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SAMANTHA SIMPSON - Executive Director

How long have you been at the Hub and what does your job entail on a day-to-day basis:
I have been at the Hub for nearly 5 years. I began as a Family Support Worker and transitioned into the role of Director of Programs and Services and now Executive Director. As Executive Director I am responsible for overseeing the partnerships, funding, administration, policy, and strategic plan of the organization. I also participate in community tables and act as Co-Chair of the Early Years Coalition.

What made you want to join the Hub team?
In the summer of 2013 I was working as the coordinator for a group of youth volunteers. Our first day at the downtown Hub was potluck day and the Family Support Workers welcomed us with open arms. Before the potluck began they explained to us what The Hub does and why things like potlucks are so important to build relationships with parents and celebrate our diversity. When the families arrived I could immediately see the tremendous impact they had on parents, children, and the community and knew I wanted to be a part of this team!

How long have you resided in Fort McMurray and can you tell me your favourite thing about the community: 
I have called Fort McMurray home since 2002. My favourite part about Fort McMurray is the community-minded spirit and generosity that resides here. No matter the state of our economy, the community continually steps up to support those who need it.

What is your aspiration for the hub and our community. 

My aspiration for The Hub is that it becomes a place where every family in Wood Buffalo goes to access information and support from prenatal to age 6.

What is the strongest contribution the Hub makes in your opinion.
In my opinion, The Hub’s strongest contribution is supporting parents to have the best possible relationship with their child whether that be through learning new parenting tips and tools to reduce parental frustration, learning new strategies to promote their child’s development, allowing them access to visit their child in a safe environment, or even just offering a listening ear.


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CORDELLA WELSHMAN - Community Development

How long have you been at the Hub and what does your job entail on a day-to-day basis:
I have worked with The Hub almost 8 years. I am the Community Development Manager, my role consist of being responsible for selecting, training, and supervising the volunteer staff of an organization. Also Managing event functions to ensure quality are delivered by Providing leadership, motivation, direction and support to the team to help reach The Hub’s fiscal Fund Development goal. 

What made you want to join the Hub team?
Being apart of The Hub team is so rewarding, seeing new and past families come to the centre with smiles on their faces is what motivates me.

How long have you resided in Fort McMurray and can you tell me your favourite thing about the community: 
I have lived in Fort McMurray for 12 years and call this community my home, the generously and support that this community offers inspire me everyday.

What is your aspiration for the Hub and our community.
My aspiration is that one day The Hub will be able to reach every single family in The Wood Buffalo Region.

What is the strongest contribution the Hub makes in your opinion.
The impact of what The Hub does for the families of the Wood Buffalo Region and the staff is remarkable to say the least. The Hub provides quality programs and tools to help one strive on being a parent/caregiver and your child’s development


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Sherri Bennett - Programs and Services Manager

My educational background in Social Work and I am currently in year 2 of my Masters’ Degree in Social Work. My professional background is in school health and wellness, counseling and facilitation. I have a passion for working with children and families, so The HUB is a wonderful fit for me.


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MICHELLE DUNPHY - Operations