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Leah Cavanagh

Interim Executive Coordinator - lcavanagh@emcn.ab.ca

Employee Since: 2018

Which talent would you most like to have?

Is just sitting still a talent?

Where would you most like to live?

For now, I wouldn't want to live anywhere other than Edmonton.

What do you most value in your friends?

Sincerity, compassion, integrity, and a drive to make the world better.

What book do you recommend most to people?

"What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" by Haruki Murakami

What is your motto?

Just do the next right thing.

Meghan Klein

Executive Director - mklein@emcn.ab.ca

Employee Since: 2020

Which living person do you most admire?

Oh, this one is easy. My mother, Judy. All the best in me came from her example.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Being able to understand, speak, read, and write in every language.

What book do you recommend most to people?

Usually the one I happen to be reading! A great little parable I return to often is The Laws of Spirit by Dan Millman. It examines twelve core principles that underlie human existence: balance, choice, process, presence, compassion, faith, expectation, integrity, action, cycles, surrender, and unity.

Who are your heroes in real life?

How to choose? There are so many people doing incredible things—creating art that brings joy to our lives, developing sustainable technologies that create a healthier planet, and connecting people in myriad ways so that every member of our society lives a life of dignity and happiness. Many of these folks live right here in our hometown. However, at this moment, I admire Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She was elected the leader of New Zealand before turning 40 years old, while pregnant, and began leading her country while parenting an infant. To cap it off, she is leading New Zealand through the COVID-19 pandemic with unabashed empathy and decisive strength. All while home with a toddler.

What is your motto?

Be a force for good.

Jacqueline Scott

Manager, Language Services - jscott@emcn.ab.ca

Employee Since: 2008

Which talent would you most like to have?

I really wish I had some artistic ability. I can only draw stick men and sing off key.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Raising four remarkable sons.

Who are your favorite writers?

I’m an avid reader, so I have dozens of favorites. Miriam Toews consistently writes books that I love, but my favorite book is “The Shipping News” by E. Annie Proulx.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My sisters. They are the most amazing women I know.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Trust that things will work out so that I can stress about things less.

Laurie Hauer

Site Manager, Nova Plaza / Manager of Employment, Bridging & Training Programs - lhauer@emcn.ab.ca

Employee Since: 1988

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish I could sing! Actually, I wish I could sing well! I do, however, sing like an Expert on Rock Band.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I would have to say, adopting my children. 21 years ago, this December, I became a single mom of two and my life changed, for the better, ever since.

Who are your favorite writers?

I am very eclectic in my tastes. Some of my favorites include: Umberto Eco, Dan Brown, Kathy Lette, and Percy Shelley.

What book do you recommend most to people?

Focault’s Pendulum, by Umberto Eco

Where would you most like to live?

New Orleans, Louisiana. Since visiting there three years ago, I fell in love with the city, its culture and its people!

Rispah Tremblay

Manager, Settlement and Social Work - rtremblay@emcn.ab.ca

Employee Since: 2007

Which talent would you most like to have?

There are so many, but if I was choose one I would say I wish I could paint. I love art, but I will settle on enjoying other artists work.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

If I could change one thing, it would be to make a habit out of waking up early.

Where would you most like to live?

Somewhere warm, maybe tropical with sunshine all year round. Some sandy beaches and palm trees would be a bonus.

Who are your favorite writers?

Too many to name, if I can name only three, they would be, Chinua Achebe, Agatha Christie and Napoleon Hill.

What is your motto?

Time is precious, use it wisely.

Ricki Justice

Deputy Executive Director - rjustice@emcn.ab.ca

Employee Since: 2015

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

I am Beyonce, always.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

When I was five, I imagined that there was such a thing as unicorn. And this is before I had even heard of one or seen one.. I just drew a picture of a horse that could fly over rainbows and had a huge spike in its head. And I was five, five years old. Couldn't even talk yet!

Who are your favorite writers?

Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject, so you know you are getting the best possible information.

Who are your heroes in real life?

I love babies. I think they are beautiful in all sorts of different ways. I try to pick up and hold a baby every day, if possible, because it nourishes me. It feeds my soul. Babies are drawn to me. And I think it’s because they see me as one of them. But … cooler and with my life put together a little bit more. If a baby were president, there would be no taxes. There would be no war.

What is your motto?

Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.

Katharine Laurie

Manager, Family & Wellbeing

Employee Since: 2018

Which talent would you most like to have?

Is falling asleep easily, anywhere, and staying asleep all night a talent? If so, that’s what I need!

Where would you most like to live?

In a solar powered mountain cabin overlooking the ocean.

What do you most value in your friends?

Authenticity, and lack of judgement about my messy house.

Who are your favourite writers?

Daniel Quinn, Jose Saramago, Chinua Achebe

Who are your heroes in real life?

My parents

Eun-Jin Kim

Manager, Welcome Centre for Immigrants and I-WIN - ejkim@emcn.ab.ca

Employee Since: 2008

Which living person do you most admire?

Don Baergen (EMCN Co-founder) - He is the kindest human being I've ever met. When my daughter heard that I became a manager, she said to me, "Mom, be like Don."

Where would you most like to live?

Plum Village in France

What book do you recommend most to people?

Letters to Sam by Daniel Gottlieb, My Grandfather's Blessings by Rachel Naomi Remen and Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh (I can't choose one book)

Who are your heroes in real life?

My clients who taught me about resilience

What is your motto?

No road is long with good company (Turkish Proverb)

Derrick Schmuhl

Manager, Bridging and Training Programs - dschmuhl@emcn.ab.ca

Employee Since: 2003 (consulting since 2001)

Which living person do you most admire?

Stephen Hawking

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I can change what I want to change and I don't waste energy worrying about things I can't.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My healthy, happy kids, Heinreich and Chieza.

Where would you most like to live?

Depends on what time in my life you ask. Right now, I'm right where I want to be.

What is your motto?

Start from Zero and do the work.