“Working at Kids Cancer Care is everything you think it would be; it’s challenging, uplifting, inspiring and rewarding. It’s given me a new outlook on life and it’s given me the opportunity to meet the most amazing and courageous people.”

Mary Phillipo, Family Liaison Coordinator
Christine McIver

Christine McIver
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

I am the luckiest person in the world. I am passionate about my job and I am able to make everyday a testament to my son’s memory, while helping other parents and kids affected by cancer.

I fill my days with policy, process and financial oversight while being the cheerleader of our staff, volunteers and donors and encouraging them to dream big! I dream of a day where childhood cancer is a memory.

I embrace change, love the busy, dynamic pace of our office and lead the best team of staff any CEO would be proud of. I work for the Board, the kids and everyone who volunteers, donates or sponsors Kids Cancer Care. YOU are the reason I get up in the morning. I am rewarded every day in smiles, stories and the joy that fulfilling our mission brings.

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Crazy Bear.

2) What’s your favorite ice cream topping?

Gummy Bears.

3) Best read?

The Lovely Bones or whatever is on my bedside table.

Debra Osiowy

Debra Osiowy
Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, I support financial and administrative functions to ensure the highest level of integrity, efficiency, and accountability. We are honoured by the support of many donors and volunteers who make it possible for us to walk with kids and families through their challenges and successes.

It is a privilege to play a role in supporting these courageous kids through scholarships, research, outreach programs and of course, the incredible Camp Kindle!

I love working here because it's inspiring to be part of the amazing Kids Cancer Care team! I am surrounded by passionate people dedicated to supporting kids and families affected by cancer. The energy and enthusiasm that we bring to our work makes it a very fulfilling place to be!

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Anchovy.

2) What’s your favorite travel destination?

Ireland, our family cottage in Saskatchewan, Hawaii, and many still on the list... it's a beautiful world!

3) What is your spirit animal?

The Butterfly!

Lisa Shea

Lisa Shea
Director of Philathrophy

Philanthropy literally means “love of humankind.” In my role, I get to help donors and supporters use their love and passion to help others. I work with a phenomenal team of staff and volunteers to make sure that the camp, outreach, program, research, and education teams have the resources they need to do amazing things.

The team at Kids Cancer Care consists of the most extraordinary, committed, talented, people I’ve ever been fortunate enough to work beside. As a survivor of a childhood illness, the opportunity to use my professional skills to help kids and families finding their way through a difficult time makes coming to work a joy and a privilege.

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Lizard.

2) What’s your favorite ice cream flavour?

Haagen Daz Caramel Cone Explosion

3) What's your favourite travel destination?

Anywhere with great hiking or trekking! Nepal and Peru were both amazing, but there’s lots more to explore.

Leighana Shockey

Leighana Shockey
Director of Operations - Camp Kindle

As director of operations at Camp Kindle, I get to oversee all aspects of the experience of our campers. I am responsible for making sure everyone has a fantastic time while they are at our amazing facility in the majestic beauty of the Alberta foothills.

Camp is a magical place where people can put aside their worries, labels and challenges. Where success can be as large as trying something that scares you and as small as giving a hug and either way it is special and celebrated.  I love working with people completely committed to creating the very best camp experience for every person who enters the gates.

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Ozone

2) What's your favourite meal?

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup!

3) What's your Spirit Animal?

The Butterfly

Samantha Andres

Samantha Andres
Nursing Coordinator

At Kids Cancer Care, I have the privilege of covering Janessa's maternity leave position as nursing coordinator. I get to oversee the medical side of camp and outreach programs to ensure our kids are having the best possible experience! This job allows me the opportunity to combine my two passions: camp and nursing.

Kids Cancer Care holds a very special place in my heart, as I grew up with the foundation and attended camps myself! I have had the pleasure of coordinating SunRise day camps for the past four summers and am excited to take on a new role within the foundation.

