Board of Directors

Change for Children’s Board of Directors is determined each year at the Annual General Meeting. If you are interested in serving CFC through a Board position please submit a  Declaration of Interest Form.

Board executive

David Fath

President

David Fath joined the Change for Children community 19 years ago through his affiliation with the Guatemala-Canada Solidarity Network, and has enjoyed his long term commitment to this organization.  He sat on the board from 2000 to 2004, and held the position of Treasurer for most of that time.  Since then, David (and later his growing family) has moved extensively across Canada – relocating first to Calgary, then to British Columbia, then to Toronto, and finally back to Edmonton in mid-2015.  David and his wife Anne are looking for ways to renew their engagement with Change for Children, and are happy to lend a hand in any way that benefits the organization.

Line Marie Perron

Vice President

Line Perron is a passionate advocate for children and an agent of change. Line has more than 25 years of facilitation, leadership and community development experience and is a life-long learner. Line Marie received her degree in psychology and sociology and her Master’s in Family Life Education from the University of Alberta, and then pursued an Indigenous Early Childhood Development Leadership Management certification from the University of Victoria.

In 2002, she founded Early Childhood Development Support Services, a not for profit organization dedicated to the professional development and support of individuals working in relationship based practice with children and families. She sits on the Alberta Early Learning and Care Leader’s Caucus and is an executive board member for the Alberta Child Care Association. She is also a certified neuro-linguistic practitioner and master trainer. Line is the mother of three grown children and an avid soccer enthusiast.

Patrick Kane

Treasurer

Pat is Director, Waste Policy for Alberta Environment and Parks and responsible for waste policy for Alberta. He has been involved with the development of Alberta’s recycling programs and serves as a Director on several environmental stewardship organizations.

Pat is a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA, CMA), has a Business Administration Degree from the University of New Brunswick, is an Environmental Practitioner (EP) and has obtained the Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation from The Directors College, McMaster University.

Pat has been involved in a number of volunteer organizations including Edzimkulu, A Society for Children of AIDS. Edzimkulu provided health care focused on HIV/AIDS, orphan support, and early childhood education in the small village of Ndawana, South Africa

Crystal De Costa

Secretary

Crystal’s professional background has focused on account management, sales, marketing, and fundraising, through various industries including non-profit, education, tourism, and now banking.  Currently, she is the Business Development Manager, Deposits with the BMO Business Banking team.  She holds a Bachelor of Management, with a focus on International Management, from the University of Lethbridge.  Though born and raised in Grande Prairie, AB, Crystal is a true Edmontonian at heart and a lover of all-things YEG.  Crystal’s sense of adventure also has her exploring; biking, running and traveling the world are just a few of her passions.  She has spent much time in Mexico and Central America, traveling and studying, and has a deep rooted appreciation for the Latin culture.

Directors-at-Large

Blaire Christensen

Blaire is passionate about community development, education, and social justice. She currently works for the Government of Alberta and has a BA in International Development Studies and Political Science from Dalhousie University. She has worked with communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon, living in an indigenous Kichwa community, and within Alberta, including the Women’s Centre of Calgary. In her spare time, she enjoys baking sourdough bread, gardening, and camping.

Matthew Gusul

Gus has a history of working both as a theatre artist and as a development worker. As a theatre artist, he has mainly focused on helping marginalized communities create theatre based upon the community’s stories. As a development worker, he has been a fundraiser, executive board member, project coordinator, and founder of a non-profit organization. He has worked with seniors, inmates in prisons, various groups of Canada’s Indigenous populations, young people, GLBTQ communities, and religious groups. He has also taught workshops at conferences and by request throughout Canada, rural Mexico, and India.

Sandi Johal

Sandi is currently completing her BComm. in Finance at the Haskayne School of Business. She comes to Change for Children from the G(irls)20 initiative, which aims to enhance the leadership of young women for overall economic empowerment. In addition to academics and her part-time job, Sandi enjoys giving back to her community. She recently raised over $200,000 in funding for a regional non-profit and has provided pro-bono consulting to local charities to improve their organizational effectiveness. Sandi currently sits on the Calgary Steering Committee for Women in Capital Markets and is an Analyst for DeNovo Investment Fund. In her spare time she enjoys mentoring high school students, the outdoors, reading, and professional development events.

