BabyGoRound was founded by Jennifer Randall Nelson and first opened its facility doors in October 2012. As a mother of three, Jennifer was looking for a place to donate her gently used items so other mothers and children could enjoy the same experience she had when first having children. Unfortunately, there was no such place, and it was then the idea for BabyGoRound was born: a place where Jennifer and a host of other families could pass on gently used items that could really benefit families in our community and give back to those who may need it the most – new mothers with newborn babies and children aged 0-4 years.
Opened our facility doors on Kingsway in October.
First agency open house held.
Hired first part-time administration staff member.
First fundraiser held in the spring at Winsor Gallery.
Received funding from Trotman Auto for purchase of a van to enable collections.
Community Champions program implemented.
First Starbucks Winter Blanket Drive held.
Transitioned part-time role from administration staff member to Operations Manager.
First Crib Campaign held; goal to raise funds for 500 cribs was achieved.
Became a member of Baby2Baby’s National Network.
Initiated agency orientation sessions held at the facility.
Operations Manager hours increase made possible through funding received from the Seedlings Foundation.
Launched Medela breastfeeding campaign, securing access to reduced costs breast pumps for mothers requiring them.
Conducted first impact survey to assess the impact of our reach and service.
Launched first formalized corporate partnership with Love Child Organics.
Dedicated volunteer driver joined to collect donations across Lower Mainland.
Hired part-time Facility Manager and part-time Client Assistant.
Expanded rental space in current facility allowing for increased gear storage and sorting.
Record month of serving 90 families experienced in November.
Our Impact Last Year
Chair & Director, Finance
Sam Drier joined the board of BabyGoRound in July 2015. Sam is VP of Strategic Initiatives with Pan American Silver. She also serves on the board of Equinox Gold. Previously, she was an investment banker with JPMorgan and Barclays Capital and a Mergers and Acquisitions manager with BHP Billiton. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Science degree from the University of Cape Town.
Sam believes that the entry into motherhood in itself is exceptionally challenging and by being able to assist new mothers and families in need with basic necessities for their children can make a significant difference to this life changing experience. Sam is proud to be involved with BabyGoRound who is helping make this difference in the community.
Sam was born in Saudi Arabia, raised in South Africa and moved to Canada in 2011. She now resides in Vancouver with her husband, daughter and son.
Vice Chair & Director, Staff and Agencies
Niki Cumming is one of the founding members of BabyGoRound. Niki formerly held a career as an Ultrasound Technologist in Obstetrics at BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, where working with families from diverse backgrounds ignited her passion for helping expectant parents in need. Now a busy and active mother herself, Niki values the concept of parents supporting one another to provide the items necessary to bring up safe and healthy children. She has a vested interest in the global effort to support marginalized families fleeing war-torn countries and has been instrumental in creating partnerships with social service agencies that support refugees in the Lower Mainland.
Niki was born and raised in British Columbia and resides in Vancouver with her husband and their two children and dog.
Alison Gardner has served on the board of BabyGoRound since April 2015. She was called to the Ontario bar in 1998 and, during the years when she was not home raising children, has practiced in the areas of corporate and securities law both in-house and in private practice. Alison also served on the board of directors of Vancouver-based investment firm Sherpa Asset Management for more than 10 years. She received a law degree from the University of British Columbia and holds an honours degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario.
While living abroad in Asia and Europe and through her travels, Alison has become aware of the need to improve the lives of children globally and locally and she believes all new mothers should be supported to ensure they can provide a safe and happy environment for themselves and their babies.
Alison was raised in Ottawa, Ontario and now lives in West Vancouver with her husband and three sons.
Theresa Pearson joined the board of BabyGoRound in February 2018. Theresa has over 25 years experience working and volunteering in the non-profit sector in Vancouver. She has worked with BC Children’s Hospital, Science World, YWCA Vancouver, and Ronald McDonald House BC. Theresa contributed to these organizations as a fundraiser and event manager and has been consulting to local non-profits the last several years.