I love working and volunteering with Kids Cancer Care because I get to see kids affected by childhood cancer living life and being "regular kids". I enjoy getting to know the kids and families involved in different programs, as well as being able to help create so many magical moments for them!

Fun Facts!

1) What's your camp name?

Penguin

2) What’s your favorite ice cream topping?

Sprinkles!

3) What is your hidden talent?

I can wiggle both of my ears.

Katelyn Bierworth

Katelyn Bierworth
Camp Kitchen Coordinator

As the kitchen coordinator, some of the duties I do are; helping get menus prepared for upcoming groups, cook and prep our meals, assist in ordering food and ensuring that meals are served on time... and are tasty too!
 

I love working for Kids Cancer Care because it's truly amazing what we do for those affected by cancer. Seeing kids laughing, having fun and enjoying their time at Camp Kindle is so rewarding knowing that we're making their time at camp exceptional. Camp Kindle is such an awesome place and it's great that kids facing cancer still get to experience camp! 

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your favourite travel desitination?

Somewhere on top of a mountain or Italy. 

2) What’s your favorite ice cream flavour?

Chocolate chip cookie dough... mmm!

3) Where's your hometown?

Cobourg, Ontario

Carolina Chamorro Vina

Carolina Chamorro Vina
PEER Program Coordinator

I am the coordinator of the Pediatric cancer patients and survivors Engaging in Exercise for Recovery (PEER) program. Along with some great volunteers that come from kinesiology, nursing, public health and medical school backgrounds, I supervise this wonderful exercise program for kids and teens affected by cancer. Our program provides kids the opportunity to exercise while having fun in a safe environment.

The best part of my work is the fact that we give the kids the capacity to be kids again. Every smile, every motor, fitness or social improvement that I observe in the kids are invaluable treasures that I preserve.

In Spain, back in 2004, I started to research the effects of exercise in children with cancer. We did a 16 week exercise program with kids on treatment. At the end of the program, the kids were interviewed. A journalist asked a seven-year-old boy what he enjoyed most about the exercise program. He replied “Now I can play with my sister without getting tired.” In that moment, I was the happiest person in the world. Exercise is a great way to counteract the side effects of treatment, improve quality of life and facilitate the reintegration of kids affected by cancer in the community. My dream is to see exercise become part of the standard care in every child with cancer.

I love working for Kids Cancer Care because everyone shares a passion to advocate for improving the quality of life of children affected by cancer and their families. It is an inspiring team to be a part of.

Fun Facts!

1) Where is your hometown?

Montevideo, Uruguay

2) What’s your favorite ice cream topping?

Dulce de Leche with chocolate chips and lemon

3) What is your spirit animal?

The bear because in the kingdom of spirit animals, the bear is emblematic of grounding forces and strength. As a spirit animal in touch with the earth and the cycles of nature, it is a powerful guide to support physical and emotional healing.

Gail Corbett

Gail Corbett
Manager of Communications

I love words. Finding the right word while writing or stumbling over a beautiful turn of phrase while reading instills in me a deep sense of peace. Something in the universe just seems to line up when words work.

I spend a good part of my days writing — newsletters, annual reports, brochures, media releases, advertising copy, fundraising appeals, speaking notes, web content. The other part of my days, I spend planning and strategizing, scheduling and executing mar-comm plans. I feel fortunate because I can’t think of a worthier cause to work for. The cancer journeys these kids experience are both horrific and heroic. And, what our champions (donors, sponsors, partners, shave hosts, event participants and volunteers) do to transform these young lives both humbles and inspires me. Kids Cancer Care is a life-affirming place to work for and it daily rekindles my faith in humanity. Sharing stories of our vulnerability, our courage, our love and our hope—our wonderful and flawed humanity—is what living is all about.

Fun Facts!

1) What’s something quirky about yourself?

I can distort my tongue and vocal cords to mimic the hum of a dove or the chirp of a cricket with a hangover.

