Board of Directors
Adrian Pruden is a Co-Chair of the CCFR and a proud Metis citizen. He is the Vice-President of Pentagon Freight Services Canada Ltd., an International Logistics company providing domestic and international transport solutions to the Oil & Gas, Energy, Mining, and Agricultural sectors. He is an acting board member of numerous charitable groups providing strong leadership and support in several areas. The 2019 recipient of the Metis Nation of Alberta Humanitarian award, and honored with Knighthood in the Order of St. George in 2020 for the pursuit of the timeless tradition of chivalry by compassion and supporting works of charity. A proud family man who embraces his Indigenous roots and is happy to help raise awareness in the interest of reconciliation.
Sue Methuen is a second-generation descendant of Settlers whose grandparents settled in Ontario (1913) and Saskatchewan (1893 and 1903). After completing her formal career in 2019, Sue turned her focus to learning the truth about our country’s history. Sue is a member of the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners (CALL) Indigenous Awareness and Indigenous Literature groups; participated in the Walk for Common Ground and Treaty Talks as it came through Airdrie in 2019; has attended numerous Indigenous lead webinars; completed the University of Alberta’s Indigenous Canada course and the First Nations University of Canada’s 4 Seasons of Reconciliation course. Sue is dedicated to doing what she can to raise awareness of the truth and work towards reconciliation.
Ashley Barclay is Métis; her Indigenous family originated from the Haudenosaunee in the east who then settled in Alberta to form the Michel First Nation - a signatory to Treaty 6 by adhesion and Canada's first and only completely enfranchised Indian band.
She has come to understand the impact of racism and intergenerational trauma on her family and how it relates to her own life. Ashley is determined to break cycles, not only for herself, but also for her daughter and other future generations so they can pursue living life in a good way.
Ashley is an artist and a small business owner where she beads, embroiders and creates digital art. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram under Nôsisim Creations.
Ashley Schimpf is an ally-settler with European ancestors that arrived in North America in the 1800s. Ashley has lived in Airdrie since 1988 and is now raising her own family here. Her desire to learn more about Treaty 7 territory and Canada started her on a journey of discovering the truth about Canada and our area. She encourages everyone to take the University of Alberta's Indigenous Canada course to learn more about the true stories that have brought us today's events. Ashley believes that we all have a part to play in the reconciliation efforts of our nation and we can all start within our community.
Gretchen Riel is a teacher and a Master of Education student at the University of Calgary. Her topic areas include Indigenous Education: A Call to Action and Niitsitapiisinni: Real Peoples' Way of Life. Gretchen’s traditional Kwak’wala name is T̓suxwt̓sa’adza̱mga.
Gretchen and her children are Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw of the Namgis First Nation. She is on an ongoing quest to receive teachings from her traditional lands, her grandmother’s Haida ancestry, her husband’s Ojibway Nation, the Treaty 7 Territory where she resides, and other parts of Turtle Island with a respectful, clear mind and open heart.
Laurelle Edwards-Jones is a director of CCFR, a Métis woman born and raised in Alberta and a proud member of Métis Region 3. She has raised her own family and called Airdrie home for the last 30 years.
Laurelle has had a long and distinguished career with Alberta Health Services. In her capacity as a mental health professional, she has had the honour of supporting individuals and families in recovery and witnessing them achieve wellness and thrive. In her capacity as a health professional, she has also had the opportunity to work closely with community stakeholders in Airdrie and the surrounding rural communities. She has provided consultation and support with community development projects designed to enhance local resources and improve quality of life.
Laurelle hopes to continue to volunteer, contribute and connect to the Airdrie community by raising awareness and understanding. She believes reconciliation begins with building relationships.