Chantal is a proud alumnus of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, where she completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Following graduation Chantal worked in a leadership capacity with the YWCA of Halifax and it was there that she first developed a love for non-profit leadership and community empowerment.
Chantal first moved to Wood Buffalo in January of 2012 to take on the role of Executive Director for the Hub Family Resource Centre. Chantal’s community involvement is vast – she is director & secretary on the Regional Recreation Corporation Board of Directors, social sector representative at the Community Partnership Table, co-chair for the Convergence advisory group, co-chair of the Wood Buffalo Social Sustainability stewardship committee, and the immediate past Board Chair for the local Boys & Girls Club.
Foundational to Chantal’s interest in social impact and passion for collaborative learning was her leadership at the Social Recovery Taskforce table following the horse river wildfire and participation in an intensive Community Change Institute at the Tamarack Institute. Chantal was the 2016 Heart of Wood Buffalo Executive Leadership award winner.
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.
She is committed to building community and the social profit sector in the Wood Buffalo region. After graduating from Mount St. Vincent University with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Cathy began her career as a teacher but soon moved into management of day cares and social profit organizations. She now has over twenty years of leadership experience in the social profit sector.
Her many volunteer activities have included several social profit board positions. No one has seen it all, but Cathy has seen a lot and has useful learnings and lessons to share.
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, many organizations and boards doing anything from cleaning toilets to stuffing hampers to leading boards. Since moving to Fort McMurray in 2015, Babs has been happily involved in the social profit sector. She was the recipient of the 2017 Heart of Wood Buffalo award for newcomers to the community, and in 2017 was part of a board who received the 2017 Mayor and Council’s Toast of Champions. She has assisted dozens of organizations with direct coaching and support, and regularly teaches workshops to support the sector. She currently works to support the Exploration Committee of the Alberta Nonprofit Network, sits on the advisory committee of Alberta Social Innovation Connect, and is a volunteer peer reviewer and advisor for the Imagine Canada Accreditation program.
At FuseSocial, Babs works with governance structures, network weaving, policy creation and operational support for agencies. If an agency needs help with organizational plans, policy development, bylaw redesign, brushing up their board members on how to be effective governors, bringing together others whose mission meets their own or working on accreditation then Babs is the Rosalind Russell to your Cary Grant: in other words, she’s your girl Friday.
Brandi is a community connector who works with the diverse communities within Wood Buffalo to find creative and collective solutions that fit the needs of our region.
Brandi knows that the strength of any community is found in the quality of relationships among all sectors and the willingness for us to learn from one another. She believes that everyone has unique talents and skills that are necessary to solve the challenges facing our communities. We all play a part in ensuring our communities are healthy, happy, and thriving.
Brandi moved to Wood Buffalo in 2007 and has over 15 years of community development experience working with government, oil and gas, education, and the social profit sectors.She holds an MA in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan. When she is not enjoying time with her family and friends, she loves to explore the creative side of life through drawing, painting, and dance.
Her background is in education and project management. She’s been actively involved in the community ever since she moved to Fort McMurray in 2014 by supporting various causes through fundraising, committee leadership, volunteer management and helping people with achieving their full potential.
Answering the question “What are you doing for others?” is a driving force in a strong community and leads to positive change, connectedness and resilience. For Milena, it has become a way of life.
Candace has also worked closely with the Sustainability Department and Administration at the Fort McKay First Nations, with Chief and Council at Fort McMurray First Nations #468 on annual Treaty Days Celebrations, planned the launch event for the business incubator for Chipewyan Prairie First Nations, worked with the Athabasca Tribal Council to organize the regional gathering in 2014.
In 2013 Candace accepted a new challenge and opened a Grocery Store in Anzac, where she has resided since 2004. Candace holds a Business Administration diploma specializing in Marketing from NAIT and focuses on the areas of stakeholder engagement, event planning, marketing collateral and promotional materials production, fundraising, as well as database development and management.
September 24: @FuseSocialYMM Programming Excellence - Design Thinking in the Social Sector!