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.
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.
Dave joined AASRA in 2001 after becoming a double below knee amp in 2000 due to complications from bacterial meningitis. Over the past 20 or so years Dave has previously served on the AASRA Board as a Director at Large and as Sports Director and had spent several years running the support group meetings at the Glenrose Hospital in Edmonton. Recently retired from CN after 35 years Dave and his wife Jocelyn live in St. Albert. Dave enjoys travel, golfing and sitting volleyball where he played on the Canadian National Team for 5 years winning bronze medals at the 2011 and 2015 Parapan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico and Toronto respectively.
Youth & Social Media Director & Director at Large
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.
Peer Support Coordinator & Director at Large
Chelsea has been a resident of Calgary since 2017, when a bachelors of science in Renewable Resource Management and a career in environmental consulting led her to Alberta. Since 2020 she adjusted her passion and started down the path of helping people, specifically amputees, with their rehabilitation. Chelsea now works as a physiotherapy assistant in a sports medicine clinic where she assists patients with their recovery in many different aspects. After 17 years as an amputee, Chelsea has gained a significant amount of experience in working with different adaptations to daily life. Currently, she is striving to use those experiences to help amputees adjust, and remove barriers from their day to day lives.
Director at Large
Chris has been an AASRA Life Time member since 2020. He retired to High River Alberta after working as a Prosthetic Technician for 31 years in Vancouver BC. He lost his left leg to Cancer when he was 4 months old. Chris has been golfing for over 35 years and looks forward to travelling to future Amputee golf tournaments.
Membership Director & Director at Large
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.