Kris Sakowsky

Kris Sakowsky

President

Kris Sakowsky is a long term resident of Sherwood Park/Strathcona County.  A Professional Engineer by trade, he’s a busy retiree after having a long and varied career working with ATCO Electric here in Alberta.  Married, and a supportive father of three adult children, he’s committed to being more active in supporting important community endeavours such as the Strathcona Shelter Society and A Safe Place. 

“Time for me to give back to the community that served me and my family so well. I want to meet some of the wonderful people who are active in the County. I want to use and share the skills and experience I’ve gained through my career to help those on the front line who are working hard to make a difference”.  Working with A Safe Place and the people involved has been a wonderful experience.

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Don Thorson

Treasurer

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Scott Waters

Secretary

Scott Waters is the proud father of three talented and active children. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, and can often be found in the kitchen trying new recipes, spending time at the family cabin or exploring the mountains with a special love for Waterton Park and the Crowsnest Pass. He enjoys all types of sports with a keen interest in golf, hockey, hiking and various water sports.

Graduating from the University of Alberta in 2000 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Scott received his Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) designation in 2004 and holds the role of Vice President, Fabrication & Strategic Business Development with Aecon, one of Canada’s largest Infrastructure and Construction companies. Having held a variety of leadership roles in construction, operations and maintenance, Scott has developed a wide range of business, operational excellence and relationship and development skills that he seeks to bring to A Safe Place. Scott takes a lot of pride in mentoring younger professionals with a focus on collaboration, distributive leadership and big picture thinking. Since 2019, Scott has also sat as a Director on the Alberta Chamber of Resources Board.

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Mike Cameron

Director

Mike Cameron is a passionate father of two young adults. He is a bit of a tech geek who loves the latest gadgets and software. When not working he enjoys running long distance ultra-marathons and spending as much time as possible in the mountains.

Mike is a professional speaker and author. He has over 25 year’s experience working in sales and leadership. Mike runs both group and individual executive coaching programs where he takes a holistic approach to helping others achieve success. In his 2017 TEDx, Redefining Badass, he shares his story of tragedy and why he believes we have an obligation to redefine what it means to be strong as a man.

Mike founded, ran, and eventually sold a large brokerage firm in 2019. He is the co-founder of the Ignore No More Run For Respect and an ambassador for Gems for Gems.

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Sandra Hanington

Director

Sandra Hanington raised two amazing daughters, and feels blessed to have watched them grow and become the great humans they are today. When not working or improving sourdough skills, she loves to be outdoors, whether it be walking on forest trails, going to the dog park with her doodle, or hitting the links on a warm summer day. She likes to explore other cultures and travel south for warm vacations, and hopes to do so again.

Sandra has spent her adult life in the healthcare environment. She is a nurse that has contributed to, and gained experience in a wide variety of health arenas including mental health, oncology, disability management, rehabilitation, and ensuring that Albertans have access to quality/accredited diagnostic providers. She has worked the front lines of direct patient care to managing various medical programs for industry and professional regulation. Sandra currently provides experienced and empathetic case management to disability clients in a virtual manner. Volunteerism or “giving back” is very important to Sandra, and as her daughters grew older, she has been able to participate more readily. Her greatest accomplishments are being a mom, a sister, a daughter, and a friend.

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Lungile Tinarwo

DIRECTOR

Lungile Tinarwo or as she is more well known, Lulu is a mother, lawyer and advocate. She runs her own law firm in Edmonton while raising her 7 year old daughter and takes pride in being able to volunteer her time for causes that are close to her heart. While Lulu spends most of her time guiding and representing clients in family, criminal and immigration law, she really is an advocate in life as well. And the opportunity to volunteer at A Safe Place is one that Lulu cherishes!  

Lulu is the principal lawyer at Tinarwo Law which she has been operating in Edmonton since 2018. Before that, Lulu started her legal career in Toronto, Ontario when she worked for Legal Aid Ontario and the law firm of Hicks Adams LLP. Lulu takes pride in her work as a legal advisor and advocate to clients from all walks of life through her work at her firm, but that is not where it ends. Lulu is a member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), volunteers on the Access to Justice Committee and sits as the co-chair of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee. She is also the co-founder of the Alberta Association of Black Lawyers which is in its infancy. She has been featured on the cover of Melanistic Magazine and in Law Matters publication as one of it’s Unsung Hero’s. She has also contributed articles to the CBA magazine including showcasing Justice Kendell of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in an interview she conducted for Black History Month.  

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Kathy Vasko

DIRECTOR

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