Staff

Heather McPherson

Executive Director Email: director@acgc.ca

Heather has worked as the Executive Director of ACGC since 2008.  In this role, Heather oversees the strategic direction of the Council, while ensuring all programming and initiatives align with ACGC’s mission and mandate.  Heather is the councils’ primary liaison with the various partners including the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation, and Global Affairs Canada. 

Prior to her work at ACGC, Heather spent over a decade working with Canadian and international educational and community development organizations with partners around the world. Heather has worked primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa with organizations such as United Nations Development Programme, Canada World Youth, and Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO).

Leah Ettarh

Program Manager Email: projects@acgc.ca

Leah is ACGC’s Program Manager, responsible for public engagement activities, as well as ACGC’s youth and educator programming and initiatives.  Leah is a teacher by trade, with a degree in International Humanitarian Action.  Prior to working at ACGC, Leah taught in international schools around the globe, including Bolivia, China, and Kenya, and worked out of the classroom in the field of Education in Emergencies, with the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies in New York.

Denby Jorgensen

E-Bulletin Coordinator Email: denby.jorgensen@acgc.ca

Denby’s role with the ACGC is to plan and execute the bi-weekly e-bulletin. Currently, Denby is finishing up her Computing Science degree and working on Women and Gender Studies courses, with her free time working with groups such as Ada’s Team - a group of students at the University of Alberta dedicated to promoting diversity in computing, games, and technology.

Leslie Robinson

Communications Coordinator Email: leslie.robinson@acgc.ca

Leslie is ACGC's Communication Coordinator, as well as the National Program Manager for EQWIP HUBS, responsible for developing the initiative's national public engagement strategy, and supporting returning EQWIP HUB volunteers in sharing their stories with Canadians. 

Val Wiebe

Bookkeeper and Office Administrator Email: info@acgc.ca

Val recently joined ACGC in the new position of part-time Bookkeeper and Office Administrator. Val is responsible for all aspects of financial accounting and administration. Val has a background in the non-profit sector of over 20 years. She has held various positions in this sector bringing a knowledge of experience to the duties she performs with ACGC.

Laveza Khan

Membership and Government Relations Coordinator Email: laveza.khan@acgc.ca

Melissa Bui

Special Projects Officer Email: melissa.bui@acgc.ca

Arden Burtnik

Special Projects Officer Email: arden.burtnik@acgc.ca