Deborah Checkel lives in Red Deer with her husband, Terry, and their blended-family. She currently works in her community through her businesses Stages Music Studio, True-North Counselling Services, and Pinetree Kennel which breeds English Springer Spaniels registered with the Canadian Kennel Club. In the recent past, she and her former music students have taken an active part in local music scenes in both Red Deer and Stettler including the local Music Festivals. Currently, Deborah is a member of the Alberta Music Teachers Association, the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and the Canadian Spiritual Care Association. She and her family attend a local church on a regular basis.
In addition to the above, she is or has been involved with the following:
- Red Deer Hospital – Volunteer Entertainment
- Red Deer and District Kennel Club
- Red Deer Chamber of Commerce
- Red Deer Student Teacher Advancement for the Future
- Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association - Professional Member
- Canadian Association of Spiritual Care - Associate Member
- Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan, Swift Current Chapter - Vice-President and Promotions Liaison
- South West Center for Entrepreneurial Development – New Business Initiatives Recipient
- Health and Wellness Alberta - Food Preparation Certificate
- Heartland Arts Troupe Society, Stettler - Vice-President
- Performing Arts Center, Stettler - Board Member
- Teen Challenge, World Vision, Compassion, and Samaritan’s Purse - Regular supporter
In her early years Deborah worked in the retail sector, in general accounting, and as project manager of a Work-for-Pay initiative at Saskatchewan Abilities Council. After her children were born, Mrs. Checkel became a home-based entrepreneur and the owner of several small businesses including: a music studio, fitness center, private day-home, and office manager & business consultant. Later, while living at Gull Lake and Canmore, AB, she completed her training as a swimming instructor and lifeguard.
After her children entered middle-school, Mrs. Checkel returned to the regular workforce in the fields of Accounting and Business Administration for both small-businesses and the corporate sector. This included in Alberta: the Hospitality Industry in Banff; and the Real Estate, Education, Oil & Gas, Environmental sector, as well as, City Hall in Calgary. In Saskatchewan this included: the long-distance transportation industry; the Cypress Hills Regional College Preparing for Employment Program; the Semi-Arid Agriculture Research Center of Agriculture Canada; and the Department of Social Services (during the implementation of their fledgling Building Independence Program for social assistance recipients) and the Experienced Mothers Program for young mothers.
Deborah has always been a civic-minded individual and has played an instrumental role in several initiatives such as local playground restoration, arrive-safe-at-school programs, and as a Participaction volunteer. She has also acted as a volunteer host of a local community radio program and has assisted homeless individuals living in downtown Calgary and Edmonton to find their way-out of living in the streets.
Deborah’s academic degrees include: a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Administration, a Masters of Intercultural Ministries, and a Masters of Divinity from Ambrose University College, Calgary. Her education was concluded with a Residency at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton in multi-faith Spiritual Care and Pastoral Counselling (the integration of psychology and theology).
Deborah is an avid reader and enjoys the performing arts, walking with her Springer Spaniels, visiting with family and friends, watching movies, and relaxing on her deck.