Bonnah Carey - Chief Social Entrepreneur
Making a difference, inspiring wellness in communities and families, and empowering teams to develop to their fullest potential are foundations of Bonnah’s leadership.
Bonnah Carey has both a passion for and an extensive background in leadership of social profit organizations. Her 12 year career in Senior Management positions with a large retailer positioned her well to follow her passion to work with and lead community social profit organizations for the past 15 years.
As a community development expert, Bonnah has worked with Healthy Child Manitoba and various social profit agencies where she integrated social innovation as a means to solve social issues. She has been instrumental in spearheading improvements within organizations through financial growth, strong programming, and developing stellar teams producing meaningful outcomes that impact the health and wellbeing of individuals and the community.
With an HR Certificate from UBC and a Management Certificate for Women from Mount Saint Vincent University she has actively been engaged in her community sitting on several boards and community advisory committees. Bonnah works to champion a culture of continuous social innovation and fosters the concept of collective impact to create meaningful and sustainable change for the social issues facing society. Bonnah’s mission is to do what is needed today to leave the world a better place for her grandchildren who are one of her greatest joys.
Paula Galenzoski - Director of Social Possibilities
Paula Galenzoski comes with a commitment to community development and a need to see our community thrive. Connecting community builders and dreaming big are her biggest talents. A typical life-long learner, she is doing her Masters in Organizational Communication and Leadership. Raised in a small town of 300 people, community is not just a word or a geographical descriptor, it’s a life. She has spent the last 4 years as a trustee with the Fort McMurray Catholic School District, and if all goes well, will have another term in the 2017 election. She believes that you always need to remember your “why”. Why do you do what you do? If you forget your “why”, you’ll quickly lose your direction.
Bernie Lalor-Morton - Director of Influence
Bernie has been a resident of Fort McMurray for over four years and she is passionate about building capacity across the social profit sector. As the Director of Influence, she’s committed to enhancing training opportunities (i.e. Academic Calendar), developing and maintaining a valuable liaison support system within the sector, and assist organizations with internal systems.
Bernie comes to us with a great deal of background in working with volunteers through her Games experience both in Vancouver and here with the Western Canada Summer Games. In addition, she was the Board Chair of Whistler Community Services Society for 10 years, organized and chaired a business women’s networking group in Whistler for over 8 years and has been a member of Rotary for over 22 years and currently sits on the executive of the Rotary Club of Fort McMurray.
Michelle Lange - Master of Efficiency
Michelle Lange is Master of Efficiency at FuseSocial ensuring we are operationally efficient in all we do by maintaining and improving office and central systems. Michelle has a background in analyzing a process and achieving breakthrough improvements and has a background working on process improvement strategies where she is 6 sigma certified. Michelle has over 16 years of experience working in finance, oil and gas, education and government developing strong business principles and ideas and using innovative approaches to develop resilient operational excellence organizations.
Barbara 'Babs' Weber - Possibilities Architect
Babs (Barbara) started testing her parents’ patience as a toddler as soon as she was able to ask the question, “why?” It’s still her favourite word, because it opens up so many possibilities.
Babs holds degrees in both archaeology (University of Calgary) and museum studies (University of Leicester). In the course of her adventures, she has done fieldwork in Jordan and Nicaragua; lived in an apartment converted from a hayloft once used by Land Army Girls on the estate where the richest Anglo Saxon burial ground was located; helped hundreds of children explore the Lethbridge river valley; taught senior citizens how to use iPads to explore historic photographs; and volunteered with many organizations like the Crowsnest Pass Adult Education Society, Girl Guides of Canada, Crowsnest Regional Library, FCSS and the Lethbridge Food Bank.
At FuseSocial, Babs works with governance structures, policy creation and operational support for agencies. If an agency needs help with creating a business plan, policies, brushing up their board members on how to be effective governors, or working on accreditation then Babs is the Rosalind Russell to your Cary Grant: in other words, she’s your girl Friday
Iain MacDonald - Community Solutions Architect
Iain MacDonald is the Solutions Architect at FuseSocial and is responsible for the volunteer recruitment, screening, placement of the data management program overseeing that all the data management requirements are in place to move the volunteer project forward in placing volunteer’s skills with the best fitting organization.
