Reporting to the Manager Facility and Program Operations, this position is responsible for ensuring that the recreational rental space within the NECCS component of the Genesis Centre as well as the office space is cleaned and maintained. The Custodian will also perform a variety of hands on work such as equipment set up and take down, minor repairs, posting signage and acting as a first responder. The position also includes maintenance of the exterior landscaping of the facility. Details (PDF)
Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to Doug Taggart with your name and job title in the subject.
Sharon Evens President & Soccer Rep
Sharon was born and raised in Alberta. She is a graduate of the University of Calgary with an Electrical Engineering and Master of Business Administration degree. With over twenty years of experience working for companies in a variety of roles, her last was as Project Quality Manager at AltaLink in Calgary. Having been blessed with four children that were all active in variety of sports throughout their lives; she got involved in the soccer community at the club level and took a keen interest on how to support coaches from a club level. She moved organizations to support infrastructure of indoor and outdoor facilities for soccer at a municipal level. After a few years, she took on the role at the provincial level to support administration of leagues for elite young and senior soccer players to get to the national level. Throughout her years on various boards, she has gained an understanding of the needed infrastructure support for recreational and competitive athletes, which includes players, officials, administrators, long term athlete philosophy and facilities.
Erika Holter Vice President
Erika has lived in Calgary for 25+ years. Erika is a graduate from Mount Royal's Nonprofit Studies program, and has also been trained as an instructor through the Alberta Government's Board Development Program. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for 20+ years, Erika is passionate about community building and education, both of which she gets to work in extensively in her current role in Alumni Relations at Mount Royal University. When she's not planning her family's next travel adventure, Erika enjoys camping, hiking and board games.
Gurvir Johal Treasurer
Gurvir graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a major in Accounting in 2011. She received his CMA/CPA designation in 2014. Born and raised in the Northeast Calgary, she is a strong believer in giving back to the community.
Sue Clark Secretary & Saddle Ridge Rep
Susan brings a passion for the community and serving its’ needs. Having lived in different areas of the country and abroad she has found that although different in looks, language and religion, people as a whole want the same thing, to belong. As current President of the Saddle Ridge Community Association, and having lived in the community for over 17 years, Susan has an insight into the community and works hard to bring the Northeast together as one team. Susan is currently a member of the Diversity Council and is the Saddle Ridge representative on the Genesis Board.
Bilal Akhtar Vice President & Treasurer
M Bilal Akhtar was born in 1986. When he first arrived in Canada with his family in 2000, he learnt how important it was for him to learn French language in order for him to succeed in his school and future career while living in Quebec. While taking the challenge of a new language along with five other languages: Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic and English; he also successfully completed his diploma of college studies in Pure Applied Sciences at Vanier College in Montreal. He is currently in his fourth year working towards getting a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting at the University of Calgary. After completing the degree his short-term goal is to pursue a Chartered Accountant (CA) designation.
Syed Hussain Director-at-Large
With a Bachelor’s from Concordia University, Montreal and a strong business acumen, Syed Hussain has a passion to inspire change. He is employed with Air Canada as a Key Account Manager in Global Sales and is a proud founding member of GenYYC which is a new leadership development program designed through a collaborative partnership between the Calgary Chamber and the Calgary Foundation to support and encourage emerging young leaders in the city to build great leaders, great organizations and a great community. He is also the owner of Catalytic Arts which produces the most thrilling shows showcasing local emerging artists in the best of entertainment today while supporting different charities. Syed has travelled the world and has an inspired vision of the future. His experiences in life have been varied and dynamic, built on the principles of commitment, integrity and results.
Greg Steiner Director-at-Large
Greg is credited with the original vision for a recreational leisure centre on behalf of the northeast residents above McKnight Blvd. For 15 years he has worked tirelessly from the initial planning stages to the final opening of the new Genesis Centre of Community Wellness. Having served on the design, construction, and fund development committees, he continues to work towards accomplishing the overall vision and mandate of the Northeast Centre of Community Society (NECCS), of which he is a founding member. Having lived in Saddle Ridge for over 32 years, Greg has served in various executive capacities for Saddle Ridge Community Association, a founding partner of NECCS.
Sukhvinder Malhotra Director-at-Large
With a background in IT, Sukhvinder has been volunteering in the community through various roles since moving to Calgary from Ontario in 2007. He started building community connections by volunteering as a soccer coach for 4 years. He has been instrumental in the success of Khalsa School Calgary by being involved with the school since its opening in 2007, as Chairperson of the Parent Advisory Council and held various positions on the School Board for over 9 years, including the Board Chairperson. Sukhvinder has also been a part of the Nelson Mandela Parent Council and currently serves on the Saddle Ridge Community Association Board, as President of the Raven Ridge Condo Board and as a White Hat volunteer at Calgary Airport. He has a passion for giving back to the community in every way possible.
