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Board Members

Johnathan Clarkson
President

Johnathan Clarkson

General Manager,
Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park

Johnathan has been involved with this non-profit community owned facility for the last 17 years and has been a member of the Grande Prairie Community since his family moved here in 1988. During his involvement with Nitehawk, Johnathan has been marketing and promoting the facility and for the past 7 years, Johnathan held the position of Assistant General Manager. This year he took on the leadership role of General Manager for Nitehawk. Johnathan is entering his fourth term as President of Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association and is a member of the Destination Marketing Fund.

Karna Germsheid
Vice President

Karna Germsheid

Executive Director,
Grande Prairie Sports CONNECTION

Karna is the Executive Director for the Grande Prairie Regional Sport Connection and joined the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Board in 2017.

Her experience working with the sport community for the last 7 years has provided her insight into how tourism can leverage sport. Each year sport brings 10s of 1000s of tourists to our region. Connecting regional sport with the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association helps increase the quality of experiences for sport tourists while encouraging further exploration of our region and creating business opportunities.

Karna moved to Grande Prairie in 2003 and has been an engaged community member since.

She is nice, if you see her say hi.

Dave Anderson
Board Member

Dave Anderson

President,
Buckwild

Dave Anderson’s fascination with the entertainment industry stretches back to his youth in Grande Prairie. That fascination, beginning in 1990, segued into several roles on the Stompede board – including that of president. During his time with Stompede, among other things, he was instrumental in the development of the Stompede Campground at Evergreen Park – now known as McGovern’s RV & Marine Campground.
Dave was elected to the Grande Prairie & District Agricultural Society (Evergreen Park) volunteer board and also wore several hats with that non-profit organization including being president. Dave, the President of BuckWild, is working hard to add two more different annual entertainment events to GP in addition to the PBR. He is looking forward to being part of the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association as a board member in a community he grew up in, loves and wants to continue to be a part of in a productive way.

Daryl Beeston
Board Member

Daryl Beeston

COUNCILLOR,
COUNTY OF GRANDE PRAIRIE NO. 1

Currently a Councillor with the County of Grande Prairie, Daryl was formerly the owner of an oilfield service company and President of the Grande Prairie Regional Agricultural and Exhibition Society.

Wendy Bosch
Board Member

Wendy Bosch

Executive Director,
Grande Prairie DownTown Association

Wendy Bosch was delighted to join the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Board to add her background and perspectives to this important organization.

As Executive Director of the DownTown Association, Wendy works hard to promote the City Centre, the community and area, as a whole.

Wendy moved to the City in September 2018 to become part of a community she had come to love visiting regularly over the last 20 years. She appreciates the vibrant life, attractions and events within the city while relishing the breathtaking local scenery and quiet places to unwind.

Wendy brings a diverse experience to the GPRTA Board. Prior to relocating from the Edmonton area, she operated successful small businesses and worked within the school system while raising her three children.

Her business background includes public relations, business management, marketing and sales/service experience. Wendy’s post-secondary education credentials are from the University of Calgary.

She looks forward to helping the GPRTA maximize opportunities to share the good news stories of the region and promote the many gems visitors will find in our area.

PAULETTE BUTLER
BOARD MEMBER

PAULETTE BUTLER

GENERAL MANAGER,
SANDMAN HOTEL

Paulette has been with the Sandman Hotel Group for 13 years in which she has held many positions, from Rooms Division Manager to the Corporate Training Manager and now as the General Manager of The Sandman Grande Prairie. Born and raised in Grande Prairie, she is committed to promoting tourism in the Grande Prairie Region. Paulette is also Committee Member of the Destination Market Fund.

JACKIE CLAYTON
BOARD MEMBER

JACKIE CLAYTON

COUNCILLOR,
CITY OF GRANDE PRAIRIE

Jackie was appointed to the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association Board by City Council in October 2019.

Her background as Vice President, Public Relations and Partnerships, at Pomeroy Lodging, and extensive experience as an entrepreneur are ideal assets for this assignment.

