Mission Statement : The purpose of the Okanagan Foster Parents Association is to provide education and support to Foster Parents in the Okanagan, Similkameen and Shuswap.
Vision Statement : To enable Foster Parents to be better able to care for themselves and the children in their care because of the education and support provided by the Okanagan Foster Parents Association.
Satisfaction Survey Results 2012 (PDF)
Click here to view the 2013 OFPA Annual Report (PDF)
Board of the Okanagan Foster Parents Association:
The Board of Directors of the Okanagan Foster Parents Association may be reached by emailing the board.
President: Bonnie Thompson - Oliver, B.C.
Bonnie has been President of OFPA since it was formed in 2002. She has also been President of the Oliver Foster Parents Association since 1998.
Bonnie’s family fostered for 20 years, beginning in 1992, mostly as a level 3 resource. Bonnie has three “bonus” kids, children who have remained as part of her family and others that continue to keep in touch. Bonnie and her husband got in to fostering to give back to their community and she feels that helping foster parents be better at what they do is a big part of that.
Vice-President: Melanie Filiatrault - Kelowna, B.C.
Melanie and her family have been fostering since 1988. She has a great deal of experience and background with children with special needs, especially those who are medically fragile.
Melanie is a founding member of Okanagan Foster Parents Association. She has also been involved with the BCFFPA since 1995, serving in various positions on local and regional councils, and at the provincial level. In 2010 she stepped down from her position as President of the Provincial Board of BCFFPA after serving for 4 years.
Treasurer: Corinna Stickney – Penticton, B.C.
Corinna joined OFPA in 2012 and took over as treasurer in 2013. She was previously the treasurer and finance committee chairperson of another non profit society for 5 years.
Corinna & her husband are currently caregivers through the MCFD Extended Family Program and have also been a restricted respite care home for a child in care. Corinna grew up in a family that provided foster care from the time she was five until she left home, and she has four siblings through adoption as well.
Corinna & her husband have three children and two grandchildren... so far!
Secretary: John Brent Musgrave - Oliver, B.C.
John and his wife have nine years of experience as Foster Parents. He taught and developed educational programs for a wide range of students – from kindergarten through university. John has lived and worked with native peoples in the north as well as with economically disadvantaged youth in the inner cities.
John is a founding member of OFPA.
North Okanagan: Sharon Kolenc – Vernon, B.C.
Sharon is a member of the Vernon Foster Parents Association and serves as Education Coordinator for VFPA. Sharon joined OFPA in 2012.
Sharon and her husband began fostering in 2008 with the Intensive Support Program as a level 3 home. Teen girls are their forte, especially long term. Sharon and hubby have 3 grown, successful sons and 2 preschool grandchildren. It is the "pay cheques of the heart" that make this career so rewarding for Sharon.
Member at Large: Gerry Schalm - Princeton, B.C.
Gerry is a founding member of OFPA. He served for many years as Treasurer for the Okanagan Regional Council of BCFFPA, and then as Treasurer for OFPA.
Gerry and his family began fostering in 1979. In 1984 they adopted three children and took a sabbatical from fostering for a few years. In 1981 they became a specialized care home, until 2009 when they retired.