Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
Through the support and direction of our Board of Directors, the Boys & Girls Club of Fort McMurray can continue to grow to meet the increasing challenge of preparing children and youth today for a successful and productive life tomorrow.
Our Board of Directors is completely volunteer-based. We are very grateful to call the dedicated and passionate individuals below our Board Members.
Originally from Saint John, New Brunswick, Matthew (or Matty) spent 6 years working as a child/youth counsellor in social profit and pastoral organizations. He moved to Fort McMurray in 2014 to develop the infrastructure of Family & Children Ministries for a local church. Matthew is currently employed by the RMWB and actively contributes to the Fort McMurray community with his wife Jacqui of 13 years and his 3 daughters. Having 3 daughters from age 8-12 years old, Matthew believes that it is important to invest in the youth as they hold the keys to a brighter and better future.
Michelle Landsiedel loves dinosaurs, dogs and data, not necessarily in that order. She is also a pretty big fan of her husband and son, and you can usually find her and her husband out enjoying [the] game. Like a lot of people, Michelle came to Fort McMurray chasing her 5 year goals; she will proudly tell anyone that year 1 of 5 was 15 years ago. Michelle has been involved in a plethora of community events since graduating from the Leadership Wood Buffalo program in 2012. From helping to bring TEDxFortMcMurray to life, to stepping on stage with KTC in Calendar Girls, to the Northern Kickoff (and most of the other major sporting events), Michelle just loves to get involved. Her most recent board position was with the Regional Recreation Corporation in 2017. Michelle is also an Emergency Response Team Supervisor with the Canadian Red Cross, and works for Suncor Energy full time. She is well aware of both the challenges and opportunities that come from raising a young person in this amazing and dynamic community, having done so herself, and is excited to be part of a board with a youth-centric vision.
Celeste Landry has lived in Fort McMurray for 32 years and has a son named Jacques (37) and a daughter named Kristen (39). She started her career in 1990 and has 18 years of experience with the Fort McMurray Catholic School Board and the Fort McMurray Public School Board. Celeste holds a 12-year tenure at Canadian Natural Resources Limited. In October 2019 she has returned to the Fort McMurray Public School District at Dr. Clark.
In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family (especially her 5 grandchildren), her friends, travelling, reading and relaxing by the ocean.
Celeste was passionate about volunteering with Some Other Solutions in 1991-2012 as a Helpline listener, where she eventually joined their Board as Secretary then Vice Chair. She also enjoys volunteering with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and School Parent Associations.
She loves to give back to the Wood Buffalo community as she amazed at what can be accomplished when people come together with a vision and contribute kindness, effort and support to provide services for the youth in our community.
Originally from South Africa, Robert moved to Canada in 1999. He has worked with RBC for the past 12 years covering all areas of finance from Financial Planning, Small Business development and now working as a Commercial Account Manager. In 2010, he became an Associate Institute of Canadian Bankers (AICB). Robert then moved to Fort McMurray in 2014 and currently sits on the Board for The HUB as Treasurer. Robert fosters the vision of helping businesses grow and communities prosper. He continues to work with business owners and organizations to ensure their success and continuity of business.
Yemi was born and raised in Nigeria where she completed her law degree. She relocated to Aberdeen, Scotland with her husband and obtained a Master’s degree in International Commercial Law at the University of Aberdeen in 2010. She then moved to Fort McMurray with her growing family in November 2010. She is currently employed as a lawyer with Don Scott McMurray Law Office and serves as a volunteer on the boards of non-profit organizations in Fort McMurray. She provide pro bono legal services to residents of Fort McMurray from time to time. Yemi has three young children aged 2, 7 and 9 and enjoys travelling with her husband and children. She is excited to serve as a member of the board of the Boys and Girls Club and looks forward to supporting its vision.
Ginni Sangha is currently General Manager of Regional Planning and Optimization with Suncor Energy. In this role, Ginni is responsible for maximizing the hydrocarbon value for Suncor in Wood Buffalo region while complying with the regulatory requirements.
Ginni joined Suncor in 2007 as a process engineer with the Edmonton refinery and has held several roles in the downstream organization including Director, Downstream Optimization and Manager, Process Engineering .
Before joining Suncor, Ginni worked for Syncrude in Fort McMurray.
Ginni holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from University of British Columbia and MBA from University of Alberta.
Ginni currently resides in Fort McMurray with his wife and two kids.
Over twenty years ago, Jordan began a career working with children and youth through the Boys and Girls Club in his hometown of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Since then, he has gone on to earn both a Bachelor and Masters of Social Work and applied this to his work in early intervention and prevention. Jordan’s passion to see young people grow to reach their full potential has fuelled his previous work with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Leadership Program, Katimavik, and his current role as a Family School Liaison Worker with Children’s Services. Jordan moved to Fort McMurray with his family in 2008. He has had the privilege to work alongside a variety of community stakeholders in the interest of doing what’s best for children and youth through direct service, family support, committee work and program development. Jordan continues to support children and families and is excited to be able to give back to the organization that sparked his career path.
Kairvee Bhatt is an engaged student from the University of Lethbridge who is passionate about advocacy, philanthropy, and empowerment. She is driven by a sense of community and aims to expand her roots in the Fort McMurray- Wood Buffalo area. Kairvee has worked at Syncrude Canada Ltd. as a Computer Science student, often volunteering with community initiatives and fundraising with the United Way. She was a Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) Mentor with the Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge and District and alongside sitting on the BGC Fort McMurray Board, is also a member of the Friends of Helen Schuler Nature Centre Society. She has previously sat on the University of Lethbridge Students Union, as well as the Society of Friends of Chinook Regional Hospital. In her spare time, Kairvee’s hobbies include photography and going on walks through the coulees of Lethbridge, to the provincial paths of Calgary, and the woods of Fort McMurray. Kairvee recently joined the BGC Fort McMurray Board through the Youth @ the Table program funded by Volunteer Alberta and hopes to use her education and experience to support the mission, vision, and values of the organization as they deliver quality programming to youth and their families.