Jackie also owns the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Grande Prairie. She was previously employed in marketing positions at Prairie Mall and Revolution Place.

“I am extremely pleased to join the GPRTA Board,” says Jackie. “Tourism is such a vital sector for our region and I’m delighted we have this partnership to help grow the industry and showcase the many great things we have to see and do here.”

Jackie joined City Council in October 2013. She serves on several committees, including the Grande Prairie Regional Recreation CommitteeICF Negotiating/Steering Committee, Tri-Municipal Industrial Partnership, Infrastructure & Economic Development Committee, Community Services, Community Advisory Committee on Homelessness, and the Joint Regional Emergency Management Committee.

Jackie has invested heavily in the community. She’s on the Key to Care Capital Cabinet Campaign – Grande Prairie Regional Hospital and is a long-time member of the Swan City Rotary Club.

She’s also a past president of the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce where she has also served as a Board member. Jackie is a former member of the Grande Prairie Regional College Board of Governors and the Aquatera Board of Directors.

The 2010 Arctic Winter Games, Festival of Trees, Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta, Communities in Bloom are other events and organizations Jackie has volunteered with.

In 2008, Jackie was a recipient of the Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce Clem Collins Award, awarded for her volunteer commitment.

Jackie her husband, Rob, have lived in Grande Prairie since 1999. Together, with their two sons, the family is very active within the Community.

CYNDI CORBETT
BOARD MEMBER

CYNDI CORBETT

DEPUTY MAYOR,
TOWN OF BEAVERLODGE

Cyndi has served on Beaverlodge Town Council for two years and works on several committees.

In addition to being on the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association Board where she chairs the Marketing Committee, Cyndi is on the Community Enhancement and Economic Development committees as well as the Subdivision Development Appeal Board.

Cyndi is also treasurer of WASP, the Wapiti Area Synergy Partnership, which brings together area landowners, energy sector companies and local municipalities to collaborate on issues.

Away from municipal work, Cyndi and her husband, Brad, have three children. She is also the President of the Beaverlodge and Area Minor Soccer Association.

Being a tourism champion is a favourite part of being a Council member, GPRTA Board Member, and community builder.

“I love meeting people and learning about their experiences,” says Cyndi.

“If we advocate and promote our region and all the great things we have to offer together, more people will come to visit,” she says. “Tourism is such an untapped resource and in our area, we have so many hidden gems. So, come out and visit us. We will be glad to see you.”

George Emmett
Board Member

George Emmett

Co-founder/Manager,
GR8 Solutions Ltd.

George is the co-founder, with his wife Bernadette of GR8 Solutions Ltd.
Consulting and Leadership Development George has spent the last forty years working and living in Northern Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories George specializes in customer service and team building, working with clients to improve business focus and developing the hidden talents within their organizations. Before George started GR8 Solutions Ltd he held several positions starting at the core from the ground up as an apprentice in a small business then moving on to sales, then to regional sales manager later to move on to business manager-owner. Prior to starting Gr8 Solutions George spent several years as part of a corporate management team. With every position George has had the opportunity to work with a large, diverse group of people, learning from all of them. Throughout his career he has always encouraged others to grow and accept new challenges.

BOARD MEMBER

FRANCOIS FOURNIER

Retired Athletic Director,
Grande Prairie Regional College

As of June 2018 Francois is now nicely retired. During his time with GPRC he was involved with the hosting of a number of Conference and National Championships. Francois was the General Manager for the 2010 Arctic Winter Games and was part of the 1995 Canada Winter Games Sponsorship Committee. Francois has worked on the GP Boys‘ Choir’s Sponsorship program for a number of years and has contributed to the Choirs’ newly developed Marketing Program. Recently he was part of the Hosting Committee for the Fastball Nationals held August 2019. He has considerable experience in both these areas be it with his work and/or community involvements.

