Karen Ferguson

Vice President/ Chair Governance Committee

In addition to her current role with FamilySmart®, Karen sits as a Board Member with Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre in Edmonton , a non-profit centre focused on early childhood programming and parent and family supports. Karen is also a volunteer tutor with the Centre for Family Literacy.

Karen retired in 2015 as Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Human Services where she provided strategic leadership to several collaborative initiatives supporting improved outcomes for children, youth and families.Key areas included early childhood development, child care, and child and youth addictions and mental health.

Previous experience includes 25 years in the youth corrections field, including eight years as Director of the Calgary Young Offender Centre, a 200 bed custody facility.