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EVNA Board of Directors

Board of Directors

For inquiries directed at any or all of the Directors, please contact us at: 

Annual General Meetings

For more information regarding our latest AGM, visit the following page: 

AGM 2020

Governance

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President (Executive Director)

Ken Peach

Ken earned a Bachelor of Architecture at Carleton University in Ottawa and practiced architecture for a number of years in Winnipeg and Calgary. After ten years working as an architect he changed career paths, returning to university to complete a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Calgary. After graduation, he worked as systems analyst & team manager in the Information Systems/Techology departments of a number of Calgary oil and gas related corporations and lastly Canadian Pacific Railway. Downsized out of CPR he left the corporate world and established his own software company, which he continues to evolve and develop.

Vice President (Executive Director)

Tom Jenson

Tom joined the board in 2018 as the Director of Planning; his architectural background and passion for city planning and design made him a perfect fit for the role. Tom was voted in as VP in June 2020 and has since implemented the use of Microsoft Teams for improved Board communication and the creation of EVNA's new website! All website related questions can be directed to him.

Tom was born and raised in Calgary, having grown up in the south end of the city before eventually moving to East Village in 2017. Tom graduated from SAIT with an Architectural Technologies diploma in 2005, and has worked for a few local home builders and architecture firms over the years. He currently runs his own residential design company while continuing his post-secondary education at the University of Calgary. When Tom isn't busy with work, school, or EVNA, you can find him cycling along the Riverwalk or whipping up a batch of gourmet waffles!

Secretary (Executive Director)

Jenn Machin

Jenn has lived in Calgary (mostly) since 1997 and has watched the evolution of not only the city itself but the openness and diversity of the people. East Village represents that and Jenn is proud to be a resident since early 2019.

She is a constant advocate of volunteerism and community. Previous to this position on the EVNA Board, over the years she has volunteered with the Drop-In Centre, This is My City, The Brenda Strafford Society, The United Way of Calgary and Area, The Women's Centre of Calgary and numerous other event-based positions for Calgary based festivals such as Sled Island, Calgary Folk Fest and Calgary Expo.

Jenn is an administrative expert having worked in the Utility, Energy and Not-For Profit industries for over 20 years with more than a few detours into event management and one memorable summer managing a whale watching company on Vancouver Island.

Treasurer (Executive Director)

Allison Hay

Allison was born and raised in Calgary.  She has been a resident of the East Village since November 2018 and became a member of EVNA in Spring 2019.  Allison currently serves as Treasurer and has since January 2020.

Allison is a 20+ year professional within the financial industry here in Calgary. She also has a background in event planning and promotions.  She is an outdoor enthusiast, and enjoys the paths, parks, gardens, and activities that are part of living in the East Village. 

Marketing & Communications (Director)

Ashley Rode

Ashley began volunteering with EVNA in May of 2018 helping with events such as Kite Day, Neighbour Day, and Movie Nights. In 2019 she joined the EVNA board as the director of communications. Ashley manages our social media posts and helps to promote events and programs such as our 2020 Business of the Week initiative. She has been working in digital marketing since 2017 specializing in Google Ads. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2016 and has been living in Calgary ever since!

 

Planning & Development (Director)

Addie Suchorab

Addie has been residing in Calgary’s East Village since 2019, after 12 years living south of the border in NYC and Seattle. Originally from Saskatchewan, Addie lived in Calgary previously while studying at the U of C in the Master of Architecture program, before moving to the NYC in 2007 to gain experience and become a licensed Architect. Today, the importance of healthcare architecture has drawn her to recent work in Canada on largescale hospitals. Addie is an enthusiastic eater and at-home cook who regards making your own pizza as an essential life skill.

Addie is amazed at the beauty and development of Calgary’s downtown over the last decade; the vibrancy of the East Village and the close proximity to nature make it ideal place to call home. Addie is happy to serve on the EVNA board in the Planning & Development role; motivated by creating connections within our community, she hopes to help shape and support this unique neighborhood.

Events (Director)

Thea Panaguiton

Thea has been calling Calgary her home since her family immigrated to Canada in 2002 from the Philippines. She’s been a resident of East Village since 2015 and previous to that worked as an Urban Ambassador in the East Village Experience Centre. She has a background in urban studies and currently works in the field of community development.

Thea enjoys walking on the river path (especially when it is to pick up some bubble tea in Chinatown). She enjoys hiking, biking, and when indoors, sewing her own clothes and hanging with her cats – Beans + Seattle.

Thea has volunteered for EVNA’s events committee in the past and assisted in events such as the Bike Maintenance Day, Kite Day, and Neighbour day. Thea is looking forward to coordinating many more events for East Village!

EVNA Support Coordinators

Garden Coordinator

Susan Hooper

[Bio TBC]

Street Fair Coordinator

Jennifer Hadley

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Our Vision

An inclusive, thriving, and vibrant East Village where all are welcome to live, learn, work, and play.

OUR MISSION

To encourage conversation and interaction to create a sense of belonging and ownership for all who live, work, and play in East Village.

Our Connection

Email: Info@yycevna.org

Mail: 536 9 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0S1