Executive Team

 

Bree-Ann Nelson

Bree-Ann Nelson

Owner & Founder

Bree-Ann is a born and raised North Vancouver Islander who came to Victoria in 2004 for college. Despite moving 12 times in 10 years, she always found herself back in Victoria. With the arrival of her baby girl in 2015 it was time to plant some permanent roots with her partner in Mill Bay.
In addition to her newer roles as mom and business owner, Bree-Ann enjoys finding ways to collaborate with others to give back to local charities and community. When she is not working behind the scenes of the Victoria Moms Blog, she can be found chasing and trying to catch her 2 year old daughter. She can easily go from the city to the country and loves pedicures, all-inclusive resorts, staying indoors on cold days just as much as hiking, bonfires, fishing and all things outdoors. She is passionate about giving back to her community and hopes to help cultivate friendships among moms and provide a useful resource to make parenting in Victoria that much more enjoyable.

Lauren Moline

Lauren Moline

Advertising Coordinator

Born & raised in Victoria, Lauren is a step-mom of two and is mom of one who was born in February 2017. When she isn’t volunteering with Rotary, eating at a yummy restaurant or walking her (generally misbehaving) dog, she works in marketing and communications at her company Octothorpes as well as handles the advertising sales for VMB. Having grown up in a split family herself, Lauren offers a unique perspective to the Victoria Moms Blog as she helps to raise two step-children from two different relationships. Step-parenting is a challenge and Lauren has seen it from both sides – as the child and as the step-parent. Just don’t ask her for any tips on dogs.

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Raj Fontana

Raj Fontana

Team Photographer

Expert Contributors

Our Expert Contributing Team bring trusted parenting advice, recommendations, tips and opinions in their area of expertise and training. 

Donna McLachlan

Donna McLachlan

Baby and Toddler Sleep Consultant

Donna McLachlan is a Baby and Toddler Sleep Consultant and owner and founder of Healthy Baby Sleep Consulting. Her goal is to help families solve their child’s sleep challenges in a gentle, supported and guided way. She is the mom of 3 rambunctious little boys and when she is not helping babies sleep, you will find her at the hockey rinks in the winter and camping in the summer.

Sarah Bourdon

Sarah Bourdon

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Sarah completed her M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology at UBC and works as a Registered Clinical Counsellor at Calm Kids Counselling and as a counsellor in a local middle school. Sarah has a passion for child, youth, and parent mental health, and is excited to share her insight on child development and current research. She is also mom to a joyful and adventurous 3 year-old boy, and welcomed the arrival of their second baby in May 2017.

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Lindsay Plumb

Lindsay Plumb

Chief Financial Coach-Ess (With The Most-Ess)

Lindsay is the Chief Coach-Ess (With The Most-Ess) at MOOLA Financial Coaches & Advisors. She helps families make sense of their money, pay off their debt, and create budgets that work. Lindsay has become an expert in this field by working with several hundred people since 2008.

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Ashley & Courtney

Ashley & Courtney

Early Childcare Educators

Ashley and Courtney work side by side as early childhood educators operating their own infant and toddler childcare centre, Forever Learning Childcare. They spend their days together caring for 8 young children, building relationships with the children and their families. They have a strong passion for the field of Early Learning and work hard to provide quality care and hope to advocate for the importance of early childhood development. Courtney loves to cook and spends a lot of her free time making meals just for fun. Ashley loves getting messy and spending time outdoors. Both love the diversity and open minded culture of Victoria as well as the city’s beautiful scenery, lush environment and fresh crisp air.

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Tamara Lukie

Tamara Lukie

Self Care & Wellness

Tamara Maria of Tamara.Maria.Wellness is a plant based health coach based in the pacific north west, who’s passion for stress management as well as detoxing, is helping moms and mompreneures around the world find a cleaner, more peaceful version of themselves & a calmer more healthier way to be. She has been awarded a Grade A pass from The School of Natural Health Sciences in London England for the studies of Basic & Advanced Nutrition, Stress Management, Professional Relaxation Therapy, and Business. She loves working with stressed out moms & overwhelmed entrepreneur’s who are looking for a better way.

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Blog Contributors

Our Blog Contributing Team is a group of local women and moms in Victoria brought together by our passion for sharing our voice, supporting other moms, and for our community. 

