Volunteer Wood Buffalo would like to announce that Erika Hornsey-Ford has accepted an exciting offer with a local company to pursue her passion in community service from another perspective.
Erika served as the Executive Director of Volunteer Wood Buffalo since 2010. Erika’s dedication, passion and leadership have been driving forces for the growth of Volunteer Wood Buffalo’s programming, visibility in the community, and ultimately positive impact in the community.
In addition to the great contributions and successes with the organization over the last few years, Erika has established respectful and supportive relationships with the board and staff of VWB, colleagues and volunteers. Her strong leadership, warm smile and beautiful personality will be greatly missed.
As we say farewell to an amazing leader, the Board of Directors and the staff wish Erika all the best on her new endeavors.
Originally from Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Isabelle moved to Fort McMurray with her family in September 2011. She was looking for exciting opportunities in her new home and so naturally when she heard about Volunteer Wood Buffalo (VWB) she was thrilled. Isabelle brings extensive communications experience through her work for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada as well as for the Canadian Space Agency. She was able to use these skills to help VWB organized their annual event, A Taste of Fort McMurray. More recently, she has been working with VWB as Events Coordinator. Isabelle is also involved with the Board of Directors of the YMCA Wood Buffalo as well as Kids Forever. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two adorable daughters and husband, going camping, hiking and discovering the beauty of Fort McMurray!
Stephanie Pilgrim moved to Fort McMurray from Newfoundland when she was 5 years old and has been loving it since then! After graduating High School, she followed her love of working with kids to Some Other Solutions. She worked there as In-School Mentor for 3 years before joining the Volunteer Wood Buffalo team in 2011 as the Information and Referral Coordinator. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, her 2 dogs Tito and Tyson, and hanging out with her friends. Some
fun facts about her: she loves tea (especially David's Tea), her favourite childhood cartoon is the Care Bears and she loves the colour purple!
Amanda Kokaram is excited to take on the role of Volunteer Engagement Coordinator with Volunteer Wood Buffalo. After spending several years working in the nonprofit sector of Edmonton for Alberta’s YouthVOLUNTEER! Society and Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters, she hopes to bring a fresh and fun perspective to the Region. Amanda had the pleasure of working with VWB as their Youth Volunteer Coordinator in 2009. During this time she participated in developing a youth pilot program, which is now known as SAY. Although volunteering has always played a major role in her life, it was the experience working with VWB that sparked her passion. She believes that through volunteerism, we can all create positive and lasting change within our communities. Amanda is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful organization and is looking forward to the journey that lies ahead! .
Larissa Warford, originally form Point Leamington, Newfoundland, moved here 7 years ago with her husband and son. Larissa truly believes that it is so important to give back to the community. And has done so for the last 5 years though volunteering with MOPS ( mothers of preschoolers) , the last 3 years with Kids Forever and most recently the past few months with the Community Response Team from the Family Christian Centre. Larissa is truly looking forward to where Volunteer Wood Buffalo will lead her and is thrilled to promote volunteering in Fort McMurray!