Lynne Rosychuk is both a co-founder and current President of The Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation (JMMF). A resident of Sturgeon County for 20 years, she brings her paralegal and real estate background, tireless energy and giving spirit to our table.
Lynne left the professional sphere in 2009 to raise her three grandchildren after her daughter, Jessica Martel, was murdered by her common-law husband. Lynne, who had also been in an abusive relationship in her past, was well aware of the lack of resources available to victims of domestic violence in her area. In 2012, Lynne and others formed the JMMF to make sense of Jessica’s death and to help others in a similar situation and bring their shared vision for an emergency shelter to life. In 2018, with Lynne’s leadership, the JMMF broke ground on Jessie’s House, the first new emergency shelter to be built in Alberta in 30 years. In 2019, Lynne was honoured to be recognized as the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth National Honouree at a gala held in Toronto, on March 8th (International Women’s Day). The program recognizes the accomplishments of women who find beauty in giving back.
Vicki Dodge became known to the JMMF while working as an urban planner with the Town of Morinville. There, she played the leading role in selecting and evaluating the site for Jessie’s House and later issuing the development permit enabling us to break ground in 2018. Now, independently employed, Vicki continues to support the JMMF in her new position on our Board of Directors.
A resident of Morinville since 2008, a small business owner since 2010 and a regulated professional urban planner with over 15 years of experience in Alberta, Vicki brings leadership and professional skills in personnel management, organization, project management, policy development, conflict resolution, negotiation, business writing, communication, and recruitment to our rapidly growing organization.
Gayle has a long career in public library services and, as a military spouse, has lived and worked across Canada. Originally from rural Nova Scotia, she has made Bon Accord her home since 2006 and currently manages the Gibbons Public Library. A passionate volunteer who is keen on helping others, she has also previously served on Bon Accord’s Community Services & Economic Development Boards and has volunteered with Girl Guides of Canada for 30 years. Gayle recognizes the unique barriers faced by victims of domestic violence in rural communities and is honored to work with the JMMF in making Jessie’s House a reality.
Janice Del Colle
Director at Large
Janice is a proud mother to two and comes from a military family. A former Corrections Officer for 13 years, she brings her experience from the Solicitor General’s office to our organization, along with her sharp business administration skills from her family-run heavy duty truck and trailer repair business. A resident of Sturgeon County, Janice is excited and honoured to serve on our board member and work our amazing community and volunteers.
Director at Large
Shawna Gawreluck has lived in the St Albert & Sturgeon region for over 30 years; first on the military base as a child, later in St Albert when her father retired from service, now in Sturgeon County with her husband Michael and their three children. An advocate for child, family & medical education, Shawna has served on the board for Community Options, Chaired the Alberta Vein to Vein Conference & lectured at the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science annual convention.
Shawna holds two university degrees from the University of Alberta and recently celebrated her 10th year as an MLT working in transfusion medicine at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. In addition, along with her husband, she has been a successful business owner for over 20 years and advocated on behalf of small business as the Chair of the Sturgeon County Economic Development Advisory Board for both 2017 & 2018.
Director at Large
Trevor was born and raised in Sturgeon County. As a Crown Prosecutor, and former Probation Officer, he has extensive experience working with a variety of community stakeholders as well as victims and offenders. Working primarily in Morinville and St. Albert, Trevor has experienced the hurdles and challenges of supporting victims of domestic violence in a rural setting and is excited to see Jessie’s House become a reality.