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Our Team

Meet Our Executive Team

Akash Asif

President

Akash leads the overall management and growth of SupportWorks, including the organization’s strategic direction. He brings business experience through a wide variety of leadership roles to the SupportWorks team. During his most recent experience, Akash was a Consultant engaged in the marketing and sales of software within oil and gas companies. Currently, Akash is the Communications Coordinator for the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and a member of the Technology Committee for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL).

Akash is currently a Master of Public Policy Candidate at the University of Calgary. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Petroleum Land Management and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He has immense passion for making a positive impact on the community, especially within the field of mental health. In his spare time, Akash enjoys identifying new experiences through travelling, playing squash, and catching a Flames game with friends.

Stacy Greanya

Treasurer

Stacy has been working in the Property Management field since 2003, first as a Property Accountant and then as Property Revenue Analyst. Prior to that she was the co-owner of a successful company and small retail store.

She was one of the founders of SupportWorks, that started originally as a Meet Up group, but she wanted to ensure that people had a more tangible way to connect to others and SupportWorks was born. Stacy’s current responsibilities are managing the daily financial operations of the organization. Stacy enjoys photography, specifically nature and birds in their natural habitat, she finds it peaceful, solitary and heartwarming.

April Dyrda

Director

April is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary with a focus in personal and career counselling. April has an extensive background supporting mental health initiatives within higher education, with experience working for both Mount Royal University’s Wellness Services and the University of Calgary’s Students’ Union Wellness Centre. April has also served as a student mentor for the University of Calgary and the Canadian Psychological Association since 2013.

Starting with SupportWorks as a group facilitator, April has a passion for mental health and group therapy that drives her to promote wellness initiatives at all levels of the organization. April is currently responsible for the development and evaluation of SupportWorks’ programming. When she is not pursuing her aspirations of becoming a registered psychologist, April enjoys spending her time outdoors in the mountains or on the golf course.

Lisa Shane

Director

Lisa’s passion for volunteer work began right after high school when she worked full time for an international volunteer organization for three years. After returning to Calgary to complete her Bachelor of Arts, through a series of coincidences she landed a job as a HR Assistant in her second year of university and fell in love with the HR world and has not left it since.

Lisa has more than 14 years’ experience working in various areas in Human Resources, and a passion for engaging people, improving process, and managing change. After completing her Master’s in Business in 2016 she wanted to use the skills she has learned through her education and experience to give back to the community.

At SupportWorks, Lisa and her team are responsible for volunteer onboarding, organizational policies and procedures, volunteer performance, and volunteer events.