Mandy Ospina

Mandy Ospina

Blog Contributor

Mandy is the proud mother of a loving and affectionate little girl. She was raised in a very close family (think board game nights, family vacations and brother/sister SloPitch team!), and strives to create that same relationship in her own family. Mandy has a background in teaching (Math, English and Ed Tech), and is passionate about learning. She loves to be creative, whether it be trying out new recipes for her family, doing crafts with her daughter, or creating homemade toys. Mandy loves to travel – both afar, and closer to home. Her favorite weekends are spent exploring local events with her family. Mandy has a passion for writing. Near the end of her pregnancy she started a blog called Love you to the Moon. It started as a way to get back into writing and document her journey, but now she is excited to expand on that, and connect with other Moms in the community.

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Hilary Potosnak

Hilary Potosnak

Blog Contributor

Hilary Potosnak is a globe-trotting mother originally from Calgary who finally convinced her American husband to give Canada a try. Luckily for both of them they landed in Victoria. She loves art, cooking, making jam, fine wine, not-so-fine-wine, and exploring all that Vancouver Island has to offer. Educated in journalism and art history, Hilary has often found her professional career straddling both worlds. From time spent editing medical textbooks at WebMD in New York City to time spent doing school tours at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; she’s always found a thrill in wherever life took her professionally. With two older kids and a new baby at 39 Hilary now finds thrills in going through toddlerhood one last time.

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Tracy McGlade

Tracy McGlade

Blog Contributor

Born and raised in Victoria and now returned after a 13 year hiatus over in Vancouver, Tracy is a mom to two highly energetic girls age 1 and 3. Once she had her second girl it was time to come home and be closer to her and her husband’s family. Although she is a trained CT technologist she has decided to stay home and take care of her tiny beings. She is a true believer in taking care of yourself to better take care of your family. When she isn’t chasing her girls she’s out pounding the pavement with her first child, her 4 year old, 90lb, highly energetic chocolate lab and after her run you can bet she’s enjoying a glass of vino to ease into the dreaded bedtime routine. Through blogging, Tracy just wants to make you laugh, make you feel like you aren’t the only mom going through some pretty crazy, albeit hilarious parenting moments.

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Dawn Zapp

Dawn Zapp

Blog Contributor

Dawn is a mother of two beautiful daughters and is passionate about teaching them to be considerate, kind, thoughtful and confident people. She loves to meditate and finds her inspiration from empowered, women who are following their hearts and dreams. She is creating the life of her dreams though the Law of Attraction and the Power of the Universe and wants to share her experiences in order to help improve the lives of those around her. She was born and raised in Victoria but has lived and travelled abroad and spreads her happiness and positive energy where ever she goes. When she isn’t spreading positive energy all around her, she is helping other feel great through her business.

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Wendy Hamilton

Wendy Hamilton

Blog Contributor

Wendy is a mom of 2 little guys who keep her very busy and sleep deprived. She works as a therapist and has a home based business in her “spare time” to enable her to work less and have more time home with the kids! She longs to read and travel more and is excited for this opportunity to get back into writing. When she’s not helping people or spending time with friends and family, Wendy can be found in nature; walking in the forest or playing with the kids at the beach! She’s a firm believer in good food, good friends and the simple life!

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Regan Livingstone

Regan Livingstone

Blog Contributor

Regan is a new mom to baby Andrew who has been subjected to endless verses of silly made up songs since the day he was born. A nature lover and self-professed cookie addict, Regan is first and foremost a band geek who loves pretty much everything related to music education. She works at UVic in the Music Education Department and after years dedicated to preparing and planning concerts, rehearsals, conferences, lesson plans, and schedules, Regan is now enjoying finding her way through the unrehearsed world of parenthood with a smile and her husband, Joel.

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Kate Zealand

Kate Zealand

Blog Contributor

Kate Zealand is a local Victoriaite with a passion for writing and being creative. Her love of blogging was born during a six month trek through Costa Rica. Her blog “Hostels and Hot Rollers” became an outlet to document the hilarity and lack of hygiene that ensues when you backpack through Central America with your husband. Kate’s new adventure in life is being a Mom to Miss Laila who was born in January of 2016. She hopes to share her journey and perspective of this wild ride we call Motherhood and help Victoria Moms come together to help keep each other sane. Kate lives in the Westshore with her husband Shaun, their cat Max and of course, lovely Laila. You can also find her at local events and festivals applying amazing face and body art with Sparkle Shack.

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Zoe Gray

Zoe Gray

Blog Contributor

Zoe works part-time as a virtual assistant helping with web content, marketing, and social media, but she is most passionate about her job as a mother to two amazing, extraordinary, beautiful little ones. She’s also chipping away at a certificate in web design; her other goals include reading more, traveling more, and sleeping more. When Zoe isn’t brainstorming her next DIY project or daydreaming about summer, you can find her experimenting with delicious recipes, exploring the outdoors, or enjoying this beautiful island she calls home with her kids and wonderful husband. A few of Zoe’s favourite cheesy-but-true life mottos are don’t sweat the small stuff, be kind, and everything happens for a reason – her life is focused on the simple things: family, friends, love, and laughter.

