Meet the Board
Robyn Paches, President
Luwam Kiflemariam, Vice-President
Luwam has called Oliver home for three years and believes it’s important to be active in community. “The opportunity to join the OCL Board came at time when I was ready to put my beliefs into action. I want to walk down the street and be able to say ‘hi’ to my neighbors, to feel welcomed, and to welcome people. Being part of the OCL Board allows me to do all of that.”
Moving forward, Luwam sees Oliver as a “vibrant and diverse community where people are engaged and committed to their neighborhood.”
Kirsten Mah, Secretary
Cory Hodgson, Treasurer
Derek Macdonald, Civics Director
Jared Candlish, Civics Co-Chair
Jade Arnaout, Communications Director
Les de Zwaan, Events & Programs Director
Justin Keats, Garden Director
Justin has lived in Oliver for six years and took his passion for gardening beyond his balcony and to Peace Garden Park. Twenty-five years from now, Justin sees OCL as “a forward-thinking, diverse community league that embraces community, urbanism, good design, and urban agriculture.”
Justin believes community is a place where everyone has a voice. “A place where both young and old are engaged with what is happening in their area and with each other. Where events and resources are available for you to explore and be a part of your local community.”
Justin enjoys politics, reading and drawing, and winds down with hoola hooping.
Lisa Brown, Hall & Recreation Director
When Lisa moved into the city, she chose Oliver for her home and has lived here for eight years. For the past three years Lisa has volunteered with our league and has brought her interest and passion for planning, development, transportation and the environment to the table.
“For me, community is synonymous with connection. To be connected to the space you’re in, those around you. And connection brings happiness, health, pride, resiliency, safety,” says Lisa.
An avid horse lover, Lisa spends her downtime training her three young horses on her family’s farm north of Edmonton.
What does Lisa want for Oliver? “A safe, inclusive and vibrant neighbourhood, where residents can live, work, and play. Full of amenities and public spaces that we need to have a full life in an urban place. And because I care about transportation and the environment, where we walk/bike/take transit to get around.”
Allison Rosland, Membership Director
Marc Workman, Social Advocacy Director
A resident of Oliver for almost 4 years, Marc is an advocate of accessibility for all. As a person with a disability, he hopes Oliver is accessible to all people now and looking ahead in the years to come.
For Marc, “community is about a group of people working together to achieve a common purpose. In the case of the OCL, it’s a group of people working to make Oliver a great place to live, work, and visit.”
Marc joined the Board so he could contribute to this goal, and so he “could meet others who are willing to give of their time and talent to support the Oliver community.”
Beyond people with disabilities, Marc wants “Oliver to be a place where people at all stages of life – from families to seniors to new Canadians – feel welcome and included.”
Marc is an active volunteer supporting several causes. When not volunteering, Marc enjoys dragon boating or walking Oliver with his guide dog, Nairobi.