Kevin Harris – President
Kevin and his wife Lori-Lee and are active foster parents, have eight children and enjoy the lifestyle of a rural setting on their acreage/hobby farm outside of Regina. Kevin was elected as President of the CFFA in September 2016. He is also currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Foster Families Association (SFFA) as well as he facilitates the SFFA strategic planning. Kevin and Lori-Lee are both training facilitators for P.R.I.D.E (Foster Parent Training). Kevin is also on the leadership team of the Regina Foster Families Association.
Kevin has been employed with SaskTel for the last 34 years and is familiar with many of the challenges facing business in understanding the impact of technology on businesses models. He has worked with various businesses developing strategies in assisting them to realize the benefits of utilizing Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to enhance business practices.
Mary Smith – 1st Vice President
In addition to being 1st VP of CFFA , she also just complete a six year term with the Nova Scotia Federation of Foster Families and is also president of the local chapter of Foster Parents.
Mary’s outside interests include being the resident of her kids PTA and she sit on the Board of the Canada Games Center. Mary also coaches soccer, is involved with her church and does mentoring for adoptive families
Her own family consisting of her husband Ken and their six children are her inspiration.
Sylvia Thompson – 2nd Vice President
They are a level 2 home who have also accepted specialized placements.
Sylvia is the vice-president of the Alberta Foster Parent Association. She has been a part of the AFPA Board of Directors for 21 years.
She arranges training for the annual training conference. Sylvia also co-chaired a committee responsible for developing a resource called “Transitioning From Care.
Sharon Joyal – 3rd Vice President
Sharon lives in Ste. Anne Manitoba and has been in the same home for 32 years. She began fostering by doing respite for a friend, and became a foster parent following that experience and has since fostered for 19 years.
Sharon is part of the Manitoba Peer Support and the Critical Incident Stress Management Teams. She does this in hopes of helping other families in need.
One of her accomplishments is that her two oldest foster children have both graduated from Grade 12 and another is graduating this next year.
She is the Vice President of the Winnipeg area on the Manitoba Foster Family Network. Sharon is also on the board of the Hillside Beach Co Operative.
She feels privileged to be a member of the CFFA and MFFN and loves working with such a great boards
Tammy Roberts – Secretary
Tammy is from Yellowknife, NT and is a bio/foster/adoptive parent and a grandparent to five. She was a stay at home mom for 22 years providing emergency and long-term care to approximately 250 children. She has been a foster parent since 1993 and is now Mom to nine children ages 13-29. Tammy and her partner are currently living with 5 young men.
Tammy was instrumental in the Yellowknife Foster Family Association for many years and was involved in the formation of the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT. She has been involved with the CFFA as a voting delegate since 1994 and has attended many conferences. From 2009 – 2015 she was the NT Director and in 2015 was elected into the position of secretary.
Tammy is currently the Executive Director of the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT and has been since 2009. She is also on the CanFASD Research Network Family Advisory Committee and the Stanton Territorial FASD Diagnostic Team.
Because of her work with children and families across the north, she was recognized with the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. Tammy likes to spend time with family, taking on home renovation projects as well as playing and watching sports.
Her husband Wayne and her have been fostering since 1996 and have fostered and/or provided respite for over 35 children. Her background is in Business Finance. She is the past Treasurer and currently a Board member for the PEI Federation of Foster Families. Nancy also served as Treasurer to St. Paul’s Pastoral Unit in Rustico, which included four churches. While working for CANEX in Germany, she was Operations Manger for Vending & Amusement, the Beauty Salons and several warehouses in both CFB’s Lahr and Baden. Prior to that she worked for over ten years in the accounts department at Farmers Dairy in Nova Scotia On returning to Canada they settled down on PEI and her and Wayne operated a B&B and Craft Shop for several years in Dunstaffnage.
Sheila Durnford – Past- President
Over the past 27 years, Sheila and husband Phil have provided care for a number of children of all ages from emergency to long term placement. They began fostering in Vancouver, BC, and now foster in Langley, BC. They are proud foster grandparents to 3 lovely children. Since her early years in fostering, Sheila was involved with her Provincial association (BCFFPA), becoming President for several terms. In 2000 Sheila was presented with the BCFFPA Honorary Lifetime Member award. Sheila has been a CFFA Board member for over 15 years holding the position of CFFA President for the past 6 years, dedicating her voluntary time solely to the CFFA. In 2012 Sheila was presented with the Child Welfare League of Canada’s Foster Parent Achievement Award in recognition of her years of fostering and her work at the Provincial and National level of the child welfare system.
Sheila continues to be committed to enhancing the quality of care provided to children and youth throughout the country. One of her beliefs is: “Once a foster Mom always a foster Mom”.