Board of Directors

Vacant Director Positions:
– Director of Clinical Coordination
– Director of Finance
– Director of Operations
– General Directors of the Board

Lori Bonnett_Secretary_IMG_0428Lori Bonnett, Secretary, Lawyer, Mom & Grandma

I am a lawyer who has worked in the oil and gas sector for many years, and am currently working in my own law practice. I have been an active volunteer in my community throughout the years, including Chair of the Board for Heart and Stroke of Alberta, NWT and Nunavut. I am currently a member of the Research Ethics Board at SAIT, and volunteer regularly at the Calgary Drop in Centre for the homeless. I wanted to engage in another volunteer activity, and when I saw a posting for a Board role at Buds in Bloom, I was very keen on participating. I feel that my skill sets are a good match for the organization, but like many others, am ultimately inspired by a desire to help children and families. I am a native Albertan, and currently reside in Calgary. I have one daughter and two young grandsons.






Karen KnutsonKaren Knutson, Treasurer, Chartered Public Accountant & Mom

Profile to come.








Kevan LillaceKevan Lillace, General Director, Businessman & Dad

Children are our future. The greater the positive impact we create today for our children, the stronger the fabric of society we create as they become adults. I chose to be involved with Buds in Bloom to do my part in creating hope and relief on a larger scale.

Collin GoesCollin Goes, General Director, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Chartered Accountant and Dad

Profile to come.








Dr. Cynthia Mannion, Director of Research and Information, Association Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary & Mom

Profile to come.

CA - MicheleDr. Michèle Hébert, Founder, President, Rehabilitation Scientist & Paediatric Occupational Therapist

After practicing paediatric occupational therapy in the U.S.A. for over five years, upon my return to Canada in 2000, I quickly discovered long wait times for children and families to access specialized services in Quebec. My journey to transform the status quo for families living with a child who has a disability started with a deepened understanding about the widening gaps in specialized services in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centres and recreation programs. In 2009, the “Kids Therapy Now” benefit dinner raised funds to reimburse therapy programs for five children. In 2011, to meet the growing numbers of children and their family in need, Buds in Bloom, then private practice, became a non-profit children organization. In 2015, the organization continued to provide parent support, and also began referring out to established specialized service providers in Montreal and in Quebec City to broaden our reach. The new structure is multiplying the number of children and families served.





Our Board of Directors is devoted to the advancement of our vision for children and their family. The Directors support the mission of the organization through their passion, their respective expertise and their shared belief that all children have the right to bloom today. Composed of talented and dedicated volunteers, the Board oversees the growth and the achievement of targets set, in collaboration with Our Team of volunteers and Committees. Through their continuous efforts and their generous contribution, together, they participate unequivocally to the transformation of service access challenges faced by children and their family.

Join the Board, a committee or the volunteer team!