Elizabeth Karp, Executive Director
Elizabeth has been the pastor at Harvest Healing Centre for 11 years. She also operates 2 businesses, Strathmore Jewellery Boutique in Strathmore as well as Justice Kennels. She has lived in Strathmore for 24 years and strongly believes in community and unity. Elizabeth is heading up the Strathmore Homeless Shelter as she has a passion to see God’s heart fulfilled in this area. God’s heart, according to James 1:27 is to look after orphans and widows.
She believes the shelter is a beginning to addressing the problem of homelessness and tying people into the resources available to them both locally and in other areas. It will keep these people safely out of the streets and the cold and give them an opportunity to move into what is available for them.
Councillor Lorraine Bauer is currently serving her first term as a Town of Strathmore Councillor. She has lived in Strathmore for 17 years and has watched the town grow and change with a desire to influence decisions in her community through service on committees and boards in the town. Currently she is a member of the Strathmore Overnight Shelter Board, The Youth Club of Strathmore Board and the Strathmore Library Board. She also is a Chairperson on the Emergency Management Committee and also sits on the Downtown District Revitalization Committee.
She lives in Strathmore with her husband Ron and their son Zane. Her two older boys Carter and Chris live in Calgary and Vancouver. She loves to travel, read, garden and has just taken up fly fishing.
Lorraine hopes to make a significant contribution in the lives of others through her work on the Strathmore Overnight Shelter and believes that service within the community is one way we can build and strengthen our town.
John Hilton-O’Brien has served as a volunteer, staffer or board member in homeless organizations in Portland, Milwaukee, Grande Prairie, and Calgary. He holds degrees in Social Work from Mount Royal University and Philosophy from Marquette University. John and his wife Nathalie own HOB’s Hobbies in downtown Strathmore.
Denise Peterson was appointed to sit as a member of the Strathmore Overnight Shelter (SOS) by Strathmore Town Council. She has worked in the Strathmore and Siksika communities for 34 years as a teacher, principal and consultant. She believes SOS will provide an important safety net for those in our community requiring emergent life-giving sanctuary.
Denise is married to Rev. Deacon Roger Nelson; together they have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. They are immensely grateful for all this community has to offer and believe SOS will work to fill a gap in services that is greatly needed.
Raised in Cold Lake, Richard Rodgers studied Social Work at the University of Regina. A steelworker, Richard has spent the past two years working tirelessly to promote the shelter and reach out local homeless people.
A Strathmore local, Austin Venturelli was actually born in Walla Walla, Washington. Austin, leads a security team at the Calgary Drop-In Centre, where he has worked for the past four years. He holds certificates in Police Studies and Human Justice from Mount Royal University, and has taken part in the DI’s Leadership Development group.
Dave Mackie is the Assistant Pastor of Harvest Healing Centre Church, as well as an established local businessman. He has coached spurs minor soccer, and operates SND Industrial in Strathmore. Educated at SAIT, he holds an interprovincial Red Seal Journeymen Machinist Certificate, and brings many years of business experience to the board. Dave is married with 3 kids, he and his family have made Strathmore area their home since 2005.