- Social Activities
- Hospice Resources
Richard Goebel was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario and studied at Wilfrid Laurier University in next-door Waterloo, Ontario. He began his working life in corporate sales with BFGoodrich in Kitchener and transferred with that company to Calgary, Alberta. He later changed careers to the travel industry where, after concentrating on the technical and financial side of the business, he eventually retired as a partner in the largest privately-owned travel agency in Alberta. In parallel to his civilian career, he served thirty-one years in Canada’s Army Reserve as an Infantryman and an Infantry Officer including one year of peacekeeping in former Yugoslavia. His final job in the military was as Commanding Officer of The Calgary Highlanders where he hopes he helped to foster the culture of service that resulted in the unit sending more than twice as many volunteer soldiers to Afghanistan as any other reserve unit in the Canadian Forces. He has worked with a variety of charitable and non-profit organizations primarily related to the military and the church.
Glynis Grigg has been a member of the Order of Saint Lazarus since 2006. After a 4-year term as Vice-Commander, Glynis assumed the role of Commander of the Calgary Commandery in March 2013. In addition to her role in the Order, Glynis has been very active with other local charities, including The Samaritan Club - a 106-year-old Calgary group that aids local families and also Dreams Take Flight – a 26-year-old charity that provides disadvantaged children a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Disneyland. In addition to her charitable activities,Glynis has also served as a Director of Valour Canada; a Director of the Calgary Military Museum Society; the Co-Chair of FundFest for the Calgary Health Trust; on the Highland Ball Committee; Director of the Calgary Exotic Automobile Group; Director of the Southern Alberta Children’s Hospice Society; and the Co-Chair of the Art Lotto for the Glenbow Museum Acquisition Society.
Julien DeSchutter spent more than 42 years in the travel and aviation-related business. During 30 years with Air Canada, he held a number of management and senior management positions in Winnipeg, Toronto, and Montreal, in the areas of Business Development, Information Technology, Marketing, as well as Corporate and Commercial Strategy. He is also a Past Chair of the Board of Tourism Calgary. In January 1998 Julien was hired as Vice-President, Airport Marketing for The Calgary Airport Authority and remained in that role until he retired at the end of 2008. In that role he was responsible for all Passenger Air Service Development, Tourism Development, Commercial Development, as well as Hospitality Relations. He was also instrumental in bringing large meetings, events, and conferences to Calgary including The International Air Cargo Association in 2006, World Skills International in 2009, and the Airports Council International North American and International Conferences in 2010. Julien is currently involved with a number of charities including amongst them, The NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank, The Order of St. Lazarus as Vice-Chancellor of Finance, and Dreams Take Flight, where he is the Treasurer of the Calgary Chapter as well as being a member of the National Board of Directors.