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Jack Long Foundation

Jack Long Foundation develops community based affordable housing

About Us

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Our Mission

To encourage, support, and build projects and processes, which promote social and ethical responsibility, build healthy environments, and develop dynamic and balanced urban communities in which all community residents have the opportunity to participate and contribute.


The Jack Long Foundation has developed programs & connections, and continues to further our mission and expand our reach. We assist community stakeholders to take a closer look at their community, its goals and objectives, and how affordable housing fits into the mix. 


We can also help non-profits who embark on upon building a new project, and know the hard work they put into delivering important services. JLF can help with community outreach and consultation, and help build their vital and important relationships. Our process is specifically tailored for each organization. 

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Who was Jack Long?

Jack Long was a nationally respected architect, planner and community activist who profoundly impacted the nature of Calgary communities. Most notably, Jack's work was guided by his simple thesis statement "Every man the planner". Jack believed in true participational planning and fought for the right of every community to be given the opportunity to have meaningful involvement in the future of their community.
"There is an infinity of possible viewpoints, but the only one that can be said to be proper is the standpoint or viewpoint of the community itself." 

Read Jack's Thesis
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Affordable housing is a community issue.

We work with community stakeholders to develop projects that they can stand behind. JLF has designed a community planning process for affordable housing. A variety of community stakeholders engage in defining the criteria and need for affordable housing within the context of their community's vision, goals, and objectives.

Balanced Leadership

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Greg Gale, Chair

Greg makes his home in Vancouver, BC and works as a contract CADWorx Designer for various companies in Alberta and BC. As an avid community volunteer, Greg gained experience in community revitalization, when he took on the role of Redevelopment Chair of the Inglewood Community Association from the mid to late 1990’s. Greg also assisted in the Association with social and fundraising events and interfaced with the Inglewood Business Zone, and was an enthusiastic volunteer on election campaigns.  In addition to Jack Long Foundation, Greg has continued fulfilling his volunteer spirit by working with seniors in Vancouver’s West End.

Arden Dalik, Vice Chair

Arden Dalik is a leading expert in Executive Compensation and Performance Systems Design. She has advised organizations across North America in a wide variety of industries. Arden specializes in Executive Compensation, Board Governance, Strategic Pay Alignment and Performance Systems. Arden writes frequent articles on Board and executive compensation and governance issues. She has written for HR Reporter, World at Work, Queens University IRC, and numerous other national and international publications. Arden is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and serves on numerous not-for-profit Boards of Directors.  She is also a part of the teaching faculty for the Executive Compensation Certification Program Network.

Dominique Machefert, Treasurer

Dominique founded and developed The Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary, a Christian non-profit organization offering safe housing and support to sexually exploited women and their children. Under her leadership this pilot program began with one house, growing  to three front-line houses, a full day program curriculum, an in-house daycare, 11 transitional apartments, and eight long-term affordable apartments. She initiated the development of the Fireworks Co-operative,  which operated business ventures for job shadowing and training to victims of sexual exploitation.
Dominique developed the SA Foundation  and joined it on a full time basis. During that time she co-founded SA World Services Division, a division of the SA Foundation that offers leadership and organizational development training internationally.

Marga Betz, Secretary

Marga has over thirty years of combined experience in regional planning, economic analysis, public policy, heritage conservation and “brownfield” redevelopments; she has worked with both the public and private sector. Her assignments range in scale from community development to settlements and international framework. The body of her work includes downtown restructuring plans, overall planning documents with implementation strategies for cities, as well as housing and land use policies for affordable housing near workplaces. Marga‘s work reflects her global concerns for quality of life, economics, and environment. She has frequently served on numerous Boards and is often asked to contribute to conferences and task forces.  

Mark Chambers, Director

Manager, Heritage Conservation Western Region, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC).
Mark manages a team of conservation architects working on heritage resources across Western Canada and in the 3 northern territories.  A registered architect, Mark Chambers has designed a wide range of projects in Alberta and British Columbia focusing on minimal environmental impact while emphasizing quality design and contextual development solutions. Mark W. Chambers Architect Ltd., specializes in several areas of practice including institutional projects for performing and visual arts, residential, and historic restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse.

Michael Heaney, Director

Michael is a retired accountant who spent most of his career in the Oil & Gas Industry. For many years, he has been a passionate volunteer on various church and other not-for-profit boards. He has been an Inglewood resident for over 15 years, and now feels very blessed to serve seniors in the demographic of which he is now a member! He was volunteered for the Jack Long Foundation in various tasks and most notably, was instrumental in building a seniors’ community garden as part of  JLF’s Neighbour-To-Neighbour Program.

Executive Director

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Shirley-anne Reuben, Founding Director

Shirley-anne began her life in Burma and immigrated to Montreal, moved to Calgary in 1980 and continued a career in advertising graphic design and art direction.
While volunteering for the Inglewood Community Association, she gained respect for community self direction and volunteerism.  She worked on inner city issues with the Inner City Coalition, chaired the Corrections Canada Halfway House Committee in Calgary,  and  founded the Saint Vincent de Paul Society at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
As President of the Inglewood Community Association she was involved in redevelopment, community and transportation planning, intergovernmental  issues, park reclamation & development, property tax issues, and interfaced with the local businesses. It led her to advocate for community solutions to prostitution issues and steered her to chairing the Servants Anonymous Foundation.
She developed operational policies, negotiated leases, and initiated community based programs, services and partnerships for the Alexandra Centre Society. She is pleased to have instituted a community focused family medical clinic, by recruiting and collaborating with doctors from abroad. The Jack Long Foundation was founded to honour and keep alive the spirit of her friend and colleague Jack to develop low-income housing with communities engaging as active stakeholders.

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