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RogerThompsonRoger Thompson

Roger's involvement with CDS started about two years ago. A native of London, England, his professional life has taken him from engineering apprentice to running a project management consultancy business. His willingness to roll-up his sleeves, resolve problems and make companies profitable, led Roger on a career that took him, his wife of 30 years, Shirley and their three sons across three continents before falling in love with the mountains eventually settling in Okotoks. Roger cites his Mother as the greatest influence in his life. She overcame cancer and a heart attack to travel around the world three times as well as gain diplomas in IT and photography along the way. When he's not working, Roger is obsessed with watching rugby - a passion second only to his family - and is an avid amateur chef. He can often be found on the weekends wearing an apron and whipping up some delicious feast while engaging in lively debate with his family. This all helps keep him sane yet pushes him to the brink of madness at the same time - something he wouldn't swap for anything!

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Phil Unland PhotoPhil Unland

Every Friday, Phil grabs a set of wrenches, some WD 40, paint, grease and an apron. For 14 years, Phil and 5 other BP retired engineers volunteer for Wheels For Kids. Together they have repaired over 2300 discarded bikes and given them to needy children. Phil and his wife, Maureen has lived in Bearspaw for the past 18 years and they both want to spend the remainder of retirement in a rural environment. Raised in central Alberta on a cow/calf ranch, Phil met the love of his life, Maureen, who was also a country girl from a mixed grain and dairy farm. Phil believes that volunteering not only helps keep our taxes down and the government's nose out of our business but also is just the right thing to do. When he is not volunteering somewhere, you will find him maintaining his rural property, woodcarving or fly-fishing. Phil is a founding member of the rural seniors housing committee, one of our great spokespersons and a man of conviction and integrity.

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Jack-webJack Vincent

Jack has lived in Bearspaw for all of his 70 years where he and his wife Lindy, continue to stay in the family farmhouse. Married for 50+ years, Jack simply does not want to move from the area and would not consider downsizing unless there was something close by. Both are hoping a senior’s complex will be completed by the time they are ready to move to a smaller, more manageable home. Jack, a long time neighbour of Ruth Hunt, got hauled to CDS meetings by Lindy and has now decided to jump in with both feet to help move the project along. Jack has always had a talent for numbers leading to a successful career as an accountant. How fortunate that is just what CDS needs.

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SuewoodSue Wood

Sue has a dream that one day she will be able to beat her 99-year-old dad, Bill, in bridge. Sue and her husband, Tom, know firsthand, the decisions and issues related to aging parents. Before enjoying retirement in Bragg Creek, Sue held the position of Manager of Volunteer Resources at the Calgary General Hospital / Peter Lougheed Centre for 13 years, leading 500 volunteers in 35 programs. Later she used her considerable training and facilitation skills to run her own consulting company where she provided board governance, strategic planning and volunteer management expertise. She has also been an active volunteer herself nationally and internationally and has been steering CDS at the helm as chair for the past three years. Sue enjoys playing golf each winter with Tom and her growing list of friends in Boreggo Springs, California. She also is an avid hiker, another passion stemming from her deep appreciation and respect of the natural environment.

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