Interim Executive Director
After a career spanning two decades and including success in the private, non-profit, and public service sectors, Sharon now shares her leadership, change management skills and go-get-‘em attitude with organizations looking for new, innovative ways to sustain themselves and to grow as well as runs her own social enterprise business. As the founding Executive Director of Attainable Homes Calgary and previously Interim Executive Director for SPEC Association for Children and Families, Sharon relishes in the opportunity to be the Highbanks Society Interim Executive Director to help build an even stronger organization that serves our clients
Having been a single mother with young children, Sharon understands challenges that this can present and is dedicated helping other young women achieve success. Now a mother of four teenage and young adults, Sharon enjoys spending time with her family, curling, yoga, kickboxing and dragonboat racing.
Stephanie is a born and raised Calgarian who has spent many years studying, working and volunteering abroad including Belize, Jamaica, Germany, the US and Korea. She has a Social Science degree with minors in TESOL, Dance and Theology. She is also a Certified Nutritional Practitioner.
Stephanie has worked in several social services agencies over the past decade working with a variety of clients. She is dedicated to personal growth, health, education, connection and living an engaged, authentic, whole-hearted life. The intimate, committed community of Highbanks captured Stephanie’s heart in 2010 when she moved back to Calgary from Korea, and she has been there ever since.
Stephanie plans, coordinates and facilities the programs at Highbanks and works one on one with Highbanks residents to support them in reaching their goals.
When not at Highbanks, Stephanie continues to study, writes, dances, hikes, practices yoga, and travels as much as possible. She is thrilled to be a part of Highbanks’ community of thriving women pursuing their dreams.
I have been the Office Assistant with The Highbanks Society since 2017. I am a bookkeeper/accounting clerk. I enjoy curling, gardening, crocheting and spending time with my family.
Lauren completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Alberta and recently finished her Masters of Counselling degree at the University of Calgary. Her passion and interest in resiliency and child development allowed her to co-author a book-chapter with a professor on developmental trajectories. She has worked many jobs in the social services field including Alpha House, Wood’s Homes and recently finished her counselling practicum at Foothills Academy. In addition Lauren started Clean Living in 2015, a cleaning service dedicated to safe and environmentally friendly supplies.
Lauren’s belief in resilience and desire to make a difference brought her to Highbanks in 2017 and her love for the community and the residents has kept her here since. On top of monthly childcare, building maintenance, planning and facilitating community events, Lauren devotes a lot of her time to connecting with the families. She is dedicated to ensuring Highbanks remains a safe, accepting and loving community!
She is passionate about living life to the fullest and she puts her heart into everything. Lauren is dedicated to her own self-growth and feels immense satisfaction when helping others and making meaningful connections with others. Lauren is a huge animal lover and if you’re ever in the community, you’ll be sure to see her two furry friends or our resident guard dogs- Jack and Ty. When Lauren isn’t working or spending time at Highbanks, you can find her meditating, brushing up on the latest nutrition/psychology research, practicing yoga or spending time with her friends and family.
I now feel safe where I am. I have never known what that truly feels like until now. I have come to realize that I am worth it and my child is counting on me.
~ Highbanks Client
It feels good to have my own place. This makes me feel less like a teen mom, more like a real mom. The independence I get here means I am supporting my son and I have help achieving my goals.
~ Highbanks Client