Board of Directors
Established as a Society in 2005, the North East Centre of Community Society is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. The volunteer Board of Directors provide leadership and guidance to the management team that supports the vision and mission of the facility.
Lisa McGuey President
Lisa brings to the NECCS team a passion for life-long learning and community building. Growing up in small-town Ontario, Lisa became actively involved in her community through sport, recreation and leisure—developing and initiating programming which ultimately led her to receive a youth Millennium Excellence award for community innovation. Lisa continued her involvement community while pursuing her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education through Trent and Queen's University where she was active in aquatic and outdoor education leadership.
Seeking challenge, adventure and change, Lisa moved to Calgary in 2008 to begin her career as an educator. Since this time she has been teaching in Northeast Calgary where and has been inspired by the strength and the diversity of this unique community. She very much believes in the power of community in helping individuals to reach their full potentials and develop into their "whole" selves.
Dedicated to remaining a life-long learner and community builder, Lisa is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Calgary. She is truly honoured to be a part of an organization such as NECCS which is built upon an inspired vision of the future for the Northeast community and its people.
Susan Clark Vice President &Interim Secretary
Bio to come . . .
Carol Steiner Past President
Carol has been actively involved in lobbying for a recreation centre in northeast Calgary for over 11 years. She was instrumental in forming the NE Centre of Community Society (NECCS) in 2005 to advance the vision of a multi-cultural centre, which culminated in the Genesis Centre of community Wellness just west of Saddletowne Circle. Carol has served on the NECCS board of directors as President since its inception, and is also Chairman of the governance board, a partnership of NECCS, YMCA and Calgary Public Library, which oversees the project as a whole. Carol has also been an active member of Saddle Ridge Community Association, one of the original member organizations of NECCS, for the past 32 years. During that time she has served in the capacity of secretary to the association for a number of years, followed by 6 years as treasurer.
Bilal Akhtar Treasurer
M Bilal Akhtar was born in 1986. When he first arrived in Canada with his family in 2000, he learnt how important it was for him to learn French language in order for him to succeed in his school and future career while living in Quebec. While taking the challenge of a new language along with five other languages: Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic and English; he also successfully completed his diploma of college studies in Pure Applied Sciences at Vanier College in Montreal. He learned the importance of family, education and hard work by being a full time student and a part time worker. In addition to these responsibilities when he moved to Calgary with his family after eight years, he decided to continue his education and look for a career in Accounting. He is currently in his fourth year working towards getting a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting at the University of Calgary. After completing the degree his short-term goal is to pursue a Chartered Accountant (CA) designation.
Bilal moved to Calgary 4 years ago and has spent most of his life by serving the communities he lived in by volunteering on many different occasions for several causes and etc. In addition to being a member of the NECCS board, he is a youth leader and a member of a self governing group called Youth Constellation, whose goal is to engage youth on issues that are important to them. He also brings a handful of experience with a background of public service, being a transit Operator with the City of Calgary.
Greg Steiner Saddle Ridge Representative
Greg is credited with the original vision for a recreational leisure centre on behalf of the northeast residents above McKnight Blvd. For 15 years he has worked tirelessly from the initial planning stages to the final opening of the new Genesis Centre of Community Wellness. Having served on the design, construction, and fund development committees, he continues to work towards accomplishing the overall vision and mandate of the Northeast Centre of Community Society (NECCS), of which he is a founding member. Having lived in Saddle Ridge for over 32 years, Greg has served in various executive capacities for Saddle Ridge Community Association, a founding partner of NECCS.
Paul Sinclair Soccer Representative
Bio to come . . .
Nadeem Khan Director-at-Large
Nadeem is a dedicated professional in the admin and HR field. He carries a Bachelors in Business Administration and is currently working with Calgary Housing as the Coordinator of Administrative Services. Nadeem has been a passionate volunteer for over 20 years. He enjoys camping and hiking and the wonderful fresh mountain air./p>
Jason Klink Director-at-Large
Bio to come . . .
Vikram Kulkarni Director-at-Large
Originally from Mumbai India, Vik Kulkarni moved to Canada in 2003 after completing a contractual obligation at the School of Combat Engineers (SOCE) with the Singapore Armed forces (SAF). His educational credentials include a diploma in Criminology, degree in English and a Masters degree in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.
Vik has knowledge and experience in the Canadian Security Industry having worked in Retail Loss Prevention, Armoured Cash Solutions for G4S Canada and as a volunteer for Nanaimo RCMP in BC. He is a recipient of the 2005 British Columbia ‘Crimestopper of the Year’ award and a member of the Canadian Council of Security Professionals.
In 2011, Vik moved to Calgary where he currently works in Operations as a Peace Officer Sergeant with the Public Safety and Enforcement section of Calgary Transit. He is also a part-time instructor with the Justice Studies program at Bow Valley College and has authored a number of articles published in security magazines across the country.
Syed Hussain Director-at-Large
Bio to come . . .
Anil Verma Director-at-Large
Anil brings wide-ranging expertise to his role as Director at Large at Genesis Centre. Anil has a Master’s Degree in Economics and has been working in the Banking and Finance sector for over 30 years. He is an active volunteer with many non-for-profit organizations and enjoys serving the community.
Anil strongly believes in his father mantra that “There is nothing one cannot achieve without a vision followed by hard work, determination and self-discipline.” He followed this mantra and achieved his professional goals and is now ready to apply the same mantra to serve the community. He considers himself fortunate to live on the land of Canada where so many different communities come together and make a nation. He believes that strong multicultural ties contribute towards building a strong society and a strong nation.
Anil is truly honored to be a part of an organization such as Genesis Centre which is focused upon contributing to the development of the Northeast community and its people.