Meet The Team


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Tammy Roberts - 
Executive Director

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 - 
Executive Assistant/ Bookkeeper

Coordinators and Program Directors

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

Angela Danielle - Respite and Child Care Coordinator

Angela joined FFC as the Respite Coordinator in August 2021. Angela has been working in social services since 2019, but involved in community services as a volunteer in many areas since 2016. Working in many roles focusing on building positive and meaningful relationships with children and volunteers, Angela believes that one positive relationship can change a child's life. 


Angela recently moved back to Yellowknife at the beginning of 2021. Originally from Ontario, Angela discovered the incredible beauty of the North in 2012. Moving back home in 2015, she is overjoyed to be back in her favourite place. 


Angela looks forward to helping shape the future of the Respite Program and helping children and caregivers find support in their communities. 

- Kehaya Febril
Northern Stars/ Volunteer Mentorship Program Coordinator

Kehaya joined the Foster Family Coalition in September 2020 and has taken the role of Program Coordinator for both our Northern Stars (after-school program) and Volunteer Mentorship programs. 


Since moving to Yellowknife in 2008 Kehaya has found the same love she had with the mountains back home in the Northern lights here. Kehaya is a young indigenous woman who is driven by passion to offer at-risk youth a safe space. Growing up with her mother working at a youth centre in Terrace B.C, she was able to see first hand how supportive relationships can be built. Having a mentor of her own after moving to the N.T she also gained the understanding of how the mentor/mentee relationship can continue on into adulthood becoming a wonderful support and friendship. She believes strongly in all youth having the right to have all possible supports be available. Kehaya has been involved within the community as a volunteer for the past three years and is always willing to offer community support! 


Kehaya looks forward to the supportive relationships she will help build, and being a part of the growth within the FFCNWT team. 


Leesa Myers is new to the FFC team who will be taking over for Chantelle. We are excited to have Leesa running the 4Y and GLOW Programs.

Leesa Myers
- GLOW/4Y Program Coordinator

Hi everyone! I'm a recent transplant to Yellowknife, arriving in July 2020. I'm currently working on my master's degree in law from a university in a small town no one's ever heard of, in the hopes that I can use my education to have a positive impact on my community. I love learning new languages, and I'm currently attempting to learn Tłı̨chǫ, so if anyone wants to watch me stumble through a conversation, I would love to say hi (and I apologize in advance for the inevitable mispronunciations). 


I've been lucky to have had such wonderful jobs where I was able to learn so many new things and I'm sure FFC will be no different. I'll be running the Justice program, so I'm here for anyone needing access to legal resources, or who just wants to talk.

Kathryn Pakenham
- Justice Manager

I Joined the Foster Family Coalition in May 2021. I have 9+ years of experience in Human Resources with different industries. 


I believe in Rumi say, “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do”. This is what I am always striving to be every day by doing good to the community and to the people around. Having this aspect present at your workplace is a game changer to the organization.

Adam Sartawi - 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. 

-Executive Mascot