2) Best read?

There are so many! But I would have to say that my all-time favourite read has to be Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov.

3) What’s your camp name?

Lotus.

Janessa DeCoste - on maternity leave!

Janessa DeCoste - on maternity leave!
Nursing Coordinator

I feel that I truly have the most amazing job at Kids Cancer Care. I have the opportunity to coordinate the medical and nursing aspects associated with the world of oncology camping. A typical camp day consists of seeing children affected by cancer and other blood disorders enjoying their lives to the fullest, by ensuring that they can play and experience camp in the safest way possible.

Most of the year-round work I do, focuses on ensuring that Kids Cancer Care engages in best practices in the field of pediatric hematology and oncology in a unique setting. When I’m not busy doing that, I work on policy and procedure development and reviews, and investigate creative and innovative ways to advance the world of camp nursing. I am blessed to have the opportunity to see these children and their families outside of the clinical setting and thriving.

Pediatric Oncology has always been an area of nursing that I have been very passionate about. Having the opportunity to combine the clinical and camp setting is my dream job and I feel fortunate to have found this perfect balance. I absolutely love working in the clinical setting with these children and their families, but the moments that make my heart truly swell, are the special moments that happen at Camp Kindle or one of our community programs. The stories, special moments and smiles that Kids Cancer Care allows these families to have throughout their journey is what makes this organization so special. I love my job!

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Lighthouse.

2) What’s something quirky about yourself?

I can recite the alphabet backwards really fast and can make my right ear wiggle without touching it!

3) What’s your favorite ice cream topping?

The cherry on top!

Kaity Doiron

Kaity Doiron
Camp Program Coordinator

I first got involved with Kids Cancer Care as a 1:1 volunteer at Camp Kindle. I feel incredibly lucky to transition into the role as a Program Coordinator and help create the environment that made me fall in love with this organization to begin with.

My position allows me to get the best of both worlds; both planning and facilitating programs for groups on site. It is so exciting to see the efforts of my team come to life when campers, volunteers and staff have the chance to laugh, play and connect with one another!

1) What’s your camp name?

Moo.

2) What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?

Pistachio or Cotton Candy!

3) What's your favourite travel destination?

The Yukon! I did a road trip from Lethbridge to Alaska one summer and fell in love with Whitehorse!

 

 

Karen Filbert

Karen Filbert
Annual Giving Manager

I am fortunate to have a very diverse role that keeps me busy and challenged each and every day. It’s amazing to know I am part of ensuring that children and families affected by cancer have access to programs that they want, programs that they need. The entire Kids Cancer Care team are true rock stars and make coming to work a real pleasure.

I am responsible for our individual and corporate donors. This means on a daily basis, I may be thanking a donor, researching prospective donors to help fund and expand our programs, welcoming a donor to our monthly giving program, updating donor information so they can receive our newsletter or sharing stories on how a donor’s gift is impacting the lives of children.

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Bee.

2) What’s something quirky about yourself?

When I was a teenager living in Fort McMurray, I was a Polynesian dancer.

3) Best read?

The Outlander series.

Winter Ghostkeeper

Winter Ghostkeeper
Outreach Coordinator

I know everyone that works for Kids Cancer Care says that they have the best job – but I truly have the best job! I will be covering Jenna’s maternity leave as well as coordinating the SunRise camps this summer! I can’t wait to meet all of the Kids Cancer Care families and get to plan the family programs throughout the year and provide specialized child life programming!

I love my job because I get the opportunity to let kids be kids during a difficult time in their lives.

Fun Facts!

1) What is your spirit animal?

The bear! They represent independence, strength and healing. As a child life specialist, I work with children and their families to cope with illness and I believe the qualities of the bear suit my career and passion perfectly!

2) Favourite meal?

Homemade pizza cooked on the BBQ.

3) What is your favourite travel destination?

Camping in my trailer in the mountains by a body of water!

