Hope Bridges Society

Our Leadership

“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

P1140096[1]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.

Recording secretary, Hannah Konschuh

Hannah was invited to Hope Bridges in May 2016 and the skills that she brings to the board as recording secretary are appreciated by all! She is accurate and thorough with meeting minutes, which in turn allows the board confidence that meeting content and valuable information will not be overlooked or lost.

Coordinator, Wanda Reinholdt

0210 finalWhen 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.

Member, Katy Webster

Katy_2Katy 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