Hi! My name is Jamie Moffat and I am very pleased to become a part of the Bridges to Belonging family. I have studied Religion and Culture along with Philosophy prior to attaining my Masters in Business Administration, both at Wilfrid Laurier University, and following through by becoming a Certified Professional Accountant. I have been a part of the Kitchener-Waterloo community, where I live with my wife and two children, for almost 15 years. I currently manage the accounting function for a local general contractor, and have professional experience working in both Project Management and Recruitment as well. My prior involvement with Not for Profits comes in the form of consulting for small business owners in the community and also being a founding member of Net Impact at Laurier – the local graduate chapter of a global NFP based around promoting sustainable practices in business, both from a humanitarian and economical perspective. I look forward to working hard to further enrich this wonderful community! I am excited to interact with and learn more about the many wonderful individuals Bridges to Belonging works with, and look forward to putting faces to all of your names.
Hello! My name is Fitsum – though most people call me Fitz – and I’m proud to call Kitchener my home. I’ve worn a number of different hats in both the public and not-for-profit sector for over 10 years with a focus on health promotion, youth advocacy, and program delivery. I also volunteer with REACH for it, a recreational program for youth diagnosed with FASD, and the Young Carers Project, a research-based community collaborative that is working to mobilize supports for young carers in the Region.
My experiences have helped me understand the different types of barriers to inclusion that many people face. This conflicted with my vision of a community where everyone’s life has meaning and purpose, and so in 2014 I joined Bridges to Belonging (formerly Facile WR) as an independent facilitator to work to that end. Though I had to step away from facilitation last year to finish school, I’m excited to return to BtoBe in this new role. With my ground-level understanding of the organization I look forward to ensuring that facilitators can continue to ‘work their magic’ helping individuals build a life in community.
Dr. Sandy Shamon