Megan Gough

Megan Gough
Marketing & Communications Specialist

The best part of my job is that I get to work with every team - from fundraising to camp to outreach - to tell the world what we're up to at Kids Cancer Care! For the most part, I handle all the digital communications, social media, our website, and get to work on the annual Kids Cancer Care video.

The positive impact our foundation has on the families affected by cancer is amazing. My first camp experience was an Ice Cream Friday in 2010, as a sponsor guest. It was pouring rain and the kids still lined up for ice cream! It was magical. There is no place on earth like Camp Kindle and there is no organization on earth like Kids Cancer Care. I am so fortunate to be a part of such a great team!

Fun Facts!

1) What is your spirit animal?

The cat (the cat is the spirit animal of highly creative people, which is me! But it’s my spirit animal mostly because I just love cats).

2) Where is your hometown?

Balzac, Alberta!

3) What is your favourite travel destination?

New York City, Hawaii, Prince Edward Island, London... Or any warm vacation spot with a lazy river.

Sherri Hamblin

Sherri Hamblin
Information Systems Specialist

My role at Kids Cancer Care, as Information Systems Specialist, is based around application support and data integrity, quality and security of all information systems used to support the business activities of Kids Cancer Care.
 

I feel blessed to be working alongside such a dedicated group that makes up the team at Kids Cancer Care. I am passionate about anything that involves providing opportunities for kids. I love being part of an organization that works so hard to improve the lives of kids affected by cancer and to provide them the opportunity to just be kids when forced to deal with adult situations. 

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Squirrel.

2) What’s your favorite ice cream flavour?

Coffee.

3) What's your favourite travel destination?

Any landmass that touches the Caribbean! 

Karen Kaufmann

Karen Kaufmann
Gift Processing Coordinator

My role as Gift Processing Coordinator is to receive and process gifts to Kids Cancer Care from our generous donors and sponsors. I maintain our donor database and am responsible for acknowledging tributes and gifts, as well as the distribution of receipts and thank you letters. I get to personally experience on a daily basis how giving and supportive so many are to Kids Cancer Care’s amazing families.

I love working for Kids Cancer Care because it supports such a heartfelt and worthy cause. I feel for the children and families that childhood cancer affects. I am truly honored to be part of such an amazing group of people who are privileged to support them along their journey. What we can accomplish together with community, connections, dedication and commitment is nothing short of extraordinary!

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Running Horse.

2) What’s your favourite ice cream flavour? 

Pistachio.

3) What's your favourite travel destination?

Hawaii!

Kelly Kerr

Kelly Kerr
Education Support Specialist

They say it takes a village to raise a child . . . well it takes a community to support a family in need. Kids Cancer Care provides such a community, where families facing cancer can find support and strength. I work here because I believe in community and get to witness community in action every day!   

I’ve worn several different hats at Kids Cancer Care in over five years and currently am the education support specialist. I have the great pleasure of overseeing the programming we provide to help children affected by cancer succeed in the classroom. 

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Egg.

2) Best read?

His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman’s epic trilogy. How many times can you read the same three books? I haven’t found out yet.

3) What’s something on your bucket list? 

To spend a good amount of time in India.

Nikki Lamarche

Nikki Lamarche
Outreach Specialist

I work with Kids Cancer Care because I LOVE it! Every day is a new day in the office. I am always being challenged to make things better. I moved here from Montreal and knew right away, Kids Cancer Care was the place for me. I felt connected and welcomed with open arms right from the start. I love giving back and now I have an opportunity to give back AND teach the teens the importance of helping their community. It just feels right.

No day is a ‘typical’ day! Most of my days involve planning workshops, meetings or volunteer opportunities for the teen leadership program or planning and fundraising for our annual travel project, where we build homes for families in need.

In the summer, I lead the recreation parent program (Dragon Boat training and festival). In between those three programs, I lead the following family events; Cool Yule, Mother’s Day Brunch and Survivor Day. 

