The Board of Directors at Deaf & Hear Alberta (DHA) is a dedicated and passionate team of individuals with personal experience, expertise and connections to the causes we champion.
Board of Directors, 2019 – 2020
Cathy Freer-Leszczynski, MLIS, BA, Chair
Working as an information professional in public libraries for over 30 years, Cathy has seen how innovation, strategic planning and staying true to mission and vision can anchor organizations operating in complexity and change. With over 15 years as a children’s librarian, Cathy is a passionate advocate for early literacy and lifelong learning. As a senior manager, she has been fortunate to learn what it means to be part of high performing teams facing profound change. Cathy believes that finding new ways to connect to community and building strong relationships will be crucial to re-inventing 21st Century service. She is a passionate Rotarian and comes to Deaf & Hear Alberta to give back to an organization that supported her and her family when they learned that their daughter Cassandra was born with a profound hearing loss. She is keen to support the CEO and staff at Deaf & Hear Alberta and other Board Members as they strive to bring alive the mission and vision of this great organization.
Keith is a Chartered Professional Accountant with 40 years of experience in public accounting and government, primarily in international and cross-border tax areas. He has recently retired as a tax partner with Deloitte in Calgary but continues to provide tax services to a variety of corporations and businesses on a consulting basis. Keith has a long history of volunteer service and involvement including service with his community association, amateur theatre and arts organizations, social service providers, and other not for profit entities. He is pleased to bring his accounting, financial and organizational experience to bear in assisting Deaf and Hear Alberta to achieve its goals and mission.
Jared is a Chartered Professional Accountant with 15 years of experience in a variety of accounting roles, both in public practice and private industry. Having a son who was born with profound bilateral hearing loss, he is passionate about giving back to the community that has been so supportive of his family. He looks forward to bringing his passion and experience to DHA and to help the CEO and staff achieve their goals.