“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!

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

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.

Kim Clark

Kim Clark
Child Life Specialist

I have been a certified child life specialist for eight years now and I feel so privileged to be able to help support kids and their families as they navigate through their health care journey.

I have worked in a number of hospitals, including the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Stollery Children’s Hospital and Alberta Children’s Hospital and I am so excited to be able to work with the Kids Cancer Care families! My own family is uniquely tied to Kids Cancer Care and it is so exciting that I am now a part of the team! I love to be silly and fun and you will often find me making funny faces or telling stories! My baboon story is the BEST! Ask me to share it with you when we meet. I am looking forward to bringing my hospital experience to the community setting and I can’t wait to meet all of the amazing kids and families!

Fun Facts!

1). Favourite place to visit?

INDIA, I loved India so much!

2). Favourite flavour of ice cream?

Classic chocolate all the way for me!

Gail Corbett

Gail Corbett
Director 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.

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?

Cheeto

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!

Nikki Lamarche

Nikki Lamarche
Outreach and Education Support Specialist

Every day is a new day in the office. I currently have my head in two spots, outreach and education, and I am constantly multi-tasking. I love being challenged to improve and grow Kids Cancer Care's programs. When I moved to Calgary from Montreal in 2012, I knew right away that Kids Cancer Care is 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 in a way that is meaningful to children, teens and their families. It just feels right.

No day is a ‘typical’ day! Most of my days involve plugging in tutoring data, working in collaberation with Karin Schlegel, our education and support specialist, getting tutors and learners matched, reaching out to partners in the childhood cancer community, looking over scholarship applications, planning the AGM, hosting groups at our new office space, leading education support committee meetings, overseeing all our parent programs (culinary competitions, dragon boat team, parent workshops) and working with everyone in the office, just to name a few. ;) 

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your camp name?

Snow.

2) What’s your favorite ice cream topping?

Cookie dough bits, fudge bits and caramel…can’t choose just one!

3) Dogs or cats?

Definitely dogs!

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
Development Associate of Donor Relations and Marketing

As Development Associate of Donor Relations and Marketing, I have an incredibly fulfilling job.  I research and write grants, steward to donors, and coordinate volunteer and rental groups at Camp Kindle. I also lead the amazing High Hopes Challenge event and provide support to other events.   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. 

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.

MacKenzie Murawsky

MacKenzie Murawsky
Nursing Manager

As the Nursing Manager, I am tasked with coordinating pediatric oncology nursing initiatives and services at camp. Aspects of my role include assisting the organization in the coordination and management of medical practices, the development and implementation of policies and procedures, and staff/volunteer development and medical training.

I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to work with Kids Cancer Care in this capacity. As the sibling of a cancer survivor, I had the opportunity to attend Camp Kindle as a kid. I have since been involved with Kids Cancer Care as a camp counselor/programmer and more recently as a Registered Nurse. Camp Kindle is an incredibly unique place, and I am very fortunate to have witnessed the positive impact camp has had on so many families.

Fun Facts!

1) What’s your Camp Name?

Scout

2) What’s your favorite read?

To Kill a Mockingbird

3) Where's your hometown?

Ottawa, Ontario

Genine Neufeld

Genine Neufeld
Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships and Stewardship

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!

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

Alison Pellegrini
Development Associate (on maternity leave)

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 Manager

As camp program manager, 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

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’.

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!

Queenie Tao

Queenie Tao
Accounting and Payroll Specialist

As the accounting and payroll specialist, 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!