Board of Directors
On the photo: François Beaulieu, Michèle Hébert, Amine Amar
Not on the photo: Kevan Lillace, Lori Bonnett, Karen Knutson, Collin Goes
Vacant Director Positions:
– Director of Clinical Coordination
– Director of Information and Research
– Other Directors of the Board
Michèle Hébert, Founder, Chair, Executive Director, Ph.D. Rehabilitation Science & 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 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.
Lori Bonnett, Founder, Chair, Executive Director, 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 Knutson, Treasurer, Chartered Public Accountant & Mom
Profile to come.
François Beaulieu, Director of Finance, MBA, Engineer, Accountant & Dad
For several years now, my professional and personal life have kept me real busy. I recently completed a Master’s in Business Administration, while working in real estate development. Plus, I now am the Dad of a little girl since October 2016. On these two aspects of my life, I am a fulfilled man; I can’t ask for better. That being said, I always wanted to get involved in a social cause with an organization that is dear to my heart. In fact, the birth of my daughter opened my eyes: time is not tomorrow, but rather in the immediate present. Why put off to tomorrow, things than can be realised today? That’s why, when I discovered Bourgeons en Éclat | Buds in Bloom, I said to myself: “Here it is! I finally found it!” Indeed, the desire to want to help young children and young families, which is part of the DNA of Bourgeons en Éclat | Buds in Bloom, really attracted me. I felt like diving right in. This is why I chose to get involved with this organization. I hope to give back to families who do not always have the same chances as I had with mine.
Amine Amar, Director of Operations, Businessman & Dad
When I chose to give my time as a volunteer, it was important to me to give my time for an organization that serves children with special needs; an organization that helps families to access better and more rapid care. I’ve been involved in Bourgeons en Éclat | Buds in Bloom since 2017. If I chose to do so, it’s because I find the best of both worlds in this organization. On one hand, I get to contribute my knowledge and expertise, and, on the other hand, I am committed to bringing relief, hope and empowerment to families. Children and their family are our future. That’s why helping them is so dear to my heart!
Kevan Lillace, 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 Goes, Director Marketing and Public Relations, Chartered Public Accountant, Chartered Accountant, Engineer & Dad
Profile to come.
Our Board of directors is devoted to the advancement of our vision for children and their family. The Directors of the Board also 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 the volunteer committees. Through their continuous efforts and their generous contribution, all of our team participates unequivocally to the transformation of service access challenges faced by children and their family.