District Executive/Other Key Members

Governor, Larry Fenton
Calgary, Alberta
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.

As Governor, I look forward to visiting clubs in District VIII and making new Gyro and Gyrette friendships.

Lt. 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 26years & then retired to Gander, Nfld & went to work for the M.O.T. at the Gander International airport.

I graduated high school in Gander and moved to Trail B.C., in 1974.  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 – I have been playing the music for Gyro parties for about 20 years – fishing, fly tying, and I play guitar and sing in a band – we travel between Castlegar, Trail, and Nelson to 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 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 Lt. Governor for 2018/19. I am looking forward to visiting with all our Gyro & Gyrette friends in the District and making new friends.

Secretary Treasurer, Dave Jenner
Calgary, Alberta
Email: diandavid@shaw.ca

My name is David Jenner, I am the Secretary Treasurer, Gyro District VIII, for the 2018/2019 Gyro year.  I was appointed to the position by Governor Larry Fenton.

I was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and moved with my family to Calgary in 1959 when my father was transferred. Shortly after completing high school I moved to Fort St. John, B C in October 1966 as a junior production clerk for Pacific Petroleums. In 1970 I returned to Calgary to further my education at SAIT. I completed a diploma in Business Administration , Accounting. After graduation I worked for Shell Canada, and continued my education with correspondence and night school classes graduating with a Certified General Accounting degree in 1976. I never practiced accounting for long and became involved with marketing and supply of natural gas liquids. I retired 10 years ago at the age of 61.

I met my wife Dian at the age of 12 while I was her paperboy. We were married July 1, 1967 and have two sons, one grand daughter and one great grand son. For recreation I enjoy golfing, traveling and hiking in the mountains to stay active.

I was introduced to Gyro by a good friend, Garry Davies, and have enjoyed being a member, attending as many functions as possible. I have served the Gyro Club of Calgary as a Director, Treasurer, Vice-President and finally President for the 2016/2017 year.

I look forward to being Secretary/Treasurer for this year.

Immediate Past Governor, Peter A. Carter
Edmonton, Alberta
Email: peter.carter@shaw.ca

Hi, I’m Peter Carter and I am delighted to be serving as the Immediate Past Governor, for the 2018/19 Gyro year.

By way of background, I was an Ottawa boy, until a work transfer, in 1975, brought me to Edmonton as the Controller, Western Canada, for North American Van Lines, responsible for the company owned operations in Edmonton, Calgary, Cold Lake, Vancouver and Winnipeg. In 1980, I left North American Van Lines to become the Administrative Director for the Edmonton Art Gallery.  Then, after 10 years, with the Edmonton Art Gallery, I decided to start my own business and opened Carter’s Travel & Cruises.  In 2006, I merged with Vision 2000 Travel, in Calgary.  Then, in 2013, I decided to retire; after working 45 years!

I meet my wife, Eileen, in 2000 and I am pleased to say she is very supportive of my Lt. Governor role.  Eileen is, by the way, a Gyrette.

I have been with the Gyro Club of Edmonton for a total of 18 years, having served as the 1st Vice President for the 2015/16 year; and then Club President for the 2016/17 year. 

Since 1978, I have been involved with numerous Not-for-Profit Board of Directors, during my working career.   Since retiring I have joined the Board of Directors for:  Legal Aid of Alberta; Lurana Shelter Society; Old Glenora Conservation Association; and Pilgrim’s Hospice Society.

Prior to joining Gyro, I was with Kinsmen, for 13 years, and held numerous positions such as Club President; Governor of Alberta; and the National Treasurer.

Lastly, for something completely different, in 2015 I joined the Edmonton Swiss Men’s Choir, so I am a natural to lead off Cheerio.  (  :

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, Alberta
Email: sslade@shaw.ca

Webmaster,  Peter A. Carter
Edmonton, Alberta
Email: peter.carter@shaw.ca