Who We Are2019-10-08T02:41:46+00:00

Our People

Together, we are possibility

Our mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals
and mobilizing collective action in the Thompson Nicola Cariboo region.

Through our values, we seek to:

                    • Demonstrate trust, integrity, respect, inclusivity, and transparency.
                    • Energize and inspire volunteerism and volunteer leadership.
                    • Endorse innovation, partnerships, and collective action.
                    • Provide non-partisanship leadership.
                    • Embrace diversity.

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is a group of dedicated leaders in their professions and in our communities. They volunteer their time to help govern United Way with knowledge, insight and passion.

Hugh MacInnes - Board Chair
Hugh MacInnes - Board ChairGillespie & Company LLP
Laura Drennan - Vice Chair
Laura Drennan - Vice ChairUSW 7619
Lindsay Holmes - Treasurer
Lindsay Holmes - TreasurerKPMG
Ashleigh McClellan - Secretary
Ashleigh McClellan - SecretarySandman Hotel Group
Homer Hamm
Homer HammUnifor Local 10-B / Domtar
Leslie Groulx
Leslie GroulxDistrict of Clearwater
Rhys Vollroth
Rhys VollrothRBC Wealth Management - Dominion Securities
Geoff Brick
Geoff BrickTECK- HVC
Bryan Swanton
Bryan SwantonNew Gold
Madeline Maley
Madeline MaleyEmergency Management BC

We are a beacon for social change. We don’t just scratch the surface of social issues by using band-aid solutions.

Our Campaign Cabinet

These community leaders volunteer their time to lead our annual fundraising campaign. They come from a variety of backgrounds and help make our communities a place you’re proud to call home.

Christine Nickel - Cabinet Chair
Christine Nickel - Cabinet ChairCity of Kamloops
Joshua Knaak - Past Cabinet Chair
Joshua Knaak - Past Cabinet ChairFit Financial/ Arpa Invesments
Brendan Shaw
Brendan ShawBrendan Shaw Real Estate
Ryan Deneault
Ryan DeneaultFirst Nations Liaison
Harj Parmar
Harj ParmarCapri Insurance
Patti Philips
Patti PhilipsNorth Shore Business Improvement Association
Aleece Laird
Aleece LairdAmplify Consulting
Jeremy Commazetto
Jeremy CommazettoMary McGregor Law Corp.
Michele Logan
Michele LoganRBC
Nick Saxby
Nick SaxbyKamloops Matters
Jen Casorso
Jen CasorsoUrban Matters
Karie Russell
Karie RussellTRU

We inspire people to come together to make lasting difference in our communities. We dig deeper to identify underlying root causes of social issues.

We work together with community partners to generate long-term, sustainable solutions that positively impact the health and well-being, education and financial stability of all members of our communities.

Our Women’s Leadership Council

This is a new United Way initiative being developed by women in Kamloops to help change the stories for local young women in need, and hopefully the stories of their children. Click here to learn more about this initiative.

Therese Zulinick
Therese Zulinick
Thérèse Zulinick is a principal and director with Urban Systems, a professional consulting firm committed to supporting vibrant communities. Therese’s passion is working with local governments, Aboriginal communities, private industry, and non-profit organizations in western Canada to help build communities that are safe, sustainable and prosperous.

Therese was one of the first board members for the BIG Little Science Centre from 2002 to 2004. She worked with the Centre’s early founders and supporters to ensure quality science education and programs could be offered in a financially sustainable way to all children in Kamloops.

More recently, Therese’s passion for communities has been extended to the Kamloops Women’s Leadership Council. Therese is working with other female leaders in her home community to facilitate grassroots change for women and children who face difficult barriers and challenges.

Therese lives in Kamloops BC with her husband Randy and their two children. Therese loves playing in the outdoors with her family including water skiing in the summer and hitting the snowy slopes of Sun Peaks in the winter.

Chantelle Stone
Chantelle Stone
From the boardroom table of an international company, to leading advocacy groups, Chantelle’s approach to leadership is that everyone can be and already is a leader. For the past two decades she has provided financial and administrative support alongside her husband as they built their company, iCompass Technologies, into a multi-million dollar organization. Her passion is community development.

She helped launch a campaign to assist her local college to transition to a university, joined and helped strengthen a support group for new moms, is an active Rotarian, and tirelessly supports all programs lead by her local YMCA. She is the mother of three daughters, a business owner, Zumba instructor and psychology student. Chantelle and her husband Todd have been married for 15 years and live in Kamloops.

Chantelle’s authentic desire to understand what our community offers and how it can evolve for our future generations is what has led her to help establish a United Way’s ‘Women’s Leadership Council’ that will help change the stories of young women, single mothers at risk, and vulnerable youth.

She is a proponent of striving for joy over perfection and instills those values in her children.

Rae Fawcett
Rae Fawcett
Rae has lived in the Kamloops area since 1949. Her three children were born and raised in Kamloops and still reside here. She has served 10 years on the Provincial Agriculture Environment Initiatives which, among other things, was responsible for the development of Environmental Farm Plans throughout B.C.

Along with her husband Ron, she has supported many programs in the Kamloops area to help improve the quality of those in need of help and assistance. She has always believed that education be the enlightenment of all people.

She joined the Women’s Leadership Council after listening to the needs and goals planned by the committee. “I’m so glad I agreed to be part of this group as I find myself surrounded by smart, enthusiastic and very caring women who are going to make things happen in our wonderful community!”

