Rhonda Bashnick

Rhonda Bashnick
Director

I have the best job ever! I am the Senior Vice President of Finance at Shaw Communications Inc. In early 1998, I was asked to consider starting the internal Tax Group at Shaw. I started at this exciting company in July 1998 and have not looked back! I am so busy but loving every minute. Highlights of my career include obtaining my BComm in 1987, my CA designation in 1989 and completing the CICA In-depth Tax Course in 1993.

When not in the office, I spend my time with my l husband (of 27 happy years!) and my three children Mitchell, Dylan and Courtney, whom I am extremely proud of. I am committed to spending some of my time with Kids Care Cancer making a difference in a cause I believe in. I especially love the kids and the future they represent.

I love to travel and most of my bucket list is made up of destinations I cannot wait to explore.

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your favorite city?

Rome, Italy.

2) Best read?

Anything by Dan Brown.

3) Dogs or cats?

Dogs!!

Gwyn Bebb

Gwyn Bebb
Director

Information coming soon.

   

Trudy Curran

Trudy Curran
Director

I believe in giving back to society and what better organization to do that than Kids Cancer Care. I want to help families facing this disease and assist in finding a cure for cancer.  Kids Cancer Care offers a very effective, cost efficient way for me to do that for our society’s betterment.

I have the most amazing job, as I work with a highly motivated team of professionals, am on public boards in the energy and mining industry and was the Sr. VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Canadian Oil Sands.

I am a simple farm girl that learned to work hard and try hard from an early age. My life has been an incredible journey where I have been so fortunate to meet interesting and talented individuals who in turn, have inspired me to reach higher academically, professionally and socially. Having two wonderful kids, I know the importance of family, fun and kids being kids. I love the outdoors and hike, run, bike, showshoe, cross-country ski and skate. My passion is travelling to new places and meeting new people.

Fun Facts!

1) What’s something quirky about yourself?

I am a complete mistake. My brother is 20 years older and my two sisters are 16 and 10 years older respectively.  For a mistake though, guess I am not that bad!

2) Dogs or cats?

Love both, but only dogs in my house. Cats are for the farm and catching mice and I don’t need any mice in my house!

3) What’s something on your bucket list?

So many places yet to see: Russia, Croatia, Africa, Everest, Bhutan.

Fred Desjarlais

Fred Desjarlais
Director

For most of my adult life I have happily given an enormous amount of time and energy to committees and boards connected with my industry and contributions to community causes with cheques. I’ve been motivated and inspired to flip these priorities around because of two impacts in my life 1) the battle of a serious cancer illness by a very dear friend of mine and 2) the chance opportunity of my involvement with Christine McIver and Kids Cancer Care.  

Experiencing children and their families that find the “cancer monster” blocking their lives path, gives clarity and purpose to where I need to dedicate energy and influence. I find my role here to be an honour that I take on full heartedly.

Raised a farm kid in central Alberta, chores, sports and school were the priorities, usually in that order. I stepped out on my own at an early age, and it wasn’t until I learned of impending parenthood that I embraced advancing my education. I am proud to be part of growing an incredible business in Alberta that has gained the reputation of excellence from our clients. I love Calgary, but I also love to travel where I search out fun sporting events. My wife and I are blessed with a wonderful life that includes four children, four furry kids and many dear friends.

I spent the first 12 years of my career working with Alberta Transportation building and maintaining Alberta’s vast road network. During my tenure, I was part of the team that developed the program to outsource all of the Province’s highway maintenance. It forever changed the industry, and in 1998 I received the Premier’s Award of Excellence for my efforts.

I am Vice President for Volker Stevin Canada, a highly recognized and reputable heavy civil construction and contracting company. I work from our Canadian headquarters based in Calgary, where we build and operate the incredible infrastructure system that brings all of the necessities of life that we need and enjoy – water, roads, airports, utilities.

Fun Facts!

1) What’s something on your bucket list?

Spend a summer retracing the countryside and villages where my grandfather grew from a boy into a man during WWII…Italy, France, Belgium and Holland.

2) What’s something quirky about yourself?

I can’t sit still while I talk on the phone. I have likely walked across the country within the confines of my office while talking on the telephone.

3) Dogs or cats?

We have two cats and two dogs so someone in our family will be upset with either response…but I secretly prefer my long weekend walks with our Airedale Terriers…sorry Digger the cat.