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Tammera Merkens

Tammera Merkens

Blog Contributor

Tammera is a person of passion. She has so many interests, just not enough time (or energy) in the day. She is a heart-centered business woman who believes in striving for the lifestyle of her dreams. Tammera is a very proud momma of two little daughters and a wife to an amazing husband. Like most of you, Tammera is also a loyal: sister, friend, godmother, auntie and member of our community.
Next to family, one of Tammera’s greatest passions is the urgency  to help women live in acceptance and abundance.  She hopes that her crazy life and vulnerability will bring some comfort to yours- it’s all about doing what works for you!
Professionally in her past life Tammera was a dedicated social worker. At moment however, she continues to revel in many other awesome projects of service. Tammera understands that life is complicated, not without struggle, and yet beautiful all at the same time.

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Erika Palmer

Erika Palmer

Blog Contributor

Erika feels extremely lucky to work from home as a Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle writer so she can spend plenty of time with her ‘mini-me’. In the three years since her daughter was born she has carved herself into somewhat of a domestic goddess – embracing cooking, baking, organizing, gardening, and home improvement projects. She enjoys exploring the hidden gems of Victoria with her family and friends, and loves the fact that the city has a great mix of new places and things to try, along with old favorites that keep her coming back. Shopping for just about anything is her favorite ‘sport’, and she believes most problems can be made better with chocolate and a good cup of tea.

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Tanya Hill

Tanya Hill

Blog Contributor

Tanya moved to Victoria 5 years ago and has never looked back. Excited to raise a family here, her and her husband had their first child in 2014. Traveling and experiencing new cultures is a lifelong endeavour of hers, and one she has already started sharing with her little one. Although far away places are a draw to her, she feels very lucky to live in Victoria where her and her family can be active outdoors year round, and are no strangers to piling 2 adults, the 2 year old and the 80 lb Sheppard/Lab cross into a canoe for an afternoon paddle. After leaving over 20 years in Emergency Medical Services employment behind in Alberta, she now spends most of her time toddler taming and teaching advanced care/resuscitation courses on the side here in BC. She continues to look to other mothers for guidance, and now aspires to return the favor by sharing her experiences as she navigates this latest career of motherhood.

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Carrie LeBlanc

Carrie LeBlanc

Blog Contributor

Carrie is a mom to two wonderful girls that keep her busy, and on the go. She works in childcare and spends far too much time on pinterest looking up new activities for her daycare kids. When she has free time she makes felt board stories and likes to go for walks along the ocean. She loves all things disney, starbucks, and all things chocolate.

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Genevieve Perras

Genevieve Perras

Blog Contributor

Genevieve is Registered Nurse residing in Oak Bay, with her partner and two sons, aged 3 years and 6 months. She was raised in Victoria but in the last ten years has resided in Hamilton, Ontario to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at McMaster University, worked as a Mental Health Nurse there also and just recently in Alberta as an Oncology and Palliative Care Nurse. She has recently returned to Victoria to raise her sons closer to family. She is currently on maternity leave and will be returning to work in the spring. Genevieve enjoys introducing her boys to all that Victoria has to offer, including playgrounds, beaches, and provincial parks. When time permits, she enjoys catching up with friends over some exceptional wine, food, and music.

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Paweena Rush

Paweena Rush

Blog Contributor

Paweena completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Victoria. She has a strong passion for teaching and doing research in the field of child and adolescent mental health. Balancing work and family has been quite a learning experience for her and she looks forward to sharing her experiences with other moms who are also juggling multiple roles. Paweena loves being active and spending time in the outdoors, especially cycling, and is enjoying the ride of her life as a new mother to a radiant baby girl! She is excited to join an amazing team of strong and inspirational mothers!

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Ashley Torchia

Ashley Torchia

Blog Contributor

Ashley is a multi-talented person: Mother, Writer, Wife, Business Owner, Volunteer and Friend.  With the arrival of her daughter Scarlett and son Logan, she put her career as a Project Coordinator for a Commercial General Contractor on hold to dedicate her time to her family.  Despite her husband Drew being away from time to time with the Navy, Ashley does an amazing job keeping the family together while donating her time to valiant volunteer causes.  She runs a business on the side and co-founded the Women Inspired Group to help bring strong women together.  Ashley runs the social media presence for several organizations and shares her life journey on her own blog The Confessions of a Working Mum.  She is also a dedicated friend, often the first person people turn to when they need help or advice. When she has a moment, she is out for a run, getting her sweat on!