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 up to age 2 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.
Awarded SVP Vancouver funding and began the search for a full-time Executive Director. Updated our electronic referral system to streamline our referral process. Record month of serving 90 families in November.
Successfully pivoted our program delivery within weeks of the onset of COVID-19 to ensure families continued to have access to baby items during the global pandemic. Secured strategic partnerships and implemented new systems to manage client, donor, and volunteer relationships.
Our Impact Last Year
Lisa Brooks joined BabyGoRound in January 2020 as the Executive Director. Lisa brings more than twenty years leadership experience in the non-profit sector, having worked as a funder, program manager, senior manager and management consultant. She is passionate about working in non-profit organizations that collaborate with families, donors and other agencies to make communities better places for everyone. Through her work, Lisa has witnessed the transformation that can occur when organizations work with families to identify and provide the supports they need to overcome the barriers they are experiencing.
Lisa is so excited to be a part of BabyGoRound’s amazing group of staff, volunteers, board members and community partners who are so deeply committed to ensuring parents get the equipment they need to safely care for their babies and children, through a supportive respectful process. She is excited to work with the staff, Board and our partners at SVP Vancouver, to grow the organization to increase the number of families BabyGoRound is able to help each year, and to expand the services provided.
Lisa has a BSc from Queens University. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and three daughters. Outside of work, Lisa loves to cook, ski, bike and spend time with friends and family.
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.
Marketing & Community Engagement Manager
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.
Client Services Manager
Patricia’s journey at BabyGoRound started in 2018 as a volunteer, officially joining the team in February 2021. Patricia spent the previous 15 years working in different businesses in customer-centric industries, where she led diverse teams as a consultant, brand manager, and entrepreneur. Most recently she owned a small business in Vancouver, where she employed a team of 15 women.
Patricia is inspired and motivated by BabyGoRound’s mission to help families in need safely care for their babies and toddlers. As a mother of two, she understands how challenging the entry into motherhood can be, and knows the significance of the assistance we provide in not only reducing the financial stress of the families we serve, but also in helping them feel seen and supported.
Born in Brazil, Patricia lived in 6 different countries before moving to Vancouver, where she now resides with her husband, two daughters and dog. Patricia has an MBA degree from London Business School. She loves nothing more than travelling to new places and discovering different cultures. She is happiest at the beach, loves doing puzzles and baking, and can’t say no to a good oat milk latte.
Caterina has always been a very strong believer in volunteering and giving back to her community. After many years of volunteering in her various child-focused programs and non-profits, including BabyGoRound, Caterina was excited to move into a more formal role as our Resource Manager.
Caterina is excited to be meeting parents accessing our services, preparing bundles for families, as well as connecting with BabyGoRound’s wonderful community of supporters for baby item donations. She is drawn to this organization because she believes that creating a healthy community starting from the very beginning of parenthood and the arrival of a child. Supporting these young families at a very vulnerable time is crucial for a positive start.
Caterina’s background is social work and has worked with a variety of populations such as children in inner city schools, family counselling, and adoption. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from UBC. Although she was born in Vancouver, she grew up living and working in a vineyard in the Okanagan, Caterina now lives is Vancouver with her husband and three children. Her favourite things to do are to spend time with her family, hike, bike, read, and play pickleball.
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
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.
Board Secretary & Director
Caitlin Woodward joined the board of BabyGoRound in February 2021. Caitlin is the Associate General Counsel at TELUS Corporation where she advises on strategic acquisitions and investment transaction across TELUS’ many lines of business. Prior to joining TELUS, Caitlin was Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Atlas Corporation, a NYSE-listed global asset management business based in Vancouver and Hong Kong. Prior to joining Atlas, Caitlin spent nearly a decade in private practice at the Hong Kong office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Caitlin holds a JD from Stanford Law School and a BA from Pomona College.
Caitlin began her involvement with BabyGoRound as a facility volunteer, and was inspired by the work that the organization was doing to smooth the transition into new-motherhood and alleviate some of the stresses associated with that time by providing families with basic necessities for their babies. She is excited to continue to support BabyGoRound as a member of the board, and is continually amazed by the dedication of the team and the impact of their work.
Caitlin was born and raised in Vancouver. After extended stints in both the U.S. and Hong Kong, she is now happily back in Vancouver with her husband and three daughters.
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.