Learn more about our Board of Directors
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Lori Bonnett, General 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.
Kevan 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 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.
I have three children, and love being a Dad.
Collin Goes, Director of Community Engagement, Chartered Professional Accountant, and Dad
As a holder of the Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant designations, my experience stems from data analysis and interpreting those key metrics that drive organizations toward their strategic goals. Measuring and acting on meaningful data helps us achieve our intermediary goals and aligns us with our vision. We are not owners but merely leaseholders with a contract that will expire at any given time. What we do with our time on earth is up to us. We want to give our current and future generations the best possible chance to change the world for the better, and in doing so, we earn our stay. Children with varying abilities if administered and provided support at the early stage will add significant contributions to society. We at Buds in Bloom® are working to ensure that every child and family is provided with that opportunity.
I have two children: Cailyn (6 years) and Ronan (3 years).
Dr. Cynthia Mannion, Director of Research, Nurse, former Professor at University of Calgary
I joined the Buds in Bloom® board because of my longstanding interest in Maternal/Child Health, which has been the focus of my academic work and my former clinical nursing practice in Montreal and Calgary. As a Buds in Bloom® volunteer my recent participation has provided me with the opportunity to work with a diverse and wonderful group of people dedicated to a common cause assisting families and children with a variety of health and developmental challenges. I have two grown children, Liam and Emily, a grumpy old mare Sophie, and a rescue cat named Boo.
Imad Saleem, Director of Operations
I bring forth more than 10 years of Management Consulting experience specializing in HR and Business Transformation. Leveraging my diverse and extensive educational background, I have worked in a multitude of functional and business capacities within Public Sector, Oil & Gas, and Banking industries to deliver HCM solutions ranging from Core HR disciplines (Employee Experience, Hire to Retire) and Talent Management (Training, Recruitment, Performance, Succession, and Learning). Furthermore, I have been involved in several HR strategic advisory and project management engagements for Public Sector organizations, and leading Oil and Gas clients. This includes Business Process Mapping, Change Management strategies, ERP Roadmap, Technology Strategy, and Industry Scans. Outside of my corporate experience, I have been involved in volunteering opportunities focusing on supporting new immigrant associations throughout Calgary by providing leadership and resume workshops, and cultural workshops for adjusting to life in Canada. I am very excited to be a Buds in Bloom® board member, and look forward to helping deliver on our strategic targets.
Dr. Michèle Hébert, Founder and President, Rehabilitation Scientist, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Public Policy and Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, and Step-Mom
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 services delivered by hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centres and recreation programs; gaps that are found across Canada. My commitment is to make the difference for all children in Canada, no matter what their ability, as well as for their parents and siblings. Having practiced paediatric occupational therapy in the U.S.A. and Canada in several States and provinces respectively, since the mid 1990’s, it is evident that access to needed services in my native land of Canada is too often a bumpy road with back-ups, pot holes, road blocks, and traffic jams, like when funnelling six lanes of traffic into one lane. All children and their family, regardless of their lived experience, have the right to support services, yet at this time, finding and accessing support services remains inaccessible for many children and their families. The urgent need to join brilliant minds, a shared vision and passionate hearts in helping our children and families overcome system barriers is unmistakable. Through partnership, in public, private and non-government sectors, all for this greater cause, let’s pool our resources, and leverage our human capital. You are invited to contribute to advancing our mission.
I am also the step-mom of three accomplished and loving children (all adults today).
Dreams are realized. Together.
Katrina Colbert, Treasurer, Chartered Professional Accountant
As a native Albertan, I am excited for the opportunity to give back to the community, and work with the Buds in Bloom® Team to expand the reach of our services offered to families. My background as a Chartered Professional Accountant aims to serve the Finance Committee and Board, and I am also looking forward to collaborating with the Team on raising awareness and events.
In my spare time, I take aerial skills classes, and hang out with my nephews.
Allan Nielsen, Secretary, Lawyer
Allan comes with long standing expertise as a lawyer, extensive experience in charitable organizations – having held different officer and director positions on non-profit/charity boards, including as Chair and Secretary, as well as his in depth understanding of governance, our community’s needs and the vital importance of operationalizing a vision to benefit our community. Allan is committed to assisting Buds in Bloom® in advancing the mission in any way that he can.
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 who are all members of our Committees. Additional volunteers contribute for a day or two per year. Through their continuous and joint efforts, and their generous contribution, together we participate unequivocally to the transformation of service access challenges faced by children and their family.