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Dare to Care is a very lean organization comprised of dedicated and passionate volunteers who make up our talented Board of Directors in Calgary, AB. We are proud to recognize the brilliant faces behind the scenes. BE A PART OF OUR AWESOME AWARD-WINNING TEAM. We're looking for people just like you. Learn more

Patti Clarkson - Dare to Care Board Memeber

Patti Clarkson - Chairperson

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.

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Tom Brinsmead - Director

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 of 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 to 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.

R.H. (Dick) Wilson - Dare to Care Board

R.H. (Dick) Wilson - Director

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 an 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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Angela Tripathy - Director

Angela Tripathy has been practicing law for over 25 years. She practiced corporate law at a national law firm for a number of years and then transitioned into Vice President/General Counsel roles leading growth for companies in a variety of industries including pipeline construction, land acquisition, insurance and education.  She then turned her attention back to national law firms in a business capacity and is currently the Director, Professional Resources at Borden Ladner Gervais.  Angela currently holds positions on the Alberta Parole Board, the Land Agents Advisory Committee and the Dare to Care Board.  Angela has been recognized as “Calgary’s Most Compelling” and “40 under 40”.  She is passionate about serving the community, building relationships across businesses and the community and positively impacting the lives of children. 

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Charmaine Richter- Diretcor

A native Calgarian, Charmaine obtained a Marketing Management Diploma from Mount Royal University and Bachelor of Management Degree from the University of Lethbridge.  Charmaine’s roots run deep in Northwest Calgary and she has many ties to various Community Sport Associations including ringette, hockey & fastball. Charmaine has sat on various boards in the past, including serving as Vice President for NW Ringette Association for three years. Charmaine currently runs her own successful Real Estate Business and is a member of the top producing Viani Real Estate Group with RE/MAX Real Estate (Central). Prior to real estate, Charmaine spent 20 years immersed in the hospitality & tourism industry. In her role as Director of Sales & Marketing with Copper Point Resort in Invermere BC, she was recognized in 2019 as a Top Person in Business and nominated for Most Influential Woman in Business by Kootenay Business Magazine. When Charmaine is not busy selling real estate you can find her at the rink cheering on  her son in hockey or lacrosse or you will find her lacing up her own skates as she is still an active, competitive ringette player with ‘Blaze’ her team of twelve years in Calgary’s Open Ringette League. Charmaine is passionate about serving the community she lives in, the advancement of youth sports and has had a positive impact helping to break barriers for more females to coach youth sports.  

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Jeff Urquhart - Treasurer

Jeff has spent over 30 years in the retail convenience and fuel industry working for various organizations that include; Husky Energy, United Farmers of Alberta, and Parkland Fuel.  His career has allowed him to successfully lead teams in various work streams that include; operations, finance, real estate, governance, business process improvement, and change management.  He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1989 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics.)  Jeff continued to advance his formal education by obtaining the Certified Management Accountant professional designation (CPA, CMA), and attending the Graduate School of Cooperative Leadership at the University of Missouri.  Jeff's past board experience includes several years with the Paskapoo Ski Club in the capacity of Treasurer and President. He is passionate about giving back to society and working with volunteer organizations that support the development of youth.

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