The John Cameron Changing Lives Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
John received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta in 1986. He began his career at Keller Construction Ltd. in August of 1987, and bought the company a few years later from his father, Wayne Cameron, and assumed the role of President & CEO. Today John acts as the company’s current CEO.
A true entertainer at heart. John Cameron has always been in love with the piano, and music in general. John started John Cameron Changing Lives Foundation as an outlet for his love while giving back to his community. With a full musical past, John has been Producing, Directing and singing for years.
As the Executive Producer of The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree, John and Donovan Robinson brought The Singing Christmas Tree back to Edmonton at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in 2009, and it continues to be the best Christmas production in Edmonton. More recently, in 2017, CRESCENDO was launched. Through story and song, CRESCENDO ignites passion for the Edmonton community, including stories from prominent community members about how mental illness has touched their lives. It’s a night of endless entertainment and unparalleled emotion. The John Cameron Changing Lives Foundation and John’s passion for the arts is committed to making real advances in mental health in Edmonton, from diminishing negative stigmas to funding scientific research. They are dedicated to the community, now and in the future.
- Donovan Robinson Vice-Chair
Jim started his career in Ontario with Burns Foods, an organization that owned several national companies, and transferred to Alberta as an internal auditor. From there, he owned a software company and stayed in finance and administration, managing offices for businesses and non-profit groups. Jim recently retired as Director – Finance and Administration for Keller Construction Ltd. in Edmonton. Part of ‘Giving Back,’ he has invested many years serving on several charitable and non-profit boards. Being involved in the operation of the Singing Christmas Tree for over 40 years has been a highlight, and Jim is very proud to be a part of the new direction of the John Cameron Changing Lives Foundation.
Gene was the former MLA and Speaker at the Alberta Legislative Assembly; former Minister of Health, Education, Aboriginal Relations, Community Development; and Associate Minister of Capital Planning. He is also the former Music Director for the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and Executive Director of the Ukrainian Canadian Centennial Commission, Executive Producer and Co-Creator of the Great Canadian Awards.
Gene is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Edmonton Musicians' Association, Royal Canadian Norwood Legion, Alberta Recording Industry Association and Twin Parks Community League, as well an Honorary Chief of Treaty 7 and Treaty 6. He is the recipient of two Queen's Medals for Community Service, the Order of Ukraine, an Edmonton Ambassador Award, a Canada Multiculturalism Award, an Alberta Achievement Award, and an AMPIA Film Composer Award. He was also the composer of the official "Canada Day" song for 1988. Gene currently is the Co-Chair of Edmonton's Food Bank "Huron Carole" fundraisers and volunteer Board Member of 15 community organizations.
Dr. Alisa Singer
Dr. Singer is a doctoral level registered psychologist in Edmonton, Alberta. She has devoted her career to providing the highest quality of treatment for adults who have mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Singer completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Calgary in 2006, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Dr. Singer did her predoctoral residency in the Calgary Health Region, where she received intensive supervision and experience in the assessment and treatment of major depression, anxiety disorders, and severe mental illness. She worked for many years in Alberta Health Services in Adult Mental Health. She relocated to Edmonton to open a private practice in 2014. Dr. Singer has conducted research on the prediction of relapse to depression and the mechanisms behind cognitive therapy (why does it work and how?). She has co-authored chapters on CBT for depression and anxiety. When she conducts therapy, she draws upon her scientific knowledge and utilizes interventions that have good empirical support, to increase the likelihood that treatment will be successful. As a therapist, Dr. Singer brings warmth, empathy, and understanding to her sessions. She has observed many people overcome difficult obstacles, become better able at coping with stress, and develop hope for their futures. It takes great courage to come for therapy. Her goal is to support and coach her clients to develop the skills to improve their mood, anxiety, and quality of life.
Rev. Bob Jones
Reverend Bob Jones served communities in Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta for four decades as a pastor and presently gives leadership to North Pointe Church in Edmonton. Bob is skilled at guiding people through the heartaches and highs of life. He anchored call-in radio programs in Champlain, New York, as well as Edmonton. A gifted communicator, now making his mark as an author with, “Ornament: The Faith, Hope and Joy of Kristen Fersovitch.” His most enjoyable Christmas seasons were as the host of The Singing Christmas Tree at Central Tabernacle. Married to Jocelyn for 39 years, Bob is a father of two and grandpa of four.
