Chris DeWolf – Northwest Territories Director
Chris was born and raised in Halifax, NS, Canada. After graduating from the graphic design program at Nova Scotia Community College in 1998 she moved north and resides in Fort Smith, NWT. After three and a half years of working for a small graphic firm, she was given an opportunity which allowed her to start her own graphic arts/art creations/promotional business, DeWolf ArtWorks.
Chris has been fostering since 2012 and sits on the board of directors for the FFC-NWT representing the Fort Smith region. She also is the Vice-Chair of the Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre and most recently, the new library assistant at the Mary Kaeser Library.
Linda Krauskopf – Alberta Director
Linda lives in Morinville Alberta, she has been a foster parent since 1985 and has long term children in her home, she is a full time foster parent.
Over the years, Linda has fostered approximately 65 children in her home as many of them stay long term.
One of her most proud accomplishments is that all the children who have stayed in her home have graduated Grade 12 and most have moved on to a secondary education. Linda is the Alberta Director for the Canadian Foster Family Association.
Wayne MacFarlane – PEI Director
Wayne MacFarlane lives in Charlottetown, PEI with his wife Nancy who is also on the CFFA board in the position of the Treasurer. They have been fostering since 1996. Wayne is technically retired but works part-time as a Driver’s Education Instructor.
He is currently President of the PEI Federation of Foster Families as well as Director for PEI on Canadian Foster Family Association.
Russell Pohl – BC Director
Russell Pohl along with his partner of over 25 years is a FAB family (foster, adoptive and bio). They have been fostering since 2000. Russell became a foster parent, in hopes of making a difference and to give back. Russell is also a business owner.
He has sat as President of the local board in Surrey BC, where he then moved to the provincial board as a regional delegate. Russell plays a large role in fundraising, for many organizations, including the Fraser Valley Foster Parents Association, where funds that they raised were used to fund a bursary program for foster families.
Diversity would be a focus no matter which board and/or association he sits with. Russell is a huge believer in equal voice for all Canadians. Foster Parents face so many challenges in the roles that they play and their families should not have to face the challenges of being ethnically or culturally different.
Russell has represented British Columbia since 2010 as a Director on the CFFA board.
Judy Smith – New Brunswick Director
Judy Smith is from Saint John, New Brunswick. She has been fostering since 1986. Her parents started fostering when she was 13 and she is still very close with her former foster sister. Her husband passed away in 2007 and they had lived & worked all over Canada. Judy is retired but former worked in many different office positions all of which she enjoyed.
She is President of the Saint John Foster Families Assoc. Director with the NBFFA., Team Leader for FAST (Foster Assistance & Support Team) in Saint John & Chair person for FAST across the Province. She is also on a committee for Recruitment & Retention. She also belongs to an IODE chapter (Katie Hazen MacKay) & Eastern Star (Phillip A. Jerguson #18). Judy has worked very closely with Social Development and has worked with political parties. Judy and her husband had two children that they raised and have fostered 16 other children. She is happy to say that all of the children have done well and is now a proud grandma to two! Judy enjoys a good challenge, loves children, and has no regrets.
Ethel Wentzel – Nova Scotia Director
She retired after 28 years with Statistics Canada as an Interviewer. Since 2008 they have driven children with autism and other high needs to and from their schools since they are unable to travel on the school bus.
Ethel is also on the Board of The Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia and Secretary of her local Association of Foster Families of Lunenburg County. She is on the committee for The Dialogue For Foster Parents, and the western region representative with The Nova Scotia Council for the Family.
An active member in her church, being a deacon has been very inspiring.
Merrill and her have been married for over 50 year and they are very proud to have raised four birth children and many foster children. Their greatest accomplishment is to have helped them lead successful and happy lives.
Fostering is a very rewarding experience. It is her wish is to help others become interested and take over the challenge as many foster parents in the area are getting older. She is a trainer for the PRIDE PreService Training and “Never a Dull Moment ” is a motto she lives by.