Sarah Hawco

Sarah Hawco

Board of Directors - Treasurer, Zero to Hero Board Presenter (Financial Literacy/Resilience)

Board of Directors

Sarah is knowledgeable in the area of due diligence, business reviews and viability assessments, restructuring, and alternative dispute resolution.

Sarah is a Chartered Accountant with a specialization in tax, a Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional, and holds a Masters in Law in Banking and Finance from Osgoode Hall in Toronto. She is a member of CPA Alberta, the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the ADR Institute of Alberta.

Gems for Gems holds a special place for Sarah as she herself was able to not only overcome her own experience with domestic violence but relied upon the generosity and services of various social resources in rebuilding her future and securing a safe environment for her daughters. She believes strongly in the Gems for Gems model of creating opportunity for all and is thrilled to be part of the community.

Sarah believes that whatever your situation may be, she can help you understand your options and your best course of action. Sarah will present on financial success planning and point out some of the pitfalls that people fall into and how to overcome them.

Christine Hawco Gray

Christine Hawco Gray

Ambassador

Board of Directors, Community Ambassador, AB

Christine Hawco Gray is proud to be a Gems for Gems Board of Directors member. She is passionate about her community and serves it in many ways including through her career as a GP.
She is a warm and intelligent contributor to the Gems for Gems team and looks forward to growing the Gems for Gems impact as we all work together to end the cycle of domestic abuse.

Billie Jo Ross

Billie Jo Ross

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

It’s hard to believe I was in the room the evening Gems For Gems was founded. Go figure… a bunch of women at a dinner party, chatting about the jewelry we have in a box in a drawer and how we can ‘be the change.’ I have been following the success of Gems ever since. It’s unimaginable how Gems for Gems has gone from a casual conversation to where it is today! What an achievement.

 

I’ve been fortunate to work with Rogers Media Group for over 15 years and have many contacts and relationships – a perfect fit to share the vision of Gems for Gems. I am honoured to be a champion & educate the public on Gems For Gems.

 

I’m involved with a number of local charities: 100 Women Who Care, Dreams Take Flight, Calgary Food Bank, Rainbow Society, Canadian Women’s Foundation & more.

I love the City of Calgary & I am a BIG believer in contributing to the community.

 

I believe in everything Gems for Gems stands for. It’s about building other women up & ending the cycle of domestic abuse. Whether it’s the scholarship program, THRIVE, the jewelry drive, or Gems ambassador program, I’m passionate about supporting your movement.  When women support each other, incredible things happen.

 

I am honoured to sit on the Gems For Gems Board, as we work together to “Empower Women To Empower Themselves.“

Dave Sweet

Dave Sweet

Board of Directors, Board Chair, Scholarship Board Representative

Board of Directors

DAVE SWEET is an active-duty Homicide Detective with twenty years on the job.


He has worked in the Drug Unit and the Organized Crime Section and teaches new recruits. He also presents at law enforcement conferences and various community groups.


In addition to a Distinguished Service Award in 2010, Detective Sweet received the Chief’s Award for Investigative Excellence in 2017. 
Dave has also been featured on the CBC series The Detectives and recently released his first book Skeletons in My Closet – Life Lessons from a Homicide Detective.


The Gems for Gems organization fits well Dave’s own personal Mantra to leave people better then you found them and believes wholeheartedly that this is the intention of the Gems movement.