DON MOON
BOARD MEMBER

DON MOON

MARKETING & SALES MANAGER,
EVERGREEN PARK

Don was born in raised in Grande Prairie. He is the Marketing & Business Manager at Evergreen Park. Don has been heavily involved in the community over the years having played a volunteer role with over 15 local groups and organizations. The Moon pride in the Peace Country began when his grandparents came to the area over the Edson Trail in the early-1900s. Don and his wife, Erna, have three children and five grandchildren.

SANDI NEVILLE
BOARD MEMBER

SANDI NEVILLE

SALES MANAGER,
FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON

Sandi is originally from Sydney Nova Scotia and moved to Grande Prairie in January 1995.

As the Sales Manager at the Four Points by Sheraton in Grande Prairie, Sandi understands the importance of tourism and its impact on the regional economy.

Having traveled our region for so long with work and children’s sports, I have seen all the beauty it has to offer and all the hidden gems,” she says. “Now, I am able to share my knowledge of the area with our out-of-town guests who are travelling here for work or leisure and can encourage them to take in all Grande Prairie has to offer.”

Over the years, colleagues have been known to use Sandi as their Google and phone book, knowing they can rely on her knowledge of how to find just about anything in the area.

Sandi was previously Sales Manager at the Podollan Inn and Spa. She worked in the energy sector for 16 years before transitioning to the hospitality sector.

Sandi has teenaged boys who have played sports in Grande Prairie for several years with the GP Composite High volleyball and football teams.

She’s a board member for the Grande Prairie Football Association, a position she’s held for four years. Sandi is newly appointed to the board of The Northern Anarchy Ladies Football Team.

Sandi attended Cape Breton Business College where she attained a Secretarial Science Diploma and a Bank Teller Diploma.

She’s an avid traveler and relishes visiting Okanagan wineries. Sandi continues to be a tour guide on her vacation.

“I have reached over 100 spots now and love to bring friends with us and show them around,” she says. “Some of my friends said I should start a Kelowna winery blog since I also have so many photos of my visits.”

Another enjoyment is golf. “I love all the small little golf courses around the Peace Region.”

Sandi is the Chair of the Destination Marketing Fund Committee.

TYLER OLSEN
BOARD MEMBER

TYLER OLSEN

DEPUTY REEVE DIVISION 9, GRANDE CACHE
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF GREENVIEW
JOANNE PECKHAM
BOARD MEMBER

JOANNE PECKHAM

Network Coordinator,
IMPACT Grande Prairie

Hi Grande Prairie. Just thought I would introduce myself to you all. I am the Network coordinator for IMPACT Grande Prairie (formerly Prevention of Family Violence. I have now lived in this great city of Grande Prairie for one year and I am loving it.  This amazing city is full of the friendliest and most caring people I have ever met. I was born in the Ottawa Valley, raised in Edmonton and then lived in Athabasca and this is where I relocated here from to be with my 2 grown sons and 4 grandchildren as they all moved here many years ago for work opportunities.

All our staff have made me feel so welcomed and I appreciate those that helped me out with my interviews during my orientation and really spent the time helping me understand all the roles at Odyssey house and Serenity place. We have a very organized and smooth operation going on and I love the synergy of the office and the team/family atmosphere.

I have had an amazing history of very rewarding careers including Chamber manager, radio station manager and town councilor. I have a solid background in working with boards, tourism, victim services, marketing, advertising and collaboration. IMPACT Grande Prairie is a group of service providers committed to preventing family violence in AB’s Northwest. Through supporting agencies and building confidence we believe violence is preventive and can be dealt with through collaboration, effort, education and public awareness. I look forward to my new role and bringing more attention and knowledge of our role to the community. Not only do we want to prevent family violence we also want to eradicate it.

I am also a proud member of the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce and the Swan City Rotary club.

I grew up understanding how important it is to build community.  I come from two strong parents. My dad was a director of AADAC and ran a halfway house in Legal and my mother worked for 2 decades with the Disabled Transport System in Edmonton. From an early age I learned that the only way to build community is to get involved and work together to make great things happen.  Community contribution was modeled to me in many forms as a kid, and to do so in my adult life was a natural progression.  I am very passionate about volunteering and giving back to my community. Service above self.

