Board of Director Profiles

Meet your Board of Directors 2022

Leader: Vicky Bayford

I am the first elected leader of The Independence Party.  I was born in Fort McMurray but I was raised in Calgary.  I raised two great boys and was very involved in many volunteer activities throughout the years, including being a board member for Bow Ridge Little League until 2009. 

I love my heritage and I love the province of Alberta.  This province awarded me with the privilege of creating a 20+ year career in regulatory and operations administration in the oil & gas industry.  I still currently work in the industry as a consultant. I am very proud of this industry that I chose to make my mark in.

I got involved with The Independence Party in July of 2020 and started my first board position with the party in September of 2020 as the CFO and shortly after also took over the Communications Director portfolio which I managed until my leadership race began in July of 2021. It has been such an honor to meet and work with so many talented and diverse people over the past 18 months. 

My push to get involved in politics came from the devastation of the federal policies coming down from Eastern Canada.  I could no longer play a passive role and quickly realized the only real solution was to get out of confederation. The Independence Party is the only party that offered a referendum on independence and a grassroots option where the members have the power to influence the new policies for a free and prosperous Alberta. I decided I was going to be the change I wanted to see in the government.

President: Sharon Maclise 

Sharon Maclise had a first career teaching high school after graduating from U of Saskatchewan in 1972. By 1982 she had moved on to a career as a real estate agent and broker after purchasing a Re/Max franchise and later managing her own successful independent commercial real estate brokerage and investment company, Maclise Realty Inc. which she still manages to this day.

Her interest in politics started very young at her parents dinner table and has lasted her entire life. In 1989 she became involved in the fledgling Reform Party. It was not long before Sharon moved on to join the Alberta Separatist movement. In 2005 she was elected President of the Separation Party of Alberta and later, in spring 2007, was elected VP Membership of the Wildrose Society spearheading the signature collection campaign to register the Party  in December 2007. Sharon ran as a candidate in Leduc in the 2008 provincial election under the Wildrose Alliance banner and again later as an Independent candidate under the Alberta Freedom Alliance Society.

Sharon Maclise has been a committed Alberta Separatist
 for 19 years and a strong, unapologetic conservative political leader. As well as running for provincial office twice Sharon ran as a Candidate for City Council in 2013 placing a close third in a six person race in Edmonton Ward 1.

Sharon wears her love and passion for her adopted province of Alberta with pride and as a badge of honor. Everything she has been able to accomplish in her life and career she attributes to the province she loves. She will never give up fighting for Alberta’s right to govern its own destiny and free itself from the oppressively unequal electoral power that allows the federal government in Ottawa the ability to keep Alberta indentured to the rest of Canada, raping its resources and redistributing its wealth while simultaneously preventing it from reaching its full economic and political potential as one of the most economically powerful nations in the world while enjoying a cultural identity proudly western, uniquely Albertan.

Treasurer: Brandy Beveridge

I grew up a small-town girl on our great Alberta prairies.  I was raised by proud, hard-working Albertan parents, in a world of natural health maintenance and wellness.   I kept active and athletic, and maintained good grades.  I started young working in clerical and retail jobs, as well as instructing for local and regional performing arts associations.

Life has carried me through an earned degree at our University of Alberta, and pursuit of a career in accounting.  I embraced motherhood, a move across the world and a return to my Albertan roots.  Career and life changes later prompted a move to Calgary where I currently reside.

While my background is primarily in accounting and banking, other work and volunteer positions have awarded me a wide range of valuable experiences.  I have worked in municipal, provincial and federal levels of government.  I’ve worked in tax calculation and collection, and in budgeting, variance analysis and forecasting.  I’ve been exposed to the workings of small, medium and large corporations, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and trusts.  I’ve participated in board room activity through my previous role as Manager of Finance with a large Alberta Credit Union and serving as executive and member of various boards including a Regional Health Authority in central Alberta, and a number of years with my homegrown grassroots Allied Arts Council.

In recent years I have shifted my career focus away from computer screens and numbers and into coaching, leadership and instruction in physical outdoor activities.  I’ve made lifestyle choices to allow me to spend my days active and outdoors, powered through a later-in-life college diploma to broaden my scope through travel and tourism, and worked myself through the grunt phase of employment as a letter carrier, all to build a life with daily sunshine and benefits. 

Lately, though, I’ve concentrated efforts in fighting for freedom and alerting all those around me to the atrocities occurring in Canada’s House of Commons!  Much of the past 2.5 years I’ve spent, like many, largely in isolation, fearing for our country’s future.   I’ve been affected by ALL mandates and restrictions, and have seen many friends and loved ones also lose jobs and liberties.  Fears and upset over our current political climate, along with my cheerleader values and tendency to root for the underdog and make all feel valued, led me to involvement with The Independence Party.  Our future as Albertan’s could be so much brighter, and I stand behind our Party as:  the only option to valuing and upholding the rights and freedoms of our Alberta citizens; and the only option to free Albertans from the detrimental overreach we are under in today’s federal landscape.

Thank you for your support and contribution to the future of all Albertans!

Secretary: Monica Friesz

I started life after high school when the other Trudeau was in the PMO. My apprenticeship was ended because of Trudeau policies back then and my life along with other Albertans, has once again being altered because of draconian policies to destroy Alberta’s economy. I went back to work on the farm and after working through a few winters, I had a brief career in the ski & recreation industry. From there I went to work framing condos then started in the oil patch and eventually became a Testing Geologist for 20 years, the feast or famine cycles became tiresome so I partnered to invest in a butcher shop in Carstairs AB in between. As usual the government moved the goalposts for game & domestic hence, we shut down. I then decided to put my carpentry skills to the test in 2011 and became a self-employed contractor and have been at it ever since.

