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 Regional Director, Philanthropy with the Canadian Cancer Society Alberta/NWT. Originally from Ontario, she moved to Alberta in 2000 to continue her education at the University of Calgary in Sociology, and she is currently pursuing her MBA with the Australia Institute. Jessica is a fundraising professional with over 15 years of experience enhancing business and fundraising development, managing projects, fostering relationships and implementing strategies to build community partnerships.
Director & Legal Advisor
James practices corporate law as a partner of Bennett Jones LLP, a national business law firm, specializing in private equity and mergers & acquisitions. James holds Bachelor of Music and Juris Doctor degrees and is admitted to practice law in Alberta and New York. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Corporate Growth, Calgary chapter.
Director & Lead, Marketing & Communications Committee
Jordan is the Director of Strategy at William Joseph Communications, a marketing agency that serves local organizations in diverse industries, including energy, health, and technology. As a marketer and brand strategist, he is committed to helping businesses and non-profits connect with people to have greater impact. Jordan holds a degree in English and economics and an MBA from the University of Calgary.
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 19 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.
Professor of Entrepreneurial Thinking
Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
Vice President, Business Banking
Director, Agribusiness Market Development
Tim S. Lane
Aspen Point Productions Inc.
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.