Lynn has been involved with dance and the arts from an early age. Her career started at the age of 15 in Toronto, where she danced professionally on many TV and stage shows. At the same time, Lynn owned and operated two Royal Academy Ballet schools in Windsor, Ontario while attending University.
In 1973, Lynn and her husband Stephen (our previous Mayor), moved to Edmonton where she taught Ballet at Muriel Taylor Dance School and was eventually asked on staff at MacEwan University in the Dance and Musical Theatre departments.
Lynn is a committed community volunteer. She currently sits as a director for the John Cameron Changing Lives Foundation and is a past director with The Edmonton Opera, The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, The Telus Community Foundation, The Support Network, Mile Zero Dance Society, and the Alberta Ballet Company.
A born-and-raised Edmontonian, Tim has been involved in several businesses in Edmonton since graduating from the University of Alberta in 1999. Currently President & COO of Keller Construction Ltd., Tim’s passion is building teams. He enjoys a wide range of sports and activities and keeps busy as coach of his sons Max and Ben’s hockey and soccer teams. He and his wife, Tara, are proud community league members of Laurier Heights and they are both active contributors to activities and events that bring awareness to mental health initiatives.
Marty Forbes is a lifer in media, having spent 38 years in broadcasting, now currently consulting in media and writing a bimonthly column for the Edmonton Sun. He has a long and successful relationship in public service, having served on the Board of Directors and Cabinet of the United Way of Northern Alberta for 9 years. Marty is currently on the team at Santas Anonymous and a sponsor at Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit. He has worked with several other very worthy groups including Make-A-Wish; Astral Media's 82 station coast to coast Radiothon for 3 years raising 21 million dollars for children's charities; the Stollery Children's Hospital; and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for community service in 2012. Marty is married to Kim, a father to children Rayanne and Lauren, and grandfather to Liam. He enjoys motorcycle riding and cruising down European rivers.
Carrie Doll is a professional emcee and the owner of Carrie Doll Consulting, which offers a wide range of communication services.
Carrie was a television journalist for 20 years. She has a degree in communications and a diploma in broadcast news. Carrie worked at numerous TV stations before settling in Edmonton, where she anchored CTV news at 6 PM for 14 years. Carrie believes in giving back to her community. She is the Chair of the Stollery Women’s Network, the Honorary Chair of the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, and a member of the Edmonton Project. She was honored as one of the Top 100 Citizens in our province during Alberta’s Centennial celebrations.
John is a proud Edmontonian and Albertan. He is appreciative of opportunities for his family, business team and himself to positively impact our community.
This Foundation is further enabling John to provide support and advocacy for mental health issues and care.
Through his firm, Belay Advisory, John is also active in the local business community.
Lindsay and husband Mark Buhler co-own HQ salonspa, rockin’ since 1980. Lindsay is passionate about believing in her community, building relationships and giving back. Her family and business are avid supporters of many charities and events in the Edmonton Region. Some organizations that HQ supports include The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree, CRESCENDO, Strathcona County’s Canada Day Festival and A Safe Place. Her daily motto, “Beauty Advice? Inner beauty comes first!"
Aidy was born in New York City, lived in West Texas as a child and has resided in the Edmonton area for over thirty years. She attended University of Calgary in the co-joint nursing program and subsequently worked with Alzheimer patients in long term care. She is now working alongside her husband Marc as a member of The Lachance Team with Remax Elite. Aidy feels her most important accomplishment in life has been the blessing of her 4 incredible children.
It is Aidy’s belief that life consists of a spectrum of events: some heart-warming and some heart-breaking. Through several personal life changing events, mental health awareness and treatment have become a cause very close to Aidy’s heart. She has long volunteered with inner city organizations, first in Calgary and then in Edmonton. She has come to realize the incredible power music has and how it touches lives and promotes healing. The opportunity to serve as a board member of the John Cameron Changing Lives Foundation is truly an honour.