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Snow.

2) What’s your favorite ice cream topping?

I can’t have ice cream, so I only have the toppings! My answer is…..all of them!

3) Dogs or cats?

I have a dog named Guinness who we got as a puppy and he is the cutest, cuddliest little guy ever! He sometimes makes his way into the office.

Kris Lashmore

Kris Lashmore
Maintenance Manager

I love working for Kids Cancer Care at Camp Kindle. Kids Cancer Care serves the most amazing kids! Seeing them have such a great time at camp, makes me want to work even harder to make the camp perfect for them. Working for the Kids Cancer Care gives me great fulfillment.

I am the maintenance manager at Camp Kindle. We always have projects on the go; they range from fencing, solar lighting, building pathways, cleaning up the forested areas so we have more usable space and much more. We also mow grass and shovel snow!

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your favorite ice cream topping?

My favorite ice cream topping is hot fudge, but orange crush floats are my favorite way to have ice cream.

2) Cats or dogs?

Dogs are my choice of pet. I have Australian shepherds.

3) What’s something on your bucket list?

A couple of things on my bucket list are, riding my horse in the ocean and along the beach, somewhere warm of course. I would also like to spend a new years eve in New York and be part of the count down.

Renée MacTavish

Renée MacTavish
Events and Community Relations Manager

My role at Kids Cancer Care allows me to plan our unique and creative signature fundraising events, as well as work with community partners on fundraising initiatives that support the foundation. I also have the privilege of leading our incredible events and community fundraising team. Together, we fundraise over half of Kids Cancer Care’s annual revenue.


I love working at Kids Cancer Care because of the people - community partners, our wonderful staff, numerous vendors and the courageous families we support are the reason I love what I do.  It is inspiring to work together toward a common goal of supporting children affected by cancer and their families. 

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Puffin.

2) Best read?

Shantaram.

3) What’s something on your bucket list?

Visiting all seven continents. Five down, two to go!

Candice McCarthy

Candice McCarthy
Administrative Assistant

As Administrative Assistant at Kids Cancer Care, I work with families and organizations to book retreats, meetings, and functions at Camp Kindle when the camp is not in use for our programs. The best part is the proceeds go back into the foundation to support all of the services that we provide. I also look after administrative tasks like managing various email accounts and data entry.

I love my work here because I get to be part of a team that collectively makes a big difference in the lives of very special children and their families. Helping our camp rental clients book a getaway that benefits a great cause is pretty rewarding.

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Chips.

2) Where is your hometown?

Las Vegas, Nevada.

3) What’s your favourite meal?

Fajitas or most anything Mexican.

Meaghan McNamee

Meaghan McNamee
Camp Food Services Manager

I work at Kids Cancer Care because I believe in the wonderful work they do. I don’t know of anyone that hasn’t been touched by cancer. It’s extremely fulfilling to see the work done here at Camp Kindle to help people, especially kids, just have loads of fun!

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Zoom!

2) What’s your favorite ice cream topping?

I’m a HUGE ice cream fan, cheesecake being my favorite flavor. Of course no bowl of ice cream is complete without some form of chocolate and strawberries as well!

3) What’s something quirky about yourself?

My passion and number one hobby would have to be riding! I am an avid equestrian, currently owning one brilliant horse named Sniper.

Kimberly McNulty

Kimberly McNulty
Development Associate

As an event coordinator, I work with community partners to support fundraising initiatives that connect people with Kids Cancer Care. I also help with some of our biggest signature fundraising events that help raise funds for children and families affected by cancer.

There are so many reasons why I love working at Kids Cancer Care, but all of them come down to the people we get to meet and work with. I love coming to work each and every day knowing I will be working with an incredible team, spending time with amazing volunteers and of course, growing the relationships with the children and families that our organization supports. I had hoped to work at Kids Cancer Care from the start of university and fortunately had the chance to be a summer student for two summers throughout that time. I am so grateful and excited to now work here in a permanent position! Each each and every team member works so hard to complete the same goal, to make the world a better place for children and families that have been affected by cancer - it is amazing to be a part of that!

