In 1992, after serving in their local church leading the Sunday School program for 18 years, Dennis and Irene Sanders saw a huge need in families going through separation, divorce or death. They had served at children's camps and Sunday School; teaching children, doing puppet shows, telling stories, and teaching others to lead also. Running with the vision of helping families to live through loss and thrive in the face of adversity, Dennis and Irene found the program: "Rainbows for all God's Children". They used this program in their local church and taught others to use it also. In 2002, they founded the not-for-profit "Cornerstone of Hope". In 2014, they set out to develop curricula that fit within the heart and vision of Cornerstone. This vision became a reality with the Heartzone program for children, and the Cornerstone for Teens program is now under development.


Our board consists of people who, besides serving on the board, have all volunteered to facilitate peer support groups in Cornerstone. Each board member works diligently in many capacities to support the families we serve. In addition, many hundreds of volunteers over the years have facilitated children's groups and served in so many ways to bring healing and health to thousands of children and their families.

Cornerstone Executive Director

Dennis Sanders

Executive Director

Dennis is the Executive Director and is the go-to person for volunteers, participants and donors. Dennis comes from a background of management, instructor at a tech school, and children's pastor. Dennis & Irene are the founders of Cornerstone.


Irene Sanders


Irene has worked with children her whole life and keeps us all grounded in who we are here to serve. Irene is the program coordinator, a group facilitator, event planner, and offers personal prayer-counseling support. Irene and Dennis are the founders of Cornerstone.


Gerry Merk


Gerry is a marketing manager with a national firm. Gerry serves on the board, and is developing a marketing and fund development plan for Cornerstone.


Shawn Cull


Shawn is a self–starting entrepreneur and business developer. Resourceful and focused on the future. Motivated to point Cornerstone of Hope to its full potential as God intends.


Penny Robb


Penny facilitates a Boundaries group at the weekly meetings and as a business analyst and project manager, Penny brings a knowledge of sound business practices to the board.


Sarah Moss


Sarah has facilitated children's and adult groups at the weekly meetings and as a legal secretary and single mom, Sarah is an excellent resource on the board.


Dr. Randy Johnson Ph.D.


Dr. Randy is a psychologist and the director of Master's Counseling Services in Calgary. Randy is past president of the board and serves as an advisor to Cornerstone.


Dr. Karen Colburne Ph.D.


Dr. Karen is children's psychologist with the Children's hospital in Calgary. Karen is a past director on the board and serves as an advisor to Cornerstone.


Sandy Reynolds


As a hospice chaplain, Sandy brings a knowledgeable perspective to the board. Sandy is a past director on the board.