Shannon Christensen (born Kimmitt) was born and raised in Kelowna, BC and lives here with her husband of 9 years and 2 little boys. Shannon is passionate about her friends, family and her community. With a BA in Psychology and Master’s of counselling psychology, she has a passion for working with marginalized populations and used this drive to start Mamas for Mamas; a registered non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the negative impact of poverty on low income mothers and their families. Shannon has been recognized as a top 40 under 40 recipient, A Woman to Watch, and was a top 3 finalist for Woman of the Year through The City of Kelowna Civic and Community Awards.

Shannon Christensen

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Jaimee was born & raised in Penticton & moved to Kelowna in 2008 to lay down roots with her now-husband, Alex. In 2013, Jaimee graduated from UBC’s Okanagan campus with a Bachelor of Management degree & then went on to obtain her Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2016. Jaimee began volunteering with Mamas in June 2017 soon after the birth of her daughter, Charlotte. She was looking for an opportunity to give back to the community during her maternity leave, while being able to spend time with Charlotte. Being a new mama herself, she truly connected to the mission & vision of Mamas for Mamas.

Jaimee Hatchard

Chief Financial Officer
Helens bio

Born in Dublin Ireland, Helen moved to Hong Kong when she was 23. Seventeen years later following her successful career as an equity trader, she moved to Kelowna with her husband and two kids. As she recharged in the Okanagan lifestyle she started looking for a grassroots charity to get involved in and quickly found Mamas for Mamas. From her first meeting with Shannon she was hooked and joined the board as the fundraising chair which eventually morphed into the full-time volunteer position of Fund Development Coordinator. Her adaptive and creativity skillset opens new doors for our team of Mamas.

Helen Work

Fund Development Coordinator

Megan Gullen was born and raised in a small rural southern Alberta town. She enjoys spending time with her husband, young son, and two dogs. She started her website design career in 2013 with the revamp of sisters website. She has since grown her client list steadily in the past 4 years and has started her own web design business. Megan is currently enrolled with British Columbia Institute of Technology where she will complete her certificate in web technologies. Megan has joined the Mamas For Mamas team and has taken on the web development, graphic design, and computer support.

Megan Gullen

Chief Marketing/IT Officer

Melissa Twomey was born and raised in Kelowna, BC. She resides here with her husband Marc and is lucky enough to have all her immediate family surrounding her. Melissa has her BA with a major in Psychology, a Masters in Counselling Psychology and extensive post-masters training in trauma related work. Completing her Masters and working in the community to accomplish graduation requirements allowed her to see firsthand the lack of mental health support available. Melissa has a passion for helping others and supporting them through their journeys. She has taken her education and provided our mamas with mental health support from the early days of Mamas for Mamas.

Melissa Twomey

Chief HR Officer | Trauma Counsellor

Kim is a wife and mother to a very cute & mischievous 4.5 yr old. Born in Quebec, Kim moved around a lot before settling down in Kelowna. Kim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Thompson Rivers University. After graduating, Kim & her husband moved to Edmonton where Kim worked at ABC Head Start helping low income families achieve success in learning and in life. Kim is also a certified sleep consultant with Good Night Sleep Site Okanagan & it was through this work & the connections she made that Kim stumbled into the Mamas for Mamas office. After seeing all the amazing work that Mamas do in the community, Kim was inspired to join the team as social worker, making a difference in the community.

Kim Valade

National Resource Coordinator | Social Worker

Stephanie Horman

National Partnership Coordinator

Anisha Stevenson

National Human Resource Coordinator

Mamas Ambassador


``Ever since I got pregnant, I’ve been thinking of ways to give back to Mamas that aren’t as fortunate. Today I’m so excited to announce that I’m delivering a years supply of Pampers to two of my favourite charities that

help Mamas in need - BabyGoRound and Mamas For Mamas. I've partnered with Pampers because every baby deserves comfort and softness.
#pampersbabypanel will be posted with every diaper delivery we do at Mamas for Mamas.``

Jillian Harris

Celebrity Ambassador

Maggie Gorges


Joanna Venditti is the Founder and Creative Director of Nesting Story, the blog and YouTube channel, which focuses on lifestyle, twins, family and design. It was during Joanna’s isolating twin pregnancy that she longed to connect with other moms. Living just outside of Toronto with her husband and four kids, Joanna is excited to join Mamas for Mamas to support the community of moms in Eastern Canada.

Joanna Venditti


Board of Directors

Michelle Bellanger
Karlene Dawson
Vice President
Helen Work
Fundraising Chair
Evan Stait
Director at Large | Governance
Jacyln Robertson
Director of Community
Kylie Aldridge-Ogden
Rose Sexsmith
Director at Large
Charlene Oakley
Paula Quinn
Director at Large