Mom2Mom improves the lives of children in poverty by supporting their moms.

Mom2Mom’s unique, community-centred model supports low-income moms to move from surviving to thriving. We believe when moms thrive, children thrive. We do this through:

  • Supporting and resourcing basic needs
  • Facilitating positive relationships that moms can turn to for encouragement, guidance, and practical help
  • Building a supportive community where women uplift and learn from one another
  • Providing connection to opportunities and resources

Foundation

Mom2Mom was co-founded in 2012 by Dr. Joanne Roussy and Dr. Barbara Fitzgerald. As a developmental paediatrician, Dr. Fitzgerald created an innovative outreach model wherein she brought her services to Vancouver’s inner city schools. During her 17 years in the schools she saw that although children were in loving homes, their mothers faced exceptional barriers to setting them up to succeed at school and in life. 

She saw that many of the women in the inner city have not had the advantage of growing up in healthy families that modelled the kind of parenting that they want for their children. Many don’t have healthy mothers, sisters, or neighbours whom they can go to for help and guidance. They have often lacked the support to begin recovering from their own childhood trauma. Support services that are available come with strings attached, and the fear of having children removed into foster care is always present. These women have survived huge challenges and wanted help for their families that was compassionate, non-threatening, patient, and practical.

Mom2Mom’s model was created to provide ‘a circle of mothers’ to isolated, low-income moms who want support and guidance to raise their children in the healthiest way possible. Moms are paired with dedicated women who want to make a lasting difference in the lives of moms and children in their community by offering their time and modelling compassion, stability and consistency. 

Mom2Mom’s model is based on research in child development and neuroscience that has shown that lowering levels of family stress, enriching children’s environments, and connecting mothers to their child’s school and social supports leads to positive changes in children’s learning and development. When these things are in place, children are happier, better adjusted and more likely to succeed in school. Mothers are better able to nurture and attach to children when they aren’t struggling every day to meet basic needs.

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Staff

Meet our small but mighty team!

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Stephanie Connolly

Executive Director

A former journalist, Stephanie has worked in the non-profit fundraising sector since 2011. Driven to address the root causes of society’s biggest challenges, Stephanie has always aligned herself with organizations that build community. She believes that societal change starts with personal change, which happens most easily in an environment of positive relationships. She is an avid student of early childhood development and the psychology of personal growth. Ask her about either of these topics and you will have made a friend for life.

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Kirsten Sikora

Program Coordinator

Working with Mom2Mom since October 2016, Kirsten brings a diverse history in social justice organizing, arts and most recently childcare environments. She has experience in community organizing, activism, and various artistic disciplines. Beginning with iHuman Youth Society in Edmonton, a group that works with high-risk youth using creative expression as a means to give youth a voice, Kirsten has always gravitated to supportive communities that bring new ideas to complex issues, which is why she is so passionate to be working with Mom2Mom and contributing the skills and talents she has honed over her years in organizing and program development, and also the opportunity be a part of something that makes real tangible change in the lives of families. As a mom herself, Kirsten has experienced social isolation and how it made the stress of parenting feel at times unbearable. She also was privileged enough to be able to access support and know how that improved her own capacity to handle the struggles and insecurities that came with early parenthood. Kirsten feels strongly that being connected to a supportive community is key for families to thrive, having seen the power of these connections and the strength that is nurtured.

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Jessica Crompton

Program Coordinator

Jessica is excited to be the newest member of the Mom2Mom team. As a student of Anthropology and Human Geography she has studied how the urban environment and culture can negatively affect health outcomes and the power of community to provide positive interventions. Jessica has been working with families in East Vancouver since 2012 through Community School programs at an East Vancouver inner city school. Jessica loves working with children and knows the importance of supporting moms to help create healthy and happy families. Jessica has been inspired by the strength and resilience of the single moms she has worked with on her own recent journey to motherhood. She feels privileged to work among such a dedicated and diverse community. Jessica is committed to reconciliation and hopes to find opportunities to put this into practice through her work with Mom2Mom.

Board of Directors

We have a committed and talented board of directors who bring a wide range of skills and experience to Mom2Mom.

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Jackie Daag

Chair

Jackie has spent much of her life being involved with kids and helping where she can from an early age.  Her experience ranges from teaching phys-ed at a Children’s Psychiatric Hospital while in high school, to volunteering with Special Olympics BC as a program coordinator and coach as an adult. Jackie obtained an Honours degree from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Applied Science, specializing in Child Studies then ventured abroad to teach English in South Korea. Jackie feels a great importance in being closely connected to her community and is currently a Board Member of the Hastings East Community Programs Society, coaches her kids in soccer, and spends her work days at the Vancity Community Foundation where she manages their communications and donor advised fund program. She lives in East Van with her partner, 2 kids, dog and cat.

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Doug Morison

Treasurer

Doug is a Chartered Accountant and Treasurer for Mom2Mom who has worked in a variety of corporate and not-for-profit endeavours over the years. Enjoyable experiences and challenges as a father, multi-sport coach, Big Brother, and Chair of Sentinel Secondary Parent Advisory Council have given him exposure to a number of parent/child issues, and will provide a basis for supporting the Board of Mom2Mom during his mandate. In addition, Doug has been involved on the side-lines with Mom2Mom through supporting his wife Sara, who has been a Mentor in the Program since 2012.

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Nicola Ingram

Director

Nicola has been working with children and their families living in poverty in Vancouver for almost 20 years. She has witnessed over and over the power of relationship to change lives. Currently, Nicola is a counsellor with the Vancouver School Board at an inner city elementary school and has a private counselling practice. She received her Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and her Masters in Counselling from LIOS (Leadership Institute of Seattle). She is the mother of a wonderful and lively boy.

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Sarah Gustin

Director

Sarah finished a Bachelor of Medical Sciences and English at the University of Western Ontario. After postponing medical school, she spent two years travelling and working in Latin America where she became passionate about global health and social justice issues. Sarah moved to Vancouver in 2009 to start her Master’s in Public Health at SFU. She has worked in various areas of health promotion and disease prevention (e.g., cancer, dengue, West Nile Virus) for government, research, and non-profit organizations across Canada and internationally. She is currently the Knowledge Translation & Communications Manager for the Population & Public Health Program at the Provincial Health Services Authority. Her team works to improve the conditions for health where people live, learn, work and play in BC and Sarah’s role is to increase the use of evidence in health policy and practice. Sarah has been a Kidstart mentor since 2013 and volunteers with a variety of community organizations and events including LOVE BC, Positive Living BC, DOXA, among others.