Last month was Mom to Mom’s Annual General Meeting – and despite being a small organization, we had a great turn out, even with some new faces. A brief recap of the numbers from the past year revealed that M2M had a fantastic fundraising year with a promising future for growth. Last year this time, we only had 61 volunteers, 32 moms and 54 kids in the M2M community. Very excitingly, we’ve grown A LOT in the past year as we now have 83 volunteers, 48 moms and 99 kids in the M2M program!

Over the past year, M2M’s unique model has helped us thrive: people are more aware of M2M in Vancouver than ever before and we have continued to have a strong volunteer base guided by our strong board and talented staff members. In saying that, we are aiming to increase our strategic community connections, building upon our existing collaborative efforts with Reading Bear, Single Mother’s Alliance of BC and Starts with One.

We also had some very successful campaigns including, our year-end giving campaign that kick started our Compassion Fund; we had 31 runners in the BMO Vancouver Run4Hope and we raised $9000; our annual “I Love Mom” Breakfast Fundraiser” had 100 attendees and raised almost $7,000; and, we secured a $60,000 grant as well as several others from small foundations and associations.

New board members were also introduced at the AGM. Brittany Bigham, Lisa Trie Nelley and Doug Morison are joining the M2M Board, and we’re so excited to have them! Doug is our new Treasurer taking over for Chris Shields. Thank you Chris for your time with M2M –  your incredible energy, dedication and financial expertise have helped M2M beyond measure (and we are delighted that you will continue on in your 5th year as a volunteer mentor!).

New Board Directors! 

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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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Brittany is is a member of the Sechelt Nation on the Sunshine Coast, BC. Brittany completed her B.A. (honours) in Psychology and Master’s in Public Health from Simon Fraser University. She is currently a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Her PhD work will focus on trauma and mental health among homeless Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Brittany has been working in various areas of health research with Aboriginal communities for over 10 years and has a passion for community driven participatory research. Brittany is currently working with Vancouver Coastal Health Aboriginal Health to develop cultural safety initiatives and also with the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative at the BC Centre of Excellence for HIV/AIDS conducting research on the health of Aboriginal women in sex work in Vancouver. Brittany is wife to Mark and Mom to two beautiful children, Natalie (6 years) and Sean (21 months) and also has a passion for golf and photography.

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Lisa has over 17 years of experience and visionary leadership as a not-for-profit executive in health and human service evaluation and delivery.  She brings experience in a broad range of service areas including: community engagement, stakeholder collaboration, program development, identifying strategic opportunities, fiscal management, grant and fund development, staff development, public relations, and communications. In her last role as Associate Director of Community Impact at the United Way of Greater Milwaukee, she led community engagement and multi-stakeholder collaboration on a variety of projects, and managed multimillion dollar grants. She has a strong passion for the study and reduction of teen pregnancy. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology as well as a certificate in Occupational Therapy. Lisa moved to Vancouver in 2007 and has been a full time mother of her two kids since. She is an avid runner, camper, and conversationalist.

 

Welcome Doug, Brittany and Lisa! The past year has been so positive and hopeful for M2M and we look forward to what this year has in store 🙂

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