 

Iggy Domagalski

Iggy Domagalski
Director

I spend most of my days leading Tundra Process Solutions in a quest to change the way business is done in the energy industry and to make our energy industry more efficient on a world scale. My main job is to find amazing people who align with our vision and culture and help them to be the best leaders they can be.

Part of that culture is giving back to the community that has supported us for so many years, which is part of the reason I’m so passionate about helping the Kids Cancer Care. I initially began my involvement with KCC because of its stellar reputation, local presence and child and family focus. Over the years I have been pleasantly surprised over and over about how impressive the organization truly is. From the events to the people to the research, everything is first class. I have been proud to be involved with KCC for five years in a number of fundraising roles and was honoured to be asked to join the board.

Outside of work and community involvement my passions are music, family, running, reading and wine, and I’m lucky that I get a fair amount of all of them in my life.

Fun Facts!

1) What’s something quirky about yourself? 

I love to play guitar and sing, but unfortunately don’t have enough skill to make a living at it. My kids don’t seem to mind, and every time I pick up the guitar they yell out their request for their favourite song, which is “Wild Thing."

2) What’s your favorite ice cream topping? 

Variety is the spice of life, but when it comes to ice cream it’s plain ol’ vanilla for me. And maybe some chocolate sauce.

3) What’s something on your bucket list?  

The list is long and includes writing music, producing a movie, and traveling around the world. But the item I hope to cross off next is running a full marathon.

Bryan Duguid

Bryan Duguid
Director

For a year or so, work commitments caused me to reduce the time that I normally devote to charitable goals. In a way, that was good, because it made clear that dedication to a worthwhile charitable cause is more of a “must have” than a “nice to have.”

In deciding what next, I quickly gravitated to children/youth causes, because of the critical nature of that point in one’s life. From there, I felt the pull toward helping kids with cancer.

Although I am happy to report that my wife and I have two teenaged daughters that have not been afflicted with cancer, over the years, I have had the privilege of meeting many brave children and their families who have not been so lucky. In the course of that, I have come to learn what a difference can be made for both the child and the family, through research, care, and the simple chance to be a worry-free kid (even if just for a short window of time).

So, it was a no-brainer to seek to join the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.

I hope that I will be able to help with Kids Cancer Care's mission. Besides my legal and business skills, I served for eight years on the Advisory Board for the Children’s Wish Foundation, Alberta and NWT Chapter, including the last few years as Vice-Chair. I raised funds and awareness for kids’ cancer by cycling across Canada in 2009. I have participated in the Alberta Tour for Kids for many years. In fact, that was my first introduction to KCC. And, as Tour for Kids participants, we stay at Camp Kindle. What a facility that has become.

Fun Facts!

1) What’s something quirky about yourself?

As a teen, I worked at Dairy Queen in Regina.

2) What’s your favorite flavour of ice cream?

Ice cream?  Had enough of that.  Gelato.  Pistachio.

3) What’s something on your bucket list?

Seeing the rest of the world, one trip at a time.

Darrell Graham

Darrell Graham
Chairman

I’ve had the honor of sitting on the Kids Cancer Care Board of Directors for the past four years.  However, my association with the foundation started several years previously when our corporate hosting event (Rogers Chomp and Stomp) began to raise funds for Kids Cancer Care. 

My commitment to the foundation has only grown, as I’ve gained a deeper and broader appreciation for the difference our programs make in the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer.

Over the past three years, I have had the pleasure of chairing one of our signature events - The Dad & Daughter Gala. We have enjoyed tremendous success and have grown the event exponentially since its inception. I’m proud of my association and our team’s accomplishments in becoming one of the premier fund raising events in Calgary. My daughter counts down the days to the Dad & Daughter Gala; she hasn’t missed one yet and has no plans to miss one in the future!

While my passion rests with Kids Cancer Care, my day job as the Vice President of Regional Distribution Sales for Rogers Communications has me travelling across the country on a regular basis. My responsibilities include all sales performance and customer service delivery in 1500+ retail locations across the country.

With two very active children (Katelyn, 10 and Carson, 7), my wife Lynne and I are busy with hockey, dance, lacrosse, swimming and everything in between. We recently finished building our dream vacation home near Fernie and look forward to recharging our batteries on the ski slopes during the winter and on the lake throughout the summer.

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your favorite ice cream topping?

Black Forest Cake.

2) What’s something on your bucket list?

Golf at Augusta – home of the Masters.

3) Best read?

The Godfather by Mario Puzo.