Iain has circumnavigated the globe while achieving a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Mount Allison University and spent a semester at sea as well as a summer studying ancient Maya culture and archaeology at a jungle field station in the Programme for Belize reserve. After returning home to the region in 2014 he has been building his career with experience in the construction services industry contributing to a major start up project. Iain was born and raised in the community of Wood Buffalo and is enthusiastic about growing the community into a global model of sustainable living in the north.
Sheri Donovan - Champion of Change
Sheri Donovan is the Champion of Change and truly lives by the mantra that change happens when you volunteer. Upon moving here in 2015, she jumped right into a volunteer leadership role with the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games and established true friendships and amazing professional connections because of it. She considers herself an energetic, spirited and passionate relationship builder and strives to make Wood Buffalo a healthy and vibrant region by creating meaningful partnerships and mobilizing a volunteer workforce for both our social profit sector and for our community as a whole. She is a lover of the great outdoors and mom to a fierce warrior daughter. She strives to practice what she preaches and encourages her family to be active and engaged in volunteering throughout her community.
Jacqui Everson- Champion of Influence
Jacqui Everson is the Champion of Influence who coordinates the leadership programs within FuseSocial. Jacqui is responsible for running the new Executive Director Leadership program and Leadership Wood Buffalo. She believes building strong community leaders is what makes our community resilient and will create sustainability. Jacqui’s background in education and experience in the community services field along with her knowledge in the needs and challenges of the community brings great support to the education and training team at FuseSocial. Her dedication to personal and professional development leverages the leadership programs and encourages continued capacity building amongst community organizations and individuals.
Diya Alwan- Ambassador of Efficiency
Diya Alwan is the Ambassador of Efficiency assisting in internal operations and overseeing FuseSocial events. Diya was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and then moved to Aleppo, Syria in 2011 where she studied Business Commerce for 2 years at the Gulf University. Diya just graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelors of Business Administration Management from NAIT. Following her graduation this July, she married her soulmate whom she met 2 years ago at a Fort McMurray Tim Hortons. A fast learner, Diya enjoys new challenges both professionally and personally. She enjoys the mountains in any season and has just discovered a new found passion for snowboarding which her husband introduced her to. Diya is excited about building her career and exploring ways to give back to the community of Fort McMurray.
Katie Loutitt - Community Trends Architect
Katie Loutitt is FuseSocial’s Community Trends Architect. She has strong roots in the region. She went to Westwood High School, met her husband and had two of her three children in Fort McMurray. She worked as a Radio Marketing Consultant for 8 years and assisted in launching Mymcmurray.com. Sitting on the board of the Boys and Girls Club for 4 years and volunteering with various organizations has cemented her love for the community.
Her devotion for the community was reinforced as she assisted in the Re-entry after the Wildfire. She worked on developing a volunteer centre at FuseSocial to support in the recovery of the region.
Currently Katie is working remotely from Calgary, gaining valuable knowledge on previous disasters that have affected our province. These learnings will contribute to our community, gain new collaborations and lend to a sustainable future.
“I know the importance of the social profit sector, it’s the heart of our community. I’m proud to be working with FuseSocial and our community organizations to bring awareness to the place I call home.”
Pamela Thomas - Data Ideas Architech
Pamela (Pam) has been living, working and educating herself in Fort McMurray since 2006. A continuous learner Pam craves new adventures and knowledge. Pam’s Honours thesis was in fluvial geomorphology and her love of the environment is evident through her environmental technology diploma obtained at Keyano College. Throughout her career, Pam has constantly reinvented herself, learning new skills and experiencing new industries. She has taught high school across Canada including Ontario, Nunavut and Alberta, worked in on site Occupational Health and Safety, as well as experienced government and not-for-profit projects. She is very excited about being part of FuseSocial as its vision is to help other agencies build sector capacity through Research and Innovation, Leadership and Training and Volunteerism.
Melissa Herman- Northern Fellow
Melissa Herman is a Northern Fellow with ABSI Connect. She hotdesks at FuseSocial and surfaces Indigenous social innovators at a grassroots level. She is deeply committed to collecting and sharing the stories of Treaty 8 territory in efforts to counter isolation sometimes felt by resilient rural community members. She strives to be a community architect and hopes to help create leaders in the community to ensure sustainability. Her dedication to language exploration, personal development and addressing social problems head on has a strong influence. She is also a strong voice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, who lives by the sacred 7 teachings of Indigenous people.
Cathy Baker - Champion of Efficiency