward to being a member of the Caregivers Board and learning more about how she can best support the dedicated staff and caregivers.

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.


Our Staff

Tobi Johnston

Executive Director

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

Daneve McAffer

Invermere Faciltator

Carey Henry

Digital Outreach Coordinator

Doug Johns

Creston Facilitator

Marianne Agnew

Fernie Facilitator

Stacey Coleman

Kimberley Facilitator