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Who We Are

Board Members

The Boyle Street Service Society Board of Directors incorporates the voices of Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and Elders, as well as a youth circle, into the decision-making process to enhance the effectiveness and inclusivity of the organization. These individuals bring unique perspectives and insights that are rooted in traditional knowledge and experience, which provide a more holistic approach to Board governance. By valuing and incorporating Indigenous perspectives and youth voices, the Board can better address the needs of the diverse communities we serve, build stronger relationships with Indigenous peoples, and create a more just and equitable organization.

Diana Ly

Board Chair

Diana brings a unique set of skills to the Boyle Street Board and holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Alberta. She has founded two management consulting firms with a strong focus on business and strategic planning, training and development for small and mid-sized enterprises. Diana is grateful to have an opportunity to give back to a community that has supported her when she first arrived as a new Canadian over 30 years ago.  Diana joined the Boyle Street Services Society Board in October 2019.

"I am most proud of Boyle Street’s approach to addressing societal issues that many people are impacted by every day, working alongside those whose daily realities are shaped by inequities while preserving human dignity and self-worth."

Jason Kully

Vice Chair

Jason Kully is a professional regulatory, employment and labour lawyer with Field Law. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta in 2009 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alberta in 2012.  Jason joined the Boyle Street Services Society Board in 2017 and holds the position of Vice-Chair.


“Having lived and worked in downtown Edmonton for a number of years, I have witnessed that there is a discrepancy in the experiences of different communities in the city. I wanted to connect with and serve the community that doesn’t have the same experience as myself and to try to improve the experiences of others at least in a small way.

I am most proud of Boyle Street’s institution of data tracking. This demonstrates that Boyle Street is forward-thinking and committed to continuous improvement. It allows Boyle Street to determine which services are the most used and to ensure that those services are properly staffed and maintained to best serve the community. It also provides Boyle Street with the data necessary to advocate on behalf of the community and to obtain funding in the areas where it is most needed.”

John Pinsent


John is a founding partner with St. Arnaud Pinsent Steman Chartered Professional Accountants (SPS) following a distinguished ten-year career with Ernst and Young LLP. John holds a BEd and BComm from the University of Alberta, obtained his ICD.D designation in 2010 and became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 2013.  John has spent his professional life building our community and currently serves as a director on a number of volunteer boards including Special Olympics Edmonton (Past Chair), the Alberta Diabetes Foundation (director and treasurer) and the Muttart Foundation (director and treasurer).  In 2012, John was the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his volunteer work with Special Olympics.  In 2017, John also received the Venture Capital of Alberta Rod Charko Service Award for outstanding contribution to Alberta’s technology ecosystem.  He is the proud father to five children and two grandchildren. John joined the Boyle Street Board in December 2020.


"Giving back to our community is what brings balance to all that we do in life.  I’m excited about the amazing work being done at Boyle Street and am always looking forward to finding solutions to the many challenges that we face together.” 

Vicki Shaughnessy

Board Secretary

Vicki Shaughnessy holds a degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary and is a Registered Social Worker. She has worked front-line positions for Sage Seniors Association, and the Women's Emergency Accommodation Centre as well as community development and support roles in an MLA Constituency Office and with the Alberta College of Social Workers. Vicki joined the Boyle Street Board in 2017 and has been serving as the Board Secretary since February 2018.


"I am very pleased to be part of the board during this exciting time and witness how, along with our partners, Boyle Street is helping to build and support resilient communities!"

Greg Bott


Greg owns and operates a number of small businesses in the Edmonton area. He holds a Ph.D. in leadership and governance from the School of Management at Royal Holloway in the UK, a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Science in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Human Rights Law & Policy from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has held lecturing positions at the University of Alberta on topics including strategic positioning, economic theory, and value chain development, and has taught human resources at Royal Holloway. Greg became a member of the Boyle Street board in 2017 and currently holds the position of Board Chair.


“Among many great accomplishments, the team at Boyle Street should be proud of the way they genuinely interact with the community, and work side-by-side with the community members, with an effort to make everyone feel welcome, supported, and respected.”

Bob Philp

Board Member

Robert (Bob) Philp is a former Provincial Court Judge and the former Chief Commissioner of the Alberta Human Rights Commission. Bob is a respected jurist, and lawyer, a community and social justice activist, committed to human rights equality and education.  Bob earned both his BA and a law degree from the University of Alberta.  Bob received the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2003 and the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005.  Bob has been involved with Boyle Street in various capacities for well over 40 years.  Bob has sat on the Board for two separate terms with his latest term starting in 2018.   


“Boyle Street has been a critical part of our inner-city community for over 40 years. In its history, Boyle Street has always treated community members with respect and dignity. Dignity in my view has always been the first casualty of poverty! Boyle Street works constantly at restoring dignity to its community members. That practice helps to create a sense of community which is at the very heart of Boyle Street.  Boyle Street Community Service makes a real difference.”

Gloria Chalmers

Board Member

Gloria Chalmers is the former Director of Programs at Edmonton Public Schools.  In this capacity, she monitored the Boyle Street Charter School.  She is now retired and extremely active in several non-profit organizations in Edmonton.  Gloria holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University, Montreal), a First-Class Teaching Diploma from McGill University, and a Masters of Education from the University of Alberta.  Gloria joined the Boyle Street Services Society Board in 2012.


“I was attracted to Boyle Street because it serves some of our city's most vulnerable people - facing poverty, homelessness, addictions and discrimination - and because I support its approaches to addressing the challenges, with acceptance and respect toward everyone, and professional harm reduction practices. I am especially proud of Boyle Street's development and accreditation of Ubuntu, the C5 collaboration and the launching of the Northeast Hub.”

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