Board of Directors


With excitement, we announce our board of directors for the coming year. 
Sherry Doerr will continue to lead the organization with Rick Bonnett as Vice Chair and Treasurer along with Diane Mack as Secretary. Joining the board is Morgan Odland, our former Social Work practicum student, Griffin Baillie, Nadine Hale, and Gabe Verge. Gabe is our first full-time secondary school student to formally take a position on the board of directors!

We look very forward to working together to bring innovation, new programming, and opportunities to our community of youth.

Meet the Board:



Sherry and her family moved to the valley full time in August 2009 after owning a second home here since 2001.  She joined the board as the treasurer in November 2010, and became the chair in November 2011.  The value of the Summit Youth Centre fit with her ideals as an important vehicle to support youth and community. Volunteering has been an important part of her life from the early school years where she volunteered at the Bethany Care Centre in Calgary at the age of 10 to chairing the board of Directors for Big Sisters of Canada, being a leader with Scouts Canada in Calgary, Parent Advisory council chair for Westmount Charter School (Calgary), board member of Team Panorama Ski Team, board member of the South Arkansas Community Foundation, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and volunteer and former board member of Honens International Piano Competition based in Calgary



Rick joined the board in December 2018 as an interim director and has assumed the role of treasurer with the organization. He served in the Alberta Oil and Gas Sector as an accountant. Rick is also on the board of the Rockies Hockey Association and is a member of the Masonic Brotherhood.



Diane joined the board in 2017 as interim director and assumed the role of Secretary in April 2017. She has been a full-time member of the community since 2009 following retirement from a career as an insurance underwriter in Calgary, Alberta. Diane enjoys golfing and quilting in her spare time. She is an avid environmentalist.



I moved to the valley 11 years ago when my children were toddlers- they are now 13 and 15.  Having kids this age has allowed me discover what an incredible service the Summit Youth Hub overs to the youth of our Valley.  I am filled with gratitude to know that there is a safe, fun, cool place for my kids to hang out.  As my kids transition from childhood to the independence of adulthood – they need a place to be with the peers where they can explore their independence safely.  Without the presence of the Hub – I fear that our youth would potentially look for this independence is less safe places.  Here they have the chance to connect with peers, while still having  the guidance of caring. loving, knowledgeable, cool adults, that are not their parents.  The recent work of the society providing mental health education for our Youth cannot be over stated in value, making it ok and good to talk about Mental Health, reduces the stigma and lets knows that struggle with this, know that they are supported, normal and ok.  I love the social justice awareness that the Society fosters in our youth with the events such as Box City and the anti-bullying awareness.  Here our youth also learn to give back to our community with the chance to volunteer for a number of community events and to fundraise for the centre.  It is an honor to serve on the board of this amazing society.



My name is Griffin Baillie. I have lived in the valley for the past 4 years. I currently am in school working towards a social work degree. This is my first year on the board. The youth centre is an amazing opportunity that I never had growing up, and I know it is a positive and safe place in the community for our future leaders.



My name is Morgan Odland. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and was first introduced to the Youth Centre during a Practicum placement to complete my Degree. I work for School District #6 as a Community LINK Support Worker at Eileen Madson Primary, J. Alfred Laird Elementary, and David Thompson Secondary. I have been on the Summit Youth Centre Board of Directors since November, 2019. I believe that the Youth Centre is important to the Columbia Valley as it is a safe space that children can meet their friends for unstructured activities.

Gabe Verge

Position: Member at Large

Student- DTSS