Our Board of Directors

Marilyn Dyck (Executive Director) (1988)

Marilyn Dyck is a founder and current Executive Director of  The Back Door, a Youth Employment Society o/a The Doorway. She has invested 30 years of leadership in offering an innovative unique community-delivered Approach, a business planning option to engage long term street dependent young people in their self-determined choices to build personal participation and economic independence in mainstream economy and community. Marilyn has a B.A. in Sociology, is an active presenter and has served as an International Board Member of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS). She is a member and advocate for the awareness and leadership of the International Community Development and Resilience Consortium (ICDRC), an international consortium of resilience researchers focused on improved contexts for improved child, youth and family outcomes.

Eric Dahl (2016)

Eric was inspired to get involved after learning about the effectiveness of their system in getting youth off the streets. He is the founder of Dahlars Inc. As a Member of the Board, Eric brings product development skills and a cutting-edge perspective on how to integrate established organizations into the current online world.

Jim Empey (2016)

James M. Empey is a seasoned executive with a track record of proven leadership and broad based business experience. Currently he is VP and CFO of a private company The Bodtker Group of Companies. He has held senior level executive positions in finance, operations and business development in both private and public companies. James looks forward to contributing to the further development and The Doorway’s continued success story.

Andrew Hunter B.A., B.Ed. (Chair) (2016)

Andrew is an elementary school teacher with The Calgary Board of Education. He has been involved with The Doorway since 2007 filling many roles at different times as an employee, volunteer, and society member. Andrew believes deeply in The Doorway’s approach to community building and is honored to have the opportunity to serve as a Director of the Board.

John Leduc (2015)

John is a highly motivated entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience building successful businesses. John has a long history of interest and support in the work of The Doorway. He brings a business frame to this community project and works alongside The Doorway with a commitment to Making Change Possible.

Brent Olynyk (2016)

Brent is a Partner at Lead 2 Perform, and has been involved in client projects related to operations, leadership and safety in a variety of industries, Not for Profit/NGO’s, and Forestry throughout Canada, USA and Asia. Brent represented Canada at the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia and his passion for high performance and excellence has continued after his athletic career through the work that he has done supporting Lead 2 Perform’s clients, and at The Doorway.

Eeva White (2018)

Eeva has thirty years of broad experience as an advocate, leader and lawyer with all levels of government, public agencies, charities, private and non-profit organizations in a diverse range of industries.  She brings strong integrative governance skills with a focus on board change and growth. Eeva’s life-long desire to help the youth of our city, through participation in the justice and education sectors, lead her to The Doorway.