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.
Hi everyone! My name is Lidia, and I joined the Foster Family Coalition in April of 2021. I moved to Yellowknife in 2011 from Toronto and have fallen in love with the North ever since. I spend the majority of my time babysitting as I love being around kids and exploring the North as much as I can with my family.
Lidia Costa -
Coordinators and Program Directors
Zain Ali - Camp Connections Director / 4Y Coordinator
"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
Joe MacEachern - 4Y Justice Program Coordinator
Joe MacEachern joins the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT (FFCNWT) as our new 4Y Justice Program Coordinator. Joe is an experienced program manager with years of experience working within Indigenous communities. Joe’s work experience ranges from working in the Arctic with the federal nutritious food subsidy program (Nutrition North) as the country food (traditional wild food) coordinator to working as the Culture program coordinator at The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health; an award-winning and internationally recognized healthcare facility located in Ottawa, Ontario. Joe has also worked as the Non-Insured Health benefits Navigator at the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APC) and most recently he was the Indigneous Health Program Manager for the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Joe will be heading up the new 4Y Justice Program at the FFCNWT. This innovative program is aimed at supporting youth with suspected FASD to navigate the Justice system. The Program offers one-on-one mentorship for youth who have had an interaction with the justice system as an offender. Additionally youth will be taught coping mechanisms / life skills giving them the tools for dealing with stress and difficult situations.
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.
- 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.
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 started as the Executive Assistant, and has transitioned to be the coordinator of the GLOW (Gaining Lifeskills our Way) Program.
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.
- GLOW Program Coordinator
Hi! My name is Tristha, and before I started working as the human resources coordinator at FFCNWT, I was a leader at their after school program - the Northern Stars. I love being part of this organization because I’m passionate about kids—they inspire me to move, be creative, and have fun in life. My other interests include lifestyle photography, cooking, rock climbing and hanging out with my husband Matt!
Tristha Cruz - HR Coordinator
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! I have grown a lot since I moved into the FFC office, and now I'm super big! I am also very gentle with kids and enjoy stuffing a bunch of food into my mouth.