Our Board

Accessible Housing Calgary

(Left to right) Jeff Dyer, Dr. Alina Turner (retired from the Board), Dave McElhanney, Eleanor Carlson, Andrew Smith, Gelaine Pearman, Georg Paffrath, Irene Pfeiffer
Missing: Mark Dickin, Dr. John Latter, Shamez Kassem

Chair of the Board
David R. McElhanney, P.Eng., MBA, ICD.D
Principal, MBE Ventures Inc.
I believe in giving back to the communities we live in, something I learned at a young age from my mother. Many of us are blessed with skills and abilities that can be used to contribute to the well-being of others.

Eleanor Carlson, BA, MA, JD
Associate, Carbert Waite LLP
I want to live in a social environment in which diversity is respected and embraced. I feel that a prerequisite for a strong community is everyone having a safe, accessible, and affordable home.

Mark Dickin, ICD.D
I had watched a relative struggle through her life in a home not intended for wheelchair access after she was struck by Polio in her 30’s. What I have encountered here is an amazing group of individuals who care for each other and are deeply dedicated to improving lives for people with mobility issues who are often homeless and in need of support.

Shamez Kassam, MBA, CFA
Portfolio Manager
I have had a chance to meet people whose lives have been directly touched by Accessible Housing. The impact is phenomenal and I am proud to be a small part of that.

Dr. John Latter MD, MPA, FRCPC
Because of my career in pediatric physiatry, I have an interest in young adults with disabilities. My hope is that with my background I can help build people’s understanding of what is needed for accessible homes in Calgary

Georg W. Paffrath, P.Eng
A society is judged by how it takes care of its most vulnerable. Accessible Housing addresses a sometimes forgotten and yet growing sector of our population. I am involved because I believe I can make a difference.

Gelaine Pearman
Health Care Professional/Community Leader
With a health care background, I have seen first hand the impact mobility and health issues have on individuals and their families.  Inspired by the strength and resilience of these individuals, along with a strong belief in giving back to our community, I joined Accessible Housing’s Board in order to help this group of inspiring individuals.

Irene Pfeiffer, CM
I volunteer as part of my commitment to give back to the community. I am not in the achievement business anymore but I do hope to make a solid contribution. I am passionate about life!

Andrew Smith, P. Eng
Project Development Project Manager