Jacqui Everson is the Champion of Influence, who coordinates the leadership programs within FuseSocial. Jacqui is responsible for running the new Executive Director Leadership program and Leadership Wood Buffalo. She believes building strong community leaders is what makes our community resilient and will create sustainability.
Jacqui’s background in education and experience in the community services field along with her knowledge in the needs and challenges of the community brings great support to the education and training team at FuseSocial. Her dedication to personal and professional development leverages the leadership programs and encourages continued capacity building amongst community organizations and individuals.
Jacqui dedicates her time to facilitating collaborative leadership initiates in the community as well as working closely with youth groups to support and build the capacity of Wood Buffalo’s emerging community leaders. She continues to develop creative and innovative approaches to addressing the community’s multifaceted challenges as well as the challenges in the Social Profit Sector.
As a certificated life coach, Jacqui, encourages individuals to life-long learning, personal and professional growth and development. With her deep knowledge and understanding of personal complexities as well as community complexities she continues to share her knowledge of community development and systems thinking in her program design.
Jacqui holds a degree in Law and in Criminology – Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.
Colin Funk has been the lead program designer and facilitator of Leadership Wood Buffalo since 2010. In his role as facilitator and leadership coach he has inspired and guided dozens of emerging community leaders in Wood Buffalo.
Colin is also the founding Director of Corporate Funk, a creative facilitation group based in Banff, Alberta. Colin has extensive experience in the areas of popular education, creative solution-finding, facilitation, leadership training and program design. He has spent the last 20 years working at The Banff Centre (Banff, AB) as Arts Administrator, Program Coordinator and Creative Program Director of the Banff Centre’s Leadership Learning Lab – a unique applied research lab combining the arts, environmental education and cultural knowledge as a means to develop and enhance leadership and management training.
Colin has had a long successful career enabling individuals of all ages in building personal leadership capacity through his deep knowledge of the arts/artistic practice, and concept animation techniques. He has developed this unique body of work through his past work in Community Development with the Town of Banff, The Banff Ideas Bank, and his extensive work as Artistic Director of Precipice Theater (special focus on social/environmental education for youth and young adults). Colin continues to develop innovative approached to addressing complex challenges for individuals and organizations as an active consultant with the Reframe Now Leadership Development group in Banff, AB, the Pacific Centre for Leadership in Canmore, AB and PLAN:NET Ltd of Calgary Alberta.
Colin holds Diplomas in Theater Performance/Dramaturgy – Vancouver Playhouse and Broadcast Communications – BC Institute of Technology.
Bernie has been a resident of Fort McMurray for the past five years and she is passionate about building capacity. As the Master of Efficiency – Programming at FuseSocial she was committed to ensuring all FuseSocial’s programs meet high quality standards, were innovative and relevant to the social profit sector in Wood Buffalo. Prior to arriving in Fort McMurray, Bernie spent over 20 years in Whistler, BC and operated her own training consulting business.
With her Master’s degree in Adult Education and 30 years of training and facilitating experience, Bernie has been able to develop her experience as an educator and capacity builder in many sectors including the multi-sport Games world. Having spent 7 months in Turkmenistan in 2017 as the Senior Training Manager for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games she was responsible for building capacity in 400 staff who had never been involved in a Games before. In addition, she worked for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games responsible for the training of over 30,000 volunteers and more locally the Western Canada Summer Games 2015 in volunteer engagement and the Alberta Winter Games as the Sport Fencing Chair.
Residing in the RMWB since 2001 and with a career spanning over 18 years, Candace Sturgess has a wealth of theoretical knowledge and substantial hands-on experience working in a diversity of roles—most notably within indigenous and rural communities and the oil and gas field for such companies as Enbridge Pipelines, Fluor, Wenzel Downhole Tools and TJ’s Oilfield. Candace has also worked closely with the Sustainability Department and Administration at the Fort McKay First Nations, with Chief and Council at Fort McMurray First Nations #468 on annual Treaty Days Celebrations, planned the launch event for the business incubator for Chipewyan Prairie First Nations, worked with the Athabasca Tribal Council and organized the regional gathering in 2014. In 2013 Candace accepted a new challenge and opened a Grocery Store in Anzac, where she has resided since 2004. The grocery store then expanded to add a café/catering division in 2015. Candace holds a Business Administration diploma specializing in Marketing from NAIT and focuses on the areas of stakeholder engagement, event planning, marketing collateral and promotional materials production, fundraising, as well as database development and management.