Meet The Team

Executive

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

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

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.

Korry Garvey
- 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. 

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

Hey all, happy to be a part of the team as my passion lies within justice, especially for our young ones. On the other hand, to quiet the mind, I enjoy playing some beautiful waltzes on the Violin. I hope to do my best on behalf of the Youth and the organization! Mahsi Cho/Thank you.

Elisa Hazenberg 
- 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. 

Foster
-Executive Mascot