Dedicated, diverse and involved

Photo of EFCL staff outdoors at the Volunteer Appreciation event, Aug 2018

The EFCL staff is dedicated to the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues and to the community league movement. Each member brings considerable skills, expertise and experience to their jobs that benefit both the EFCL and the community leagues. 

 

Interested in joining the EFCL?

Visit the Career Opportunities page.

 

Meet the EFCL Staff

Laura Cunningham-Shpeley

Laura Cunningham-Shpeley

Executive Director

Laura is the past president of Ritchie Community League and previously worked as a Senior Program Officer with Indigenous Services Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. 

Joanne Booth

Joanne Booth

Operations and Membership, Senior Director

Joanne has 25 years office administrative experience. Her duties include office management, events and planning. Joanne also manages membership services to our leagues, and manages the online membership sales. She is very familiar with all aspects of league management having, at one time or another, held most of the positions at her home league of Strathcona Centre

Nora Begoray

Nora Begoray

Business Development Director

Nora has worked with several charities, non-profit organizations and her own community league of Parkallen, organizing events, programs, redevelopment projects, donations and fundraising initiatives. Nora is the lead staffer at the EFCL for the 100th Anniversary Project, manages sponsorship opportunities and plans many of the public participation events.

Barb Stang

Barb Stang

Administrative Assistant

Barb has worked in administration for 26 years, mostly with the City of Edmonton. Being semi-retired, she is very happy to work part-time with the EFCL as administrative assistant. In her spare time, Barb loves to walk her dogs in the River Valley with her almost new husband. 

 
Stephanie Kovach

Stephanie Kovach

Community Planning Advisor

Stephanie is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta’s Urban and Regional Planning program, where she focused on community planning, sustainability, and the ways in which our neighbourhoods can enhance our quality of life. She is very excited to be joining the EFCL and looks forward to working with and learning from Edmonton’s many diverse communities.

Jasmin P. Joe

Jasmin P. Joe

Communications Officer

Jasmin is a self-proclaimed Edmonton enthusiast with a background in communications and graphic design. 

She has volunteered with several diverse non-profit organizations in Edmonton's arts and music communities, including a music festival. 

Jasmin graduated with diplomas in Public Relations as well as Digital Arts and Media from MacEwan University. If you have a question about social media, she is the person to ask.

Colin Johnson

Colin Johnson

Governance & Programs, Senior Director

Colin has spent the last 10 years working in human resources and program management roles. His passion in human resources is in training and development. Having experience as a board member for social services, education, community development and funding agencies allows him to understand the challenges and opportunities that the non-profit sector faces. Colin works to enhance programming at EFCL and support the governance processes of the individual leagues.

Ronak Patel

Ronak Patel

Sustainability, Junior Director

Ronak is an Edmontonian passionate about sustainable development and creating a cleaner future. His duties include project planning, grant writing and managing the Green Leagues program to help Edmonton Community Leagues become leaders in energy efficiency, solar power generation, and sustainability. Ronak is happy to help with any questions, concerns, or problems that communities may have on their sustainability journey.

 
Erin Northey

Erin Northey

Active Recreation Officer

Erin has four years of post-secondary in Physical and Special Education from the University of Alberta. She has professional experience with several non-profit organizations and has extensive experience with event management and volunteer services. She is passionate about volunteerism, community advocacy, evidence-based practice and program development. She looks forward to working with Community Leagues and improving active recreation programming opportunities in Edmonton.

Jennie Gurnett

MSW Student

Jennie is currently a Master of Social Work student at the University of Calgary, with a specialization in community development and is excited to be completing a practicum with the EFCL. She is passionate about place-based development, and she is interested in exploring the positive impacts of supportive and engaged neighborhoods. Originally from British Columbia, Jennie has worked as a social worker in Edmonton’s inner-city neighborhoods, with a focus on housing and homelessness. Before going back to school, she was home with her three kids, engaging community through play dates, park walks, and meal trains.

Hope Jubenvill

Hope Jubenvill

LGBTQ   Project Lead

Hope is a University of Alberta student passionate about engaging and serving the communities she lives in and promoting LGBTQ inclusion and education. In the past she has worked the University of Alberta to support residents and build community in the various residences around campus, as well as worked to facilitate increased knowledge and acceptance of the LGBTQ University community.  She is committed to continuing this type of work, though with a different population of people and on a larger level, with the EFCL. Hope is happy to discuss any issues, concerns or questions pertaining to working with the LGBTQ community.

 
 
Ryan Jacques

Ryan Jacques

Youth Engagement Project Lead

Ryan is a born-and-raised Edmontonian who is taking Computing Science at the University of Alberta. He is passionate about being involved in the community and engaging community members. Ryan volunteers with several organizations, including the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, the National Student Commonwealth Forum, and the Heart of the City Music Program, and he is a project lead and Youth-at-Large member of the Engagement & Outreach sub-committee on the City of Edmonton Youth Council. He is excited to be working with the EFCL to engage more Edmonton youth.

 
 
Danielle O’Connor

Danielle O’Connor

Sustainability Scholar

Danielle is a PhD candidate at the English and Film Studies department at the University of Alberta. Originally from Newfoundland, she has been living in Edmonton for 4 years. She is working on the Barriers to Community Leagues Sustainability project, through which she will be determining barriers to accessing and participating in the Green Leagues program. Please reach out to her to chat about both the benefits and barriers of the Green Leagues program.

 
 

EFCL Offices:

7103 105 St NW
Edmonton, AB
T6E 4G8 Canada

P: +1.780.437.2913
F: +1.780.437.4710

Hours: Mon to Fri, 8:30 to 4:30