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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.

Sandy Neville
Vice Chair

Sandy Neville

Assistant General Manager, Grand Inn & Residence and director of sales & marketing, delta hotels by marriott Grande prairie airport

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

As the Assistant General Manager of the Grand Inn & Residence and the Director of Sales and Marketing of the Delta Hotel By Marriott Grande Prairie (opening Spring 2021), Sandi understands the importance of tourism and its impact on the regional economy.

“Having travelled 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 Four Points By Sheraton. She worked in the energy industry 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.”

Cyndi Corbett
Secretary/Treasurer

Cyndi Corbett

Town Councillor,
TOWN OF BEAVERLODGE

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

As part of the GPRTA Board, Cyndi participates in the Marketing Committee as well as the Policy and Governance Committee. Additionally, as a member of the Beaverlodge town council, Cyndi is on the Community Enhancement and Economic Development committees as well as the Intermunicipal 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.”

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.

Bruce Black
Board Member

Bruce Black

Councillor,
Town of Sexsmith

Bruce was born in Edmonton, Alberta in the late 50’s.  Bruce’s father worked in the oil and gas industry and as a result, Bruce had the experience of living in northern Saskatchewan and northern B.C.  He spent 4 1/2 years in Australia until the family moved back to Canada where they settled in various locations throughout Alberta.

Bruce followed in his father’s footsteps working the oil and gas sector.  In 1987 he met his wife Kathy and they married in 1989 and relocated to Sexsmith in 1994.  Bruce continued to work in the oil and gas sector representing world class leaders in instrumentation.  Bruce retired from the oil and gas sector in 2012.

Bruce then decided pursue a political career and in 2013 was elected to his first term as Councillor for the town of Sexsmith.  He is currently serving his third as Councillor.  During this time, Bruce has served on many committees including The Museum Society, Sexsmith Chamber of Commerce, and the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association.

Gladys Blackmore
Board Member

Gladys Blackmore

Councillor,
City of grande prairie

Gladys has been a resident of Grande Prairie since 1990, with her husband David, three adult children, and six amazing grandchildren.
She proudly served as an Alderman for the City of Grande Prairie from 2001 – 2010 and ran for Mayor in the 2010 election but did not win the Mayoral race. While on Council, she was closely involved in the construction of many City facilities, including: the new library, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, police station, and Eastlink Centre. She was also invited to travel to Germany as part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Waste Management Delegation to examine alternative options for waste to power applications.
Prior to running for City Council in 2021, she served for five year as the CEO of the Resource Centre for Suicide Prevention, as well as the CEO of the United Way of Alberta Northwest for eight years. She was also a member on the Alberta Mental Health Services Task Force, and several provincial committees relating to mental health and suicide, from 2014 – 2019.
Gladys is a published Short Story Author and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in English, and a minor in Canadian History – as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.

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 Chair of the Destination Marketing Fund Committee.

Duane Didow
Board Member

Duane Didow

Councillor, Ward 9
MD of Greenview

Duane Didow is a long-time resident of Grande Cache and is presently serving his second term as a Councillor for the MD of Greenview, representing Ward 9 (Hamlet of Grande Cache). Past work experiences include:  Director of Community Services and a Councillor with the former Town.  Duane owns and operates a small business in Grande Cache. Duane volunteers as a coach for a local minor hockey team and enjoys hiking and biking in the area.

Duane looks forward to being a part of the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association as a board member and believes that working together  we will continue to create opportunities to showcase our region’s tourism potential.

JOANNE PECKHAM
Board Member

JOANNE PECKHAM

Network Co-ordinator,
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 2 years, 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, then lived in Athabasca. I relocated here to be with my 2 grown sons and 4 grandchildren as they all moved here many years ago for work opportunities.

I have had an amazing history of very rewarding careers including Chamber manager, radio station manager and town councillor. 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.

My membership on the GPRTA Board extends to chairing the Marketing Committee as well as being on the Human Resources Committee. I am also a proud member of the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce and the Swan City Rotary Club. I am a newly appointed member at large for the City of GP’s Policing Advisory Committee, and Chair for the Indigenous Relations Committee on behalf of Swan City Rotary.

I grew up understanding how important it is to build community.  From an early age I learned 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 is 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 cannot 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 to many exciting things to happen through this coming year with the rebranding and imaging of GPRTA and making our region one to be desired and travelled to.

LINDEN ROBERTS
Board Member

LINDEN ROBERTS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
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.

KAREN ROSVOLD
BOARD MEMBER

KAREN ROSVOLD

County Councillor Division 8,
County of Grande Prairie

I was inspired to become a Councillor because I was and still am an avid volunteer in the area and to me, being elected to Council in 2016 was the next step in being able to help my community. I am very humbled by my communities continued support. I want to continue to help build a vibrant and successful community for all.

My priorities continue to be maintaining a balance between a fiscally and socially responsible county.  While still maintaining the services and facilities that our residents are looking for.  I continue to advocate for our Volunteer Fire Departments, our libraries, our agricultural community as well as many issues that my residents are concerned with. There are so many aspects of being a councillor that gives me an opportunity to work with local non-profits and community groups that are vital to the resiliency of our community.

 

I have lived and farmed in the La Glace area for 34 years. I have worked with two different school divisions in the area, as well as in private industry. I have been a volunteer for the La Glace Agriculture Society, Suicide Prevention Resource Centre, 4-H and many other organizations in the area. I am also the provincial board chair of the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta. For me, my family and my community are everything. I am so very fortunate that my children and my five very precious grandchildren all live within the County of Grande Prairie and are all within a very quick drive. I love being outdoors whether in my yard or out camping. I look forward to working with the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Board as I believe this is a significantly untapped resource in our area.

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.