Our Board

(Left to right) Dave R. McElhanney, Dr. John Latter, Caroline Turner Hogan, Irene Pfeiffer, Leanne Likness, Georg W. Paffrath and Michelle Rhode.
Missing: Shamez Kassam, Gelaine Pearman,  Andrew Smith, Aron Balakrishnan and Eleanor Carlson.

Chair of the Board
David R. McElhanney, P.Eng., MBA, ICD.D
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.

Aron Balakrishnan

Eleanor Carlson, BA, MA, JD
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.

Caroline Turner Hogan, MD, CCFP
During my career I have seen firsthand how important suitable housing is as a determinant of health. Assisting people to live as independently as they can fosters pride and community values. I am honored to be part of the board of Accessible Housing.

Shamez Kassam, MBA, CFA
I have had the 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

Leanne Likness

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
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
I believe deeply that we are capable of creating communities that enable, uplift, and are inclusive of all people regardless of circumstance. Throughout my life I have been constantly reminded of the impermanence of one’s own well being, and so I am compelled and honoured to serve in any capacity I can offer.