“Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead
The Hope Bridges Board and Staff is comprised of citizens of Wheatland County who dedicate their time to this cause because they envision a better place for all.
Chairperson & Co- Founder, Sheila Konschuh
Sheila Konschuh has a passion for community building. She was a founding member of Project H.O.P.E., and has served on many community boards and initiatives in Strathmore and the County of Wheatland. On her family farming operation in Southern Alberta, Sheila dedicates time to gardening, cycling, cooking and hosting friends and family. She has enjoyed a variety of creative and business pursuits, including the operation of ‘Hearts on a String’, a clothing and jewelry boutique. In 2014 Sheila’s Painted Quilts idea won Strathmore’s ‘Let’s Make a Pitch’ and the project is part of the ongoing town beautification initiative! Many meaningful and lasting connections have begun through painting workshops, and Sheila is inspired by the power of music and the arts as a foundation for connections and friendship.
Treasurer, Joanne Weir
Bio coming soon.
Secretary, Barb Praeker
Having been a long-time supporter of Hope Bridges Society, Barb joined the board in April 2016. Her insights and her ongoing involvement in events including the Annual Art Auction and Fall Gala are greatly valued by her fellow board members as well as participants and guests of HB events and workshops.
Member, Connie Kopp
Bio coming soon.
Coordinator, Wanda Reinholdt
When Wanda is not busy coordinating Hope Bridges events and workshops, she directs, acts and produces in the theatre and film production industry. Her productions have received awards in Alberta and she has also mentored artists, some having been accepted into influential college programs. Wanda is known for her integrity, skill and her aspirations for excellence, not only for herself but also individuals she mentors. Wanda is the Artistic Director of Reinholdt Productions, which focuses on telling real stories through film, stage and canvas. Hope Bridges’ desire to share the arts with everyone, and provide educational opportunities through workshops, fits with her heart for expression.
Trish has always been creating. Her Dad was a petroleum engineer. When she was young, she had the unique opportunity (this does not happen today) to stay on the rigs with her Dad. As a result, she would spend a lot of time in the trailers. That is when she began to draw. To pass the time, she would sit at her Dad’s desk and draw the rigs. When her parents saw her interest in art, they were very supportive and encouraged her to discover. Most importantly, they began taking the whole family yearly to the Calgary Art Show at the Stampede. Trish began to follow of the artists she learned about from the show. They inspired her to study art.
In 1997, she graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a combined Bachelors of Education and Bachelor of Fine Arts. She took this degree because she has always wanted to be able to manage and teach community art. Today, she has the privilege of being the Hope Bridge Go Green Upcycling facilitator and also the Arts Coordinator and that is a lot of fun for Trish. She enjoys very much going to garage and flee market sales to find nuggets to create with in her studio and at Hope. And will always take the time to create something steam punk or Victorian – her most favourite designs. Trish has lived for seven years in Strathmore with her husband Neil and their children Griffin and Rowan. She is thrilled to be creating in community.
Member, Katy Webster
Katy is the co-owner of Katy’s Consignment Boutique. She has a passion for life, people and the arts. Having experienced marginalization, she understands the feelings of loneliness and isolation that many individuals feel today, but Katy faces life with a positive attitude and tries to make each day the best ever! She pursues acceptance, respect and friendship and was thrilled to be a part of Hope Bridges Society, which she has found to be a valuable advocate. Highlights for Katy include performing in Hope’s annual Artists Among Us Gala, and receiving the 2012 PDD Individual Leadership Award for her work in the community