OUR BOARD

Patti Clarkson

Patti Clarkson spent 25 years in Corporate Human Resources and now has her own consulting business. Balancing work with contributing to her community has always been important to her. Patti's volunteer contribution to competitive swimming was recognized by Swim Canada with the Volunteer of the Year award in 2016. The same year she received the Swim Alberta Official of the Year award. Her passion is facilitating inclusive, supportive environments that allow youth to reach for and achieve their dreams.

Katrina Prokopy

Katrina Prokopy is a corporate lawyer whose career has taken her from Vancouver to Toronto to New York City and now to Calgary! She has spent the majority of her legal career working in-house, supporting the capital markets business lines of major Canadian and US investment banks and brokerages. When her family relocated to Calgary, Katrina wanted to find a way to integrate her personal and professional identities thus started a legal practice focussing on the health, fitness and wellness industry. Having grown up swimming competitively from her childhood through her teens, athletics and fitness has always been a big party of her life. Katrina believes in a 360 degree approach to health and wellness, one which supports the physical, mental and emotional needs of individuals, both children and adults. Part of those needs include the right to be included and to be part of a community. Bully prevention in schools, sports and communities generally is crucial to the wellness of our children in order to prepare them for the challenges of adulthood.

 

Katrina has been an active member of the different communities in which she’s lived and worked and is excited to be involved in expanding Dare to Care’s role in Calgary.

Tom Brinsmead

Tom has been an employee with Calgary Catholic School District since 1988. In that time, he has worked in the capacity of teacher, assistant principal, vice-principal, principal and is currently an Instructional Services Supervisor.

For close to 20 years, Tom has utilized the expertise of Dare to Care in educating students, staff and parents on the dynamics with bullying. He has personally witnessed how the Dare to Care program inspires those impacted by bullying and empowers all in creating a safe and caring environment. He is testimony on the positive impact that this program may have on a school.

 

In his role of Instructional Services Supervisor, Tom continues to promote Dare to Care across the school district and provides educational insights to the board of directors to assist the program in remaining current with developing trends.

Karen O'Connor

Karen started her career in public accounting with KPMG both locally and overseas, with clients ranging from oil and gas to an international food and beverage company. Following her career in public accounting, she joined the Alberta Stock Exchange. After three years with The Exchange she moved to the investment industry where she has worked at several Alberta Investment Dealers in a financial capacity. Karen is married with three children who are all currently pursuing post-secondary education. She has served on a number of boards and also volunteered with a variety of organizations in the Calgary community. Karen enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, performing arts, and loves to travel.

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