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Patti Clarkson - Dare to Care Board Memeber

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 - Dare to Care Board

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 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.

Karen O'Connor - Dare to Care Board Member

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 - Dare to Care Board

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 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

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. 

Charmaine Richter Dare to Care

Charmaine Richter

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.