Meet the Team – Kelowna

Meet the Team

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Shannon Christensen (born Kimmitt) was born and raised in Kelowna, BC and lives here with her husband of 9 years and 2 little boys. Shannon is passionate about her friends, family and her community. With a BA in Psychology and Master’s of counselling psychology, she has a passion for working with marginalized populations and used this drive to start Mamas for Mamas; a registered non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the negative impact of poverty on low income mothers and their families. Shannon has been recognized as a top 40 under 40 recipient, A Woman to Watch, and was a top 3 finalist for Woman of the Year through The City of Kelowna Civic and Community Awards.

Shannon Christensen

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
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Jaimee was born & raised in Penticton & moved to Kelowna in 2008 to lay down roots with her now-husband, Alex. In 2013, Jaimee graduated from UBC’s Okanagan campus with a Bachelor of Management degree & then went on to obtain her Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2016. Jaimee began volunteering with Mamas in June 2017 soon after the birth of her daughter, Charlotte. She was looking for an opportunity to give back to the community during her maternity leave, while being able to spend time with Charlotte. Being a new mama herself, she truly connected to the mission & vision of Mamas for Mamas.

Jaimee Hatchard

Chief Financial Officer
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Born in Dublin Ireland, Helen moved to Hong Kong when she was 23. Seventeen years later she followed her successful career as an equity trader to Kelowna with her husband and two kids. As she recharged in the Okanagan lifestyle she started looking for a grassroots charity to get involved in and quickly found Mamas for Mamas. From her first meeting with Shannon she was hooked and joined the board as the fundraising chair which eventually morphed into the full-time volunteer position of Chief Community Officer. Her adaptive and creativity skill set opens new doors for our team of Mamas.

Helen Work

Chief Community Officer
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Megan Gullen was born and raised in a small rural southern Alberta town. She enjoys spending time with her husband, young son, and two dogs. She started her website design career in 2013 with the revamp of sisters website. She has since grown her client list steadily in the past 4 years and has started her own web design business. Megan is currently enrolled with British Columbia Institute of Technology where she will complete her certificate in web technologies. Megan has joined the Mamas For Mamas team and has taken on the web development, graphic design, and computer support.

Megan Gullen

Chief Marketing/IT Officer
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Melissa Twomey was born and raised in Kelowna, BC. She resides here with her husband Marc and is lucky enough to have all her immediate family surrounding her. Melissa has her BA with a major in Psychology, a Masters in Counselling Psychology and extensive post-masters training in trauma related work. Completing her Masters and working in the community to accomplish graduation requirements allowed her to see firsthand the lack of mental health support available. Melissa has a passion for helping others and supporting them through their journeys. She has taken her education and provided our mamas with mental health support from the early days of Mamas for Mamas.

Melissa Twomey

Chief HR Officer | Trauma Counsellor

Lindsey Hammond

Family Services Worker
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Kim is a wife and mother to a very cute & mischievous 4.5 yr old. Born in Quebec, Kim moved around a lot before settling down in Kelowna. Kim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Thompson Rivers University. After graduating, Kim & her husband moved to Edmonton where Kim worked at ABC Head Start helping low income families achieve success in learning and in life. Kim is also a certified sleep consultant with Good Night Sleep Site Okanagan & it was through this work & the connections she made that Kim stumbled into the Mamas for Mamas office. After seeing all the amazing work that Mamas do in the community, Kim was inspired to join the team as social worker, making a difference in the community.

Kim Valade

Social Worker
Tracy Christman – Mamas

Tracy Christman

Volunteer Coorinator

Ellen Reimer

Counsellor
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Kylie Wray

Accounting Assistant
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Darcie Dann

Farm/Swap Assistant Front End Associate
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Penny Rempel

Farm/Swap Manager/Front End Associate

Board of Directors

Michelle Bellanger
President
Karlene Dawson
Vice President
Helen Work
Fundraising Chair
Evan Stait
Director at Large | Governance
Jacyln Robertson
Director of Community
Kylie Aldridge-Ogden
Secretary
Rose Sexsmith
Director at Large
Charlene Oakley
Treasurer
Paula Quinn
Director at Large

Just because we can’t come together in person for a fundraising event, doesn’t mean we can’t come together as a community who looks after each other. 

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