Rose Council

YWCA Edmonton’s Rose Council is a passionate group of community members who are advocates committed to taking action on gender-based violence. As champions for the YWCA’s Rose Campaign and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, our Council Members are ambassadors and leaders, engaging the Greater Edmonton community on issues of gender-based violence, equity, and safety. We are proud to introduce you to our 2022 Council Members.

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Alia Chadi holds much pride for the city of Edmonton, where she was born and raised. Alia is actively involved in the community and has financially supported many community groups and charities. Alia is proud to be a part of the Rose Council committee, and is committed to taking action on violence against women and girls. After obtaining a bachelor’s of Education Degree, Alia went on to run a Residential and Commercial real estate brokerage with her husband. Alia is raising three children Ava, Sid and Noah.

Alia Chadi

Andrea Trendel has been in the field of social work for over two decades and is committed to bringing about positive social change, not just for individuals, but for organizations and communities. She is energized by the vision to reduce inequities and injustices in our community and believes that the YWCA and the Rose Council will provide an opportunity to support these goals. Andrea is a life-long cheerleader for the city of Edmonton and is proud, with her husband and two children, to make it her home.

Andrea Trendel

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Bhupinder Lalh is a former educator with the Edmonton Public School Board. Over the last few years, she has been drawn to becoming more involved in furthering women’s health and well being. She feels we all have a responsibility, no matter your gender—to educate, to advocate, to create more tolerance, to instill respected values and viewpoints She wants to make lasting changes when it comes to women’s rights, which indeed, are human rights.

Bhupinder Lalh

Dale Wispinski is Chief Appeals Commissioner and CEO at the Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers’ Compensation.  She holds a BA (Honours) in Communications from the University of Calgary, an LL.B. from the University of Alberta, and a Certified In-House Counsel designation from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.  Dale serves on the board of the Edmonton Humane Society and is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law.  In 2019, she was the recipient of the Women in Law Leadership Award for Leadership in the Profession (Government) and was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Edmonton Top 40 Under 40.

Dale Wispinski

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Deborah (Deb) Dodd is a Senior Partner with Aplin, a national staffing and recruiting agency headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.  Deb works with organizations to source top talent in the technology industry and is the division lead for Aplin Information Technology. Deb has previously served on the Advisory Committee of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation Women’s Network and has, since 2018, been a member of the Edmonton Elks Women’s Dinner Committee – raising funds for Ovarian Cancer Research at the Louis Hole Hospital.  She is a past member of the Edmonton Health City Working Group, an economic development initiative focused on retention and recruitment to advance the health innovation ecosystem in the Edmonton region. Deb holds a BA (Psychology) from Western University. She has received 11 consecutive top-performer awards in her industry and through her commitment to the community, Deb is working to set a good example for her children.  She is looking forward to her role as a member of the 2022 YWCA Rose Council.

Deborah Dodd

Dénes Németh leads AIMCo’s stakeholder relations function, responsible for establishing and strengthening the organization’s connection to our community and strategic partnerships. Since joining in 2010, Dénes’ responsibilities have included leading AIMCo’s corporate communications program, managing media relations, and overseeing the organization’s public affairs efforts. Prior to joining AIMCo, Dénes was responsible for European investment attraction at Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and later led the strategy for strengthening the region’s Financial Services and Petrochemical clusters. He has held marketing and consulting roles with local firms in Edmonton and earlier worked at MOL Group, Hungary’s national oil and gas company, based out of Budapest. Dénes holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from the University of Alberta. A committed advocate for Greater Edmonton, Dénes believes the power of community can improve the quality of life for all. He is proud to serve as a member of the YWCA Rose Council and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC).

Dénes Németh

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Jeff Myrfield is currently the Vice President Western Canada for Imperial Dade Canada, a distributor of facility services, packaging and print products. He has spent most of his life in the Edmonton area having lived here since 1980, and graduated from the University of Alberta. He is always amazed at our community, and how we have so many great individuals and organizations providing support to those in need. He is a husband, and a proud father of 3 boys, with most of his spare time dedicated to supporting them and their activities. He has been a supporter of the YWCA since 2012, organizing 3 Walk a Mile teams, and hosting 2 Rose Campaign tables, and he looks forward to continuing to work with the YWCA for many years to come. 

 

Jeff Myrfield

Joshua Duarte is the son of Brazilian immigrants and has had the pleasure of living and working in various cities throughout Brazil, Canada and the United States. Over the past 10 years, Josh has held various roles from advisory to leadership roles at RBC, one of Canada’s most trusted financial institutions. Today, Josh is primarily focused on helping individuals and organizations in Alberta create roadmaps for achieving their long-term financial planning goals. He currently holds a Certificate in Financial Services Advice, Certificate in Advanced Financial Advice and  Personal Financial Planning Designation by Canadian Securities Institute. Motivated by meaningful work and passionate about building strong communities, Josh is a Mentor with MENTOR Canada, was a Steering Committee Member at Edmonton Women in Finance in 2021, Co-Chair of RBC’s Alberta and Territories Black Professional Network, the Vice President of Internal and the Western Canada Co-Lead for Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals.

 

Joshua Duarte

Lillian Zenari is a first generation Canadian, born and raised in Edmonton. Her strong Italian family instilled in her the importance of community and compassion. Lillian currently works as a Chartered Professional Accountant for CWB Financial Group. She has come to realize that women, because of their gender and other life circumstances, experience obstacles or injustices that are simply unfair. She believes women need a hand up to achieve their goals, be safe, and make the contributions our city, country and world so desperately need from women. Lillian has been volunteering for the YWCA Edmonton for the past three years, and also serves on the University of Alberta’s Board of Governors. She lives in Edmonton with her husband, their son and their miniature goldendoodle.

Lillian Zenari

Robyn Wosnack is a commercial real estate professional with over 18 years in the industry, working in brokerage, ownership, and presently real estate financing with RBC. She is an active member of both the RBC Women’s Employee Resource Group, and Edmonton CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) as she believes in working to support and further the careers of women in historically male dominated sectors. The YWCA Rose Council is an incredible opportunity to continue to lift women up and bring awareness about violence against women and issues facing marginalized members of our community.

Robyn Wosnack

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Shannon Butler has been Executive Coordinator of the Butler Family Foundation since 2007. She has a passion for connecting people and working collaboratively. She believes that conversations can inspire real change and that the true measure of a community is how it comes together to support and value its most vulnerable members.

Shannon Butler

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