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CHANTAL BEAVER - Executive Director

How long have you been at the Hub and what does your job entail on a day-to-day basis:
I first joined the Hub in November of 2011 as Executive Director. I am responsible for overseeing the partnerships, funding, administration, policy, and strategic plan of the organization. Another key responsibility of mine is community outreach. My community involvement is vast. I am currently Board Chair for the local Boys & Girls Club, Director & Secretary on the Regional Recreation Corporation, community representative at the Community Partnership Table, Co-Chair for Convergence YMM, and the regional rep for Parent Link Alberta. 

What made you want to join the Hub team?
The Hub’s core value is family and that means a lot to me. At the time when I joined the Hub my first son was just shy of 1-year-old and what was important to me at that time was also important to  the Hub. This synergy has only grown over the years as I welcomed another child and continue to foster family as core to my personal and professional life.

How long have you resided in Fort McMurray and can you tell me your favourite thing about the community: 
I actually moved to Fort McMurray specifically to work at The Hub. My favourite thing about this community is  the opportunity to progress, learn, and grow, regardless of age, gender etc. 

What is your aspiration for the hub and our community. 
My aspiration for the Hub and Wood Buffalo both is in fact the very vision of the Hub itself - healthy families, healthy children, and healthy communities 

What is the strongest contribution the Hub makes in your opinion.
 

The Hub is a home away from home for all families. We support families through the happy times and the struggles too. We support families regardless of status. We are accessible, physically and financially for all members of or community. There is no dividing line at the Hub - we are there to support all of Wood Buffalo.

 


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CORDELLA WELSHMAN - Special Events and Volunteers

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 Events & Volunteer 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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SAMANTHA SIMPSON - Programs and Services

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. As Director of Programs and Services I am responsible for the implementation, management, supervision and evaluation of all the organization’s programs and services. I participate in strategic planning, budgeting, problem solving, and ensuring adherence to best practice guidelines. 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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MICHELLE DUNPHY - Operations


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MISTY SCHAD - Marketing
How long have you been at the Hub and what does your job entail on a day-to-day basis:
I have been with the Hub for 3 years this May! My job can be very dynamic and changes consistently. You can find me behind the scenes of our website development, Facebook/Instagram pages, promotional material creation and distribution,  and creation of marketing strategies and implementation. You may also catch me at a lot of community engagement opportunities so if you see me out feel free to say Hi! 

What made you want to join the Hub team?
I started out as a practicum for the Hub while in college. I instantly fell in love with the warm, inviting atmosphere that the Hub has and the impact I witnessed on families that would utilize our services/programs. 

How long have you resided in Fort McMurray and can you tell me your favourite thing about the community: 
Fort McMurray has been my home since I was 7! It has been an amazing 17 years watching this community expand, grow and flourish into the vibrant place it is today. I love how diverse and accepting our community is, no matter where you go, people are so pleasant and are open to help. 

What is your aspiration for the hub and our community.
My aspiration would be that every resident of Fort McMurray knows about and is able to utilize and refer to the Hub as the number one provider of prenatal, early childhood education and parent support in the region. 

What is the strongest contribution the Hub makes in your opinion.
The Hub contributes to the region by offering a safe, supportive environment for anyone and everyone. It is such a free hidden gem for early childhood developmental friendly program, parent education, prenatal/postpartum care and support, visitation and exchange plus so much more.