leadership team

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Camp name: Burley

Kim Presser, CEO

Kim has been involved with Between Friends since 2006, working at Camp Bonaventure and in our W.E.S.O.A.R! Programs before moving into the office in 2008. Kim holds an advanced diploma in Child & Youth Work from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, a bookkeeping certificate from Chinook Learning Services and has taken several courses in the Not for Profit Management Certificate Program through Mount Royal University.

โ€œBetween Friends has been with me through my entire adult life. I have had the incredible experience of getting to work alongside my two best friends everyday for the past 8 years, and Iโ€™ve been able to call so many others my close friends, some for the last 15 years. Everyone at Between Friends has truly become part of my family and watching the members I met as Minnows, now turning into adults, has been so rewarding. I am beyond excited that my five year old daughter is now experiencing Camp Bonaventure and has such a passion for the organization at such a young age. My Between Friends life has come full circle!โ€

In her spare time, Kim loves being with her family and their two bulldogs (Eleanor & Eeyore), either at the lake or out on the skating rink. She has a strong passion for all things Disney, and is always excited to help plan your next Disneyland vacation. Kim is an avid sports fan, and can be seen cheering for the Ottawa Senators, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco Giants, even travelling around North America to catch one of her teams play.

Kim Presser to be promoted to CEO

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Camp name: Robots

Cienna Lavery, Manager, Membership Services

Cienna Lavery is a new 2020 addition to the Between Friends family as the Program Relaunch Manager. Cienna holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences with a specialization in Public Health and Psychology from the University of Calgary. 

Prior to joining Between Friends, Cienna has worked as a people and program manager at other non-profits and camp based organizations and brings with her a wealth of experience and passion for people. 

In her spare time you can find Cienna curled up reading a good book, spending time outdoors in the mountain either camping or hiking, or spending some quality time with her two dogs! Cienna enjoys anything craft related which includes embroidery, looming, and breweries. She also is a travel and food enthusiast and her most recent trip was a cycle trip through Portugal with some delicious local eats.  

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Camp name: Nugget

Kim Martin, Manager, Business Development

Kim Martin has worked at Between Friends since 2018 and is currently the Business Development Manager.  Kim brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, and enjoys connecting with people from diverse backgrounds & communities.  She enjoys sharing knowledge, building relationships, and finding innovative solutions to ever-changing challenges.

Prior to joining Between Friends, Kim worked in fundraising at McGill University and also held several positions at the Depot Community Food Centre in Montreal, including that of Executive Director.  Her educational background includes a BA from Concordia University and she is currently pursuing a diploma in Business Administration from SAIT, where she is a part-time student.  She is also a Registered Massage Therapist and as someone who loves to learn, she has taken numerous leadership and development courses to round out her formal education.