Board & Staff
Although a native Victorian, as I married a career naval officer, I have lived much of my life away from Victoria. Living away from here makes you appreciate it all the more and it was important when we were posted back to Victoria that I volunteer in the community I was so happy to return to. It is a pleasure to work with the dedicated group of volunteers and staff at Help Fill A Dream as we help support families in our communities. It is truly an honour to work with all of you.
Jaime AdamsVice President
My name is Jaime Adams and I am honoured to be a part of the Help Fill A Dream Foundation. I was personally touched in my family with a life-threatening illness when my father was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2008. I witnessed firsthand just how detrimental it can be emotionally, physically, financially and psychologically to have to endure. Having something like this happening to your own child makes it even harder to bear and can cause a huge financial burden for families of sick children. I wanted to be involved in this particular grass roots Vancouver Island Foundation for so many reasons with the main one being having children of my own. My 13 and 12 year old daughters are my world and I cannot even imagine being in the situation that some of these families have to face. Being involved in an organization that is able to provide hope to families in order to keep the children’s spirits high with a special “dream” by granting them some happiness throughout their illness is a very rewarding and humbling feeling.
I currently work for and have worked for BMO Financial Group for 20 years. I am an Account Manager out on the Westshore of Victoria and luckily get to meet with new people each and every day. I enjoy and feel a sense of gratitude when helping clients with their financial lives although sadly at times have seen the effects and financial strain having a critically sick child can have on people’s finances. Help Fill A Dream is an immediately responsive organization that can assist with financial help during these critical times in order for the family to focus on what is important, their child.
I am currently the Treasurer of the Help Fill A Dream Foundation. I started with HFAD in 2009 as a volunteer and in 2010 joined the Board, where I later accepted the position of Treasurer. I work with TD Canada Trust as a Branch Manager of Small Business. Previous to this I was in hospitality and owned a couple of restaurants in the Victoria area. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and working around my house.
As a current Vendor Relationship Manager with the BC Public Service Agency and a mother of two children, I have a great passion for helping our community through volunteerism and various fundraising initiatives. Giving back is my way to building a better, stronger community. Over the past ten years, I have led several fundraising initiatives for the provincial government while also promoting for the BC Children’s Hospital Jeans Day campaign. Today, my family actively supports Santa’s Anonymous, and the Mustard Seed Food Bank.
As a local Vancouver Island resident and current writer for the Times Colonist, my focus today is on raising my family and being active in the community, especially with HFAD. I enjoy sporting activities such as cycling and swimming with my children. But mostly, I love taking my children to the golf courses around Qualicum Beach, a childhood landmark of mine. My professional experience is in auditing financial related services; having worked in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, and United States before moving back to Victoria. To date, I have written 500 financial related articles which have been published across Canada.
I am the very proud father of four amazing children and enjoy spending time with them in all of their activities. As a life long resident of Victoria, I am very passionate about our community and am very excited about joining the Board of Help Fill A Dream Foundation for this reason. My career has been spent working with organizations that are strong supporters of our community, and includes senior executive positions with Peninsula Co-op and presently Monk Office. My past volunteer experience includes the Board of Directors for KidSport Victoria, Greater Victoria Savings Credit Union and GVSCU Legacy Foundation. I have also volunteered with many years of coaching my children’s sports including soccer, baseball and hockey, and my personal interests include being active with tennis, hockey and cycling.
I began my relationship with HFAD in the capacity of the co-founder of The Mistletoe Project whose fundraising efforts were focused on creating awareness for, and raising funds for HFAD in 2012. As an RN who has worked in Pediatrics and currently works in the NICU, I see firsthand the children and families that HFAD works with and the relief that HFAD provides for these families. The work that HFAD does is so important to our community’s children and their families and I believe makes a difference for them that is hard to put into words. I believe the community we have here to be supportive, generous, and fun-loving and I can’t imagine creating a life, and raising my family anywhere else. In my other life, I love to travel, to be physically active, and spend time with my friends and family.
I was born in Victoria and have proudly only known Southern Vancouver Island as home. Volunteering one’s time to give back to the community has always been important to me. Being a past board Member of Volunteer Victoria and also actively lending my time to support North Saanich and the Peninsula Minor Hockey are some of my experiences that expresses my act of kindness and compassion from time to time. My profession is a General Commercial Insurance Broker with SeaFirst Insurance, where I continue to promote community involvement and giving, in Greater Victoria and the Gulf Islands. I am also a partner with Teamworks Promotions, that in the past 12 years of existence has touched hundreds of community businesses, for profit and non-profit organizations and community and school teams.
I am a certified financial planner specializing in Group Retirement plans with the largest financial institution in Canada. My work allowed me to travel to this beautiful Island and meet a variety of people. Working with Help Fill A Dream is important to me because of the direct impact that it has for families on the Island. In my spare time, I enjoy biking, hiking, and back country camping. Having been raised in Stratford, Ontario, I also am a rabid Shakespeare fan.
Craig SmithExecutive Director
The chance to offer real help to children and their families during their greatest time of need motivates me every day. I enjoy camping, sailing, biking and hiking all of the beautiful trails on Vancouver Island – especially in the Parksville area – dragon boating and pretending I am a master chef. I have hiked the Inca Trail in Peru to Machu Picchu. My Dream is to travel to all seven continents.
Janine BoomerProgram Manager
As the program manager, I have the exciting job of helping make children’s dreams a reality. I have lived on Vancouver Island my whole life and I am a proud mother of two. In my free time I enjoy reading a good book, walking on the beach, playing Canasta and spending time with family and friends. I hope to travel to Europe one day.