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Board of Consultants

Maria Steinborn, Chair

After 35 years as a Catholic teacher in Alberta, Maria Steinborn enjoyed a varied range of jobs and experiences in the field of education. She worked with both the Calgary Catholic School District and the Edmonton Catholic School Board in a broad range of grade levels; communities; subject areas; and leadership positions in schools and at the district level. Born, raised and educated in Calgary, Maria came to understand the significance of community services and supports and the value that they bring to our city. As the Supervisor of English as a Second Languages, her last position in the Calgary Catholic School District, Maria was given the opportunity to connect with all levels of government and a wide range of community service providers focused on people who have chosen Calgary, Alberta, Canada for their new home.
Now retired, Maria is passionate about value of volunteerism and the important role we have in ensuring that the people that we care about—be they family, friends, neighbours, longtime residents of our city or newcomers to Calgary are welcome. Post-retirement involvement with the FCJ Retreat & Conference Centre has allowed Maria to share her experience, continuing to fuel her enthusiasm for keeping our community vibrant, service-centered and focused on our most important resource, the people of Calgary.

Michelle Brennick, Executive Director

Michelle has been an educator for over thirty years, teaching in NS, NF and several school divisions in AB, including Calgary Catholic. In June 2006 she moved to Whitecourt where she was employed with Northern Gateway Public Schools (NGPS) as Director of Learning Services, Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent.

Michelle has worked with students to foster their growth and development; collaborated with school administrators, teachers and support staff in the areas of visioning and planning, learning outcomes, assessment, teaching strategies and methodologies, engagement and professional development; mentored aspiring leaders and novice administrators; and networked with provincial senior executive colleagues, Alberta Education team members, school trustees, parents, business and municipality leaders, post-secondary leaders and national/international educational associates. Ms. Brennick will apply many of these proven skills and techniques and her networking talents in her new role with the FCJ Centre.

Michelle holds a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision, as well as Bachelor Degrees in Education and Science.

Fr. Julian Studden

Rev. Julian Studden is the Associated Pastor of the St. Mary's Cathedral in Calgary. He is also the Vicar for Permanent Diaconate at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary.

Sr. Mary Rose Rawlinson, fcJ

Sr. Mary Rose Rawlinson, fcJ has a Ph.D. (Theoretical Chemistry, National University of Ireland), a B. Ed (University of Calgary) and an M.A. (Religious Education, Loyola University, Chicago). A lifetime of experience of the value of ‘retreat’ and ‘reflection’ and many years of leadership within the FCJ community has given Mary Rose a deep appreciation for each person’s unique journey through life. As the Provincial’s liaison to the Board, Sister Mary Rose brings analytical power combined with a long association with the FCJ Christian Life Centre. She is delighted to work with the Board in supporting the ministry and development of the Centre.

Rev. Bob Mutlow

The Rev. Bob Mutlow served as a United Church of Canada Minister on the prairies after being ordained in 1971. In 1979 Bob accepted a call to Silver Heights United in Winnipeg and in 1988, two weeks before the Olympics came to Calgary for an interview beginning July 1, 1988 at Woodcliff United where he served for twenty-one years. Following early retirement, Bob completed a four-year posting at Red Deer Lake United and then moved to do Pastoral Care part time at McDougall United, where he currently is the volunteer Honorary Associate, serving on the Leadership Council, chairing the Outreach Ministry, and leading occasional worship services. Bob has been involved in several Calgary Interfaith events and was pleased to join the FCJ Board of Consultants. It has been interesting to serve as an Interfaith Representative on the FCJ Board; it is a great way to meet a whole new group of people and to enjoy the hospitality and spirituality of the FCJ Centre.

Salem Kallas

Coming Soon

Dawna Richardson

Dawna Richardson is a member of the Outreach Team at the FCJ Centre. After earning a Bachelor of Theology degree from Newman Theological College, Dawna worked in various parishes and in school ministry.

She worked in parish youth ministry for several years before joining the Calgary Catholic School district as a High School Chaplain. During this time, Dawna’s focus was on leadership growth and faith development for the young people she worked with.

Dawna is working to expand the young adult presence at the FCJ Centre through actively seeking out collaborators to grow the FCJ Centre as a place of belonging for young people in our Diocese.

Michael Barbero

Michael retired after more than four decades of service with the Calgary Catholic School District. A long advocate for student success and community service, he served at the local, provincial and national level as a member of various educational organizations and associations. Currently serving as the Director of Leadership Learning for the College of Alberta School Superintendents and is a member of the University of Calgary Senate.

Sr. Gerardine (Ger) Curran, fcJ

Sr. Ger Curran, is a member of the Society of Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). She is from Ireland. She joined the FCJ Centre resource team in the fall of 2015. Ger has worked as a counsellor for the past 27 years in various settings. Before that, she served as a school administrator and teacher in a high school in Ireland. She is a member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Before qualifying as an accredited Counsellor, Ger completed a master’s degree in Family Counselling from the University of Iona, New York. Since coming to Canada, Ger is working in the areas of counselling, interfaith matters, and helping refugee families. She is a member of the Calgary Interfaith Council and the Calgary Council of Christian and Jews.