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Sweet Pea.

2) What's your favourite movie?

Runaway Bride (or anything with Julia Roberts)!

3) Favourite meal?

Dill pickles.

Kelsey Morrison

Kelsey Morrison
Development Associate

My job affords me the opportunity to help plan and execute Kids Cancer Care fundraising events throughout the year. I enjoy having the opportunity to work with some pretty amazing people and the chance to connect with members of the community at our events.

I love working at Kids Cancer Care for so many reasons. I worked at Camp Kindle when it first opened and I treasure that time in my life. Watching the kids and families thrive in the new camp was indescribable. This experience motivated me to come back to Kids Cancer Care after finishing my degree. I feel so honored to be a part of a team of incredible individuals who work hard each and every day for those affected by childhood cancer in our community.

Fun Facts!

1) What is your camp name?

Bumble Bee (Bee)

2) What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Root Beer Float

3) What is your Spirit Animal?

A Unicorn!

Genine Neufeld

Genine Neufeld
Development Manager

Donors make our world a better place. And it is my privilege as Development Manager to work with Kids Cancer Care donors to ensure we maximize the impact of their gift for kids and families. I have witnessed how easily and quickly life can change for anyone. I know how important it is in these times of heartache and change to have support. Our donors open up possibilities and opportunities and it’s my job to make sure they know it!

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Nino.

2) What’s your favorite movie?

Anything with Hugh Jackman! Right now it's The Greatest Showman.

3) Tell us something quirky about yourself.

My Hogwarts House is Hufflepuff!

Shacarra Orr

Shacarra Orr
Development Associate

As a development associate I plan signature events with Kids Cancer Care and assist in community initiatives. I have the opportunity to work with an amazing team. I love my job because each day is unique, often filled with new challenges and the adventures that go along with them.

Fun facts!

1) Where is your hometown?

I am from a small mountain town in British Columbia called Jaffray.

2) What's your favourite food?

Popcorn, I could eat it for every meal.

3) What’s something interesting about you?

I competed in the Rio 2016 Paralympics!

Daniel Pederson

Daniel Pederson
Maintenance Assistant, Camp Kindle

I am Camp Kindle’s full-time maintenance assistant. I work year-round to keep Camp Kindle running smoothly, whether that’s building a whole new project or changing a light bulb!

I have been with Kids Cancer Care since 2013. Since then, I have seen first-hand what my work around camp can do for a child with cancer. It’s simply amazing what is possible when your heart is in your job, whether that’s keeping the camp looking great, or providing campers and groups with the best service and care you can give.

Fun Facts!

1) What is your favourite movie?

The Lego Movie.

2) What is your favourite meal?

Steak and baked potatoes.

3) What is your spirit animal?

Captain Jean Luc Picard from Star Trek! (But if that doesn’t count, my spirit animal is the Deer).

Alison Pellegrini - on maternity leave!

Alison Pellegrini - on maternity leave!
Development Associate

Working at Kids Cancer Care allows me the opportunity to fundraise and advocate for a cause that is very close to my heart. I work with a wonderful team who create memorable fundraising events that send kids to camp, support outreach programs, fund research initiatives and much more. On any given day you will see me contributing to our next big signature event, securing silent and live auction items or supporting our amazing events team!

I love working for Kids Cancer Care because I get to give back to a cause that I am passionate about. I am honoured to work at an organization that does so much for children and youth with cancer. Being able to contribute to the fundraising efforts so that we can support families affected by childhood cancer is what makes the work we do here worthwhile. The staff at Kids Cancer Care have the biggest hearts and I’m very grateful to work beside them each day!

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your favourtie movie?

Breakfast at Tiffany's

2) Favourite meal?

