Meet The Team

Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith

Hey everyone, my name is Danielle and I assist 100 Women Who Care Grande Prairie by providing marketing, media and social media support. Can’t wait to meet you all!

Born and raised:

I’m representing the East Coast on the core team. I was born and raised in Nova Scotia and return home every chance I get!

Why did you join 100 Women?

To be quite honest, I joined 100 Women Who Care because two ladies I respected asked me if I’d take a look and be interested in helping out. You could say I joined because of the opportunity to practise my marketing skills and meet new people, but I stuck around because as soon as I got a glimpse of what it was all about, I was absolutely hooked.

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I moved to Grande Prairie in 2016 after I finished my degrees to chase a boy, cliche I know. My boyfriend, Alex and I have been together for 8 years and recently bought our first home. I work in post-secondary and love being able to connect with all types of people and share their stories and experiences. My favourite colour is pink and my favourite hobby is making people laugh.

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What I am most excited about for the future of 100 Women Grande Prairie & Area is… being able to connect once again with all the incredible, strong, badass women in our community. 100 Women GP is a family, and family fights for one another. I can’t wait to see the impact we’re going to make in our community. We’re back baby!

Melisa Speedtsberg

Born and raised:

Born in Spirit River and raised in Woking/Grande Prairie.

Why did you join 100 Women?

I joined 100 Women as an opportunity to meet and collaborate with Grande Prairie’s caring and strong female force. At the same time, I was also looking for a way to become familiar with the charity organizations in our city while giving them my support.

When I heard that the founders were looking for new leadership; I reached out, and knew quickly after a meeting, that I wanted to take on a lead role of this organization. This fits in line with my core values, and am blessed to have the trust of this organization behind me, and the core team.

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I am 31 years old and currently 2 years into a bachelor’s degree in human services at GPRC. I have worked as a Signmaker/Graphic Installer for Sunburst Graphics for almost 14 years, and as of this year, I have started as a Harm Reduction Worker for HIV North Society Grande Prairie. I enjoy travelling with my partner, Cam. I try to add some yoga into my life as often as possible as well as some road trips to the city for my favourite concerts.

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What I am most excited about for the future of 100 Women Grande Prairie & Area is… the strength of our core team and our ability to bring new life to this organization. Fresh faces and ideas will create a new and exciting spark while also maintaining the original values of what “100 Women” has always stood for.

Yvonne Oakford

Born and raised:

Prince George, British Columbia.

Why did you join 100 Women?

I was looking for an opportunity to help a local charity, and what better way then to help multiple charities.

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I moved to Grande Prairie 15 years ago. I’ve been married for 8 years and have two amazing children (7&2). Recently became Partner at Scheunhage Popek & Associates LTD. I’ve volunteered at Catholic Family Services Society of Grande Prairie to help organize the Spring Fling Fundraiser. Most importantly, I love spending time with our friends and family.

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What I am most excited about for the future of 100 Women Grande Prairie & Area is… the impact one night can make on an organization in our community to help them change lives with just one hour of our time.

Krysta Gendreau

Born and raised:

I was born in Singapore, and then I moved to Sangudo, AB when I was 6 months old. After graduating high school in 2001, I moved to Grande Prairie, and have resided here since.

Why did you join 100 Women?

I joined as a member when the group founded.
The concept of 100 women, $100, 4x year drew me in with its uniqueness. I was looking for a place to connect and found a community of like-minded women which I loved.

When I heard that the founders were looking for new leadership; I reached out, and knew quickly after a meeting, that I wanted to take on a lead role of this organization. This fits in line with my core values, and am blessed to have the trust of this organization behind me, and the core team.

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I am a mother of 3 boys; ages 12, 10, and 5 years old, and have been married to my high school sweetheart, Rene, for 13 years this July. We have 2 dogs; an elderly boxer, and a new Shihpoo puppy. We are a very active family that loves to travel, and the outdoors, and spend a lot of our time camping during the summer. My happy place is in the kitchen, and I love to cook and bake for those I care about. I also love to garden, have a passion for helping people better themselves, and am a lover of any kind of personal development.

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What I am most excited about for the future of 100 Women Grande Prairie & Area is… the impact that we are undoubtedly going to create in our community excites me! I believe that we as humans lack support from one another, and I feel a real connection is missing for many. Not only does this organization help to enrich our community by supporting our local charities, but it also provides a place where women can connect, and support each other in an inclusive environment.

April Tranter

Born and raised:

Born in Calgary; raised in GP area (Goodwin)! Educated at Ridgevalley School and onto Grant MacEwan.

Why did you join 100 Women?

Essentially, to pay it forward. I have had the incredible opportunity to work in and for non-profit organizations for most of my career and without funding sources like these, some wouldn’t have survived. I’m now getting a chance to be on the “other side” and lend support in an impactful way.

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I’m a mama of three amazing children (24, 23, 21). My hubby, Heath and I met in grade 2, and his mama was my Brownie leader! How’s that for longevity?

I have two cats and two senior dogs that I love to bits. A few of my favourite things include enjoying nature, listening to music of all sorts, as well as being involved in a variety of stage productions with live theatre. Most recently I was honoured to be invited to stage manage the GP summer games opening ceremonies 2018.
I have worked in childcare, family support and being in service to at-risk teens for many years, and currently operate my own health and wellness business.

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What I am most excited about for the future of 100 Women Grande Prairie & Area is… that like-minded women are locking arms to affect change in our community. Gaining us the chances to provide long-lasting supports and possible answers for fellow residents of our city and surrounding area! Heart happy work-nothing compares.