Chair, Haiti in My Heart
Louise has a passion for community development and engagement and believes that every person has the capacity – and right - to be involved in shaping and influencing their community. This belief is expressed through her own professional and personal pursuits.
Louise has over 25 years of experience in not-for-profit and charitable work. Some of her work has included managing a local Volunteer Centre, consulting with not-for-profits on volunteer management, fund development, and Board governance,
delivering federally funded internet-based technology programs, and as a legal assistant assisting not-for-profit organizations with incorporations, governance issues, and charitable registrations with the Canada Revenue Agency.
She brings this expertise to her volunteer and community initiatives which have include 17 years on the Board of the Central Okanagan Community Foundation (including leadership positions such as Communications, Grants, and Chair of the Board), 8 years chairing the Okanagan Catholic Family Camp, serving on the City of Kelowna Grants Program, and developing and leading a junior youth (grades 5-7) faith program at her local church.
Louise holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Anthropology and Religious Studies from York University where her curiosity in diversity, cultures, history, and travel was born. She continues to be a student through her travels to Asia, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom.
Haiti holds a special place in her heart as it is the birthplace of one of her children. Her belief that every child deserves a family, an education, and an opportunity to realize their full potential, regardless of born circumstances, inspires her to use her skills and talents to help those most in need, both locally and globally.
Louise lives in Kelowna, British Columbia with her husband, two children, and portugese water dog, Preta.