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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.

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.

R.H. (Dick) Wilson

Dick Wilson first connected with Dare to Care as a Founding Corporate sponsor (Alberta Energy Company) in 1999. He has been a cheerleader from the sidelines as Dare to Care grew from Calgary school presentations to province-wide, and additionally to other provinces and some international subscriptions.


Retired in 2006, Dick’s professional career incorporated media, public affairs, issues management, government relations and community investment since 1967 when he left his native Quebec for unknown opportunity in Calgary. Dick did not return to Bishop’s University to complete his Business degree in favour of starting his career path. Dick has held volunteer positions with more than 25 organizations, several of which address issues facing youth in Alberta.


Dick is married to Nancy; they have two married children and five grandchildren.

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