Meet Our Team

Board Members

Monica Graham


Monica runs Possibilities Counselling & Consulting, a private practice in Cranbrook. She specializes in supporting families affected by autism and other diverse abilities. She also provides support to vulnerable populations who may be going through issues resulting from anxiety, depression, isolation/Covid-related struggles, trauma, family conflict, marginalization, and LGBTQ2IA+ orientations/discrimination. She has a long history of running programs for both individuals and their caregivers, and has been an educator for over 20 years. Monica strongly believes in the work that the Caregivers Network provides, and hopes to continue supporting this amazing organization in the years to come.

Helen Luke

Vice President

Helen has been a board member for 10 yrs. Her reason for being on the board is her experience as a caregiver 3 times over. This led Helen to attend one of our support groups. Helen can relate to all the guilt & obstacles which caregivers go through.
Helen has volunteered for approx. 30 yrs. at the Fernie, Cranbrook Hospitals also the Green Home & Joseph Creek care village.  She also was the coordinator for the candy striper /junior volunteers program for 23 yrs. Much of Helen’s time is spent with seniors and she continues to volunteer at the Cranbrook hospital.

Joan Dolynchuk


Joan is a retired registered nurse who spent the last 20 years of her career working in long term care as well as home-care and case management. Joan experienced over time many situations whereby family were cared for by their loved ones. Joan sees this as the norm for today’s society and that a caregiver network essential to support these caregivers. Hence Joan dedication to the Caregivers Network and the work accomplished by the Board.

Christine Mayne

Director at Large

Christine comes to the board with a wealth of knowledge and firsthand experience of caregiving. Her own experience with her aging parents has led her to the Caregivers Network and she strongly believes in the support and helping role this organization provides. Christine has spent the last several years focused on raising her family and caregiving. She looks forward to contributing and giving back to the community through her active role on the Caregivers Network’s board of directors.

Jessica Oderkirk

Director at Large

Although born and raised in a military family, Jessica has called Cranbrook home for many years. Between many travels to and from, and finally settling in the Kootenays, supporting and caring for family was instilled at a young age. Jessica understands the challenges that can come with transitioning into caretaking. With experience in working with non-profits, charities, and planning events, she believes in giving back to the community. Jessica hopes that in working with the Caregivers Network, she will gain more experience and perspective into her own family’s future, while providing support and resources to others.

Colleen Hedin

Director at Large
Colleen comes to the board recently retired, from a 35 year career with the Government of Canada RCMP. Colleen has worked in Kimberley B.C. for 18 years of her career gaining valuable knowledge of the court systems and supports in the East Kootenay. Colleen also has first hand experience with caregiving for both her mother and step father. Colleen has dealt with Alzheimer’s disease, transitions to care, navigating the health care system and advance care planning. Colleen’s intimate knowledge of caregiving has led to a commitment to give back and a keen understanding of some of the obstacles caregivers face. She is looking forward to contributing her passion and knowledge to the Caregivers Network board and staff.

Janet Russill

Director at Large

Janet is a retired Registered Nurse who worked almost all of her career in Renal Therapy both in the hospital and in clients’ homes. It was only in the past 5 years of her career that she worked in LTC/Home Health/Case Management. It was during that time, as well as her own retirement that she learned more about the need and necessity of community involvement and support for seniors and others in our community. Janet believes that caregivers are an intricate and essential part of keeping all of the community members at home. Janet is looking forward to continuing her learning experience and supporting the staff and caregivers as well as the community at large.

Our Staff

Tobi Johnston MA, MSW, RSW

Executive Director

Tobi has over 20 years of experience in non profit, government and private sectors. She has spent many years working in community development and with disenfranchised populations in society. Tobi hold a BA in Public Health policy, a Masters degree in Social Work and another Masters Degree in Political Science. Tobi Knows first hand what it is like to juggle work, a young family and caregiving. As such, Tobi is committed to supporting and achieving recognition for family caregivers in her community and throughout the province of British Columbia.

Margaret Balas

Golden Facilitator

Daneve McAffer

Invermere Faciltator

Janyce Bampton

Cranbrook facilitator

Lori Barker

Creston Facilitator

Marianne Agnew

Fernie Facilitator

Stacey Coleman

Kimberley Facilitator