BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE LEGACY CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION
The Gift of Music is a program of The Legacy Children’s Foundation – Alberta
Darryl Wernham, Chief Executive Officer
Darryl has a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary, has been an Executive Director and Resource Development Consultant for various agencies throughout the city of Calgary. His career has encompassed 40 years of clinical, community and management practice including government, non-government and community based organizations. During his tenure with the Alberta government, Darryl managed a very large Fund on behalf of Calgary’s most “at-risk” youth as a senior manager with Children’s Services. Prior to launching Legacy he had the opportunity of providing program research and evaluation services for a group of Anonymous Donors whose funds reached programs throughout Western Canada and targeted communities in the United States. Darryl has raised substantial funds for various charities over the past 10 years as well as providing leadership to The Legacy Children’s Foundation, an organization that he founded and one that he passionately believes in. Darryl is a certified Leadership Trainer, through Phi Theta Kappa in the United States and for 4 years he taught Leadership Development through Mount Royal College, for both the profit and not for profit sectors. Darryl has been instrumental in creating and managing the Gift of Music Programs in association with Legacy and he wholeheartedly believes that the way to tackle many of societies social ills is through community based, early intervention and preventative programming.
Mark Johnson, Chairman
Mark is a born and raised third-generation Calgarian employed with Jacobs Canada Inc. as corporate counsel. He studied at the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta, where he graduated from law in 1995. He has extensive experience both professionally and as a volunteer in the non-profit world, including service as a board member for the Vocational and Rehabilitation Research Institute and for Calgary Family Services. Most recently Mark was chair of the board of governors for Calgary Family Services from 2005-2007 and is currently serving as past chair. Mark enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, sports and coaches hockey, lacrosse and soccer. He and his wife Lindsay Allan live in southwest Calgary with their two wonderful children and an always-changing assortment of pets.
John White, Vice Chair
John is a veteran in the insurance industry with over twenty years of experience. In addition to a long-term interest in appropriate life insurance strategies, John has more recently introduced a focus on health care issues to his practice with critical illness insurance, global health care insurance and long term care insurance. His passion for, and commitment to, objective analysis and advice ensures that clients are provided with an in-depth understanding of their financial health as it exists today, and in the future. John brings to the Legacy Board the same level of passion and commitment to ensuring a better life for our children – today and in the future.
Russell Wallace, Treasurer
Russell started his career at the age of 9 when he would help the local milkman deliver milk to homes for a dollar a day, cut lawns for residents of his community and at 12 years of age deliver newspapers to the same community. At 14 he began his career at Dairy Queen and at 24 purchased the local franchise in Huntington Hills which he owned until 2009. From 2000 to 2007, he also owned and operated a local pub within that same community. Russell is currently a Realtor with CIR Realty, enjoying a successful career helping individuals and families buy and sell the properties that their lifestyles require. It is Russell’s hope that his previous business experience, desire to help people, and personal drive prove to be an asset for the Legacy Board.
Mark Bishop, Secretary
Mark believes in the power of music. He has often been heard saying, “If it wasn’t for music, who knows where I’d be”. With over 20 years experience in the music industry, through teaching, touring, studio/live sound, sales and serving on the Board of Directors for Music NL, he has witnessed the power of music from every angle. A native Newfoundlander, Mark now calls Calgary home with his wife and 9-month-old son. Stepping outside his comfort zone in the music industry, he has pursued a career in financial services where he continues to build relationships and think creatively with the Risk Management department at ATB Financial. Outside of work, Mark is pursuing a degree in business management. Music has provided Mark with the drive and confidence needed to take on any challenge life has to offer. He truly believes that music has the power to change people’s lives which aligns closely with the philosophy and vision of Legacy.
Troy Black is an independent consultant who specializes in Fund Development for not-for-profit organizations. He is currently working with clients such as Legacy Children’s Foundation to help them become sustainable organizations that are able to meet their specific visions and goals. As a consultant, Troy has also worked with In Situ Oil Sands Alliance (IOSA) on issues including Canada-US relations in Oil Sands development. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Troy worked for the Calgary Health Trust and for the Alberta Ministry of Economic Development. In his spare time, Troy volunteers for other not-for-profit organizations including Kids Help Phone and The ALS Society of Alberta (Betty’s Run for ALS). Troy is an active Member of the Board of the Calgary Foothills PC Association.