CAPSS Leadership Team

CAPSS Executive Director

Dr. Laura Lewis

laura@capss.com

Ph 403.347.2827  Toll free 1.866.845.2151

Dr. Laura is a wife, mother of two boys, and a family physician of over twenty years. During her work as a frontline medical doctor she saw the need for education, support, and practical options for women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy.

As part of a team that established a pregnancy care centre in her home town, she has seen the importance of a local community response to the challenges encountered with an unplanned pregnancy. She has also seen the power of compassion, non-judgmental support and practical help in bringing a message of value and hope. This experience along with serving on the CAPSS Board for two years equipped her to assume the position of Executive Director of CAPSS in May 2016.

Dr. Lewis graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University, followed by a medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, and certificate of family medicine from McMaster University.

CAPSS Office Administrator / Event Planner

Susan Derksen

admin@capss.com

Call 403-347-2827 or toll free: 1.866.845.2151

Susan joined the CAPSS team in August 2013. She has 15 years of experience providing administration and bookkeeping for national non-profit organizations. She is in the office on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 – 5 Mountain Time. She has 2 adult children.

CAPSS Communications Liaison

Rebecca Peters

rebecca@capss.com

Call 403-347-2827 or toll free: 1.866.845.2151

Rebecca joined the CAPSS team in January 2015. Her background includes working for the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre since 2009, where she’s filled a variety of roles as a parenting program facilitator, administrator, and most recently, communications coordinator. She has a passion for learning, writing, and communication, with a desire to be used by God to encourage and equip others. Rebecca is married and has 2 adult children and 1 teenager.


CAPSS Consultant

Donna Bell

Donna Bell

Donna served as Executive Director of Kingston Pregnancy Care Centre for six years. Previously, she was a maternity nurse. In 2015 she completed her Masters in Christian Leadership through CREST Leadership Centre. Donna feels a strong call to leadership and leadership support. She is passionate for leaders and organizations to be encouraged, empowered, and energized through a supportive community. Her gift of mercy and her desire to see women treated with love, respect, and non-judgment draw her to life affirming ministry, which is close to her heart.

 

CAPSS Consultant

Pam Churchill

Pam Churchill

Pam has served as Executive Director at Tri-County Pregnancy Care Centre for 15 years. Previous to that she served on her local church board, was the head of the Women’s Ministry, and spoke often in local churches. She also had a local TV program called, “This Is For You” for several years. Pam and her husband own their own business and run it together. Pam has always had a heart to serve people in need and continues to do so. She looks forward to serving centres as a CAPSS Regional Consultant.

 

CAPSS Consultant

Monica Loewen

Monica Loewen

Monica is the Executive Director of the Lethbridge Pregnancy Care Centre, which opened in November 2013. Being the first director of a new emerging centre has given her experience in all aspects of the development and day-to-day operations of a pregnancy care centre.  Known for her public speaking abilities and vast network of people, Monica loves to invite others to become involved in the unique work of pregnancy care centres, whether it be donors, potential volunteers or other agencies. She has received invaluable mentoring from other directors and is committed to helping other centres and directors achieve excellence as they serve in their own communities. Monica is also currently pursuing a Bachelor of Management through Athabasca University.

 

CAPSS Consultant

Ilse VanderMeulen

Ilse is active in strategic communications and fund development. In her business, Iota Communications, she strives to strengthen organizations in strategizing and fundraising initiatives so that objectives will be achieved in a professional and realistic way. She has a BA in journalism and communications and continues to take courses in Fund Development through Georgian College. Ilse was involved with the Owen Sound Crisis Pregnancy Centre from 2007-2011 and she returned recently to assist this centre in fundraising. The work of pregnancy care centres is close to her heart and she looks forward to using her skills and the excellent resources that CAPSS provides to help establish new centres and further equip existing centres.

 

CAPSS Consultant

Anne Waddell

Anne Waddell

Anne serves as Executive Director of the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre in Red Deer, Alberta and supports CAPSS as a Francophone Consultant. Anne also served as an RCMP officer in a small community, volunteered for 13 years as a speed skating coach at local, provincial, and national levels, and served for 6 years as a volunteer peer counsellor before taking on the role of ED.

Anne is a dynamic leader and has a gift for developing others. She is a visionary and is passionate about seeing a pregnancy centre in every community across Canada.

 

CAPSS Consultant

Jutta Wittmeier

Jutta Wittmeier

Jutta has served at the Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre in various capacities for over twenty-three years. She began her involvement with the Centre as a volunteer and is currently the Executive Director. Jutta has a passion for post-abortive women and a firm commitment to provide relevant, sensitive, and meaningful opportunities for healing. Jutta leads the Post Abortion Recovery Team and endeavors to equip others with useful tools and resources around the topic of post-abortion. She also co-authored a book on adoption called “Affirming the Birthmother’s Journey.”

Jutta is a former educator and specialist foster parent. Jutta is an expert in maternal/child loss grief issues. She is also a mentor to many pregnancy centre executive directors. While she truly understands the grief work required in individual counselling, she also brings an expertise around program development and mentoring program deliverers. This focus ensures she will assist her learners in developing sustainable and effective programs in centres.