I believe community is not about geographical boundaries, it is about each of us working together for a common cause. Whether that be building healthy, connected neighborhoods, relationships, vibrant school communities, or strong cities and regions, we all need to play a role in seeing this happen.

I can’t wait to get back out and about and continue networking and meeting members of various organizations, agencies and the business community. I am very happy and excited to be involved and I look forward too many exciting things to happen through the year with the rebranding and imaging of changing Prevention of Family Violence to IMPACT Grande Prairie.  I love meeting people and I feel I can learn from them and strive to leave them feeling better after each interaction.

I can be reached at prevention@odysseyhouse.ca and please like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. I hope you all stay well and stay safe

Joanne Peckham

LINDEN ROBERTS
BOARD MEMBER

LINDEN ROBERTS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
THE PHILIP J. CURRIE DINOSAUR MUSEUM

Linden Roberts joined the Board in mid-2019 after becoming new Executive Director of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.

She brings with her global background from venues including the Ontario Science Centre, the Royal Alberta Museum, Body Worlds, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and, most recently, from We The Curious in Bristol, England.

As Executive Director at the museum, Linden is excited by the opportunity to bring greater recognition to the world-class, award-winning facility and to the region itself.

“We are working to expand our horizons and improve the visitor experience as an attraction. As a region, it’s important to have collaboration among all partners and stakeholders so that everyone benefits. I’m excited about working with the Board and Administration of GPRTA to promote this wonderful area.”

Linden started her career as an interactive exhibit designer and has specialized in managing leading edge or unusual exhibit projects.

She attained a Bachelor of Industrial Design at Carleton University and studied engineering at the University of Toronto.

Linden’s family tolerates her globe-trotting career by joining her when they can. Her daughter is a technology geek in Toronto. She and her husband enjoy getting out with their dogs and shuffling old British sports cars around the garage.

KRISTEN SMITH
BOARD MEMBER

KRISTEN SMITH

DEPUTY REEVE, WARD 3
SADDLE HILLS COUNTY

Kristen was raised in Fourth Creek on her parents’ cattle and grain operation. Kristen and her husband built their own farmstead in Silver Valley, where they are raising their four children. Kristen worked as an assessor for the County for seven years. Currently, she works with her husband on their family farm on top of her work as a Councillor and mother.

With her long history of volunteer service, Kristen has always enjoyed being active in her community. She is proud to use her experience and knowledge of municipal government to serve her ward and the County as a whole.

DENNIS STREDULINKSY
BOARD MEMBER

DENNIS STREDULINKSY

COUNCILOR,
TOWN OF SEXSMITH
CHARMAINE WILLIER-LARSON
BOARD MEMBER

CHARMAINE WILLIER-LARSON

Owner,
Bannock n Bed Inn

Charmaine Willier-Larsen is an Indigenous Cree woman from the Treaty 8 territory in northern Alberta. She was recognized as a champion with her Ice Fishing Shack tourism business and was invited to help create and sit as a member for Indigenous Tourism Alberta board. She is an award-winning entrepreneur with a passion for improving the future and sustainability for Indigenous people in economic development, reclaiming Indigenous culture and promoting environmentally responsible stewardship. Currently, Charmaine is the owner /operator of “Bannock n Bed” Inn and Cultural venue, on the Sucker Creek First Nation.

CHRISTINE YOUNG
BOARD MEMBER

CHRISTINE YOUNG

SALES AND MARKETING,
IMAGE DESIGN

I absolutely love travelling! Anywhere and everywhere! My favorite travel buddy is my husband of 23 years when he is able to get away from his job as a programmer in the oil and gas industry. I started with Image Design over a year ago in the sales and marketing team. Throughout my time with them I have met many people and businesses. Which is something I really love about my job. Image Design been a part of many collaborations within the community over the years. Image Design has been a member of the GPRTA for 15+ years, being part of this board will give me a great opportunity to be more involved with tourism in our region.