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.
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.
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.
Carla Howatt is a passionate believer in community and staunch advocate for the underdog. She is a loving wife and mother of three.
Carla is former politician in Strathcona County, a communications professional, and an author. She has a wide range of experience, having been the Director of AI Business Accelerator for the Edmonton Police Foundation, and the Communications Advisor with Covenant Health. As a private consultant, Carla has experience in areas as diverse as crisis communications, public relations, community relations, and media relations.
During her spare time she keeps busy reading, writing, creating altered journals or playing with her two pugs.
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.