Staff

Andrea Shaw – Executive Director

Andrea has been with Hearth Place since October 1996. In addition to her management duties, Andrea provides grief counselling at the centre, member support and is available for public presentations.
andrea[at]hearthplace.org

Sonja Shepherd – Member Services Coordinator

Sonja has been with Hearth Place since November 2001 in a number of roles.  Currently Sonja provides individual support to members entering the centre, case management, peer and caregiver support and group facilitation of the Lymphoma and Blood Related Cancer Support Group.  Sonja is also Co-Director of the Camp Quality/Hearth Place Volunteer Puppet Team.
sonja[at]hearthplace.org

Susan Viminitz, MSW, RSW – Member Services Intake Coordinator

Susan has been with Hearth Place since May 2011.  Susan provides introductory interviews and ongoing case management for new members. She provides support for adolescents who are bereaved or coping with the illness of a loved one.
susan[at]hearthplace.org

 Barb Franks-McNaughton – Member Services Coordinator

Barb has been with Hearth Place since May 2015.  Barb provides introductory interviews and ongoing case management for new members. She provides grief counselling for those who have lost a loved one to cancer.
barb[at]hearthplace.org

Janette Berthelot – Program Development, Children’s and Pediatric Cancer Family Support Program Coordinator

Janette joined Hearth Place in May 2011.  She provides peer support and mentorship for families dealing with childhood cancer ensuring they have access to resources and Hearth Place programs. Janette provides intake for new members, and co-facilitates, Sib-Link and family support groups.  Janette is also jointly responsible for researching, planning, coordinating and registration for all programs that are offered at Hearth Place as well as producing the bi-monthly program calendar.
janette[at]hearthplace.org

Carolyn Hoar – Volunteer and Pediatric Cancer Family Support Coordinator

Carolyn joined Hearth Place in May 2011 and is responsible for recruitment, scheduling, retention and administration of volunteers. She is also responsible for program and resource development and volunteer management of the Pediatric Cancer Family Support Program.
carolyn[at]hearthplace.org

Debbie Dawson – Fundraising and Community Engagement Coordinator

Debbie joined the Hearth Place Fundraising and Event team in June 2013. Her primary role is the stewardship of major sponsors and provide professional expertise and leadership in fundraising strategies and public awareness.
debbie[at]hearthplace.org

Irena Kropman – Event Coordinator

Irena joined the Hearth Place Fundraising and Event team in 2013. She is responsible for planning, coordinating and executing all Hearth Place signature fundraising events. Irena is also the primary contact and the main support person for all third party fundraising events.  Irena also manages our website and social media accounts.
irena[at]hearthplace.org

Shauna Cartlidge – Office and Event Administrative Assistant

Shauna joined Hearth Place in March 2014.  Her role is to coordinate the maintenance of the facility and office equipment as well as assist the Event Coordinator with administrative duties relating to each fundraising event.
shauna[at]hearthplace.org