Staff Collective

From top of staircase:
-Megan (Member Support Coordinator)
-Erin (Organizational Development Coordinator)
-Philip (Operations Coordinator)
-Sameen (Community of Care Coordinator – position ended May 2020)
-Thulasy (Equity Coordinator)
-Sarah (Finance Administrator)

Thank you so much to Desiree from member group M:ST Performative Art for taking this for us!

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.

Megan Asselin (Member Support Coordinator), she/her: megan(at)

Megan (she/her) has her roots in Northwestern Ontario and her heart in Moh-kíns-tsis (Calgary). She is a member of Naotkamegwanning First Nation and as a social worker with a focus in community development practice, she has been working and volunteering in the non-profit sector for more than 20 years. Getting her non-profit start in historical interpretation and (failed) service dog training, Megan has since grown into a love of community organizing that focuses on inclusion, equity, and social justice. Megan has been a participant in CommunityWise’s AROC process since 2016, and is thrilled to be joining the CommunityWise staff collective.

Sarah Zhu (Finance Administrator), she/her: finance(at)

Sarah (she/her) joined CommunityWise 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 Coordinator), she/her: equity(at)

Thulasy (she/her) 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.

Tyson Bankert (BLAC Capacity-Builder and Trainer), he/him: BLAC(at) (not pictured)

Tyson has been working and volunteering in supporting neighbourhood life for as long as he can remember! His interest in community comes at the intersection of justice and community development, and his work is based on equity, wellness, and agency. His personal slogan is: “Promote Justice, Edify Others, and Befriend the Lonely”.  Tyson has been a committed member of the Anti-Racist Organizational Change (AROC) process since 2016, and is excited to further the process and build capacity for the newly created cooperative BLAC (Black Leadership Alliance Council).

Erin McFarlane (Organizational Development Coordinator), she/her: erin(at)

Erin (she/her) has worked across a variety of organizations and issue areas within Calgary’s nonprofit sector over the past 15 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!

Philip McCutcheon (Operations Coordinator), he/him: philip(at)

Philip McCutcheon (he/him) 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.

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