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Meet the Kind Canada Team

Kind Canada has recruited an experienced and talented team who are committed to helping Canada become the kindest country in the world. Our hard working team is based in Ottawa, Ontario.

Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka, C.M., Founder, President and CEO

Rabbi Reuven Bulka is a long time advocate for kindness and the founder of Kindness Week in Ottawa. Author, radio personality and frequent keynote speaker, Rabbi Bulka has touched thousands of lives through his role as spiritual leader of Congregation Machzikei Hadas in Ottawa and his unwavering commitment to charitable, community and humanitarian causes. On June 28, 2013 Rabbi Bulka was appointed to the Order of Canada.

“At Kind Canada Généreux, we are on a mission - to infuse our lives with kindness, by sharing with all Canadians how transformative kindness is to our health and well-being; at home, at school, in the workplace, indeed everywhere. Once we are aware of the power of kindness, it becomes almost impossible to not be kind.”

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Nancy Oakley, Chief Operations Officer

Nancy has over 25 years senior management experience in the not-for-profit sector in strategic planning, operations, revenue generation, financial management, human resources, and governance. As a presenter and producer in the performing arts sector she has led the Great Canadian Theatre Company, Canada Dance Festival, Passionate Balance Theatre Company, and the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre in the Northwest Territories. As a graduate of the Income Managers Program, Nancy interned at the Guelph Spring Festival and the National Ballet of Canada, and is a graduate of the Leadership Ottawa. Nancy is certified in Applied Positive Psychology from the Flourishing Centre. She has served on peer assessment juries, as well as consulted for theatre companies and participated in community volunteering.

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Jeff Turner, Vice President &           Chief Development Officer

Born and raised in Ottawa, married with three grown children and one grandchild, Jeff Turner is a senior executive leader with over 30 years’ experience in business and the not-for-profit sector. He currently provides advice and support to organizations seeking to enhance revenue development, relationship building and brand awareness in areas of fundraising and business development.

A passionate volunteer, Jeff sits on a number of boards, including Project North, the Algonquin College Foundation, The Bronson Centre and Flora Canada 2017. He is also a certified Human Cell and Tissue courier. Jeff was recognized with a Community Builder award from United Way, and Algonquin College Alumni of the Year for his community work.

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Christie Longlade,

A proud Northern Ontario gal, Christie completed a B.Sc Honours in psychology before deciding to change course and pursue a career in accounting. In 2009, after gaining an education and experience in accounting, Christie and her family moved to Ottawa. She worked for the Great Canadian Theatre Company and served on the Finance and Audit committee for three years. Now, with a decade of experience in the accounting field, Christie is working for an international renewable energy company, and is busy raising her two children and pursuing her CPA designation.

Hillary Samuel, Workplace Development and Culture Change Advisor

Hilary Samuel is an educator, coach and facilitator who specializes in transformational learning. She has taught on four continents and has worked with people from all walks of life and a diversity of cultures. She works with adults and youth, communities and organizations, fostering a mind-set that thrives on creativity and a sense of possibility.

As an Organizational Development Consultant, Hilary crafts programs for change operating concurrently at individual, team and organizational levels to support a healthy and effective workplace.  She fosters employee engagement, value-aligned culture change and optimal wellness.  

Hilary is the founder of Wellbeing Walkabout, devoted to enhancing wellbeing through contact with each other and with nature. She lives in Ottawa and loves to cycle, ski and hike in nearby wilderness parks. 

Jenny Shinder

Jenny is an educator with a passion for spreading kindness in the classroom.  After graduating from the University of Ottawa’s Bachelor of Education program, Jenny began her career as a kindergarten teacher. Her love for young children grew, as she raised her own children, volunteered in their schools and became the director of the Ganon Preschool at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre in Ottawa. Having worked with children for over 20 years, Jenny is thrilled to partner with Kind Canada to launch a kindness program in schools.