A handful of Moms, linked through love...
President / DRC Director
Our fearless leader is an Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces with extensive travel experience in developing nations.
Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Psychology. Her passion for justice and equality in global communities is what has motivated her to pursue a Masters in this field.
Nicole has been such an asset to the foundation over the years as her keen eye for detail, analytical and organizational skills are impeccable.
Nicole is also Mom to Congolese twin boys, whom she and her husband adopted in 2013!
Nicole, with her leadership skills, education, experience, passion for orphan care, and pursuit of justice for marginalized communities, is not only what makes her a great President, but a valuable member and contributor.
Vicki, a retired Certified Management Accountant brings 25+ years of experience in senior management roles, many of those years as an outside consultant to Corporations, Non-profit Organizations and Associations.
Vicki and her husband Larry ventured to Mogra Rescue Centre, Kenya for 6 weeks in Jan 2016 to fund building a preschool classroom and computer lab. During her time in Kenya, she assisted Mogra's Social Worker and Administrative staff streamline some processes, painted a mural with the help of the staff and children and enjoyed playing and nurturing many children.
"My heart broke when one of the older girls that I grew very fond of, told me that when I hugged her, she thought she could understand what ‘motherly love’ felt like."
Vicki was profoundly impacted by her visit to the school that the Mogra orphans attend in the local Slums and although she wasn’t prepared for the reality of the situation, she returned compelled to help, as a global citizen collectively effecting change.
Kenya Project Manager
Tara brings a background in business and marketing, a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), and years of volunteer and non-profit board experience.
Tara has always had a propensity to help others, but her love for Africa and her passion for effecting change were ignited during a volunteer trip to Mogra Rescue Centre, Kenya, in August 2016. After spending two weeks with the children and staff of Mogra, she came home with a deeper understanding of their dire circumstances and their need for help. Much of Tara’s time at Mogra was spent just connecting with the children and giving them the love that they so desperately need.
“My breaking point in Kenya, when the heaviness of it all came crashing down, was on day four at Mogra. Hannah, Mogra’s director, told me that my 18 year old sponsor child said to her ‘My mother died, and now I have a friend.’ I committed to sponsoring two more girls while I was there because I couldn’t bear the thought of them going to sleep each night thinking that no one loved them.”
A mother to three daughters, Tara comes to Linked Through Love with a passion for supporting and empowering vulnerable girls and young women.
Kenya Director / Internet Marketing Coordinator
Jolene brings a background in business, BADM - Marketing Diploma, business ownership, 20 years of Management, in addition to an interest in graphic and web design. She has been very successful in her project development and management of our Kenyan, Child Sponsorship Program, and manages all of our social media accounts and website.
Jolene's passion for orphan care led her to adopt from Kenya, and that passion grew even deeper while living in Kenya in 2012/2013. As she dedicated her days volunteering, Jolene gained a keen understanding of the orphan and poverty crisis by assisting in many child rescues, visiting hospitals, orphanages, schools, rural areas, slums, and meeting with children departments, area chiefs and social workers.
Jolene has a deep love and connection to Kenya, and has made several return trips since she has returned. While her passion lies in orphan care, her goal is to prevent the need for orphan care.
Melonie has extensive Board of Director experience, having (and currently) served on a 115 yr old Not For Profit organization for 5 years as a profession, in addition to 5 years of Recording Secretary experience on 3 separate volunteer boards within Alberta.
Apart from being our board aficionado and extraordinary Secretary, Melonie brings drive and passion to the board after a life changing volunteer trip to Kenya.
‘Witnessing the many hardships that many families and children endure was absolutely heartbreaking. Holding a child in your arms whom craves your love and affection because they don’t have a family, knowing that they fully rely on the kindness of others to merely survive, I knew I couldn’t turn a blind eye to that heart wrenching reality. If not me, then whom?’