About Us

Hope 4 MVC Kids Society is committed to providing support to families of children in medical need.

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What We Do

Hope 4 MVC Kids Society assists families across Mountain view county with children in medical need by providing 6 clear programs.

Program 1 can assist if a local child is hospitalized (admitted). The program can assist with car parking, meals, fuel, and sibling care. If it is a long-term admission there is the potential for additional supports such as rent/mortgage/utility assistance.

Program2 can assist a local child that needs adaptive equipment for home or school that is not covered by other sources.

Program 3 can assist a local child local that requires home adaptions due to illness or disability. That is not covered by other sources.

Program 4 can assist a local child who requires therapy, such as counselling, private o/t, p/t, mental health needs, alternative therapy not covered by health insurance or other sources.

Program 5 The program can assist a local child that requires prescription supports not covered by health insurance or other sources.

In relation to programs 1-5 supporting documentation from a medical professional is required.

Program 6 The program can assist local family’s with support, advocacy, and information. Navigating a child’s illness or diagnosis can be overwhelming. Due to personal journeys of many on the board we have been where you are. We assist families with understanding and advice of where to find additional resources or support.

Our History

Hope 4 MVC Kids Society is a non-profit society formed in November of 2013. It is run by volunteers, none of which get paid for their roles. All board members must sign a confidentiality agreement. The society was founded by Lisa Nicholson and co-founded by Suzanne Young.

Lisa has four children, two of whom have chronic medical conditions requiring prolonged hospitalizations, medical intervention and support. Another daughter has non-verbal, low-functioning autism and global development delay. Lisa has also worked with children with disabilities for many years and has found a great need for family support with only limited resources available in the local area.

In 2010, it was expressed by a medical professional that her daughter, Hope, needed a therapy pool. The local community helped raise $15,000 of the $20,000 needed for the purchase. Lisa wanted to pay this support forward and to ensure that families had somewhere local to go for help. This event was the genesis of the Hope 4 MVC Kids Society.

The Hope 4 MVC Kids Society runs on determination, love and hope for local children and families that they get the support they need when they need it most!

Our Team

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Lisa Nicholson

Founder

I have four children. One of my daughters has a chronic medical condition, that requires prolonged hospitalizations and medical interventions/supports and another daughter has non verbal low functioning autism and global development delay. I also previously worked with children with disabilities for many years. I found a great need for support’s for families and found limited resources in our local area. In 2010 it was recommended from a medical professional that my daughter Hope needed a therapy pool. The local community helped raise $15,000 of the $20,000 needed. I wanted to pay this support forward but also wanted to ensure families had somewhere to go locally. So ‘Hope 4 MVC Kids Society’ was created.

HOBBIES: Travel, long nature walks with my family and dog I also love a good book with a glass of wine.

BUCKET LIST: South Africa Safari. Including Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls

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Suzanne Young

Co-Founder

I have spent majority of my life volunteering, teaching and counselling families of all shapes and sizes. My main reason for cofounding hope4mvckids with Lisa was and still is, my unwavering belief in her integrity and drive.

HOBBIES: None at the moment...

BUCKET LIST: My bucket list items include visiting a volcano and seeing the Aurora Borealis in Iceland.

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Jennifer Reber

Chair

I was looking to be a part of something great in the community. I knew of this society from when it first began and i became amazed to see just how much of a need there was for an organization like this. I feel very honored I was able to join the team. It is a fantastic feeling to know first hand what a positive impact it can make for families. I am very excited to watch where this will go next.

HOBBIES: I love painting and getting to be creative. I like the challenge of taking ideas from my head and bringing them to life.

BUCKET LIST: I am ready to start seeing more of the world.

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April Mattson

Co-Chair

I have always enjoyed being involved in my community, and having worked with children and as a Disability Caseworker for many years I was excited to get involved. This organization fills such a need and I love helping and making a difference.

HOBBIES: I love being with friends, going on adventures with my family, and reading (when I get the chance!)

BUCKET LIST: Learning to play a musical instrument, learning another language, and to travel to Hawaii.

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Katie Dunn

Applications Director

Children have always held a special place in my heart. From an early age I knew that I wanted a career working with them. So I became an educational assistant and held this career for seven years. Currently I am a stay at home mom. Once my daughter was school age I found myself looking to give back to the community and was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to be apart of this board.

HOBBIES: Reading, crafting, camping and spending time with family and friends.

BUCKET LIST: Travel to the Virgin Islands.

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Bobbi Bartek

Treasurer

I joined Hope 4 Mountain View Kids because I wanted to give back to the community and as a single mom, my time is the most most valuable thing I can donate to such a great cause.

HOBBIES:My hobbies are mostly crafting, anything from crochet to chalk painting furniture.

BUCKET LIST: I'm not really much of a bucket list person but I would love to take my son on a tropical vacation!

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Rich Nicholson

Secretary

I originally volunteered (or voluntold) for Hope 4 MVC Kids since it was formed. I applied to be on the board of directors in 2018 so that i could help to continue to support local families

HOBBIES:With having 4 kids, working full time, and trying to run and acreage, I really don’t have time for hobbies!

BUCKET LIST: Motor Rally

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Danielle King

Grants Director

I came to Canada in May 2018 to pursue my childhood dream of making a life in a beautiful country I had adored since my first ever visit. Since then I found myself fortunate enough to be involved with a couple of charitable organizations, which I have always considered to be important; being able to give back to the community you live in.I jumped at the opportunity to get involved with Hope 4 MVC Kids, because I want to continue being part of something special, an organization that is full of compassion, great people and a shared desire to give back to those who need it.

HOBBIES: I love music! I promise myself every New Year to learn an instrument... failing that I love going to concerts! I try to fit in as much reading as I can and I absolutely adore dogs, so spend as much time with as possible with my own... and any others that allow for it!

BUCKET LIST: To travel to Hawaii and/or China. To live on an acreage with Alpacas... and an abundance of dogs obviously!

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Jamie Austin

Corporate Engagement Director

I work with kids and support the idea of helping children and their families in a time when they need support

HOBBIES: Raise my boys to be fine young men. Slo-Pitch. Work

BUCKET LIST: Travel

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Jennifer Forscutt

Volunteer Director

Community development and supporting others through tough stuff is how I grow professionally and personally. I am a registered social worker and mother of two beautiful girls. I am excited to be a part of this amazing organization and team.

HOBBIES:Fishing. At least standing near water. Fish are not typically harmed in my trips.

BUCKET LIST: Sturgeon fishing and a trip to Ireland

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Ken Tkachuk

IT Director

I was volun’told’. Lisa and Richard sourced me for my good looks. I actually love supporting community events and thought that this is a great way to give back.

HOBBIES: Golf. Music.

BUCKET LIST: Enter the world series of Poker main event

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