Meet Our Team
President/Head of Investigations
Most recently, Beth was contacted by Discovery Channel for an opportunity to help host a new program on the paranormal. She was one of the few finalists from around the world, and 1 of only 2 people selected from Canada. She didn't get the position, but 'fame' is not what she or the other members are in investigations for.
Beth has been interested in the paranormal since the young age of 8, and has been studying and investigating the paranormal for 20 years. She got into the field because of experiences she had in her own life, and of experiences of those of her friends and family (her father even as a young boy, lived in a haunted house with his family for a short while). You can read about one of these experiences on our stories page
A technical savvy person, Beth also likes to paint and collect antiques in her spare time. Her collection includes antique dolls dating from 1860 - 1920. Most of these are Armand Marseilles, with one china head from 1860 - that visitors to her home say that it is haunted itself. They have claimed to see it move, and even turn its head! She also has a collection of various Victorian antiques, from jewelry to sconces, to even a mirror from an old NY hotel. In her collection she also has an actual Victorian mourning jacket from 1895. Beth originally wanted to become an Archeologist when she was young, and that passion still drives her today to find out historical meanings of the places in Edmonton.
Beth has been on the boards of other legalized societies and non-profit organizations. She is very interested in the community, and the history of not only Edmonton, but of surrounding municipalities. Even though she holds an important day job, her investigations are never far from her mind.
Beth is usually the spokesperson for the group. Featured on such TV shows as Big Breakfast and Shaw TV's top ten.
She has also been featured on the radio program in the states Coast to Coast AM (one of her articles was also featured as a 'hot story'), and has been written up in magazines such as Universe Weekly, and in a 5 page spread in SEE Magazine.
Although a skeptical person trying to find the truth behind paranormal experiences, Beth also has an interest in the spiritual side. She has studied different religions and faiths, and how they pertain to paranormal experiences. She has also delved into the world of divination, but stays away from Ouija boards (as should everyone!)
Two of her Heroes she lists is her Mom and Dad. They have been very supportive of her in her quest, and brought her up with values, but with no religious restrictions.
Beth although serious about her investigations, is known to have a great sense of humor, and loves shows like Monty Python, Red Dwarf, and Fawlty Towers.
She is very passionate in her investigations and in the groups ethics.
Vice President/Head Investigator
Brenda has been interested in the paranormal for about 26 years. She is always quick to bring up questions, and is a straight thinker when it comes to analyzing the data.
Brenda has also sat on the boards of non-profit groups, and has been an active member in her community. Brenda joined the original group HAPIA a year after its 'birth', and has been a vital member ever since.
Brenda is also passionate about history, and about the stories of the community. This makes her a critical member when it comes to research.
In her spare time she likes to write (most of her writing is with a comedic twist), and loves to travel (especially Vegas!).
Charmaine has been part of the team for about 3 years now. One of the younger members, she is very good in the field due to her 'questioning'. Not quick to jump to the paranormal, Charmaine does look for other answers. She became a Director in January, 2009.
Jess has been on the team for about 3 years. The youngest member of TAPIS, she has the future to become an amazing investigator. Jess attends all the meetings and takes the minutes that are submitted at year end to the Province. She is also Treasurer, who will make sure that all monies taken in for memberships are tracked and the accounts also submitted at year end to the province. She will also be responsible for collecting and keeping secure security back ground checks. Jess plays the electric guitar in her spare time as well as the piano, and is an excellent dancer.
Nikki works for a huge corporation in computer technical support, so when there are questions or problems with software, she is a good resource. In her spare time she loves to read books, and 'blog'. Her and Beth have known each other since 1992.
More bios and photos to come!