Meet our Team

Our Staff

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Ethel Hoeksema

Founder, Executive Director

Ethel is a Certified Life Skills Coach (4500h training program), having graduated in 1996 from the Life Skills Training Centre in Edmonton, AB. She received a 2-year Diploma in Social Work from Mt. Royal University, Calgary, AB in 1989. She also has her Level Two in Bookkeeping from The Academy of Learning in 2004. She is a volunteer with Narcotics Anonymous in Lethbridge and has represented Narcotics Anonymous in their booth at Project Connect (Lethbridge) for the past 6 years. In addition to her other accomplishments, Ethel was a board member of the Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Society, Lethbridge for 3 years, Board Member for Epilepsy Lethbridge for 5 years and speaks Blackfoot. With dedicated effort on her part the Wellness Through Living Society received its federal charity number on September 25, 2012 (82719 2881 RR0001).

Meet Our Board


Nancy Seefeld


Nancy was raised on a farm in southern Alberta and moved to Lethbridge to attend college. After receiving a certificate in business administration I began my career as a bookkeeper starting with entry level positions, eventually going to the position of office administrator. During the economic downturn of the 1980’s, the work that was available was doing freelance part time bookkeeping. Nancy has continued on with freelance work to date, working for a wide variety of small businesses and individuals.

While growing up, Nancy belonged to 4-H clubs, participated in school sports and volunteered with community events and functions. Volunteer work Nancy has been a part of are Lethbridge Musical Theatre, Saint Basil’s School and local community events. As an empty nester, Nancy enjoys gardening, family history and travelling to visit family. 


Cherie Hatch-Cressman

Director at Large

Cherie is the eldest daughter of  6 siblings Cherie moved to Magrath as a teenager, grade 9 – graduation from High School in 1990.  She has a great interest & knowledge of  horses.  

She and her daughter Presently own four horses which she loves to ride.  She also gives riding lessons and loves to share this animal connection with others.  She also has a cat and a dog and a couple pot bellies.

She moved back to Magrath, from Drayton of 22 years  where she raised her 3 children. She is a hairdresser of 30 years  and has both owned & operated her own business previous in Drayton Valley.

Cherie has continued part of that business here as well as HHH Wellness and Therapies.  She works with natural wellness, HHH stands for Humans, Horses and Hounds. 

She is a certified light therapist on the Board of Advanced Natural health Sciences for the passed 6 years to present. This education was sought after the passing of her elder Brother due to TBI & suicide.  He was a Canadian Boxer. 

Cherie  also works with essential oils, energy movement & natural wellness support of the body. Hobbies include mountain rides, gardening, canning, science, astrology, physiology, learning and taking in all nature with her animals. She also loves to decorate up her home/business for Christmas, Halloween, etc.  


Jacklyne Cheruiyot

Director at Large

My name is Jacklyne Cheruiyot, I volunteer as the Secretary of the organization. I am an Alumni of Lethbridge University. I hold a master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies. I am passionate about helping the needy and the vulnerable in the society. As such, I have a wide experience working with the marginalized particularly women, children, and the youth.

With this position, I hope to work with my team to address the challenges we face in our community.

 I look forward to a harmonious fruitful time with the members.