Denise Underwood
Denise Underwood
Denise is an educator with the Kamloops Thompson School District and has taught both French Immersion and English classes in various elementary schools in Kamloops and area. Denise has a passion for working with children, especially vulnerable youth, and strives to make a difference for those in her community.

Previously, Denise was the director of the not-for-profit Eureka Science Program for Kids at TRU, which created many programs to engage underserved youth populations. She has also served as sponsorship coordinator for the Cariboo Mainline Regional Science Fair committee. Currently, she is the Vice-President on the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops and region. .

Denise has a Bachelor of Science degree from UBC and a Bachelor of Education degree from UBC/UCC. In addition, Denise completed her Masters of Education in Community Leadership and Administration with a focus on at-risk youth through Gonzaga University. Currently, she is working on specializing in Special Education.

She lives in Kamloops with her husband, Steve and their three children. When not shuttling or chasing her kids, Denise enjoys being in the outdoors, hiking, biking, playing tennis, waterskiing and snow skiing.

Tara Decker
Tara Decker
Tara Decker is a lawyer and managing partner with HMZ Law. Originally from Saskatchewan, Tara met her husband while in law school and moved to Kamloops, his home town, in 1996. She has come to love the city and its amazing community spirit. Tara is a committed volunteer and has spent many hours working with youth in our community.

Tara is the proud parent of two daughters. The family enjoys the many outdoor activities that this region has to offer and when not at work, or in a meeting, she can be found skiing, hiking, boating or coaching one of her girls’ sporting teams.

“The change starts within each one of us. And ends only when all children are free to be children” – Craig Kielburger

Janet Bryson
Janet Bryson
Janet moved from Edmonton to Kamloops with her husband in 1974. She spent her career as a primary school teacher in Kamloops and is currently enjoying the benefits of retirement. Janet has been a director of the Stollery Charitable Foundation since its inception in 1994. The Foundation is committed to supporting health, education, poverty alleviation, and human rights initiatives that benefit the residents of Kamloops and Edmonton. Her work with the Foundation has enabled Janet to learn about the needs of the local non-profit sector and engage with many organizations as both a volunteer and a funder.

Janet enjoys travelling and spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She loves the City of Kamloops and is pleased to be a part of the Women’s Leadership Council.

We specialize in bringing together all sectors of a community including individuals, businesses, organizations and government in pursuit of a common goal – to create opportunities for people to live better lives.

Our Staff

Our team is a dedicated group of professionals who each bring a unique skill set and perspective to the table. They all have one common goal in mind; making the community they live in the best it can be.

Danalee Baker
Danalee BakerExecutive Director
“It’s all about people and giving back.” That’s how Danalee responds when people ask about the forces of motivation in her life and work. The United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo Executive Director has carried this passion through a diverse career in education, business, and non-profit.

She finally found the perfect place to make a difference in the community at United Way. In her seven years with the regional organization, she has helped shape their Community Impact work by collaborating with donors and stakeholders to strengthen the relationship between business, non-profit and local government. This has helped United Way strategically invest dollars in programs and services both to address and to prevent social issues like poverty, addiction and social isolation. “When everyone has the opportunity to thrive,” she says, “it’s a better community for all.”

Born and raised in Kamloops, Danalee has travelled and worked around the world and across the province. Deep local roots and a broad world view sustain both her work and her personal life. As the mother of two young children, Danalee considers the Thompson Nicola Cariboo region not only a great place to work, but a great place to live, play, and raise a family.

Kristi Rintoul
Kristi RintoulSenior Manager of Community Impact

With over 12 years’ experience in the world of not for profit, Kristi has extensive experience working with those accessing services as well as with volunteers and donors sharing their gifts.

“I’ve seen firsthand the impact a caring community can have on those in need which is why I’m so excited to be a part of the United Way’s campaign and community impact initiative. Collaboration is so important and providing access to a multitude of services is paramount to ending the cycle of poverty, supporting children at risk and providing a safe neighbourhood for people to find their success in“.

New to Kamloops; Kristi, her husband and two little boys are looking forward to settling into their new neighbourhood and learning more about this amazingly giving community.

Francy Hayward
Francy HaywardSuccess by 6 Regional Coordinator
Francy has been with United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo for 8 years. She has had numerous job here both on the community impact and office administration sides. Her goals with United Way are to keep that staff team both productive and fun while achieving our goals as well as to keep serving the community in a meaningful way.

Francy graduated from University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Sociology. She grew up in our rivalry city Kelowna, but now calls Kamloops home. She loves to spend time with her two children making sure they are learning and growing as much as possible. She has a passion for food – growing it, cooking it, and eating it!

Amy Berard
Amy BerardDonor Services Manager

Amy is the Community Impact Manager at United Way. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Thompson Rivers University and while there, started working for United Way in 2010 as a co-op summer student.

The stories she heard from volunteers and agency staff changed her and she has been with United Way ever since. She left Kamloops to work for and learn from the team at United Way of Winnipeg for two years, but came home in 2015. With experience in managing the fundraising campaign and leading United Way’s community impact strategy, she has seen firsthand how the generosity of our donors can transform a life.

Amy has received the TRU Distinguished Alumni Award (2013) and Kamloops Business Magazine Top 10 under 40 Award (2013). We are lucky to have such a passionate person on our team.

We monitor and measure the impact of both short and long-term solutions to ensure they are affecting social change that leads to stronger families and more vibrant communities.