SACA BOD Bios

President: Currently Vacant

Vice-President, Ike Zacharopoulos: Ike worked with the dedicated volunteers who mobilized the community in support of a special tax used to maintain and enhance our community green spaces.  He now leads the volunteer LEAF committee managing this annual maintenance program.  Ike has extensive experience with property and employee legislation, leading teams over a long career in the public and private sectors.  Ike and his wife Julie have two grown children and have lived in Scenic Acres for many years.

Secretary, Anita Lamarche: Please check back shortly.

Treasurer, Jim Palmer:  Jim held a variety of senior corporate and operations business and finance manager positions over a 34 year career with Shell Canada.  He has recruited, coached and mentored people for 30 years and have led many business process improvement, control, reporting and governance initiatives.  Jim has served with the SACA Board for over 15 years in director capacities of Transportation, Vice President and President and on a number of committees.  Jim has also held executive positions for sports, church and YMCA boards in Calgary and Fort McMurray.  Currently beyond Scenic Acres, Jim is President of the Rocky Ridge Conservative Association, Vice Chair of the City of Calgary Subdivision & Appeal Board, Treasurer of his church board and leading several committees.  He has been married to Sandy for 36 years and they have three adult children.  They have lived in Scenic Ares since 1993.

Director, Parks & Environment, Lee Syhlonyk: Please check back shortly.

Director, Community Development, Colin Yeo: Colin joined the SACA Board in March 2015.  Colin is a retired geologist, having worked in the petroleum industry for 40 years.  He is a Former President of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists.  He brings strategic and governance insights to the Board.  He is currently the Secretary of the BP Alumni Club.  Colin and his wife Maryann have lived in Scenic Acres for the past 11 years but were in Silver Springs for the prior 35 years.

Director, Sports & Affiliates, Keely Willment: In her day job, Keely works for the City of Calgary, with an array of experiences from coordinating programs, community initiatives, events, and advising sport organizations, to elections and census.  She has also dedicated a significant amount of time supporting the women’s rugby program at the University of Calgary. Keely’s young family has been in Scenic Acres since 2015, and are busy running around soccer and ball diamonds, biking on the many pathways in the community, and watching owls, coyotes, and birds in the ravine. 

Director, Facilities, Mike Fursier:  Mike joined the Board as Facilities Director in April 2018. Born and raised in the UK, Mike has over 20 years experience in construction and project management roles in the UK, Middle East and Canada. Mike led the team building and maintenance of the SACA outdoor ice rink for the few last years and is looking forward to making it a more regular fixture in the community. After renting in Scenic Acres for 3 years, Mike and his wife, Amanda, recently bought their first Canadian house and are relishing putting down some permanent roots! Mike and Amanda have been married for 13 years and have two children.

Director, Marketing & Communications: This role is currently vacant. Please email scenicboard@shaw.ca if you would be interested in this position or another position on the SACA Board.

Director, Membership Engagement: This role is currently vacant. Please email scenicboard@shaw.ca if you would be interested in this position or another position on the SACA Board.

Director at Large, Awad Loubani: Please check back shortly.

(Non-Director) General Manager, Ruth Sorrentino:  In addition to being SACA’s part-time General Manager for over 10 years, Ruth has been the Editor of the Scenic Review since 2005. Ruth is a democracy junky and serves as a Provincial Returning Officer as well as the Field Liaison Officer for Elections Canada, overseeing 14 Returning Officers in the Edmonton and Central Alberta Region. As a lifelong learner Ruth is currently enrolled in the Conflict Resolution and Mediation Program through Mount Royal University. When not working or studying, Ruth is a Hockey, Soccer and Football Mum who also enjoys reading, camping, volunteering and staying active. Ruth has been living in Scenic Acres with her family since 2005.

Last updated February 9, 2021