Attachment Parents' Village Calgary
Board of Directors - 2017/2018
Lindsey Fiebig, President
I joined APVC in 2014 through a good friend. I felt immediately it aligned with my parenting values and intuition, and I grew even more attachment focused from there. I am a registered psychologist, and work in a post secondary environment with students. I love working with such an amazing group of diverse and resilient humans, who inspire me every day to shine bright in a world of adversity. I am honoured to help raise up two wonderful children age 10 and 3 who love to challenge everything I think I know, and who help me strive to learn more about myself as a mother. I share this journey with my husband, our dog (Jub Jub) and 2 black cats (Jack and McKenzie). I love this village. I love the support that happens daily; and feel in awe of the caring interactions and empathic exchange between parents who have never met in real life. I have met so many wonderful women, and now friends through this village. I truly look forward to being your president for the next 2 years.
Miranda Johnson, Vice-President and Director of Social Events
Mother of 3 young children, Miranda has been involved with APVC since 2011 when her oldest child was born. Having spent most of her life volunteering for various causes, Miranda felt called to sit on various committees over the years to help organize events and bring a sense of Village to APVC. When the opportunity arose to join the BOD, Miranda decided it was time to get more involved. She looks forward to bringing fun new events to all members of APVC.
Carolina Quintana-Kohut, Diversity and Inclusivity
As director of the diversity and inclusivity portfolio, I am leading a review of APVC’s operations and making the appropriate changes to break down the barriers that prevent the inclusion of people from marginalized groups who want to join and remain a part of our village. In leading this portfolio, my goal isn’t to speak on behalf of marginalized groups but to seek and share information about the experiences of marginalized people. In doing so, our Village is called to broaden its perspectives, understand the issues, and become more inclusive.
Educationally, my background is in understanding and communicating with people. I studied sociology and social anthropology at Dalhousie University and public relations at the Nova Scotia Community College.
I live in Calgary with my spouse and our child. My favourite thing about being a parent is the amount of growing and stretching I’m called upon to do every day. I also really enjoy the laughter, silliness and chaos that comes with that. I attend playgroup regularly and I’m quite active in the discussion group. If we haven’t met yet, I look forward to connecting with you!
Erin Klassen, Secretary
Erin fell in the APVC Facebook group somewhere around year one in her parenting journey. It has been an amazing source of advice and encouragement. Five years and another kid later, she is still exploring what it means to be an attachment parent, and so grateful for the support of this community. Erin is honoured to join the Board this year as Secretary and hopes to make many more friends in APVC.
Her family includes her husband, two young daughters, and very hairy dog – MacGyver. Together, they enjoy watching football (Go Riders!), and hiking and biking in the nearby mountains.
Heather Kolesar, Treasurer
When Heather’s son was born in 2012, she had no idea what she was doing. Her midwife suggested she get The Baby Book by Dr. Sears and thus, her journey into attachment parenting began. Heather joined APVC in 2014 after feeling the need to get out of the house more and discovering the playgroup. She sees immense value in having a village of like-minded parents to learn from and grow with.
Brandi Morgan, Memberships
As a teen mom, Brandi was feeling lost in the world of mainstream parenting when she came across APVC through another Facebook group. She was immediately intrigued by the parenting style and how it lined up with her parental instincts. After being a part of the village for four years, Brandi decided she wanted to involve herself more with the community that had provided her with endless amounts of information and guidance which helped set the foundation of her parenting style for her own three children. She wanted to help other parents find what she had found within the group, and felt that joining the BOD would give her the opportunity to do so. Being the lead of membership allows Brandi to be a friendly, welcoming face of APVC.
Amy Isaksen Cartwright, Governance
Amy found APVC shortly after moving to Canada with her husband and four month old baby. She was feeling a bit lost in this new parenting world when she reached out to the owners of a local natural parenting store asking for help in connecting with other parents on this journey. They pointed her toward the APVC discussion group (back in the days before FB groups!) and she's been involved ever since. APVC was instrumental in her life as a new parent as well as her transition to a new city and a new country. Amy served as both the Secretary and the Social Events Director for APVC in previous years. She has a passion for justice and activism and hopes to bring those energies to role of Governance Director.
Jill Turner, Playgroup
My name is Jill and I joined the APVC Discussion Group in 2015 prior to moving with my family from Edmonton. I was looking for suggestions on where to live and have been a part of the community ever since. Moving to Calgary we had no close family or friends that I knew here, which felt very isolating. I attended Playgroup with my first child, who was 2 at the time and it was one of the first places I met families and people who were on the same parenting journey as I was, since coming to Calgary. Playgroup became a safe and vital place for us to play and connect with other kids and parents alike. Last summer we welcomed our second child to our family and the discussion group and community has been a source of knowledge, support and friendship.
Over the past year I joined both the Playgroup and Social committees, and shortly after became a part of the Education Committee. Having a village is such vital part of our lives. Attachment parenting is at the base of that, and I look forward to providing parents and children with the same space that I was provided within AVPC when I came here.
Alyssa Truong, Fundraising
Alyssa is a wife and mother to one 4 year old son, and a local Entrepreneur. Alyssa worked with youth, including at risk youth for a decade before starting her own family. After she had her son, she became involved in her local attachment parenting community in Ottawa where she lived at the time. When not photographing local Calgary and area families, she enjoys cooking Vietnamese food, hanging out with the animals on the acreage, and spending time traveling.
Lisa Shaw, Moderation
My name is Lisa and I am honoured to be Director of Moderation for APVC. I am mother, wife and entrepreneur living in north Calgary. I own and operate a multidisciplinary health clinic in the same community where my little family and I live. I am a first generation Calgarian but my heart is always most at home with my family in southern Ontario.
My journey with APVC started shortly after the birth of my daughter in 2014. During my pregnancy, my mother was killed. It was the worst yet best possible time for me to become a mother myself. I was yearning for connection with other women who could help me approach motherhood with an open heart and gentle hand and found a comfortable fit within our village and the framework of attachment parenting.
I am grateful for the opportunity to sit on our board and am always open to feedback and suggestions from the village. I am truly here to serve and look forward to the learning, challenges and growth ahead.
Karri Turner, Website and Marketing
Karri is mama to two wonderful kids ages 12 and 3. She has been on an Attachment Parenting journey for over a decade and is deeply committed to sharing the joys of this parenting style. Karri enjoys sparking interest and education through social media venues, keeping APVC's website up to date and engaging, and in general using her creative powers for good. Sharing the concept of Attachment Parenting and all it entails to the Calgary community and beyond is something she is passionately about.