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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.
With over 12 years of experience in Human Resources through various sectors: private business, industry and municipal government, Jennifer found herself leaning away from corporate life and seeking the opportunity to make a difference in our community.
A pivotal moment in her career was when she was accepted into the Leadership Wood Buffalo cohort for 2017/2018 and, from there, work stopped being work and she stepped into a sector that she loves.
Living in the urban Centre of Fort McMurray with her husband, Danny, and 2 daughters, Annabelle and Emilie, Jennifer has 4 generations of family residing in the region. Her roots run deep in Wood Buffalo and she strives to empower those that she meets to become greater versions of themselves and to build meaningful relationships with various stakeholders and community members. Being that these are Jennifer’s strengths, it only makes sense that she would be drawn to FuseSocial where she can help strengthen Social Profits to provide the greatest impact for our region.
After obtaining her Social Sciences diploma, Krystal moved to Fort McMurray to begin her career. Since then, she has held various positions over the years within the Oil Sands sector. Although she comes from an industry background, when the opportunity opened to shift career paths into the social profit sector, Krystal was excited to take on a new role. She is enthusiastic about having the chance to make meaningful change and give back to the community she has lived in for 12 years!
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.
She is no stranger to FuseSocial, being a graduate of the Leadership Wood Buffalo program (2012) and having partnered with the organization through various sponsorship opportunities throughout the years. “The Leadership Wood Buffalo program really was a catalyst of change in my life,” says Diana. “It opened my eyes on the ways I could give back to the community through volunteerism, as well as how to maintain long-lasting professional relationships.”
Diana is well known in this community as the owner of several businesses including snapd Wood Buffalo and Seller Direct Fort McMurray. She recently launched her fourth business, Noble Choice Coaching, and has undertaken extensive educational training to become Business Coach, also offering consulting services. Through her coaching practice, she is a COR.E Leadership Dynamics Specialist and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner. “I am excited to put my Coaching skills to work as a consultant for FuseSocial. I will be assisting social profit organizations with Board Governance Support, Organizational and Operational Support, and also working on some program development as well.”
Diana has been an avid volunteer in the community since first moving here over a decade ago. She was a business advisor for the Junior Achievement program for several years, inspiring youth to become entrepreneurs. She lent her time as a board member for one term with the Canadian Mental Health Association of Wood Buffalo, and currently sits as a Director on the Board of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce as well as the Fort McMurray Real Estate Board. She has facilitated workshops on entrepreneurship for the Justin Slade Youth Foundation’s “No Limits Youth Empowerment Day” and participated in Small Business Week for the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce facilitating sessions on business marketing and branding. She also sat on the Land Planning and Development Advisory Committee in 2015/2016 with respect to the downtown redevelopment plan and has recently been selected to sit on the Wood Buffalo Development Advisory Committee.
FuseSocial offers support to the social profit sector to promote good board governance with training, resources and personalized workshops, as well as organizational and operational support through coaching, facilitation and / or mentorship support to build internal capacity. If you are an Executive Director of a social profit organization and would like to work together to help your organization achieve successful outcomes, please contact Diana at to schedule an intake appointment.
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.
She has spent her last 5 years working in the social profit sector supporting families in the community. Shelby also works in local yoga and dance studios, and loves to travel, read, and cook! Shelby is excited to be taking on the role as a Volunteer Coordinator, Disaster Risk Reduction, and a part of FuseSocial!
The beginning of Avery’s love for the arts started at just six years old, when her teacher noticed a passion for singing that blossomed into an avidity for music and performing. Every decision while growing up was strategic to help progress her skill level and further immerse herself into the world of musical theatre and live performance. Music is her lifeline in times of stress, but has also given her the discipline to be a successful student each year. Avery’s involvement with musical arts has lead to many amazing, unforgettable experiences. She’s been lucky enough to have performed with a choir at Carnegie Hall in New York, and attended both choral and band workshops in Banff, Vancouver, Hawaii, Calgary, Edmonton, and Fort McMurray. You may have even seen her in previous Keyano productions of “Into the Woods” and “Footloose”, and in Holy Trinity’s “Shrek the Musical”.
When she’s not on the stage, Avery is a full time student at the University of Lethbridge, studying to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama)/Bachelor of Education! Avery is thrilled to have the opportunity to study what she loves, but also become qualified to encourage and influence the next generation of arts culture in Wood Buffalo!
At FuseSocial, Avery started as a summer student, but quickly captured our hearts and wowed us with her technological capabilities and communications knowledge! Avery’s inclination to help out where she can, team-centered thinking, and alternative solution brainstorming landed her a permanent position with our team, even as she returns to university for full-time studies!
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2019 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards is looking for nominations of young people with creative ideas, passion for their community and commitment to making a difference! Deadline is September 20, 2019! For information and the nomination form, please visit https://t.co/n7YQOiMgJg