Staff Collective


top row (left to right): Erin, Thulasy
bottom row: Sarah, Sameen, 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.

Sarah Zhu (Finance and Office Coordinator) finance(at)

Sarah joined CommunityWise as the Finance and Office Coordinator in July 2017. Prior to joining CommunityWise, she worked in non-profit and charity organizations for over 10 years. She worked as the Executive Director for two community associations, held senior finance management positions for two other charities, and has work experience in private and public corporations. She brings accounting, finance, budgeting, and reporting skills as well as facility management and office administration experience.  Sarah holds degrees and diplomas in finance management, accounting, and office administration.  She also enjoys working with people, being actively involved in community development, and volunteering.

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.

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 in community development, administrative, volunteer coordination, event planning, field supervision, website coordination, and evaluation roles. She holds a BA in Sociology and an MSW in Community Development, and is a Registered Social Worker. She has worked with CommunityWise since September 2013. She is passionate about participatory processes, organizational equity, capacity-building, reflective practice, and the intersections between space and social change. She has a lot of love for this place!

Sameen Ashraf (AROC Support Staff) arocsupport(at)

Sameen joined CommunityWise and the AROC project in April 2018. She will be working on AROC until September 2018. Sameen holds a BA in Psychology from Simon Fraser University. She has a diverse range of interests, from LGBTQ+ equity to climate justice, but recognizes that racism and white supremacy must be acknowledged in each one of these areas; therefore, she is passionate about centering anti-racism as her key point of action in all of her social justice pursuits. She enjoys going home to Vancouver as often as possible.

Past Staff:

Jian Hong – Finance Coordinator (2015-2017)

Son Edworthy – Administrative Coordinator (2010-2016)

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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