AASRA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that agree to sign on for a two year term. Meetings are held six times a year either in person or online.
The Annual General Meeting is held at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (www.ashfm.ca) in Red Deer every March. AASRA AGM participants are granted free access to the Museum and Hall of Fame on that day. All members are encouraged to attend and bring a guest who may be interested in joining the association. The AGM is a great time to meet new members, and learn about what's been accomplished, what's happening and what's planned. If you are interested in volunteering for AASRA or possibly pursuing a board position, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AASRA Board of Directors Code of Conduct can be found here
Vic McClelland has been an AASRA member since 2000 and served on the AASRA Board of Directors from 2008-2012. Vic lost his left leg above the knee in a motorcycle accident in 1985 while in the CAF. He retired from the CAF in 1994. Vic and his wife Cindy came to Calgary in 1997 and now presently reside in High River. Vic retired in 2016 after 19 years as a network administrator for an international law firm. Vic is an avid golfer and plays in many National and International golf tournaments.
Bob MacDermott has been a Member of AASRA since 1989. He played his first AASRA golf Tournament at Kananaskis. He had the opportunity to be a part of the executive team along with Gwen Davies and others for many years. He is a former Past President and has represented Alberta and Canada in numerous golf events around the world. Bob has held numerous golf clinics and coordinated many AASRA golf tournaments over the years. Bob was injured in a farming accident and ambulance accident in 1987, resulting in amputation of left below knee, left below elbow and right thumb. Bob worked for the Alberta Government for 24 years and retired as a Senior Manager in 2015. He looks forward to serving the membership along with the other members of the board!
Past President / Volunteer Coordinator
Lisa Stowe has been an AASRA member since 2004, and has served on the Board for more than 4 years: as Secretary from 2014-2016, Vice-President from 2016-2018, President from 2018-2021, and now sitting as Past President. From 2002-2008 she was a competitive cyclist and competed for Alberta and Canada at numerous competitions, including the 2006 World Championships in Switzerland. Now she enjoys riding her bike on the trails and running near the Bow River.
Shane Westin is a technical writer for Alberta Health Services. He worked for Red Deer College in Red Deer for 14 years and worked 11 years at Fairview College in northern Alberta. He is married to Lisa, a graduate nurse specializing in gastroenterology, and they have three children and one grandchild: Chelsea, a floral designer in Calgary (and mother of Parker); Dallis, a psychologist in Edmonton; and Cassidy, an Engineering undergraduate from the University of Alberta. Shane lost his left leg above the knee in 1984 in a car accident that also damaged his right knee. Today he enjoys downhill skiing and swimming and has four national golf trophies and several provincial and local golf awards. Shane has been a member of AASRA since 2004 and served as president from 2014-2016.
SHARON PEREIRA, CPA, CMA
Sharon Pereira joined the AASRA board of directors as it's treasurer in 2019. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant with 10 years of diversified experience in internal and external reporting and full cycle accounting. Sharon and his wife live in Calgary with their three very active children.
Youth & Social Media Director (interim)
Jesse Florkowski was introduced to AASRA at a young age by Gwen Davies because of his passion for the game of golf. AASRA has since opened the door to so many possibilities that Jesse is so grateful for. He now travels the world competing against the best amputee golfers, earning several major accolades and championships along the way. During the winter months, Jesse participates in 10 pin bowling and plays in a number of tournaments throughout Alberta. As a youth, Jesse represented Alberta at the YBC Nationals. Jesse recently married his best friend Rayvn in the summer of 2020, and now they are expecting their first child in March 2021. His hometown community involvement has grown in the last few years and he is now looking forward to being on and supporting the AASRA Board of Directors and its membership.
Director at Large
Jacob Wouters and his wife Maureen are long term residents of Edmonton. Jacob is an avid skier, kayaker and cyclist. He’s been a bilateral below knee amputee since 2013 due to circulatory complications. He’s enjoyed many hours hiking and climbing in the Rocky Mountains and continues to take every opportunity to make the most of the outdoors to this day. A journeyman carpenter by trade, Jacob manages residential renovation projects and in between those involves himself with AASRA in many ways including the duties of the Sports Director since 2019.
In 2012 Terry Shwetz was introduced to AASRA at a Peer Support Group meeting at the Glenrose Hospital in Edmonton after losing his left leg at the knee in a motorcycle accident. Terry says he found a lot of support and information there by interacting with a great group of people who were thriving while managing the type of challenges he was facing for the first time as an amputee. AASRA played a very positive role in the final stages of his recovery and continues to do so to this day. Terry retired in 2009 after a successful 30 year career with TELUS and went on to work for Ledcor and several other organizations afterwards. Terry and his wife Eva enjoy traveling and have made their way to various destinations like Australia, Peru, Europe and many North American locations. He is an active golfer and enjoys hiking and camping. Terry and Eva have two grown, married daughters and one granddaughter. They all live in Edmonton.