Staff Collective


(left to right: Jian, Erin, Thulasy, Phil) 

The staff collective aspires to practice non-hierarchical division of labour and responsibility according to ability and experience, while recognizing that staff members who work more hours per week and have more experience and ability are more able to take responsibility and exercise decision-making power. The staff collective supports skill development and empowerment of all staff, board, practicum students, interns, volunteers and members.

Jian Hong (Finance Coordinator) finance(at)

Jian Hong, Chinese Canadian, immigrated to Canada in May, 2000. She is enthusiastic individual who has always enjoyed Math during her time at school. Jian has a passion in finance and accounting. Jian worked as Accounting Assistant at WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. and Accounts Payable at Anterra Energy Inc., joined to CommunityWise staff collective in Feb. 2015, dedicated to CW with her accounting knowledge and experience in non-profit and business organizations.

Philip McCutcheon (Operations Coordinator) philip(at)

Philip McCutcheon is committed to supporting non-profit and grassroots organizations working towards inclusive social change in Calgary. Thrilled be a part of CommunityWise since 2011, Philip brings a wide range of approaches, acknowledging the diverse needs and experiences of people working in or visiting the Centre. Philip appreciates the value of having a strong Do-It-Yourself approach and believes that through cooperation and sharing each of us can create something extraordinary. Born and raised in Calgary, Philip organized through the Haymarket Worker Owned Cooperative, Food Not Bombs, and The Arusha Centre before completing a Bachelors degree from the University of Calgary in Development Studies. Philip will be going to Iceland again soon.

Erin McFarlane (Community and Organizational Development Coordinator) erin(at)

Erin has worked across a variety of organizations and issue areas within Calgary’s nonprofit sector over the past 12 years. She holds a BA in Sociology and an MSW in Community Development and is a Registered Social Worker. She has worked with CommunityWise in a community development role since 2013. She is very passionate about this place and about the intersections between space and social change!

Thulasy Lettner (Equity Framework Coordinator) equity(at)

Thulasy has worn many different hats in her efforts to create social change over the past 10 years. She holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta; worked in Zambia with international development organizations and a social enterprise; and, has worked with several community initiatives and non-profits in the Calgary area. She also raises chickens on pasture with her partner in Black Diamond, AB. Thulasy joined CommunityWise in September 2016.

Past Staff:

Son Edworthy – Administrative Coordinator (2010-2016) – Son continues to work with the Staff Collective in a consulting role. 

Jani Meyers – Financial Coordinator (2004-2014)

Jessica Willes – Community Forum Coordinator (2012)

Sinela Jurkova – Staff Collective Member (2010-2012)

Del Rath – Building Manager (2002-2010)


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