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?

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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 Advisor

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.

Janita Burgess

Janita Burgess

Communications & Engagement Advisor

Janita is a communications professional with over five years of experience in the non-profit sector. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Media and Communications from City University London, as well as undergraduate degrees from the University of Alberta. She loves music and has volunteer experience with many music festivals and conferences. If you have any questions about social media, she's the person to ask.

Colin Johnson

Colin Johnson

Deputy Executive 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 staff of the EFCL in their work with Community Leagues.

Michael Barnard

Michael Barnard

Energy Transition Advisor

A recent graduate of NAIT’s Alternative Energy Technology program, Michael carries a BA in Philosophy and an Energy Manager in Training certification from the Association of Energy Engineers. Having enjoyed the benefits of Edmonton’s community leagues since he was a kid, Michael is passionate about grassroots organization and sustainable living. As the Energy Transition Officer for the EFCL, Michael is responsible for managing the Green Leagues program and supporting local Community Leagues in their efforts to promote sustainability and green energy in their communities.

 
Rayna Gopaul

Rayna Gopaul

Indigenous Projects, Protocol and Practice Advisor

Rayna is a graduate of the Indigenous Studies program at the University of Winnipeg, one of the first Canadian Universities to establish an Indigenous course requirement as part of all Bachelor's degrees, a process Rayna helped spearhead with her friends. She is passionate about advancing Indigenous peoples and communities and her work consists of working on ways to create bridges between indigenous and non-indigenous community members as well as provide spaces where community members can come together regardless of race or background to forward the best interests of the community as a whole. Rayna enjoys spending time in ceremony, on the land and with her family and fur son Otis when she's not working to create a better future for Edmontonians. 

Teresa Rennhofer

Teresa Rennhofer

Project Assistant

Teresa holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Vienna and brings experience in project management and data analysis to her role. In previous positions, she was involved in establishing a green-tech startup and conducted market research for the commercial section of the Austrian consulate in Toronto. Outside of work, she enjoys rock climbing, skiing, and taking her dog for long walks along Edmonton’s river valley.

Kim Mah

Kim Mah

Seniors Walking Program Advisor

Kim is the Seniors Walking Program Advisor at EFCL and  is certified as an Urban Poling Nordic Walking Instructor. Kim has always led an active lifestyle and even before discovering urban poling, she aimed to walk at least 5 km each day. Kim has been Delwood Community League's Walking Coordinator since October 2019. Her walking group continually grows with members of all ages. Kim is also passionate about gardening and she is proud to share that her yard has been nominated for Front Yards in Bloom for the last two years. She hopes to share her passion of walking and being outdoors to motivate people of all ages to live an active and social lifestyle.

Liz Laurence

Liz Laurence

Board Development Advisor

Liz has spent her entire career working alongside volunteers in various capacities throughout her 13 years in the non-profit sector. Starting as a fundraiser and transitioning to a volunteer resource manager, she has been constantly inspired by how dedicated and thoughtful citizens can make a difference where they live. Liz is passionate about volunteer engagement and is continually searching for new and exciting ways to engage volunteers in meaningful Community League work.  Her work at the EFCL specifically involves training and development of board volunteers, offering workshops, and providing volunteers with helpful guidance when needed. 

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