Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
Through the support and direction of our Board of Directors, the Fort McMurray Boys & Girls Club 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.
Jennifer was born and raised in Fort McMurray where she lives with her husband and 2 daughters. Jennifer has 4 generations of family currently living in the region, her roots run deep within the community for which she is a great advocate for. Having been a member of the Boys and Girls club herself as a youth, she is excited to join the Board of Directors and help the club continue to make positive change in our community.
Originally from Saint John, New Brunswick, Matthew (or Matty) spent 6 years working as a child/youth counselor 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.
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.
Born and raised in Kitimat, BC, Denise and her family relocated to Fort McMurray in 2011. With her children grown, Denise felt that this was the right time to be able to give back in an area that has provided her with so much growth and learning in the past.
The first half of Denise’s professional career was spent within the human services field working with vulnerable children and families, and children with unique abilities. Upon moving to McMurray, Denise spent a couple of years working in the Fort McMurray Public School system as an Educational Assistant while pursuing her Recruitment designation and Human Resources Management certification. For the past 8 years, Denise has been working in the Human Resources field.
While Human Resources is her current love, Denise shares that being a member of the Fort McMurray Boys and Girls Club allows her to be an integral part of a cause that remains close to her heart and keeps her passion for the empowerment of people ignited.
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing children develop, thrive, and crush barriers. Representing an organization that is focused on improving the lives of our children and youth feels like the perfect fit.
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.
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.