Vulnerable Children Society was started in 2010 by 6 women, all joined by a common love and sense of responsibility for children in Africa. Years later, Vulnerable Children continues to be run by a dynamic (7-woman) team of dedicated directors! Our strengths as a working board are our diversity of skills, and our trust of each other. Please feel free to contact any of the directors, or simply email info@vulnerablechildren.ca with any questions you have.

Arnica Rowan, Kelowna, BC President Arnica is a sustainable business and non-profit management professor, consultant, business owner and mother to two daughters from Ethiopia. She facilitates Okanagan Families With Children From Africa, and volunteers for several other environmental and humanitarian NGOs. Arnica has a business degree with distiction from the University of Alberta and a Masters degree in Environmental Education and communication from Royal Roads University.
Arnica Rowan, Kelowna, BC
President
Arnica is a sustainable business and non-profit management professor, consultant, business owner and mother to two daughters from Ethiopia. She facilitates Okanagan Families With Children From Africa, and volunteers for several other environmental and humanitarian NGOs. Arnica has a business degree with distiction from the University of Alberta and a Masters degree in Environmental Education and communication from Royal Roads University.

Dacia Douhaibi, Toronto, ON
Vice President / Secretary
Dacia has a Master’s degree from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carlton University, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in international development at York University. Dacia has worked with vulnerable aboriginal youth and volunteered in several international NGOs.

Flora Meier, West Kelowna, BC soon to be: Fundraising Director Flora is a stay-at-home, home schooling mom to 4 kids, aged 6-10, including a daughter adopted from Ethiopia. She studied at the University of the Fraser Valley, majoring in Psychology and History. Flora is a member of the Okanagan Families with Children from Africa, leads the local adoption support group in Kelowna, has served on panels as an experienced adoptive parent for AFABC, and volunteers for her church filling up Sunday School supply bins so she doesn't feel bad on Sunday mornings when she drops off her kids there.
Flora Meier, West Kelowna, BC
soon to be: Fundraising Director
Flora is a stay-at-home, home schooling mom to 4 kids, aged 6-10, including a daughter adopted from Ethiopia. She studied at the University of the Fraser Valley, majoring in Psychology and History. Flora is a member of the Okanagan Families with Children from Africa, leads the local adoption support group in Kelowna for AFABC, and volunteers for her church filling up Sunday School supply bins so she doesn’t feel bad on Sunday mornings when she drops off her kids there.
Menbere Muluneh, Kelowna, BC Health and Culture Director Menbere is a mother to one son, and is originally from Doukem, 30km south of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Menbere is registered nurse, and has worked in health in Ethiopia, Germany, and Canada. She has experience in the non-profit sector managing development work in Northern Ethiopia.
Menbere Muluneh, Kelowna, BC
Health and Culture Director
Menbere is a mother to one son, and is originally from Doukem, 30km south of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Menbere is registered nurse, and has worked in health in Ethiopia, Germany, and Canada. She has experience in the non-profit sector managing development work in Northern Ethiopia.
Nicole Bellefleur, Charlottetown, PEI Communications Director Nicole works in loyalty marketing for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. She also serves on the board for the Catholic Family Services Bureau, a voluntary, not-for-profit, accredited family service agency whose purpose is the promotion and strengthening of the quality of family life on Prince Edward Island. Nicole is waiting to adopt a child from Ethiopia.
Nicole Bellefleur, Charlottetown, PEI
Communications Director
Nicole works in loyalty marketing for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. She also serves on the board for the Catholic Family Services Bureau, a voluntary, not-for-profit, accredited family service agency whose purpose is the promotion and strengthening of the quality of family life on Prince Edward Island. Nicole is waiting to adopt a child from Ethiopia.
Pam Carlson, Vernon, BC Project Advisor Pam is a self-employed chiropractor and mother to three, including a daughter from Swaziland. For over a decade, she has run the Swazi Kids Society as a volunteer, which improves the lives of vulnerable children in Swaziland. Swazi Kids works in microfinance, women's empowerment and childcare.
Pam Carlson, Vernon, BC
Project Advisor
Pam is a self-employed chiropractor and mother to three, including a daughter from Swaziland. For over a decade, she has run the Swazi Kids Society as a volunteer, which improves the lives of vulnerable children in Swaziland. Swazi Kids works in microfinance, women’s empowerment and childcare.
Tawnya Pattie, West Kelowna, BC Treasurer Tawnya is a business owner and manager, and mother to two children from Ethiopia. Tawnya has travelled extensively throughout Africa, and has visited and audited all of Vulnerable Children Society's projects.
Tawnya Pattie, West Kelowna, BC
Treasurer
Tawnya is a business owner and manager, and mother to two children from Ethiopia. Tawnya has travelled extensively throughout Africa, and has visited and audited all of Vulnerable Children Society’s projects.

Past director: Chris Ardern. Thanks so much for all your awesome help, Chris!