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.
“Between 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 I’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!”
In her spare time, Kim loves being with her family and their miniature bulldog, either in the mountains 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.
Heather O’Bray, Manager, Membership Services
Heather O’Bray is the Manager, Membership Services. Heather has a Bachelor in Community Rehabilitation and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, both from the University of Calgary. Prior to joining the Between Friends team, Heather worked for over twenty years in the brain injury field. It was during this time that Heather became passionate about community capacity building and member advocacy. Heather is certified as a Personality Dimensions facilitator and encourages personal wellness and development in herself and the team.
One of Heather’s favourite sayings is that “life is about the journey, not the destination”. When she is not working, Heather can be found enjoying her own personal journey. In particular, Heather loves travelling and has a lengthy bucket list. The best way to travel is with her sailing friends, to wherever the winds may take them. For a happy life, Heather also adds photography, cooking and indulging her creative side. A glass half full kind of person, it is not surprising that Heather’s camp name is Tigger!
Cienna Lavery, Program Relaunch Manager
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.
Kim Martin, Manager Resource Development and Communications
Kim Martin has worked at Between Friends since 2018 as the Fund Development Officer – Individuals. Promoted to Manager, Resource Development and Communications in August 2020, Kim brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. Prior to joining Between Friends, Kim worked as a Development Associate and Alumni Relations Officer, both at McGill University and prior to that held several positions at the Depot Community Food Centre in Montreal, including Executive Director. Her educational background includes a BA from Concordia 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 several leadership and development courses to round out her formal education.
Kim enjoys connecting with people from diverse backgrounds & communities, sharing knowledge, building relationships, and finding innovative solutions to ever-changing challenges. Kim has lived in several cities across Canada, and after her most recent move from Montreal, has now chosen to put down roots in Calgary. She is deeply ingrained in the culture of Between Friends and has found a place where she belongs.
Kim loves her dog, Arthur and her cat Crumbsy. She is physically active and her outlet of choice is boxing, which really helps with stress relief! You will also find Kim exploring the amazing trails in Calgary or in the mountains camping with her partner Gilles.