Peter is a senior manager with UPS Canada. With over 22 years of experience he is a licensed Customs Broker responsible for Customs Affairs and Regulatory Compliance for operations in Canada. He is the President of the United Way of Central NB, board member of the Forever Fund which is the endowment arm of the United Way as well as the chairperson of the scholarship committee of the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers. Giving back to the community in which he lives is important to him, realizing that these contributions will lead to lives changed and better community.
Heather grew up in Fredericton and did a Bachelor of Arts at UNB Fredericton. Upon graduation she moved to Campbellton, to work with Social Development with the Income Assistance Branch. In 2012 Heather began working with the Housing Branch and became the Housing Supervisor for Region 3. Heather has always been encouraged by her family to volunteer. Heather loves working with United Way because it allows her to give back. This organization reflects her own values and the work that the agencies do touches many of the clients that she works with at Social Development.
Grant has worked with Investors group doing recruitment, hiring and training since 2004. Grant joined the United Way Board of Directors as our Treasurer in September 2016 and had previously volunteered on the Junior Achievement of PEI board, Fredericton Chamber of Commerce committee and the Forever Fund board. When he’s not dedicating time to our community, Grant finds himself on the rink playing hockey or attending charity events.
Karolyn Martin is the Field Education Coordinator at St. Thomas University's School of Social Work. She has been active in Fredericton's nonprofit and social service community for over ten years in various capacities. Karolyn has been a Board Member of the United Way of Central NB since June 2015. She has also been part of St. Thomas University's United Way Campaign Committee. Previously, Karolyn was the Coordinator of the Fredericton Community Action Group on Homelessness.
Crystal is the Director of the Child Life Department for Horizon Health. She was first introduced to United Way 9 years ago through a workplace campaign. Crystal quickly learned about the effects this organization has on our community and she started to see the impact on a daily basis. In 2011, Crystal joined the United Way Board of Directors and she is so proud to be a part of an organization that makes positive change in people's lives.
Kerry is a Partner and V.P Business Development at Ginger Design. With more than 15 years in brand management, strategic event and operations experience, she works to manage campaigns that support key marketing and stakeholder engagement objectives for Ginger clients. She is also the proud mother of two daughters and an active community member. In addition to her Board of Directors role with the United Way of Central NB, she is currently the Vice Chair and Director of Marketing and Communications on the Board of the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Kerry is passionate about volunteering and the health of our community and works to set a positive example in giving back for her children.
Laura is a New Brunswick-based entrepreneur with nearly 20 years’ experience in leading change, generating results and marketing products and services. Past-president of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, O’Blenis is founder of Think Stiletto Consulting and was also crowned 2016 Startup Canada Woman Entrepreneur of the year.
Ljiljana came to Fredericton, NB, as a refugee from Bosnia in January of 1995. Since then, she has worked with the Multicultural Association of Fredericton Settlement Programs. In her role as a settlement coordinator, Ljiljana works with the MCAF staff and volunteers, community partners, and government service providers to support newcomers' access to services in the community. She facilitates cultural competency trainings, immigrant support groups and family mediation sessions. Since October of 2013 Ljiljana works with A Path to Home: Supporting Housing Needs for Newcomers Program.
Patrick is an accomplished engineer with more than 15 years’ experience in the utility and construction industries. Patrick started his career as a civil technician with the City of Fredericton and then returned to school to complete his engineering degree at UNB. Patrick is currently the Customer Experience Manager and part of the Senior Management team with Enbridge Gas New Brunswick. He has been with Enbridge Gas for the last 10 years. Patrick is proud to contribute to his community and does so through coaching Minor Baseball. Patrick enjoys running, coaching baseball and travelling; he is happily married to Marcie and has two sons.
When Travis isn’t being a husband, father of identical twin daughters, and advocate for active healthy living he is a Senior Strategy and Planning Advisor with the Department of Health. Having survived a brain tumor and Leukemia Travis understands that everyone needs help and support during difficult times. Travis jumped at the opportunity to join us here at the United Way to gain a better understanding of what the volunteer and not-for-profit landscape looked like in our communities. Travis believes that it is up to all of us to make certain that our children and our families are aware that the communities we live in require a much larger support network than we can imagine, it is up to us to figure out where we can individually add value.
Michelle first got introduced to United Way through her workplace campaign with Simplii Financial 13 years ago. Michelle discovered the wide range of community impact initiatives United Way provides, and knew she wanted to be involved. She has been associated with numerous organizations in a volunteer capacity and took the step this year to get involved with the United Way of Central NB within the Board of Directors. Michelle is a firm believer of giving back and there is no better platform to do so than within this wonderful organization.
Abigail is in her third year at the University of New Brunswick. She is studying philosophy of leadership and general sciences. Abigail started her involvement with United Way as a Summer Intern in 2016 and has continued to work alongside the organization as the co-president of Student United Way. When she’s not at school or volunteering with United Way, you can find Abigail coaching gymnastics. Community engagement is a major part of Abigail's life, she sees the importance of United Way's work in the community and is proud to be a part of it.
Petra was first introduced to United Way as a Loaned Representative. After seeing the impact in her community and the various services United Way funds, Petra realized she wanted to be more involved. She has led United Way workplace campaigns and has volunteered with United Way funded partners. Getting involved with the Board of Directors provides her with the ability to continue to help our community. Petra believes that one person can make a difference and we all have the ability to make a positive impact.