Social Framework Community Grants Advisory Committee (administrative committee)


The Social Framework Community Grants Advisory Committee (CGAC) is an administrative committee that provides recommendations to council on the distribution of grants under the Social Framework Community Grants Policy (119.7 KB)

The committee provides recommendations on Social Framework Community Grants funding allocations and provides insights and advice to Family and Community Services to inform the Social Framework Community Grants Program.

The  Terms of Reference (215.3 KB) sets CGAC’s duties, membership and procedures. Meetings are convened as needed.  

Citizen Members

The most qualified community members are appointed in accordance with the terms of reference and  competencies (75.9 KB) . The following members were appointed in May, 2021:

Todd Banks (2021 - 2024, first term)

Todd has been a resident of Strathcona County for 24 years and has volunteered in the community at the Rotary Club of Sherwood Park, County ClothesLine and the Heritage Hills Community League.  Employed by the Sherwood Park & District Chamber of Commerce as Executive Director, Todd has been involved in many aspects of the business community to attract and grow business such as, advocacy to all three levels of government, organizing community events, creating network opportunities for members as well as offering many cost saving benefits. Todd also sits on the RCMP Community Advisory Committee, Economic Development & Tourism Advisory Committee, and the Social Framework Leadership Table with Family and Community Services. Todd is very proud and appreciative to reside in Strathcona County. 

Robyn Blackadar - Chair (2021 - 2024, second term)

Robyn and her family have been residents in Strathcona County for 32 years, where she has actively contributed to community life, including serving as the President of the Wye String Ensemble for six years. Robyn holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Calgary, an MBA from the University of Alberta, and has held numerous leadership positions in Alberta’s health and social system for over 25.  In her current role as President and CEO of PolicyWise for Children & Families, Robyn leads a team with expertise in research and evaluation, knowledge mobilization, and data analysis. PolicyWise is known for its collaborative cross-sector approach between government, academia, and the community to generate and mobilize evidence for child, youth, and family well-being. Robyn is responsible advancing data innovation to inform policy and practice decisions and has led provincial evaluation initiatives to measure and improve outcomes in children’s mental health, child intervention system, and early childhood development.

Justin Gagnon (2021 - 2024, first term)

Justin is a public policy professional and a civil servant with the Government of Alberta. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta where his undergraduate and graduate studies focused on social sciences. Justin and his partner Rebecca made Strathcona County their home in 2020, and have deep roots to the broader capital region. Living in Strathcona County offers Justin and his family plenty of opportunity to pursue hobbies during leisure time; prime among them is connecting with nature in Elk Island National Park. Justin is also a lover of arts and culture, never having found a gallery or museum he didn't enjoy.

Wade Gardiner - Vice Chair (2021 - 2024, second term)

Wade grew up in Sherwood Park and has been a Pastor in the community for over twenty years. Currently Wade is the Pastor of Children, Youth and Young Adults at Heartland Alliance Church. He is married to his high school sweetheart and they have three children. Wade loves his community and is passionate about children and youth feeling safe and connected. He enjoys being involved in the community, whether that is coaching hockey or, serving on local committees or memorizing the Social Framework.

Tammy Greidanus (2021 - 2024, first term)

Tammy is an active citizen in her Sherwood Park neighbourhood and co-founder of the Gilmore Park Community League. Along with her husband Chris, they have lived in Strathcona County since 2002 and have two teenagers. Tammy works for the City of Edmonton with the Abundant Community Edmonton initiative. In this role she supports citizens to mobilize their gifts and abilities to create inclusive, more vibrant neighbourhoods through strong social connections. Tammy is also a professional skating coach with a background in business, recreation, Ukrainian dance and community building. Tammy was the recipient of the Pride of Strathcona County - Community Service Award, Rotary Integrity Award and Senator's Contribution Award. She has a passion and belief in Margaret Wheatley's statement that "whatever the problem, community is the answer."

Dale Gullekson (2019 - 2022, first term)

As a former educator, Dale has worked extensively with youth in the community as a teacher, coach, youth employment counsellor and finally as an educational consultant with Elk Island Public Schools. Working closely with the Sherwood Park and District Chamber of Commerce, Dale developed a school/community resource called the Student Skills Portfolio based upon the "Employability Skills Profile" from the Conference Board of Canada. This resource has become a model for Alberta curriculum across the province while receiving numerous community partnership awards. Dale has made Strathcona County his home for the past 40 years. 

Cassandra Lundell (2021 - 2022, second term)

Cassandra Lundell is the Community Grants Manager at the Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF). Over the last ten years, the role has continuously evolved but works very closely with charities as they apply for grants. Cassandra oversees the Community Grants Program, the Small Grants Program, and the Youth Edmonton Grants Program. She also works collaboratively with the City of Edmonton and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region through various networks and initiatives. Cassandra has been involved in reviewing grant applications, through other funders, including the Indigenous People's Resilience Fund, ECALA (Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association) and the former FCS Advisory Committee Strathcona County. Cassandra lives in Sherwood Park with two bonus children and an active six year old thrown into the mix. While she dreams of enjoying hot vacations, the family enjoys spending time together camping and being outdoors.

Marcus Schwabe (2021 - 2024, first term)

Marcus has called Sherwood Park home for more than 50 years, with his wife Lorie, three grown children and a dog. When he is not volunteering with organizations such as Strathcona County (Seniors Advisory Committee, Community Living Advisory Committee, Social Framework Committee), A Safe Place, Boys and Girls Club, Bethel Lutheran Church, and numerous others, he is a commercial Realtor with Royal Park Realty. His prior senior positions in the fundraising world with organizations such as the Stollery Children's Hospital, Caritas Hospitals and the University of Alberta make him a great fit with the Community Grants Advisory Committee. 

Amanda Ulrickson (2021 - 2023, second term)

As a social services provider, Amanda Ulrickson is passionate about building capacity in the residents of our communities. Her work life is dedicated to seeing people thrive and meet personal goals in order to be the best version of themselves. She has spent the last 15 years working for Family and Community Support Services in many different capacities which include front line direct client work and in the area of community and social development. Her young family of four is settled and proud to live and play in Strathcona County. She is happy to give back in any capacity that she can.

Family and Community Services
Second floor, East Wing Community Centre
401 Festival Lane
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 5P7
Phone: 780-464-4044
Fax: 780-449-1220

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Last updated: Monday, June 07, 2021
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