Attachment Parents' Village Calgary
Board of Directors - 2017/2018
Shevaun Pontin, President
Shevaun joined Attachment Parents’ Village Calgary in 2013 while pregnant with her first child. She aspires to live naturally in many aspects of her life and figured there must be a “natural” way to rear children. Through research, she learned about attachment parenting and then about APVC through a group member. Two weeks after the birth of her first child, Shevaun asked the online group when it would get easier. She was overwhelmed to receive countless offers of assistance from people she had never met. It was then she knew she had found her village.
Shevaun wholeheartedly believes APVC has helped shape the mother she has become and will continue to develop into. She has been on the board of directors since 2015 and feels fortunate to serve as a board member and to give back to the village that has given so much to her. She lives in Calgary with her husband and best friend, Derek, and their two children.
Sarah Jones, Vice-President and Director of Education
Sarah joined the online APVC community 5 years ago, after the birth of her first child. Her first question to the group started "My baby will only sleep on my chest…" and in that post she found wisdom, camaraderie, and a safe place to seek and share information.
Since then Sarah and her husband have added 2 more children to their family and she is a stay at home mom to their 5, 3 and 1.5 year olds. She is an active part of the APVC community, serving on the moderation and governance committees, and in 2016 becoming the Education Director. Sarah is passionate about supporting families no matter where they are in their parenting journey, and enjoys bringing valuable classes and workshops to the community.
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.
Eszter Egyud, Moderation
Eszter became a moderator in the APVC facebook discussion group in 2016, after being involved in the group for years. She is passionate about the attachment parenting community. Eszter is a valuable asset as the leader of administrators by making sure that APVC’s virtual community continues to be a safe, respectful and valuable place for all.
Jen Reddish, Playgroup
Jen is passionate about practicing Attachment Parenting and supporting other parents who are trying to find their village. When Jen discovered the Attachment Parents Village in Calgary, she felt relieved to find a community of people who were accepting and supportive of her parenting style. Jen started attending the APVC's Playgroup when her son was 4 months old and has been going regularly ever since. Up until that point, her and her husband had very little support with the parenting decisions that they were making. Finding APVC has been life changing for Jen, and she loves being able to give back to this community that she has gained so much from. Jen is a stay-at-home-parent with her son and also works part-time in her Counselling Practice, The Essence of You. In her free time, Jen loves spending time in nature with her husband, son and dog.
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.
Brittany Siry, Governance
Brittany is a relatively new addition to the APVC, becoming a member in 2016 shortly after the birth of her daughter. While laying down to nurse her daughter to sleep for the millionth time and being told by friends (and strangers!) that sleep training was the only way through this disrupted sleep, she reached out in desperation to the only other "gentle" parent she knew. That lovely woman bolstered her confidence that listening to what felt right was the right choice. She encouraged her to build her village and join her parenting group full of like-minded parents. The rest is history!
Brittany was so thankful to find such a supportive and welcoming community that she wanted to give back to the APVC and became the director of governance. Brittany also works part time as a dental hygienist and is forever renovating her bungalow with her husband Thomas.
Amy Ross, Social Events
Amy is a full-time working mother to two beautiful and mischievous little girls. She has been an active member of APVC for the last 4 years, assisting on the fundraising, education, and social committees. Amy looks forward to hosting in person events the village wants and needs so that each member has the opportunity to build a real life village and make lasting connections.
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.