As a board of directors, we are a group of dedicated, community-minded individuals working to make a difference.
Karen Sliwkanich (chair)
I am a 38 year resident of Fort Saskatchewan who is a retired educator, mother of 4 adult children and grandmother of 4 adorable grandchildren. I have 34 years experience as a volunteer, primarily in social service agencies. On the Families First Board, I work hard to maintain the positive reputation Families First has in the community. Our Board makes decisions that serve our families well and support our work with other organizations to achieve our goals of positive outcomes for all children and their families. As a Board, we support our strong, knowledgeable and dedicated staff team who work together to best serve our families.
Lorraine Hryniw (director)
I am a retired Grandma who loves kids and wants to work for the benefit of all kids. I feel that I am young and healthy enough to give back to my community.
Doug Rees (director)
I’m a professional engineer with 30 years of experience (28 with Dow Chemical). I’m a husband (Rae and I celebrated 25 years in August), and I’m a father to two boys, now grown up.
A community is lot like a flower garden, it takes a little love and care to make to grow and blossom. Families First Society does just that for this community. It helps it grow and blossom into a vibrant and safe place for all to live. I sit on the board to leverage what skills I have to ensure Families First can continue with this mission. As I’ve said before, “those with the ability to help, have a responsibility to do so.
Joanne Dewart (director)
I am a long time resident of Fort Saskatchewan, and I love my community. The programs and opportunities that Families First brings to Fort Saskatchewan and area are truly beneficial to “our village”. I am proud to be a board member and support the great team at Families First.
Annalise Yuzda (treasurer/secretary)
I have been a resident of Fort Saskatchewan my entire life. For the past 26 years I have been working with children and their families at the YMCA of Northern Alberta. I believe it takes a village to raise children and this is what attracted me to Families First. The work that Families First does is vital to the success of children and families in our community. My career has been dedicated to Early Learning and Care and volunteering to be on the board of Families First allows me the ability to give back to the community I love and chose to live in.