To set and maintain the highest level of competence, ethics and educational standard for funeral service professionals.


Members of the Board

2019-2020 Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board Members

Front row, left to right: Debbie Miller, Wendy LIckacz, Barbara McKinley

Back row, left to right: Dean Ross, Scott Barbour, Shawn Feist

Barbara McKinley, Board Chair, Public Member

Barbara McKinley was born and raised on a ranch near Medicine Hat.  After completing high school and college there, she moved to  Edmonton in 1980, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics.  Ms. McKinley developed her life-long interest in singing while living in Edmonton,  joining the Anglican Cathedral choir well as several community choirs.  She obtained a Bachelor of Music in Vocal performance from the University of Alberta in 1990.  Ms. McKinley was a member of the  Edmonton Opera Chorus  and  Pro Coro for several years in the 1980s and 1990s.  

As owner of The Worker’s Advocate, Ms. McKinley gained over twenty years of experience assisting Albertans who have been injured on the job. She has always been a strong believer in public service and has volunteered for the University of Alberta radio station CJSR, the Royal Alberta Museum and the Northern Alberta Co-operative Housing Association and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Hromada Housing Co-operative.  Recently, Ms. McKinley was awarded an honourary membership to Local 110 of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers for her years of assistance to members suffering from the effects of asbestos exposure. 

Currently Ms. McKinley enjoys live music and hiking in Edmonton’s river valleys and Elk Island Park and leads a weekly hiking group in Edmonton.  Ms. McKinley is looking forward to serving on the AFSR Board.

Scott Barbour, Vice Chair, Industry Member, Board

Born and raised in Southern Alberta, he began his funeral service career in 1993, in Lethbridge, where he became licenced as a funeral director and embalmer. Scott and his wife were fortunate to be able to start their family in Lethbridge and in 2002, made the decision to relocate their family to Calgary where he continued in funeral service before starting with Southland Funeral Chapel of Taber in 2004. Scott, along with a business partner, purchased Southland Funeral Chapel in the spring of 2014.

After almost twenty five years in the industry, Scott remains passionate about funeral service but more importantly takes his role as a caregiver very seriously. He believes that caring for those who have passed away and their families is a privilege, not a right. His commitment to both the funeral service industry and the families he is privileged to support is an opportunity to serve both professionally and personally. Scott feels strongly that the opportunity to serve with the regulatory board offers him the ability to assist in ensuring that the foundation of ethics and integrity in funeral service will continue to remain strong for years to come.

Debbie Miller, Treasurer, Public Member

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Shawn Feist, Industry Member

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Wendy Lickacz, Public Member

Wendy Lickacz is a human relations professional, educator, facilitator, community builder, and retired federal public servant. A registered social worker in Alberta, Ms. Lickacz holds an MA in Human Security and Peace building, a B.SW, and is a certified international trade professional. She is a continuous learner who is currently enrolled in the Foundation for Administrative Justice program and has completed three courses. Wendy is active in community service as a Rotarian and member of the community engagement committee with the River Valley Alliance.

Dean Ross, Industry Member

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