Theresa is passionate about helping others, especially children and vulnerable women. After several months as a volunteer, Theresa knew she had more to contribute to BabyGoRound through her experience with fundraising. BabyGoRound is particularly compelling to Theresa because it is such a small, grassroots organization, focused on improving the lives of little ones and their families.
Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, Theresa now lives in Vancouver with her husband Brian, three kids and her English Bulldog, Wilma.
Stephanie Petersen joined BabyGoRound as a volunteer in September 2016 and became the Operations Manager in September 2017 and the Executive Director in 2019. Stephanie has a passion for working with people. Throughout her career, she has worked internationally in a variety of private sector industries as a project manager and client services leader. At BabyGoRound, Stephanie found a place where she could directly contribute to families in her community all the while working with a fabulous group of like-minded individuals. The best part of her job is seeing the change in a family’s demeanour after their experience at BabyGoRound.
Stephanie has worked around the world in high-tech, retail, travel, consulting and now the non-profit sector, which she is finding the most rewarding. Stephanie holds a B.A. in World Political Economy and a Masters of International Business.
Born in Colorado and raised in Park City, Utah, Stephanie moved to Vancouver from London, England nearly 19 years ago when the first of her three children were born. She fell in love with the West Coast lifestyle and is highly involved in her community through sports, education, and supporting her own three children.
Katie brings both experience and energy into her role at BabyGoRound. After completing degrees from UBC and BCIT, Katie worked in event planning in both non and for-profit sectors. She used her management and logistics expertise in her third career as full-time mom to her three children.
Becoming a parent reinforced to Katie the importance of community, connectedness and philanthropy which lead Katie to her role as Area Liaison for One to One Literacy, an organization that connects students with tutors to foster their literacy development.
Katie sees the importance of having a supportive environment for children both in her work in education and in raising her family. For the last 11 years Katie’s focus has been on creating connection, support and a positive environment for her children and the children in her community and she is so happy to be a part of the BabyGoRound Community. When she isn’t volunteering or at her children’s sporting events. Katie is an avid runner, spin enthusiast and mountain climber.
Maryam Ahmadi joined the BabyGoRound team in August 2018. Maryam immigrated to Canada in 2014 and like many other immigrants, she was very excited for all the new opportunities and, at the same time, working hard to make them happen. As someone who was always eager to learn about other countries and cultures, Maryam studied English at university and obtained a BA in translation and MA in teaching. Maryam taught English and translated articles from English to Farsi, while looking for her ideal job. A few years later, Maryam joined the UN Refugee Agency and spent 12 fascinating years working among dedicated and professional teams in a diverse and multicultural environment. She learned a lot from the job but mostly from the people they served.
Arriving in Canada, Maryam always wanted to return to the same field for which she had great passion and experience. She started doing volunteer work with agencies helping newcomers settle in, to gain experience, meet people and build connections. She met great people and started to feel more connected to the community and her new life.
Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Maryam now lives with her husband in Coquitlam. They both admire nature, enjoy exploring the outdoors, love traveling, cooking, baking and spending time with friends and family, especially their two nieces.
Alyssa came to BabyGoRound as a volunteer in 2017, supporting as a Community Champion as well as being a contributor to our social media strategy and content. She has had a lifelong love of working with kids, which she has applied by creating and developing kids’ educational community programs and events since 2013. In 2019, Alyssa applied her passion and talent for events by coordinating one of the Lower Mainland’s most successful fundraisers which benefited vulnerable children in Uganda. Throughout her endeavours, Alyssa has consistently demonstrated a strength for marketing and communications with particular emphasis on story-telling, data analysis and results-based strategies
A strong advocate for community investment and giving back, Alyssa is drawn to work that requires team collaboration, creativity and generates positive social impact. Since the time she started at BabyGoRound, she has loved being able to work in an environment that exemplifies this. Alyssa loves how BabyGoRound actively invests in families and creates touch-points for parents of all walks of life to connect and learn how similar our needs and desires for our children really are.
Alyssa lives in South Delta with her husband and three children who are daily inspiring, humbling and creating humour in her life.