Lindsay Carton – CEO & Program Coordinator  (780) 853-2000

Having been raised in the surrounding area and wanting the support of family close by Lindsay and family chose to move to Vermilion in 2011 from Edmonton. She enjoyed staying home with her children for a few years before becoming Program Learning Coordinator here at CLASS in January, 2015. Lindsay felt the job description was very fitting and has been enthusiastic with all that she takes on. In September of 2016 there were some big changes with CLASS staffing as long time CEO, Chandra Blair resigned and moved away from the area. Lindsay has accepted the position of CEO and looks forward to the future.



Yuliya Lundback – Administrative Assistant  (780) 853-2000

Yuliya came to Canada in 2010 and has a large history of education and employment.  English was a regular part of her early education, along with her Ukraine and Russian language.  She graduated from the Ukraine Politechnical University in 1986 with an Engineering Diploma focusing on Finances and Human Resources.  She became the Senior Manager for a communication’s company for 10 years in Zaporizhia, Ukraine. She has a vast number of skills in computer, accounting and finances.  Yuliya joined CLASS in 2011 and brought her expertise to our organization part-time.



Board of Directors

Alva Andersen: Chairperson

Alva has worked at Lakeland College for 27 years.  Her current job is Student Accounts Coordinator. Her education came from Camrose Lutheran College and she completed her Professional Accounting Diploma at Lakeland College in June 2009.  Her financial expertise is an essential role at CLASS.  She has been on the CLASS Board for 10 years serving in a variety of positions.  Alva was raised on a farm near Kitscoty.  She has lived in Vermilion for 15 years, and brings her knowledge of rural living to our organization.  Alva enjoys traveling and being an Auntie to her multitude of nephews and nieces.


Gordon Hills: Vice Chairperson

Gordon joined CLASS in 2008 as a Volunteer tutor and taught a 78 year old man just learning how to read and write.  In 2011, he became a Board Member, and quickly showed his expertise in Board Governance.  Gordon’s wit keeps the Board and Staff smiling while showing his wisdom and fatherly guidance over this organization.    Gordon continues to tutor English Language Students through Norquest LINC (Language Instruction to Newcomers to Canada) program and is active in the Royal Canadian Legion.   Gordon and his wife Cicely have one daughter and two grandchildren.


Gary Walsh: Treasurer

Gary Walsh has been a Conservation Officer/Park Ranger with Alberta Provincial Parks for 40 years.  He has received his diploma in Recreational Lands Management from Lethbridge Community College in 1975.  He started working as a Park Ranger in Cypress Hills Provincial Park that spring, and got married to Judy that fall.  They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.  His family is his number one passion.  He grew up on a farm near Lloydminster and has lived in Vermilion for 25 years.  He loves the outdoors as well as travelling all over the world.  He has 3 years of board experience from the Vermilion Library and comes with many qualities to contribute to the CLASS Board.  Gary has been a CLASS society member for many years, and wants to assist others in learning and continuing to obtain their education.  He also wants Newcomers to Canada to feel welcome, wanted and SAFE.


Judy Misick: Secretary

Judy Misick is a semi-retired fitness leader and programmer.  She still has 4 fitness classes that she instructs through Lakeland College, Be Fit for Life.  She grew up between Edmonton and Grande Prairie, and moved to Vermilion in the 1960s.  Here, with her husband, she raised her two daughters.  She was a very active member of Figure Skating where she was involved as vice-president, coach and judge.  She has won many awards for her leadership and participation in fitness and healthy living, such as the Alberta Centennial Salute for Sports and Recreation in 2005 and the Rotary Integrity Award in 2006.  She joined CLASS in 1986 teaching fitness to many communities in the Vermilion River County, and now wishes to give back to CLASS.  She has had board experience on the Vestry as the People’s Warden for 3 terms, and brings to CLASS many qualities along with her energy and enthusiasm for lifelong learning and literacy.


Donna Garnett: Director

Donna came to CLASS as a Volunteer Tutor in 2011 and has been on the CLASS Board since 2012.  During our 40th Anniversary Donna chaired and organized the Multicultural Heritage Festival, which was a grand success.  Donna was a Teacher’s Assistant for 20 years which shows her desire in teaching and caring for children.  Her other interests are the beautiful things in nature, crafts with children, reading and gardening.  Her number one passion is her husband, 2 children and 3 grandchildren.  Donna has been a vital part of our Board with her organizational skills and love of helping others.  She has also been active in searching for grants and helping with our fundraisers.


Judy Sivam:  Director

Judy Sivam was raised in Ontario and became a Medical Secretary.  She later completed her Medical laboratory training and worked as a Lab Tech.  She continued her learning in Clinical Microbiology and later in Adult Learning in Edmonton.  She was active in instructing adult/seniours fitness classes.  She is presently the historian for Vermilion Royal Purple and the secretary for ACW, St. Saviour Anglican Church.  Judy has been in Vermilion since 1995, after the passing of her husband.  She worked at Islay Health Centre as a Personal Care Aid, then at the Vermilion Health Centre as the Admitting Clerk.  Judy joined CLASS first as a Volunteer Tutor, and now as a CLASS Board Secretary in 2016.


Patricia Calyniuk

Patricia Calyniuk:  Director

Pat has been employed as  the VIBE Wellness Coordinator for the schools in Vermilion, Mannville, Clandonald and Kitscoty for the past 6 year.  VIBE is a mental health capacity building project in schools and community providing mental wellness education and programming. Before that Pat worked as the supervisor of the Family School Liaison Program for 10 years.  She is an active volunteer in the community and is involved in a number of boards and the Vermilion Lions Club. She has her Masters in Clinical Social Work and three undergraduate degrees. Pat and Ernie and their family have lived in Vermilion for the past 24 years. They have three children.  Pat just joined the board in 2016 and looks forward to being involved as life long learning is important to her.


Justin Thompson:  Director

Society Members

  • Donna Garnett
  • Glenn Garnett
  • Lindsay Carton
  • Jason Carton
  • Linden Lundback
  • Yuliya Lundback
  • Patricia Calyniuk
  • Gordon Hills
  • Cicely Joan Hills
  • Heather Katie Cooper
  • Derek Cooper
  • Gary Walsh
  • Hilda Bell
  • Alva Andersen
  • Elizabeth Myhovich
  • Farrel Palmer
  • Judy Misick
  • Justin Thompson
  • Judith Sivam


Vermilion Lakeland College

Town of Vermilion

Vermilion Public Library

Buffalo Trail Schools

Good Life Institute



Funding Provided By


Aboriginal and Community Connections Alberta Advanced Education

Town of Vermilion:  FCSS for our English Language Family Rhyme & Read program

Vermilion Masonic Lodge

Donations and Fundraisers



Photo credit for the two graphics on this page: Clint Hickson.