The Walter A. “Slim” Thorpe Recovery Centre Society has been in operation since 1975 and is the governing body of the Thorpe Recovery Centre. Society Members can be Alumni, community supporters, previous staff members, and anyone who is passionate about the cause.

We love to watch our Thorpe Community grow! To join our Society and be an active member of the recovery journey of those who seek our services, please complete the Society Membership form (below) and send it to the Thorpe Recovery Centre with your one-time membership fee of $25.00 enclosed. As a Regular Member, you can vote in Society Meetings and may be eligible to become a Director of the Board who provides strategic leadership for the Thorpe Recovery Centre.

Regular Membership Eligibility:

  • Must be a resident of Canada and at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Regular Members cannot be an employee or a client that is actively participating in a residential
    treatment program offered by the Society. Associate Membership is offered to these individuals.
  • One-time fee of $25.00 for a lifetime membership, until notice is received by the Board of Directors
    the member wishes to revoke membership.
  • Fee to be paid before Member has voting rights at meetings.


The role of the Walter A. ‘Slim’ Thorpe Recovery Centre Society Board of Directors is to set policy and review operations and financials through reports from the CEO and subcommittees established by the Board. The role of the Board is based on a governance model rather than an operational or administrative model. The Board is comprised of 5-9 volunteers of different capacities and the specific roles, responsibilities and duties of the Board are governed by the Society bylaws as well as Board-specific policies and procedures.

Members of the Board are elected from the Society’s Regular Membership. To join there is a short information form and a one-time membership fee of $25.00. This one-time fee goes towards the aims and objectives of the Society. As a Regular Member, you can vote in Society Meetings and may be eligible to become a Director of the Board.

How Our Governance Board Operates:

  • The Board has only one employee: the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
  • The CEO is responsible for the entire staff organization.
  • The Board as a unit and the CEO are colleagues, only the Board has the authority over the CEO.
  • The Board formulates the Society’s vision, mission, goals and strategic plan.
  • The Board sets and approves the annual budget.
  • The Board publicly discloses information about its governance processes, decision-making, and performance via the Thorpe Recovery Centre website, Bylaws, Annual Reports and Accreditation Canada Reports.
  • The Board seeks to recruit members with various backgrounds, expertise and perspective, including professional disciplines such as accounting, medicine, law, policing and human resources.
  • If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board, please download our Nomination Application.
Paul Richer
Volunteer & Chairperson/Universal Consulting Group Ltd.
Paul is proud to be a society and board member who contributes to serving others, potentially saving lives and the well-being of family units. He's passionate about mental health and addictions and works with Thorpe and other organizations to lobby for support on an ongoing basis.
Contact Chairperson
Marie Gerhardt
Marie has been a proud member of our board for over 12 years. She loves to focus on the great work happening at the Centre and get involved through fundraising projects. Marie knows how vital and programs and staff are to the success of clients' lives and looks forward to keeping up the great work.
Dick Volkins
Board Member/Owner, Image Press
Dick and his wife joined the Slim Thorpe Society over 20 years ago joining the board 7 years ago due to his love for focusing on client success. He knows the importance of volunteers and society members for the Centre and sets an example for all of us.
Randy Schenker
Alumnus, Volunteer & Board Member/City of Lloydminster
Randy was first introduced to the Centre as a client in 1997, making him a valuable board member who has first-hand experience in the excellent programs and supports Thorpe provides. He's happy to serve on the Board of Directors to contribute to other clients' successes.
Marty Kindrahuk
Board Member/Lawyer, Kindrahuk Law
As a lawyer in our community, Marty had many clients find success at the Thorpe Recovery Centre; impressed with the organization, he considers Thorpe Recovery Centre a gift to the community. Marty recently joined the board but has been wowed by the reach of their programs and services.
Greg Buchanan
Board Member
Greg is a true believer when it comes to making a difference in the community he lives in. As a member of the TRC Board of Directors, Greg is enriched by the difference the TRC Team makes in the lives of families each and every day.
Gary Herriot
Board Member
Gary has been involved with Thorpe for over 17 year starting his own recovery journey in 2002. Gary is very involved in the local recovery community using his own experience in living, working, and recovery to assist others.
Sharon Williams
Board Member


View our annual reports to learn more about the development at Thorpe Recovery Centre.