Shannon Christensen (born Kimmitt) was born and raised in Kelowna, BC and lives here with her husband of 9 years and 2 little boys. Shannon is passionate about her friends, family and her community. With a BA in Psychology and Master’s of counselling psychology, she has a passion for working with marginalized populations and used this drive to start Mamas for Mamas; a registered non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the negative impact of poverty on low income mothers and their families. Shannon has been recognized as a top 40 under 40 recipient, A Woman to Watch, and was a top 3 finalist for Woman of the Year through The City of Kelowna Civic and Community Awards.
Candace is a wife of one, mother of two, and friend to as many as possible. Born and raised in Kelowna, she spent 18 years in operations, sales and marketing for a fortune 100 company, until deciding to become her own boss in 2011. She found her passion in the non-profit world over the last 2 years as she has embraced her role as Chief Community Officer with Mamas For Mamas, helping to grow and raise awareness to change the landscape of poverty and the systemic issues that surround it. Recently, she added the role of CEO to her CV with Mamas.TV, a social enterprise embracing the ‘hand up, not a hand out philosophy,’ for the sustainability of Mamas For Mamas.
Shevaune is a married mother of four incredible children. She has spent the last 3 years building Mamas for Mamas as a volunteer, & now helps to run the organization full time as Chief Operations Officer. Shevaune has extensive experience in the film industry and uses her skill set to moonlight as a production consultant for our social enterprise, Mamas.TV. While raising her young family in Northern BC she owned & operated a children's consignment store which opened her eyes to the huge need for families living in poverty. Upon returning to Kelowna after this Northern journey, it was Shevaune's mission to help relieve poverty for those in the community closest to her heart. When she found Mamas, she found her tribe.
Megan Gullen was born and raised in a small rural southern Alberta town. She enjoys spending time with her husband, young son, and two dogs. She started her website design career in 2013 with the revamp of sisters website. She has since grown her client list steadily in the past 4 years and has started her own web design business. Megan is currently enrolled with British Columbia Institute of Technology where she will complete her certificate in web technologies. Megan has joined the Mamas For Mamas team and has taken on the web development, graphic design and computer support, since joining the team she has also taken on the marketing and web development for Mamas.TV.
Amy is a single mother to a busy three year old boy. After spending years working in sales and marketing for large corporations such as Coca-Cola, Shoppers Drug Mart and GlaxoSmithKline Mexico, she decided to use her skill set to focus on empowering women. In 2015, she started her dream company and was the first corporate donor at Mamas for Mamas. Amy has a passion for people and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Business Administration.
Jaimee was born & raised in Penticton & moved to Kelowna in 2008 to lay down roots with her now-husband, Alex. In 2013, Jaimee graduated from UBC’s Okanagan campus with a Bachelor of Management degree & then went on to obtain her Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2016. Jaimee began volunteering with Mamas in June 2017 soon after the birth of her daughter, Charlotte. She was looking for an opportunity to give back to the community during her maternity leave, while being able to spend time with Charlotte. Being a new mama herself, she truly connected to the mission & vision of Mamas for Mamas.
Misty Mischek is our incredible donations coordinator, national chapter manager and security guard as required. Seriously! Misty comes to us from her history of running security at local bars and our annual gala. During the days she would do her photography, help out with births as a Doula and volunteer at the kids school almost daily. Born in the lower mainland, Misty now lives in Kelowna BC with her husband, and two beautiful kids.
Kim is a wife and mother to a very cute & mischievous 4.5 yr old. Born in Quebec, Kim moved around a lot before settling down in Kelowna. Kim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Thompson Rivers University. After graduating, Kim & her husband moved to Edmonton where Kim worked at ABC Head Start helping low income families achieve success in learning and in life. Kim is also a certified sleep consultant with Good Night Sleep Site Okanagan & it was through this work & the connections she made that Kim stumbled into the Mamas for Mamas office. After seeing all the amazing work that Mamas do in the community, Kim was inspired to join the team as social worker, making a difference in the community.
Melissa Twomey was born and raised in Kelowna, BC. She resides here with her husband Marc and is lucky enough to have all her immediate family surrounding her. Melissa has her BA with a major in Psychology, a Masters in Counselling Psychology and extensive post-masters training in trauma related work. Completing her Masters and working in the community to accomplish graduation requirements allowed her to see firsthand the lack of mental health support available. Melissa has a passion for helping others and supporting them through their journeys. She has taken her education and provided our mamas with mental health support from the early days of Mamas for Mamas.
``Ever since I got pregnant, I’ve been thinking of ways to give back to Mamas that aren’t as fortunate. Today I’m so excited to announce that I’m delivering a years supply of Pampers to two of my favourite charities that
help Mamas in need - BabyGoRound and Mamas For Mamas. I've partnered with Pampers because every baby deserves comfort and softness.
#pampersbabypanel will be posted with every diaper delivery we do at Mamas for Mamas.``
Honorary Mama 2017
Honorary Mama 2016