Dr. Victor Lewis

Dr. Victor Lewis
Director

Dr. Victor Lewis currently holds the positions of: Associate Professor, Departments of Oncology, Pediatrics and Section Chief, Pediatric Oncology.

More info to come.

Wanda Palmer

Wanda Palmer
Director

Prior to joining the board, I have had the pleasure of working with the Kids Cancer Care team through my work as VP Marketing of Trico Homes. Trico’s 18-year partnership with Kids Cancer Care has been a natural fit because our organizations have so many parallels. Trico’s core values of Trust, Respect, Integrity, Community and Opportunity align closely with those of Kids Cancer Care.

Working for Trico Homes has greatly enriched my life in so many ways. I have the privilege of working with a visionary leader and passionate and talented team of people who create homes that we are proud to attach the Trico name to. In addition to marketing, I am responsible for Trico’s community investment initiatives. Through my community work, I have the opportunity to work with so many amazing people who make our city a better place for all Calgarians. It’s easy to tell compelling stories and communicate the benefits of an organization when you truly believe in the value it creates.

I couldn’t imagine a career in anything else besides marketing. Throughout my 20-year marketing career as both a business owner and employee, I have had the opportunity to create marketing solutions for a diverse group of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. I value all of these experiences because they have allowed me to see inside these organizations from all perspectives, get to know their brands and assist in moving their businesses forward.

When I am not at work I enjoy hanging out with my husband, two amazing daughters and our dog Jack. Family time is our top priority and we especially treasure the great memories we’ve created at our summer place on the Shuswap Lake in British Columbia. Even though my daughters are now adults, we all still spend our summer vacations together as a family “at the lake”.

I am proud to participate as a board member for an organization like Kids Cancer Care who makes such an important contribution to supporting families with children facing childhood cancers.

Fun Facts!

1) Hometown:

Calgary Alberta. Yes I am proud to be a born and bred Calgarian!

2) Favourite Movie:

The Sound of Music. I can watch it over and over.

3) Spirit Animal:

A tiger. Not surprising because my zodiac sign is Leo.

Dean Wheatley

Dean Wheatley
Director

Some people know they are the luckiest people in the world – I am one of them. Cancer changed our lives when my daughter Taylor was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of five. Our world was turned upside-down as Taylor fought through her cancer, but during that tough time we found an oasis - we were introduced to Kids Cancer Care. 

Since 1995, when Taylor first went to camp, myself and my family have been passionate and committed volunteers of Kids Cancer Care. I chaired the Parents' Quest for the Cure gala for a number of years, cycle in the annual Tour for Kids Alberta and cycled across Canada with my daughter Taylor in support of pediatric cancer organizations such as Kids Cancer Care. I am privileged to participate in shaping the future of Kids Cancer Care with my participation on the Board of Directors.

I am the person in business meetings who introduces himself as “the IT guy." For the past number of years, I have been working in the Alberta healthcare sector focused on developing the patient electronic health record. 

I have been married to Linnea for over 30 years, my daughter Tay is now an oncology nurse at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (go figure) and Tom Baker Cancer Center and my special needs son Cody lights smiles on people’s faces wherever he goes. When not working, cycling and camping occupy our time.

Fun Facts!

1) Dogs or cats?

Dogs rule

2) Best read? 

Anything by Tom Clancy

3) What’s something on your bucket list? 

Cycle across Canada again so families never have to hear “your child has cancer”

Bob Yarish

Bob Yarish
Director

My daughter Celia was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour at the age of five in July, 2013. I’d attended Kids Cancer Care events in the past, but really never understood what families face when they are confronted with childhood cancer. Celia had 100 nights at the Alberta Children's Hospital, receiving five rounds of intense chemo and stem cell transplants and 30 rounds of Proton radiation in Houston. 

Today she is happy, healthy and thriving. As parents, this was a difficult journey and one I don’t think you ever fully heal from, however, KCC was a very important group in our journey. Celia and I had the opportunity to speak at the 2014 Dad & Daughter Gala and that was one of the most special nights in my life.

I've enjoyed a long career at TD Canada Trust, having worked there for 18 years. Currently, I'm a Branch Leader, but I've worked in various roles and across Western Canada. 

I have a wonderful family; a beautiful wife and three fantastic children. We love spending time outdoors and going to our cabin in BC.

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your favorite ice cream topping? 

Pecans and favourite ice cream is coffee from Hagendaz.

2) Best read?

Shantaram and any book by Wilbur Smith.

3) What’s something on your bucket list?

Take six months off and travel with my family while the kids are still young.