The Story of I Can For Kids...
The belief that every person can make a direct impact on the community is firmly in our roots. One person with one idea can change how we see the world and make it a better place.
In 2015, after learning about the devastating impact of summer childhood hunger, our family was moved to create an opportunity to provide children and youth in Calgary with healthy food during the summer months, when, where and how they need it. It was a grand idea that would fill a critical gap in services in the community. It was also one that we knew, if successful, could improve the future for thousands of kids, if even in the smallest way.
Armed with our unwavering determination and surrounded by the knowledge and kindness of others, we established I Can for Kids Foundation (IC4K), a local grassroots movement mobilizing to relieve school-aged children and youth of the effects of summer hunger. With the generous support of our donors, volunteers and agency partners, we have provided more than 212,000 meals to vulnerable kids across the city over the past five years - an incredible achievement that has helped all those involved feel empowered that they too can make a difference.
To acknowledge this significant milestone, our 2019 Impact Report celebrates the success of the past summer while paying homage to those who joined us in making our little idea come to life. With every meal we have provided over the years, a young life has been impacted. Each child had their own story to tell, one of perseverance and survival, but also one of hope and belonging.
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has been part of our story. It is one that is always evolving, shares many perspectives, energizes us to take action, and inspires us all to do more than we thought possible.
The future is bright, and we are excited for what is to come. We hope you are too.
Bobbi & Sutton
I Can for Kids Foundation
Meet Our Board
Shawn Howard is currently a Project Manager, Pipe Integrity with TC Energy. Born and raised in Alberta, Shawn has been a team leader, strategist and spokesperson for a number of energy companies and political organizations. Shawn was also elected to serve two terms as an Alderman for the City of Airdrie, founded a national advocacy organization and received the Alberta Centennial Medal for service to the community. He is a proud graduate of the University of Calgary and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Canadian Studies. He has previously served as a Director and Board member on a number of Alberta-based not-for-profit organizations, and helped create Fuel For School, a school-based breakfast program
Susan’s extensive finance and business experience is a perfect fit for I Can for Kids. She is a seasoned professional with an MBA and CPA designation and has an impressive history in the fundraising industry, previously holding the position of Chief Financial Officer with the Calgary Health Trust.
Board Secretary & Co-Lead, Fund Development Committee
Jessica Dirom is the Director, Leadership Giving, Prairies, with the Canadian Cancer Society. She is currently pursuing her MBA with the Australia Institute of Business (Marketing Specialization). She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and holds the professional designation of Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE). She is also a board member for I Can For kids. In 2018, Jessica was honoured with the Green Sparrow Women in Leadership award. Jessica has a passion for health care and building relationships. With more than 13 years of non-profit leadership experience, she has successfully raised more than $10 million for health care projects and programs in the Prairies region. She is skilled at fostering relationships and implementing strategies to build community partnerships in order to better serve vulnerable populations.
TS (Tim) Lane
Director & Lead, Marketing & Communications
Tim has had a twenty-plus year leadership career as a senior executive for successful start-up and high-growth companies. He combines strategic, business, creative, and technical skills with a track record of leading innovative and profitable online development initiatives. Tim is currently the founder and president of Calgary, Alberta based Aspen Point Productions Inc., a design, communications strategy, and online media consultancy working directly with small to medium-sized organizations to develop their online presence: thought leadership, social outreach, marketing and communications.
Director & Legal Advisor
Byron is a corporate lawyer and an associate with Bennett Jones LLP, a national law firm, with a practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and corporate reorganizations. Byron holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta and a Juris Doctor degree from Western University. Byron previously served on the Organizing Committee of SkiFest, the largest single fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House in Ottawa.
Executive Director & Co-Lead, Fund Development Committee
Bobbi is the founder and lead consultant of Fuse, a Calgary-based consulting practice supporting charities and non-profits in building their organizational and fund development capacity. Her resume over the past 25 years includes health care administration, non-profit marketing and communications, and over 20 years in fundraising management. Together with her daughter Sutton, she founded I Can for Kids in 2015.
Advisory Committee Lead
Partner at Bennett Jones
I Can for Kids
Philanthropist & Chairman of Energy
Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
Registered Dietitian & Healthcare Consultant
Director of Strategic Marketing at
William Joseph Communications
Professor of Entrepreneurial Thinking
Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
Director, Agribusiness Market Development
Vice President, Business Banking
Feeding Hungry Kids Takes a Year of Working Together.
Though our story culminates each summer, feeding Calgary’s hungry kids is a story that takes all year to tell. Each September, we begin a new fund to feed kids the following summer. With demand in our city higher than ever and growing, in summer 2020 we need to raise even more to provide kids in our communities food to bloom.