I have been a separatist since Jean Chretien was in the PMO. My search for a separatist party that held the same values as myself ended when I discovered the Independence Party. I ran for MLA in the 2019 provincial election because I came to the realization that complaining about how this country is governed wouldn’t change a thing. I decided to continue the fight for independence by becoming a board member with the Independence Party of Alberta by helping to develop new self governance policies and working with Committees for the newly created Party Program. I have held 3 portfolios since May of 2019; Membership Director, Fundraising Director and Secretary. Since the Secretary position was not contested by anyone else, I will be the Secretary until next year.

Policy Director: Vacant

 

 

Communication Director: Vacant

 

 

Membership Director: Bob Blayone

Mr. Bob Blayone is a husband of thirty years to his wife Dana, a father of two, brother, uncle and friend to many. He is a proud Albertan of diverse ancestry, a proud Metis with ancestral roots that run deep. His Great Grandfather was Chief Black Powder who was a strong leader of his time and a man who understood all too well the loss of freedom. 
Coming from humble beginnings, taught the value of hard work and determination, that he was responsible for his own destiny - through hard work, determination and being blessed with opportunity - Mr. Blayone lifted himself up and found prosperity. In peace and comfort he was able to enjoy his life relatively free. However, he realized that for far too long while Albertans have been raising families and living their lives; self-serving politicians and unelected bureaucrats have taken advantage of the people whom they are meant to serve. As self-serving elites rule over the people with heavy hands - shackling our children with debt and shutting down opportunities - a fire burns within Mr. Blayone. He longs to see those stolen opportunities and freedoms returned to all the people of Alberta, so that future generations to come may also enjoy their right to freedom and prosperity. Mr. Blayone wishes to see Albertans standing in unity creating a political grassroots movement of the people - without self-serving politicians at their table - and being confident in knowing that together they have the power to affect change, to flip over the table, to take back their freedom and prosperity through becoming an Independent and Sovereign Nation of Alberta. While at the same time reinstalling democratic mechanisms for Albertans to always hold their elected representatives accountable; without mercy. 

Fundraising Director: Vacant

 

 

Constituency Association Director: Vacant

 

 

Director at Large: Brad Giroux

I am a proud third generation Albertan looking forward to serving on the board of The Independence Party. I was born and raised in Edmonton. I have a background in retail sales (owned my own franchise), I have my Heavy Equipment Technician On Road, Off Highway, Truck and Transport and Trailer tickets with both Red seal and Blue Seal. I also have successfully completed my Maintenance Manager Professional designation. My family lives in Athabasca (wife and two kids), and I commute weekly to my position as Manager, Mobile Learning Mining Mildred Lake and Aurora for Syncrude Canada Ltd. I have served on several boards in the past and continue to serve on my condominiums board as a director.

I ran as an independent candidate in the 2019 Provincial election in the electoral district of Athabasca – Barrhead- Westlock. I strongly believe we need to make a major change in the governance of our province before it is too late. Too many times we have accepted” less than adequate” leaders or parties. The time for holding our nose and voting for the one who least offends you is over. If we keep doing what we have been doing, we will keep getting what we have been getting. For the sake our children we need to start voting for change.

Thank you and I look forward to meeting and learning how we can restore the Alberta Advantage.

Director at Large: Ty Northcott

 

 

Director at Large: Donna Ostopowich

 

 

Director at Large: Daniel Duggan

My name is Dan Duggan living in Three Hills, Alberta with my wife Dana and son Zachary. As a board member in the Independence Party of Alberta, my passion is to unite people towards a common goal and vision for a better Alberta. As one who has worked as a Landman in the oil and gas industry, I have become well acquainted with the unique culture that Albertans both urban and rural have come to enjoy. My goal as a director of the Independence Party of Alberta, is not to change that culture, but to protect it for the many future Albertans to come, as well as the many current Albertans who have worked so hard to develop it.

As a strong supporter of democracy, my core belief for both this party and our province was spoken 160 years ago by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address.

That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

I want to see a strong, free and prosperous Alberta. If it can not be protected and sustained within it’s current national inclusion within Canada, then it must be protected within a framework that will. I did not join this board for ego, power or notoriety. I came to this board to serve this province and to stand for the rights and freedoms of all Albertans now and in the future.

Director at Large: Linda Desrosiers

I have always been proud to call my self a Canadian.  I believed that Canada was the greatest country in the world to live in until our current Prime Minister was elected.  I started to see the injustice and corruption and became very disillusioned.  I started to think that Alberta Independence might be a good idea.  I didn’t even realize how much money Alberta was sending to east every year.  Once I realized that Ottawa didn’t care about jobs in Alberta I became even more convinced that in order for my children and grand children to have a future, things needed to change.

Two years ago I came across an ad on Facebook for The Independence Party and after reading the policies, I decided to join the Party and a few months later became a member of the board.  I believe in Independence and all it can and will bring to Alberta. 

Covid has really opened my eyes to the freedoms that both the Provincial and Federal governments have taken from us.  I am convinced that the governments will continue to distract us with, Covid, climate change, wars and other current affairs so we are not aware of the bills they are passing in parliament to the detriment of every Albertan.  I believe we need to STAND UP – BE LOUD AND BE COUNTED in the next election and that The Independence Party is the Party that can take us where we need to go.

Director at Large: Pam Koenig

 

 

Director at Large: Vacant

Director at Large: Vacant

Director at Large: Vacant

Director at Large: Vacant

 

 

 


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