District VIII Board of Directors/Other Key Members

Governor, Peter Carter
13510 – 100 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 0H9 Phone: 780-488-2403; Eamil: Peter Carter;
Biography
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Hi, I’m Peter Carter and I am delighted to be the Governor, for the 2017/18 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 16 years, having served as the 1st Vice President for the 2015/16 year; and now the 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, I recently joined the Edmonton Swiss Men’s Choir, so I am a natural to lead off Cheerio.

At the 2016 District Convention, in Fairmont, BC, Eileen and I enjoyed making many new friends.  I, now, look forward to making more Gyro friends.

Immediate Past Distict Governor, John Hodgson 
339 Avonburn Rd. SE Calgary AB T2H 1N9
Phone: (403) 253-3150 Email: John Hodgson
Biography
HPIM0824I am John Hodgson, Immediate Past Governor of District VIII for 2017-2018. I was born in Montreal in 1946, the first of four brothers. When I was five years old, the family moved to Hudson, a small town on the Ottawa River about 40 miles west of Montreal. It was an ideal community in which to raise a family with excellent schooling and a variety of recreational facilities in a country living setting. My parents encouraged me and my brothers to participate in sports. I played and enjoyed virtually every sport imaginable but excelled in none. I was also very active in the Boy Scouts and developed a great appreciation for the outdoors and nature through numerous camping and canoe trips.

I attended McGill University where I obtained a bachelor of commerce degree. I then joined the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse and obtained my CA designation. I transferred to the Halifax office for two years and traveled and worked extensively throughout the Atlantic provinces during that period. After returning to Montreal, I married in 1973 and we subsequently had two boys, Jeffrey in 1977 and Trevor in 1979. Jeffrey is now the father of my two grandchildren, Madelynne and Joshua.
In 1981 we accepted a transfer from Montreal to Calgary. Apart from the initial difficulty of leaving family and friends, it was a move that we did not regret. I remained with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Calgary until my retirement in 2004. Unfortunately, that was also the year that my marriage ended. Fortunately, I later connected with my partner, Laura Young.

My retirement years are flying by far too quickly. I have continued various volunteer activities and taken the opportunity to enjoy more recreational travel. In addition, I am spending more time in curling rinks and on golf courses but without any noticeable improvement in my prowess with those activities.

I was introduced to Gyro as a guest at District VIII’s Curl-a-Rama in Banff. I subsequently joined the Calgary Club in 2000 and served as its president in 2010/11. I enjoyed my year as Governor and I now look forward to continued involvement in District VIII and International activities as a Past District Governor.

Secretary Treasurer, Ken Baker
59 Woodgreen Dr. Calgary AB T2W 4G6
Phone: (403) 238-6717 Email: Ken Baker
Biography
2015-07-29_23-08-30I am Ken Baker, Secretary Treasurer for the coming year. 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 20 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.

District Database Administrator, Sid Slade
30 Carmel Road, Sherwood Park AB T8A 5A6
Phone: (780) 464-6203 Email: Sid Slade

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