District Executive/Other Key Members

Governor, Derm Jackman
Castlegar, BC
email: dermj65@gmail.com


I was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, in 1951, the oldest of 5 children.  My father worked as a civilian with the U.S.A.F. on the D.E.W. line, for 26 years & then retired to Gander, Nfld. & went to work for the M.O.T. at the Gander International Airport.

I graduated high school in Gander. I left Gander in 1974  and moved to Trail B.C.  I worked as a lathe operator in a chainsaw manufacturing plant for 2 years.  In 1977 I started working for Cominco and retired in 2010, after 33 years.

My wife Lillian & I started dating in 1984, on the Charter Night of the Castlegar Gyro Club.  We married in 1991, and have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.

My hobbies include DJ’ing for parties and I have been playing the music for Gyro parties for about 20 years, fishing, fly tying, I also play guitar and sing in a band and travel between Castlegar, Trail, Nelson and entertain seniors, I have a small computer business out of my home.  I am the vice-president of the Castlegar Festival Society and the Fireworks chair for the festival.  I have been on the festival society for 33 years

I was introduced to Gyro by a Trail Gyro Jim Marshall in 1984.  I attended a few Gyro meetings and dinner in Trail.  We started the Castlegar Club and I became the Charter Secretary/Treasurer and still hold that position today.  I am a Life Member of Gyro.  I love attending Curl – a- Rama.  I was the Convention Co-chair with Past Governor Todd Verhaeghe, in 2001, when Castlegar hosted the district convention.  I served as District 8 Secretary/Treasurer for Past Governor Todd Verhaeghe.

I am very pleased to have the opportunity to serve as Governor for 2019/20. As Governor, I look forward to visiting with all our Gyro & Gyrette friends, in the District, and making new friends.

Lt. Governor Sid Slade
Sherwood Park, AB
email: sslade@shaw.ca


Born and raised in Nova Scotia in 1944 and departed in 1964 to join the RCMP.  While training in Ottawa I met my wife Sharon and after transferring to British Columbia in 1966. Sharon and I married in 1970 and were immediately transferred to Prince Edward Island where we spent 3 years.  In 1973, we uprooted ourselves and were transferred to Saskatchewan where I was posted to our national training academy.  After a 3 year posting we relocated to British Columbia and spent the next 13 years in various locations prior to be transferred once again to Alberta.  After 7 years in the greater Edmonton area I was off to the best job ever – retirement after serving 32 years.

We added to our family tree in 1975 with our oldest son Shane and again in 1976 with the addition of our second son Scott.  We are the proud grandparents to twins – Sean and Avery who were added to the family tree in 2009.

Although I was acquainted to Gyro while in Port Alberni and Nelson, I did not have the opportunity to become a member until moving to Sherwood Park.  At the time I belonged to another service club and several members were members of Gyro upon which I became more interested and through my acquaintance with PDG Keith Bradley I eventually joined this happy group of gentlemen. 

During my years with the Gyro Club of Sherwood Park, I have participated as Director, Vice President and eventually President in 2006-2007 and Secretary/Treasurer of District VIII under the guidance of PDG Bernie Kropp. 

Since joining Gyro Sharon and I have enjoyed the benefits and friendship of our good Gyro’s. 

Secretary Treasurer, Ken Baker
Calgary, AB
email: ken.baker65@gmail.com


I was born in 1947 in Regina and spent the 1st 18 years of my life on a farm south of Regina. In 1965 I attended the Saskatchewan Technical Institute in Moose Jaw where I spent the next couple of years. Upon graduation I took a job in Calgary with the Canada Revenue Agency where I spent the 1st 10 years of my working life.

In 1968 I met Ann. We married in 1969. We have 2 children (both in Calgary) and 2 grandchildren.

In 1978 I left the Canada Revenue Agency and started my own accounting practice. For the next 28 years I met and worked with many wonderful people. One of those people introduced me to Gyro Club of Calgary in 1995. I joined almost immediately. Probably the 2nd best thing that ever happened to me (see preceding paragraph)!

Since joining Gyro, I have served in Club as Treasurer and President. I have served District as the Governor in 2011-2012 and this will be my 4th term as your District Secretary Treasurer. Needless to say I am proud to be involved with our wonderful organization.

In 1996 we went to our 1st International Convention and we were hooked. Over the past 24 years Ann and I have attended many conventions, both District and International. We are truly blessed to have met so many people from across Canada and the United States that we are proud to call our friends.

Immediate Past Governor, Larry Fenton
Calgary, AB
email:  lfenton6906@gmail.com


I am Larry Fenton, Governor for the 2018/2019 Gyro year. I was born in Grande Prairie, AB in 1947, the youngest of four children of a farming family. With my family relocating to another farm southwest of Edmonton my early education was in small country schools with high school in a small town. I attended the University of Alberta, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1968.

On graduation, I was hired by Shell Canada Limited in Calgary. My career involved a variety of oil and gas projects, a coal mine in SE BC and other specialist assignments. Retiring in 2001 after 33 years with one company I ventured into part-time consulting for an additional six years.

My wife Betty and I married in 1974 and have raised 2 children and are enjoying helping to raise our 3 grandchildren – all in Calgary. My recreational activities have included skiing (40 years) as well as curling and golf in which I am still active. Betty and I have also played duplicate bridge for the past 12 years both in Calgary and at several US tournaments.

A good friend, the late Lyall Carter, introduced me to Gyro in the early 1990’s and I attended a number of Gyro functions as a guest including Curl-a-Rama for several years. I joined the Gyro Club of Calgary in 2001, serving as Director, Vice President and President in 2011/2012 and served as Treasurer for three (3) years.

I had a wonderful year as District VIII’s Governor, and I now look forward to continued involvement in the capacity of Past District Governor; at both District and International levels.

District Database Administrator, Sid Slade
Sherwood Park, AB
email: sslade@shaw.ca

Webmaster,  Peter A. Carter
Edmonton, AB
email: peter.carter@shaw.ca