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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.
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.
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 hold the position of Manager, Leadership and Education at FuseSocial where she can help strengthen Social Profits to provide the greatest impact for our region.
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.
She has an established career in community development working in the public sector. Having years of experience in the recreation industry focusing on project management, program development and event planning, she solidified a passion for enhancing others’ personal and professional development through volunteerism.
Throughout her experience she worked fondly with intergenerational volunteer groups, understanding the value-added components of volunteerism and the positive outcomes that are created through the eyes of wisdom and the mouths of youth. She is a strong believer in FuseSocial’s mission “Social profits strengthen communities. We help strengthen social profits” and looks forward to enhancing her knowledge of the community with FuseSocial.
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.
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