Meet The Team
Tammy Roberts -
Tammy has been a committed professional parent since 1991 providing emergency and long term care to approximately 250 NWT foster children and youth with mild to extreme learning and behavioural disabilities. She continues to provide long-term care to individuals that have been prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol as a foster and adoptive parent.
For many years Tammy served as the Yellowknife Foster Family Association President, and cultivated her parenting skills through training, which has enabled her to deliver FASD workshops locally, territorially and nationally. Tammy has been a support to many children and parents across the north, and because of this was recognized with the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for her contribution to the community and was a finalist of the Lynn Factor Stand Up For Kids Award in 2019.
Tammy has been the Executive Director of the Foster Family Coalition of the Northwest Territories since 2009 and in this position facilitates PRIDE Training and provides support to foster and adoptive parents and child protection workers across the territory. She also is the secretary of the Canadian Foster Family Association, participates on the National Executive Director’s Working Group and is the Co-chair of the CanFASD Research Network Family Advisory Committee.
- Executive Assistant
Chantelle started working with the Foster Family Coalition in December of 2019. She has recently graduated from the University of Alberta where she studied Anthropology and Sociology. Chantelle helps out around the office with day to day operations such as answering phones, updating social media, setting people up with PRIDE, as well as packing and organizing our yearly comfort kits.
When she's not at work she can be found spending time with her family or reading a book. Chantelle loves spending time outdoors (when it is not too cold) and occasionally dabbles in creating artsy things, such as pottery and paintings.
Chantelle will likely be the first person you talk with if you contact the FFCNWT. She has lots of information for you if you are interested in fostering or adopting, if you have any questions about the fostering and adoption system in the NWT, or if you need some support in your current caregiving role.
Zain Ali - Camp Connections Director
"Bula! ("Wishing your life happiness and good health"-Fijian greeting) I'm Zain your primary contact for anything Camp Connections. I moved to Yellowknife in 2018 with my partner Lindsay, our two beautiful fur babies Mew and Saruman, and Lindsay's father Bernie. Some of my past experience includes working as an Educational Assistant for Range Lake North School, a Care Manager for Home Care Assistance Edmonton and a Jr. Archaeologist for the Bodo Archaeological Society. I have a diploma in Avionics Engineering Technology from NAIT and am working at completing my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from MacEwan University.
I love to learn and I find humans and the human experience incredibly interesting. I often find myself discussing and pondering diverse ideologies on culture, philosophy, theology and psychology while I use the principals of peace, love, compassion and pacifism to guide my daily actions. Volunteering and community support is important to me and since moving up I have found a number of great causes to assist with including becoming the Executive Secretary and Director of Youth Engagement and Workshops for the NWT Creative Collective, the Executive Treasurer for the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife and am a Member of the GNWT Anti-Poverty Advisory Committee.
I look forward to the growth, challenges and relationships that will come with Camp Connections. I have a knack for working with young people and love being out on the land, so I could not think of a better place to further develop and hone my skills then with Camp Connections and the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT." -Zain
Patrick first moved to Yellowknife in the summer of 2018 from Ottawa, Ontario. He joined our FFC team as a camp leader in the summer of 2019, spending time with and developing meaningful relationships with children in the camp. Patrick has returned for the summer of 2020 as the Camp Manager, and he is excited to see some familiar faces and meeting new children. Patrick strives to create a positive impact in the lives of the children he works with at Camp Connections.
Patrick Camirand- Camp Connections Manager
- 4Y Program Facilitator
Diane came to YK to pursue another career that involves helping young Indigenous youth. She was hired as a facilitator with the 4Y program Nov 21, 2019.
Diane has worked as a Registered Nurse for 18 years and comes to us with a lot of life experiences. She is now retired from nursing and wants a new challenge. She enjoys being around youth, especially watching sporting activities.
Diane's greatest love is for her 15 grandchildren. When not working she likes to sew, bake, and visit with friends.
- 4Y Program Facilitator
"Hi! My name is Travis Sidoroff, and I am a Youth Navigator with 4Y. I enjoy being outdoors and being active. My partner and my Husky and I moved to Yellowknife in July of 2019 from Cambridge Bay. Masi." -Travis
- 4Y Program Facilitator
Chloé was born and raised in Yellowknife. Chloé worked in the field of Aesthetics for two years and worked at the Sidedoor supporting youth experiencing homeless before joining the Foster Family Coalition as a 4Y Program Facilitator in June of 2020.
When not working, Chloé enjoys practicing her music (she is an amazing singer and guitarist), watching movies (especially horror), eating (vegan food only please) and enjoying the outdoors (camping is life).
- 4Y Program Facilitator
Carey graduated from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia with a Degree in Elementary Education. Carey's experience comes from working as a counselor with the Tim Horton Children’s Camps for 7 summers, as a preschool teacher for children with diverse abilities in Halifax NS, he led a school-aged program at Beech Tree Academy, and has done respite work with individual families as well. He currently works as an Early Childhood Interventionist with the NWT Disabilities Council. His hobbies include drawing, writing, and acting/directing theatre.
- Project Coordinator
Korry has been working at the FFC since January 2019, and has a social service worker diploma. She has lots of past experience working with youth in evening programs at community centres and in summer camps. She worked with the Executive Director to start the 4Y Program in the summer of 2019, and has supported the program's growth over its first year.
Korry now supports the 4Y Program as well as the child care and respite program, and leads various other projects including a community mural project that is a collaboration with Makerspace YK.
When not working, Korry enjoys playing organized sports, going to the gym, and making short films.
Mikelle Wile - Respite and Child Care Coordinator
Mikelle joined the FFC team in May 2020 as a Respite and Child Care Coordinator, supporting foster families and youth in care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Her passion for serving at-risk youth has lead her to work at various summer camps, weekend programs for urban youth as well as in foster care for Unaccompanied Minors entering the US. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work.
Mikelle loves seeking out opportunities to listen to and learn from people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and is driven by her strong belief in the inherent dignity and worth of all people. When not at work she enjoys traveling, learning languages, playing instruments, and being outdoors.
Hello, my name is Foster and I am a Hamster! I was adopted by the Foster Family Coalition in June 2020. I am super excited to meet all of you!