PACE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Building Safe & Caring Communities Through Support & Education
Delbert has served on the Pace Board since 1997. He is a Red Seal and Blue Seal Heavy Equipment Technician. Delbert has many years of mechanical, management and business experience. He has started a successful small business and has mentored others in their small businesses. Delbert is currently a Heavy Equipment Technician (HET) Instructor for Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC). Delbert’s community involvement has included serving as a volunteer fire fighter, Canada Winter Games, and more than 20 years on the Pace Board of Directors.
Connie has served on the Pace Board since 2007. Since 2001, Connie has been a Psychology instructor at Grande Prairie Regional College. In addition to teaching, she has also engaged in numerous community-driven studies designed to facilitate evidence-based best practices.
Over her academic career, Connie has received a number of research awards, most recently from the Canada Council on Learning and from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. As the principal investigator for the SSHRC-funded GP-Police and Crisis Team project and the SSHRC-funded Youth Belonging and Connection project, she has worked in partnership with the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta, the RCMP, Alberta Health Services, The City of Grande Prairie and Sunrise Youth Shelter.
She is optimistic that the research findings will have a significant positive impact on services provided to community members and is excited about the number of research opportunities that the research projects afford GPRC students. Connie is currently a member of GPRC’s Board of Governors and has been a long-standing member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Grande Prairie. She serves on the community board for the Suicide Prevention and Resource Centre, and on the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs leadership committee.
Dennis has served on the Pace Board for over 15 years. He is a Chartered Accountant (CA)/Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), graduating university in 1970 and being admitted to The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA) in 1975. Dennis has worked as an audit manager for an international accounting firm, was the treasurer for the University of Alberta (U of A), as well as a college instructor at GPRC. He currently has an accounting practice in Grande Prairie.
Dennis has held a wide range of volunteer and community service positions and continues to actively engaged in supporting the continued growth and resiliency of Grande Prairie.
Jacquie Aitken, BA, BSW, RSW, Executive Director of Pace Jacquie has worked with issues of sexual assault and family violence since 1978.
In 1980, she became the Executive Director of the third shelter for battered women to open in Alberta; she is a founding member of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, and the Alberta Assoc. of Sexual Assault of Centers/Services,Grande Prairie RCMP Victims’ Service Unit, Suicide Prevention Resource Centre, the Caribou CAC in Grande Prairie & the Bison CAC in High Level.
She has provided direct therapeutic interventions with victims and offenders of physical and sexual violence, and has coordinated critical incidences interventions.
Jacquie has an extensive understanding of complex trauma, PTSD,PTSG and treatment alternatives.
Kaylee was born and raised in Grande Prairie, Alberta. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2015 at the University of Calgary where she double majored in Sociology and Psychology. Following her Bachelor Degree, she graduated from the University of Windsor and Detroit Mercy School of Law cum laude where she obtained a Canadian Juris Doctorate and an American Juris Doctorate in 2018. Kaylee also worked as a judicial extern in the 3rd Circuit Family Court of Michigan under Judge Eric Cholack.
Kaylee is currently a lawyer at Stringam LLP in Grande Prairie where she practices in the areas of family, real estate, litigation, corporate, and employment law.
When not in the office, Kaylee enjoys shopping, travelling and spending time with her husband and children.
Adele has worked with children, youth, families, and adults since 2005. She has a Masters of Counselling degree, specializing in Counselling Psychology from the Campus Alberta Applied Psychology Initiative (a collaboration from the Universities of Calgary, Lethbridge, and Athabasca), is a Canadian Certified Counsellor, and is a Registered Psychologist. Her earlier work experience includes front line and supervisory work at a treatment home for children and providing behavioral consultation to families and agencies. Adele worked as a trauma therapist at Pace for five years and that is where her passion in the area of sexual violence began. In her role at Pace, along with providing individual therapy, she facilitated the women’s support group and therapy groups.
Adele currently operates a private psychology practice where she continues to work with children, youth, and adults. Adele also facilitates the First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse workshop and mentors new facilitators.
She is creative, caring, understanding, and brings a calm presence to the individuals she works with. Adele is passionate about working with survivors of sexual violence, facilitating healing, and educating others. Adele joined the Pace Board in 2019.