Airdrie Festival of Lights

Glowing Leadership

24 Glowing Years of Family Tradition

Board of Directors

We are an independent, non-profit society that is run by a Volunteer Board of Directors. We work throughout the year, meeting monthly to assess, plan, and implement everything needed to put on this event for 24 years now.

Todd Brand (Sponsorship Coordinator)

Todd and his family have lived in Airdrie for 11 years and like so many residents, the Airdrie Festival of Lights became a source of annual fun and community pride. Several seasons ago, Todd agreed to be our sponsorship coordinator and in his words he, “gained a whole new level of appreciation for all the work that goes into the Festival.” Todd enjoys connecting businesses with the many sponsor opportunities and advantages that the Festival offers. In his “other life,” Todd serves as the Chair of the Rocky View School Board of Trustees and his work experience includes teaching, church ministry and organizational development. He is also an active volunteer with the Airdrie & District Soccer Association.

Mark Battle (President)

I moved with my wife and our three children from Calgary to Airdrie in 2011. I have always enjoyed the outdoors during both the summer and winter months so when my son joined the Second Airdrie Scouts and was volunteering at the Festival, rather than just drop him off, I would see if they needed any extra help and I volunteered with him. The people working the festival were so friendly and helpful that I found myself looking forward to volunteering each week. Over the past couple of years I find myself really enjoying watching the smiles of the “children” both young and old while they are visiting the festival and decided that it was such a fantastic atmosphere that I wanted to do anything I could to help keep such a fun and enjoyable event grow in the community we now call home. THANK YOU AIRDRIE!

Dave Boyko (Director)

I have volunteered in the Calgary area for many years, and really enjoy the energy and excitement of the Airdrie Festival of Lights.  After working the hot chocolate booth last year, I decided I wanted to take an even more active role in the AFOLS, which isn’t to say I won’t be behind the counter again this year.  Dave comes with a wealth of IT experience, and we look forward to his help with all things technical for 2019!

Faith Wilks (Secretary)

I moved to Airdrie from Calgary in December 2017 and started volunteering with AFOLS the same year. Being new to Airdrie, I wanted to be involved with the community and I had so much fun volunteering with AFOLS that I wanted to do more, so I decided to join the board of directors at the end of the 2018 season. I’m looking so forward to the many new friendships and taking on my role as Secretary!

Wendy Hennel (Treasurer)

Wendy moved to Airdrie with her family in 2012.  She wanted to be part of AFOL in order to give back to this tremendous community.  It didn’t take Wendy long to jump in with both feet, and she has been instrumental in her role as Treasurer, ensuring the AFOL remains strong for years to come. Wendy loves spending time with friends and family and enjoys contributing to an event that nurtures those opportunities.  In her spare time, you will find Wendy outside or buried in a book.

Rob Pirzek & Michelle Pirzek (Vice-President & Coordinator)

Finding they were driving to Airdrie often for Parades and bus tours to the Airdrie Festival of Lights, the decision to build their home here in 2003 was an easy one! They moved with their two children, Jenn and John along with Michelle’s mom, and quickly looked for ways to be more involved in the community they called home. The opportunity to volunteer with AFOL first presented itself when their daughter’s Girl Guide Group signed on to be one of the Fundraising Groups. It was the perfect way to expose their children to the idea of volunteering! Rob and Michelle believe strongly that “by engaging our kids in our communities, we’re teaching them to be invested and respectful of everything around them.” It didn’t take long for Rob and Michelle to join the Board of Directors after seeing the positive impact AFOL had on their children, Jennifer in her time as a fundraising group with Girl Guides and particularly their son John, who has Asperger’s and ADHD. The relationships that John has been able to build with the other Board Members and Volunteers and the mentorship he’s received has provided him an incredible opportunity to share his talents, build confidence, and develop into a brilliant young man! We tease that he’s the Unofficial CEO of Festival, because… if you ever have a question, ask John, we’re sure he’ll know the answer! We are forever grateful to AFOL for allowing us to join their little family, as it has changed our lives! We’d love to show you and your family how it can change yours too!

AFOLS Directors: Responsibilities and Expectations

We light up Airdrie!

Everything you need to know about the board’s responsibilities.