Lobster, Crab, Mussels, anything seafood related – I’m Alberta born but my stomach is from the East Coast!

3) What is your spirit animal?

The Owl!

Mary Phillipo

Mary Phillipo
Family Liaison Coordinator

I feel truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization like Kids Cancer Care. When you work with the greatest team in Calgary, you can’t help but love your job.

Families are the heartbeat of our foundation. Connecting with new families and continuing to foster these relationships is one of the many things I love about my job. I’m always happy to chat with newly diagnosed families who are looking for some fun activities for their children or entire family.

Working with our incredible families has changed my entire perspective on life. Viewing life through their eyes has made me appreciate the importance of living each day to its fullest.

Fun facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Doe.

2) Dogs or cats?

Dogs! I have a White West Highland Terrier – my faithful little buddy.

3) What’s something on your bucket list?

Run a marathon.

Ben Pointer

Ben Pointer
Camp Program Coordinator

As camp program coordinator, I get to work with the campers and staff and connect with the groups on site. My favourite part of working at camp is getting to see the campers and the staff grow into their surroundings. A typical day is interacting with campers, running programs and helping the staff to achieve their goals.

I love working for Kids Cancer Care, particularly at Camp Kindle, because I get to participate in the running of camp. I also get to see the firsthand impact that camp makes on our campers.

Fun Facts!

1) Where is your hometown?

Hockley, Essex, England

2) What's your favourite movie?

Toy Story

3) What's your favourite meal?

Steak Fajitas

Kelly Raymond

Kelly Raymond
Volunteer Coordinator

I first started my career nine years ago in pediatric oncology at the Alberta Children's Hospital liaising with Kids Cancer Care. Who da thunk that all these years later I’d be at Kids Cancer Care!

In my volunteer coordinator role, I help recruit and organize the amazing volunteers who give their heart and time to the children and families affected by childhood cancer, whether it’s at gala events, outreach programs or summer camp. I feel so privileged to be part of the Kids Cancer Care tribe!

Fun Facts!

1) What is your camp name?

Sprout

2) Dogs or cats?

Cats!

3) What is something on your bucket list?

I just knocked FOUR things off my bucket list last year: 1) yoga retreat in Panama, 2) Spanish immersion in Ecuador, 3) backpacking in Colombia, and 4) getting accepted into graduate school! I think my bucket needs a bit of a break for a while.

Melanie Reize

Melanie Reize
Program Manager, Camp Kindle

I oversee the programs we run at Camp Kindle, working with staff to provide campers and rental groups with the best possible experience. I absolutely love working with children and am so thankful to be a part of giving special summer camp memories to children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend.

Camp is a place filled with spontaneous dance parties, where differences are embraced, and people are given the opportunity to try new things. It is a place where they can trust that their peers will continue to embrace and accept them. And that makes it such a very special place to work!

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Q!

2) What’s your favourite travel destination?

Borneo

3) Where is your hometown?

Calgary!

Karin Schlegel

Karin Schlegel
Education Support Specialist

Touched by cancer in my own circle of friends and family, my involvement at Kids Cancer Care is allowing me to ‘take action’ with a super energetic, committed team.

As an Education Support Specialist, I guide the programs we offer to support children’s learning needs, such as our home-based, one-to-one tutoring program. We are striving to provide families with educational supports and advocacy. Working with health care providers, educators and parents, we are compiling resources for families and developing workshops related to learning, parenting, and family wellbeing.  

Fun Facts!

1) What is something quirky about you?

I am a keen collector of interesting quotes and poems, plus fascinating bits of brain research on learning.

2) What is something on your bucket list?

Hike up to the beehive on Lake Louise at least one more time with my daughter and read ALL of the books on my bookshelf plus on my very long list of ‘must reads’.

Jenna Schwanke - on maternity leave!

