Meet The Team!
The Calgary Ostomy Society is run soley by these dedicated volunteers who serve on our Executive Committee!
Vice President & Volunteer Visitor
“Deanna’s journey began in 1998 with a diagnosis of a connective tissue disorder known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – the Vascular type. This is the terminal and most dangerous aspect of EDS as it affects the cardio-vascular system along with the joints and muscles. Her large intestines perforated in 2012 which culminated in an irreversible colostomy. Then in 2014 while on a trip to Costa Rica, she found herself in hospital (there’s a story you want to hear!) which resulted in a 10 day stay and a HUGE bill. Thank goodness for insurance! Upon returning to Calgary, surgery was performed and an ileostomy resulted. She connected with the Calgary Ostomy Society in 2017, becoming a patient visitor. As per the medical team in 1998 she was given 6-12 months to live. Deanna credits her positive attitude and the help of the amazing doctors, family and friends for her ability to continue to experience life. Feel free to ask Deanna about her diagnosis and her journey to get to where she is now.”
Treasurer & Membership
“Helmut has an ileostomy and has been volunteering with COS since 2018.”
Secretary & Social Media Coordinator
“Priscilla was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2000 and had her first ileostomy in 2002. After a couple reversals and adjustments she now has a colostomy since 2012. While the road has had ups and downs, Priscilla still enjoys life and a good laugh. Volunteering is a pleasure for her and she divides her time between such places as The Drop In Centre, the Parkinson Association of Alberta, as well as with COS, when she isn’t working or absorbed in a good book.”