Our Facilitators

Mary Appleton-Dias

Mentorship Facilitator

Mark Appleton-Dias

Mary Appleton-Dias has been an educator and mentor for the last 25 years. She has taught and held administrative positions in both Ontario and Alberta. In her time with the Calgary Board of Education she coordinated the implementation of Comprehensive School Health in 86 schools, collaboratively developed the TEAM Leadership Program (now an Alberta curriculum) at Lord Beaverbrook High School , coordinated Partnerships That Impact Student Learning across 4 high schools, and mentored teachers in their growth and development as an AISI Learning Leader in 4 schools. Her background and training as a Lions Quest Trainer, Resiliency Coach, Safe and Caring Schools developer and Challenge Days mentor all reflect her passion for youth and her belief in their ability to positively change the world.

Jenny R. Limoges, BSc

Author / Virtues Program Facilitator

Jenny was raised in Calgary, AB and started her mentoring career at Lord Beaverbrook High School in 1999. She was one of the leading mentors in the Health In Perspective program (H.I.P. program) at Acadia Elementary School. She held trainings for other high school mentors and helped expand the program through Southern Alberta.

Jenny R. Limoges Hodge

Jenny received the Outstanding Leadership for 1997-1999 at Wilma Hansen Junior High for her service to the school and students. She was awarded the Major Citizenship Award in 2002 at Lord Beavebrook High School for her dedication to the leadership program and her volunteer work in the school and around the community. Jenny also received the Don Stowell Scholarship Award of Dedication in 2002.

Jenny had a wonderful 2.5 years career with GoodLife Fitness Clubs as a General Manager of the Country Hills and Canyon Meadows Clubs in Calgary. She was selected as one of the top General Managers of GoodLife Fitness to be rewarded with a trip to Australia in 2006. She was also nominated for New General Manager of the Year in 2005-2006 in recognition of her commitment and performance in two Goodlife Fitness Clubs. She attended the Top 500 Conference at Can Fit Pro in Toronto three years in a row as a reward for being a top employee with GoodLife Fitness.

From May 2007- February of 2009, Jenny spent her time overseas in the Caribbean developing the kids program for the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino in St. Maarten N.A. She worked with the locals creating programs for their children and hosted major events for the hotel and private functions. In her spare time, she coauthored the Heart-to-Heart manuals and became a facilitator for the Virtues Program.

Jenny currently resides in Calgary Alberta, completing her Health Sciences Degree at Mount Royal University.

DeeAnne S. Vonde, Ph.D. †

Deceased March 5, 2017
Author / Consultant

DeeAnne holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Family Ecology, a BSc and MA from Ball State University.

Dr. DeeAnne Vonde

Dr. Vonde was awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellent in 2001, for her work in developing the T.E.A.M. Leadership program. T.E.A.M. leadership is a student driven, service based high school program.

She received the People First Award in 2005, presented by the Calgary Health Region for her work on the sexuality website.

DeeAnne received the Pan Canadian Learning Innovation award in 2001. In l998, l998, and 2000 she was nominated for the Pan Canadian Student Choice Award. She is a past member of Phil Delta Kappa. In l999 she was the President of the Calgary Chapter, Foundations Representative for the Calgary Chapter, l997-l999, Winner of International Newsletter Award, l995, Winner of the Bessie Gabbard Award, Special Commendation for Phi Delta Kappa International, November, 2001.

She is presently a volunteer on the Neighbour Grants Committee of The Calgary Foundation and a member of the board of YouthInkIt Publications, a nonprofit society.

Dr. Vonde has written several books and journal articles and presented at numerous conferences.

For the past two years her time has been divided between coauthoring the Heart-to-Heart manuals, developing formative assessment tools for six high school Career and Technology Studies courses and creating 3 exemplars that provide the foundation upon which teacher can deliver an integrated junior high curriculum. The formative assessment tools can be viewed on line at www.innovativelearning.ca (21st. Century learners, Career and Technology Studies.)

DeeAnne lived a happy life married to Tom, mother of Chris, Laurel and Eric, and grandmother to Jae, Easton, Ty, and Harrison.