Jenna Schwanke - on maternity leave!
Outreach Specialist

As the family outreach specialist, I spend my days planning and attending safe and fun programs and activities for all our families in Calgary! I truly think I have the best job in the office!

I love being able to provide these programs to our families, as it’s just a small amount of respite on the tumultuous cancer journey. And, it never ceases to amaze me how many inspiring kids and parents I meet along the way.

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Moose.

2) What’s your favorite ice cream topping?

Reese’s peanut butter cups.

3) What’s something on your bucket list?

Travel to the Maldives!

Tracey Stahn

Tracey Stahn
Manager of Volunteers and Outreach Programs

I am the manager of volunteers and outreach programs. I wear a lot of hats when it comes to our amazing volunteers; everything from recruiting, screening, training and stewardship. I have the pleasure to build meaningful relationships and create outstanding opportunities of fulfillment for people who have the heart for giving back.

I am also blessed to manage the Outreach Team who work on the front-lines with Kids Cancer Care families. I make sure the Outreach Team is as silly and nutty as possible so they can provide unforgettable experiences for kids who deserve to be kids!

I have such a passion for this incredible organization because all my daily efforts go towards making a difference in lives that desperately deserve it. I am blessed to have a hand in fostering growth and opportunities for kids and families affected by cancer, as well as all the volunteers involved in the magic.

Fun Facts!

1) What is your camp name?

Ladybug

2) What is your favourite travel destination?

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

3) Hometown?

Assiniboia, Saskatchewan. Two hours from RIDER Nation!

Mohammed Syed - on paternity leave!

Mohammed Syed - on paternity leave!
Catering and Food Services Manager

For several years, I had the opportunity to work with professional chefs, including Michelin Star chefs in five-star hotels. But I wanted an opportunity that allowed me to share my culinary skills, while still having time for my family. 

Camp Kindle is an amazing place where I can follow my passion and be creative with fresh, simple nutritional homemade food for our guests. I believe in giving back to the community and I feel like I am making a difference at Kids Cancer Care. My favourite part of the job is seeing the smile on the kids’ faces when they enjoy their meal and refuel to go out play and enjoy camp! A highlight for me was when one young camper told me, "You make food better than my Mom.”

My day to day includes overseeing the food and beverage operations at Camp Kindle to ensure that we are always striving to exceed our guests’ expectations. I ensure that the product is of highest possible quality with regards to food safety; I prepare healthy and nutritional meals; oversee presentation and menu selection with fresh, local and sustainable ingredients. To effectively lead our culinary department, I am always recruiting, developing, and coaching a team of professionals who will continually strive to be the best kitchen brigade there is. In the end, I believe the food speaks for itself – so I hope to see you at Camp Kindle soon!

Fun Facts!

1) What is your camp name?

The Flame!

2) What is your favourite meal?

Any meal which is fresh, simple and home made.

3) Hometown?

Hyderabad, India

Queenie Tao

Queenie Tao
Bookkeeper

As the bookkeeper, I am responsible for Kids Cancer Care's timely and accurate financial keeping and payroll services. I also maintaining an invoice tracking system for all Camp Kindle rentals.

I love working for Kids Cancer Care because our organization helps so many families by providing programs and for those fighting or affected by childhood cancer. I really enjoy working for Kids Cancer Care and am always ready for challenges!

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?

Green Tea and Sesame!

2) What’s your favorite travel destination?

Las Vegas.

3) Where is your hometown?

Hong Kong!

Brittney Warner

Brittney Warner
Development Associate

As a development associate, I help plan and facilitate fundraising events to support children and families affected by cancer.

I love working at Kids Cancer Care because I get to work with an amazing team, coordinate with dedicated community members and contribute to a cause that affects so many people! Cancer is horrible but I’m lucky I get to work for an organization devoted to making the experience a little bit easier. Not everyone gets to say that about their job.

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your favourite movie?

Love Actually.

2) Where is your hometown?

Calgary!

3) What is your spirit animal?

The monkey!