Lorraine is the Executive Director of Change for Children Association (CFCA) where she has worked since July 2002. After 11 years as the International Projects Coordinator, CFCA changed its flat-structure management paradigm and promoted Lorraine to Executive Director. Since then, Lorraine has led the organization’s ambitious fundraising and communications programs, as well as managed their overseas development projects through a process of strengthening the partnerships that evolve between communities across Canada and communities throughout the developing world. Lorraine also served as the Treasurer of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation from September 2012 to September 2016.
Previous to her work with Change for Children, Lorraine lived in Managua, Nicaragua for almost four years where she worked as a CUSO Co-operant with Centro Humboldt, one of Nicaragua’s strongest environmental advocacy organizations. Lorraine’s work with Centro Humboldt centered on the promotion of the Miskito and Mayagna indigenous territorial rights and their struggle for self government (which they have since obtained).
Lorraine has a bachelor’s degree in Native Studies from the University of Alberta and previously held various positions with groups working in Alberta’s environmental movement, and also worked with the Little Red River Cree in northern Alberta on cultural cartography and land management research.
Lorraine is currently studying a Graduate Diploma in International Development through the University of London’s School of Economics. She lives in Edmonton with her husband Frank Bessai (a settlement counsellor for Catholic Social Services and musician in Le Fuzz), her mother (a Raging Granny) and her two young hockey-crazy sons.
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Nicole Farn began working for Change for Children in 2013 after serving on the Board of Directors for three years. Nicole’s desire to learn more about international development took her around the world in 2009 volunteering in various capacities with a number of NGO’s in Central and South America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia. Nicole has a love of writing, with a desire to share peoples’ stories, especially the stories of people who often go unheard.
Marla began working for Change for Children in 2015 after returning from a volunteer trip to Guatemala and feeling like she wanted to do more. In addition to providing administrative support for Change for Children, Marla volunteers with several local agencies focused on helping people who are living in poverty in Edmonton. Marla has three adult children and currently lives in St. Albert.
Shaun has quietly provided fiscal order to many of Alberta’s great non-profit organizations. She has been working with Change for Children since 2007.