110 999 - 8th Street SW
Calgary, AB T2R 1J5

Who We Are

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A Place of Hope in a Community That Cares

As a Clubhouse International accredited organization, we are proud to provide an environment focused on support, mentorship, and personal growth. It is these areas of focus that have earned us our second 3 year unconditional accreditation (the highest available) from Clubhouse International.

We are defined by our values of acceptance, empowerment, and egalitarianism.

What We Do

Potential Place is a non-profit mental health agency dedicated to improving the lives of people with chronic mental illness. We hope to help our members lead productive and rewarding lives.

We work to maintain a vibrant community of individuals seeking to overcome barriers presented by mental illness. Through participation, personal development, and individual empowerment, we give people the tools they need to create a sustainable, fulfilling lifestyle at work and at home.

We seek out employment opportunities for our members through initiatives like our Employment Program* and provide ongoing support, coaching, and mentorship to our members.

Potential Place advocates for housing for our members. In addition we have two small apartment buildings that house 25 members who live independently.

The YAOP (Young Adults of Potential) provides the opportunity for peer to peer engagement between young adults transitioning from youth programs into adult programming. The age range of our young adults are from 18 to 32 years.

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Our Board of Directors

CHAIRPERSON – Andrew Sunter

Andrew has been on the board since March of 2011. Andrew is a securities litigation lawyer with Burnet Duckworth and Palmer.

SECRETARY – Chris Bonk

Chris is currently a Senior Advisor with Suncor Energy based in Calgary. He has various experience in human resources, compensation, budgeting, corporate strategy and governance. Chris enjoys playing tennis and golf in his spare time.

TREASURER – T. Jason Hennig

Jason has sat on the Board of Directors and held the role of Treasurer since March of 2015. Jason is legal counsel with FortisAlberta Inc. and prior to that role was a litigation lawyer with a large private firm in Calgary.

DIRECTOR – Greg Boone

Greg is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a tax partner at the firm of Ernst & Young.

In joining the Board, Greg hopes to bring his accounting background to assist in the financial governance of Potential Place.

Greg is married and has 2 children and has lived in Calgary for four years. When not working, Greg enjoys spending time with his family and playing a round or two of golf.

DIRECTOR – Giuseppe Lazzarotto

Giuseppe has been a member of Potential Place Clubhouse since 1998 and a Board member since June 2016. He works part-time in retail for Rexall. He enjoys being active and helping members. As a Director, Giuseppe hopes to gain more knowledge and experience of how the operations work.

DIRECTOR – Dr. Izu Nwachukwu, MB, BS, DCP, M.Sc, MRCPsych (UK), FRCPC

Dr. Izu is a Calgary Psychiatrist and the clinical team lead at the Post Discharge Transitional Housing Program of Alberta Health Services. Dr. Izu has been on the Board of Directors since June 2016.

DIRECTOR - John R. Law

John is retired from the construction industry. During his time in the industry John has worked as General Contractor, Salesman, Marketing Manager and Sales Manager. John has been involved with Potential Place as a consultant and now a volunteer since 2014. John and his family enjoy times at their cottage at Sylvan Lake.

DIRECTOR - Dr. John Rook, D.Phil (Oxon)

John is a former Executive Director of Potential Place and is delighted to return as a board member. Currently he works for The Mustard Seed Society as Managing Director (Calgary) and Director of Strategic Initiatives. John was a university professor for 15 years, former President and CEO of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, is Founding Director of the Canadian Poverty Institute and Chaired the National Council of Welfare for 6 years. He is married to Kim and they have 4 bio children and have fostered 3 others. John loves to read, write, and until recently, was an avid runner.


Frank was appointed ED on an interim basis in August 2012 and made permanent ED in February 2013. Prior to his appointment Frank volunteered for over 10 years in the community in the areas of mental health and addictions. Prior to his engagement in mental health Frank was an oil and gas executive for nearly 30 years.

International Standards for Clubhouse Programs

The International Standards for Clubhouse Programs, consensually agreed upon by the worldwide Clubhouse community, define the Clubhouse Model of rehabilitation. The principles expressed in these Standards are at the heart of the Clubhouse community’s success in helping people with mental illness to stay out of hospitals while achieving social, financial, educational and vocational goals. The Standards also serve as a “bill of rights” for members and a code of ethics for staff, board and administrators. The Standards insist that a Clubhouse is a place that offers respect and opportunity to its members.

The Standards provide the basis for assessing Clubhouse quality, through the Clubhouse International Accreditation process.

Every two years the worldwide Clubhouse community reviews these Standards, and amends them as deemed necessary. The process is coordinated by the Clubhouse International Standards Review Committee, made up of members and staff of Accredited Clubhouses from around the world. Principles inherent in each of the Standards include:

  • Membership: ensures members that their participation is fully voluntary and that they can access all the opportunities available to them through CI Clubhouses.
  • Relationships: describes the unique collegial relationship between Clubhouse staff and members.
  • Space: emphasizes the importance of creating a dignified, attractive environment where important work is carried out.
  • Work-Ordered Day: describes the structure of the day-to-day activity within a Clubhouse, organized to help members develop self-esteem, confidence and friendships, which make up the foundation of the recovery process.
  • Employment: ensures that Clubhouses offer members organized, effective strategies for moving into and maintaining gainful employment. Members have access to: Transitional Employment Opportunities; and Supported, and Independent Employment Opportunities.
  • Education: ensures that Clubhouses offer members effective opportunities to complete their education.
  • Functions of the House: addresses the basic requirements for meeting members’ needs, with an emphasis on social and health care services.
  • Funding, Governance and Administration: describes requirements for overseeing and managing Clubhouses.
  • For complete list of the 37 Clubhouse International Standards, please click here.
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110 999 - 8th Street SW
Calgary, AB T2R 1J5




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