Peter Kaul Director-at-Large & Taradale Rep
Peter is a long standing volunteer with numerous not-for-profit organizations. He is active in the Taradale Community Association and Ted Harrison Middle School Council. In addition to his many volunteer pursuits, Peter is an active entrepreneur with vast administration and managerial experience. Peter comes with Governance, Operations and Business Development experience. Peter was born in Rajasthan, India and later moved to the USA in 1999 before migrating to Ontario, Canada in 2003. He moved to Calgary (Taradale, NE) in 2008 and has lived there ever since. Peter loves to write poetry, meet people & do social work. He is a professionally trained photographer, political activist, column writer and an occasional Radio Host (Apna Punjab Live & Sabrang Radio - 94.7 FM) where he often shares his views on current topics, experiences and express his love of music.
Alisha Talpur Director-at-Large
Alisha Ayaz moved to Canada in 2016 and has since been involved in the community as an active volunteer. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and is currently working with the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, at MLA Joe Ceci’s constituency office. She has also worked as a constituency manager for the Genesis Centre’s local MLA, Irfan Sabir. Through her work experience, and being a resident of NE Calgary, Alisha has developed a deep relationship with the community. She offers her volunteer time towards causes that support community development and to help those in need. She is a bright 25 year-old, who navigates through various government resources and assists constituents as part of her daily work. As a new Canadian, Alisha is determined to thrive in her new home while maintaining her principles of respect, integrity and success.
Thomas Hansen Director-at-Large
Thomas is honored to be part of the Genesis Centre Board of Directors. Thomas is a collaborative leader with over 30 years of private and public sector experience and believes that we can all learn from each other. Thomas has experience navigating complex, large-scale infrastructure projects that involved conflicting priorities, multi-level funding, political influence and positioning and volatile partnerships. He has had the opportunity to work on many different projects in a variety of roles including, Calgary’s Historic City Hall Restoration, Municipal Complex Truss Upgrade, Four new Regional Recreation Centres (Seton, Rocky Ridge, Great Plains, Quarry Park), New Central Library (Phase One), Calgary Soccer Centre, Rockyview General Hospital Renovation, The National Centre for Disease Control (Ottawa and Winnipeg) and Canary Warf in London, England. Over the last 7-years Thomas was accountable for the planning and delivery of over $3B of infrastructure. Thomas’ love of building began in his dad’s workshop. His dad was a contractor who instilled a sense of curiosity and taught him to question “the how” and “the why”. This led Thomas to a career of building people, building business and building infrastructure. When he is not building, he is an avid travellor, buyer of vinyl, collector of guitars, lover of music, outdoor enthusiast, adventurer, backyard mechanic and renovator of old things. Thomas is a first generation Canadian and is proud to have been born, raised and educated in Calgary.
Yuvraj Singh Director-at-Large
Yuvraj is a 3rd-year Biological Sciences undergraduate student at the University of Calgary. He is a student researcher, avid community leader and mentor for high school students. As a senior executive of the TUXIS Youth Parliament of Alberta and community organizer, providing resources for the vulnerable and academic support for students are key aspects of his outreach. He does this through community projects working with law enforcement, government officials, humanitarian organizations and schools across the city.
Bio to come.
Tiffany is a life long Calgarian (born and raised) with over 16 years of work experience in environmental science, public administration, government policy and business management. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Calgary. She has two extremely active children that keep her and her husband running off their feet moving from one activity to the next. Together they enjoy skiing, biking, swimming, and hiking. Tiffany believes in supporting strong, healthy communities and is committed to ensuring Calgary and its communities are thriving for generations yet to come.
Martindale Rep to come.
Bio to come.
Sherry King Executive Director
Sherry joined the Genesis Centre team in 2011 prior to the completion of the Genesis Centre. Prior to that she was a key volunteer with the NECCS Board of Directors “Completing the Dream Together” Capital Campaign with one of her fondest memories being the ground-breaking ceremony of the Genesis Centre of Community Wellness shared with her middle son. Sherry has lived, worked and been heavily involved in North East Calgary her entire life. She strongly believes in giving back and the need for strong communities. She is a busy mother of 3 boys who enjoys getting out and being active especially with Geocaching, camping and hiking.
Nadeem Khan Finance & HR Manager
Nadeem is a dedicated professional in the fields of Finance, admin and HR. He carries a degree in business administration. Before joining the Genesis administration team, he was on the Board and was member of Audit & Finance Committee for over six years. After moving to Canada in 2008, he worked for almost nine years with the City of Calgary in the fields of general administration, HR and Finance. Nadeem has been a passionate volunteer for over 30 years. He enjoys camping and hiking and the wonderful fresh mountain air.
Jonah Ardiel Business Development Manager
Jonah first joined the Genesis Centre in 2017, as the organization’s Canada 150 Coordinator, wherein he developed impactful programming under the federal Canada 150 program. Following this, he joined the organization’s overarching Board of Directors and sat as a member of the Sustainability & Stakeholders’ Relations Committee. Supplementing this, Jonah brings expertise in the field of marketing and communications, organizational strategy, program coordination, and a broad knowledge of not-for-profits and charities across Calgary. Recreationally, Jonah is a short fiction writer, avid runner, having completed numerous marathons, and enjoys spending time in the nearby Rocky Mountains as much as possible.