Jimmy Kayonga

Jimmy was born in DR. Congo where he lived until 2004. After a civil war in his home province of Kivu, he relocated to Uganda, growing up in refugee camps of Kyaka II in western Uganda and Nakivale Refugee Settlement in the southwestern region where he lived until 2013 and acquired 9 years of Education. In May 2013, Jimmy came to Canada where he completed his secondary education at Eastglen High School. This Fall Jimmy will start his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Calgary with the goal of majoring in International Relations and going on to work as a diplomat for the UN. Jimmy currently works as a Community Rehabilitation Worker for Independent Counseling Enterprises and has been in this field for 4 years. Jimmy is an an active volunteer for Hope Mission and The Society of Seniors Caring About Seniors (SSCA).

Marnie McMullen

Marnie has an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta.  She has been with McMan Youth, Family and Community Services since 1993.  Currently she is the Programs Manager for the Supported Independent Living Programs in Edmonton assisting youth 16-24 in learning to live independently.  She is also the Director of Programs and Services for McMan Fort McMurray.   Marnie has a passion for helping marginalized children and youth.  She has experience overseeing contracts with the Government of Alberta to provide services to youth in care as well as programs that receive grants to operate in Fort McMurray.

Beverly Milroy

Beverly has a background in family support, group facilitation and staff development. She was trained as a Home Visitor and spent 9 years as a supervisor/ program manager for Edmonton’s first Parent Link Centre. Bev acted as the Provincial Coordinator for the Alberta Network for Safe and Healthy Children in 2014. Currently, Bev is immersed in community development initiatives across the province; including supporting Early Childhood Coalitions of Alberta (ECCA) and also as a Health Promotion Facilitator with Alberta Health Services. Bev completed high school in Santiago, Chile. She enjoys running, yoga, travel and photography.

Colette Mondor

Colette has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. She has been in the education field for nineteen years. She has taught elementary school in both London, England and here in Edmonton. She is currently a consultant with Edmonton Public Schools. Colette has volunteered internationally a number of times and most recently with CFCA in Nicaragua and Guatemala.  ​

Omar Ortiz

Omar has supported Change for Children for the past 5 years through attending and hosting fundraisers, translation, and working on projects in Nicaragua and Guatemala. He is familiar with the indigenous communities in the south of Mexico and has travelled through protected areas to gain a greater understanding of the environmental challenges facing these communities. After completing his Mechanical Engineering degree, he participated in service programs for lower income communities, designing and installing water systems. He later received training as a teacher and taught courses at Universidad Tecnologica de México and Universidad del Valle de México. In BOSAWAS, Nicaragua, he used this experience to support capacity building of teachers, as well as meet functional needs in the communities. Omar also has a degree in Industrial Administration and a Masters in Business, adding strong analytical capacity to the board. His vision for development is a focus on equal partnerships where both parties share and learn, gaining knowledge and skills to support their own communities.

Daryl Penner

Daryl received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Alberta in 1990 and has been in private practice in Calgary since graduating. He has been on over 20 volunteer missions beginning in 1995. He has completed missions for both Kindness In Action and Change For Children. This work has taken him to Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela. He also participated in the building of a low cost dental facility in Kabale, Uganda.

Cherise Roberts

Cherise comes to Change for Children having worked and volunteered with people living in poverty in the Edmonton area and abroad. Her interest in human rights and development began as an undergraduate student studying Political Science at the University of Alberta. She has volunteered with several local non-profit organizations, and has volunteered in Cambodia and Thailand assisting underprivileged communities. She currently works at Bissell Centre in fund development, connecting people to the organization and helping them fulfill their philanthropic aspirations. She is excited to bring her passion for human rights and sustainable development to CFCA. In her spare time, Cherise enjoys reading, running, hiking, skating, and being in the great outdoors.