Our Board

Star of the North Board of Directors are a dedicated group of volunteers who work with the Executive Director to bring life and action to the Star’s vision and mission.  

Star Board of Directors 2017


Chair:  Sr. Jeannette Filthaut, SP 

Jeannette Filthaut SP, a Sister of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, is an experienced Spiritual Director, Process Facilitator, Adult Educator and Retired Teacher. Jeannette has conducted many retreats, workshops, congregational Chapters/Assemblies, as well as individual sessions to assist people on their Spiritual and Educational Journey. Having served on various Boards in Alberta and Ontario, Jeannette is presently the Chair of the Board of Directors for Star of the North Retreat Centre.

Vice-Chair:  Wayne Dosman

Greg Bounds  

Greg is a professional accountant cpa, cma, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. He has held senior finance and administration positions in non-profit and government agencies and with the provincial government. Throughout his career and volunteer commitments he has reported to and served on public Boards, providing him with a solid understanding of Board governance and a commitment to accountability and transparency.  Greg is an active member of St. Joseph’s Basilica Parish where he and his wife are involved as part of the marriage preparation team and they also serve as Eucharistic Ministers.

Greg has an interest in local history and his published works include a history of St. Francis Xavier High School, a walking tour of St Albert’s Mission Hill and cemetery and several essays contributed to the Edmonton Journal. He was a major contributor to a significant book published by the Edmonton Catholic School District about the women and men who taught in Edmonton’s Catholic schools. He has also led public tours of St. Joseph’s Basilica.

Phil Schmidt 

Phil Schmidt, his wife Marie and their four children moved to St. Albert in 1996. He has been an active member of Holy Family Parish ever since. Currently he is the Chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council, Lector Coordinator, he sits on the Liturgy and Stewardship committees and is also an active member in the Knights of Columbus, Brother Anthony Council. With over 35 years in the corporate business world, Phil has years of experience leading major change initiatives, working on various steering committees and leading large teams in delivering excellent customer service. Phil joined the Board of Directors of the Star of the North Retreat Centre in October 2016 and is thoroughly enjoying working with the Board members, staff and volunteers.

Josee Marr  

Josee has served the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton for almost 30 years in various capacities both in administration and ministry, as an executive employee and as a volunteer.  Josee has coordinated the planning and execution of several events, retreats, and seminars at the archdiocesan and parish levels. She is an active member of the Roman Catholic & Mennonite Dialogue, the St Joseph Seminary & Newman Theological College Faith Fitness and Fun Run/Walk Committee and the newly formed pastoral care committee of the joint parishes of Assumption and Resurrection.  Spirituality, fitness, and friendship with people and creation occupy most of her time, utilize much of her talent and have become her treasure.  She is glad to join the Board of Directors of the Star of the North Retreat Centre.

Geneva Lander

Linda Winski 

Linda joined the Board in 2013 and participates on two of its committees.  Her career paths have embraced teaching, counseling, working for 19 years with the Social Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of Edmonton as an adult educator, workshop facilitator and activist and serving 10 years as Pastoral Associate with Inner City Pastoral Ministry. Now semi-retired, she still considers herself a work in progress committed to justice-seeking and justice-building.

Fr. Mike McCaffery

Fr. Alfred Groleau, OMI

Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie is a missionary Oblate who has spent over 30 years ministering among the aboriginal peoples of north and central Saskatchewan, including three years as director of a team that offered sessions on faith renewal, leadership and community development.  As archbishop emeritus of the archdiocese of Keewatin-The Pas, he now serves as chaplain and spiritual director at Star of the North Retreat Center in St. Albert, Alberta.

Br. Louis Andreas, OMI

Star of the North Retreat Centre is seeking volunteer Board Directors to fill positions in the roles of

  • accounting, budgets, finance
  • long term capital expense planning,
  • facility care planning
  • and fundraising

We are seeking people who understand and value the vision and mission of the Star; committed collaborators for the present and future well-being of the Star of the North as a gathering place for spiritual seekers and the people of God.  You will be a community-minded/connected Christian who also appreciates the value of interculturality and will bring passion, positivity and creative problem-solving to the Star’s Vision and Mission.   The Star Board of Directors needs your gifts and talents!  Please provide your resume and send your message of interest to director@starofthenorth.ca

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