Doug Taggart Building Operations Manager
Doug joined the Genesis team in April 2015. He provides leadership and operational experience to the Building Operations and Custodial department. He has 30 years of operational experience while working for the City of Calgary Recreation department. He operated Arenas and Athletic parks such as the Max Bell Centre and Shouldice Arena / Athletic park.
Krista Frayn Active Living & Events Manager
Krista joined the Genesis Centre team in 2012 as the Special Events Coordinator. Currently Krista is covering the Active Living & Events Manager role while Kohe Tom is on maternity leave. Krista has been in the events industry for over 10 years and is an International Event and Wedding Planning Professional (IEWPP).
Stephen Osondu Guest Services Manager
Stephen joined the Genesis team in 2013 as a Duty Manager. In his current role as Guest Services Manager, he leads, provides strategic direction for and is responsible for Guest Services operations. Prior to Genesis Centre, Stephen worked in the hospitality industry for 4 years. Among his qualifications include a Master’s degree in Business Management from Dublin City University. In 2013, Stephen decided it was time for a change of scenery and relocated with his family from Ireland to Canada, where they have since made their home. When Stephen is not at work, he is spending quality time with his 3 children.
Kanwar Pannu Guest Services Supervisor
Kanwar joined the Genesis Centre team in 2014 as a Facility Attendant. He has a Masters Degree in Physical Education and began working as a Physical Education Teacher/Lecturer in 4 different institutions in India before moving to Canada in 2013.
Dwayne Collins Guest Services Supervisor
Dwayne joined the Genesis Centre in January 2019. He holds degrees in Business Administration, Management Studies, and Health & Physical Education. Previously, he was an Event Coordinator at Mount Royal University. Before moving to Canada, in his native country of Jamaica, he was a firefighter and member of the Caribbean search and rescue team. Outside of work, he is passionate about family and bodybuilding.
Essmaa Kachour Events Coordinator
Essmaa has worn many hats with the Genesis Centre. Beginning in 2016 as a Facility Attendant, she’s also held the position of Bookings & Financial Coordinator, before moving into her current role as the organization’s Events Coordinator. In this position, Essmaa facilitates the booking process for clients including concerts, birthday parties, community programming, and much more. Beyond her passion for the Genesis Centre, Essmaa also holds a Baking & Pastry Arts diploma from SAIT Polytechnic.
Dana MacCallum Active Living Coordinator
Bio to come.
Mandana Chowdhury Events Coordinator
Mandana Chowdhury Events Coordinator Mandana joined the Genesis Centre team in September 2014. She is responsible for coordinating special events at the Centre – whether it be a birthday party, concert, or a wedding, she is here to make sure your event is successful!
Shakil Shivji Guest Services Associate
Shakil (Shak) has been with the Genesis Centre since 2017. He initially signed on as a Facility Attendant, but shortly after became the Guest Services Associate. In this role, he is the first point of contact for passholders and new members to the facility. Shak holds a BA (Psychology) from the University of Calgary. Outside of work, he is a successful Calgary-based DJ, soccer aficionado, and Pokémon Master.
Genesis Centre open as of June 29th
What can you expect
Our official reopening date is Monday, June 29th. Our hours will remain unchanged, which are 9am-10pm every day of the week.
In line with Alberta's list of permitted activities in Phase 2, the only pre-existing Genesis Centre service that will continue to be unavailable at this time are private bookings for 50 or more people. Regular drop-in in the gymnasiums and field houses will be available, as will bookings for less than 50 people.
You can also expect procedural changes to our service model. This may take the form of capacity control during peak periods, and minor infrastructure changes such as furniture reorganization and queue management. We thank you for your understanding in keeping our community safe.
Please follow specific communication channels for other agencies in the building including Saddletowne YMCA, Saddletowne Library, 1000 Voices, Building Youth Connections (Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary), Active Adults programing and Jugo Juice for individual updates as to when they may reopen.
What can you expect
For Genesis Centre guests holding an annual membership, credit for the duration of the facility closure can be applied to future months. For Genesis Centre guests that have recently cancelled their membership, our Guest Service Associates will be available to help with reactivation and to answer any questions.
The NECCS (North East Centre of Community Society) story is an incredible journey of a small group of dedicated people who had a big dream.
Established as a Society in 2005, the North-East Centre of Community Society is a not-for-profit, charitable organization.
SUCCESSFUL. MEMORABLE. With a variety of venue options large and small, we have the right space to meet your needs.
LET'S PLAY! We have the right space for your next tournament, game, or practice!
LOW PRICE, HIGH VALUE. Your paid daily admission, monthly pass, or family pass includes access to all activities listed in our drop-in calendar.
Join our action packed camps, programs and leagues to develop your skills, meet new people and stay fit!
For all upcoming events at the Genesis Centre and surrounding community check our Community Events Calendar
Following the Government of Alberta’s Phase 2 Relaunch Strategy, the Genesis Centre will officially reopen June 29.
Connecting the Northeast Calgary Communities of Martindale, Saddle Ridge and Taradale.
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