Since 2011, Del has been the Child and Youth Advocate for Alberta. Del has worked in the social services field for over 30 years, and has developed and implemented a wide range of social programs to improve the circumstances for vulnerable people in both urban and rural settings. He has significant experience with many diverse groups, including collaboration and partnerships with First Nations and Métis people.
Del has worked in a variety of social work, supervisory and management capacities in communities in B.C. and Alberta. He brings experience in residential care, family support, child welfare, youth and family services, community development, addictions treatment and prevention services. He has demonstrated leadership in moving forward organizational development initiatives to improve service results for children, youth and families.
Del’s formal education includes a master’s degree in social work from the University of Calgary and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Victoria. He values the concept of lifelong learning and is passionate about his commitment to public service. He strongly believes in principle-based decisions and actions, especially when it comes to serving children.
November 2010-May 2011: Linda Golding, Acting Child and Youth Advocate
2001-2010: John Mould
1997-2001: Bob Rechner
1994-1997: Jean LaFrance
1989-1993: Bernd Walter