President | Chief Administrator
Jackie has been involved with children for many years. Jackie herself is a married mother of four beautiful children, three girls and one boy, ranging in ages from six to 16.
Outside of her own children, Jackie has been an egg donor on multiple occasions, and has been a gestational surrogate for two sets of twins.
When asked about her beginnings into surrogacy, she credits television for giving her the inspiration.
“Back in 2004, I was watching a television program, when I saw a woman who was struggling with infertility…and it got me thinking about helping someone.”
Since then Jackie has developed a passion for surrogacy and egg donation, and the impact it can have on families who are unable to have children on their own.
Jackie’s passion to help people has been a staple her entire life. She has studied Personal Support Worker and Maternal Support Practitioner and has always been involved with helping people in some way. Her dedication, ambition and selflessness have led to many successes in her life, both personally and professionally.
Outside of the office, Jackie loves to spend time her friends and family and of course, her children. She and her husband enjoy amusement parks and family gatherings, and when the day winds down, Jackie also has a passion for genealogy and 16th Century literature.
Registered Psychotherapist| Infertility and family building counselor
Erica is a Registered Psychotherapist who specializes in counseling for infertility and family building using third party fertility options. She has a broad range of experience working with Intended Parents, gestational carriers and sperm and egg donors.
Erica is passionate about helping people through the challenges of creating a family and believes in inclusiveness and acceptance. Sessions are available in-person, and by phone or Skype. Weekend and evening sessions are possible.
Please visit her website: www.ericaberman.ca
Mariana Marquez is an aspiring User Experience Designer with a Psychology minor attending her third year at Wilfrid Laurier University this fall 2019.
Mariana’s goal is to change the world by improving the user’s experiences hand-in-hand with innovation and creativity.
Previously, Mariana worked as a digital content creator and graphic designer for a profit organization and she has recently worked as a user experience designer at the Region of Waterloo. She is passionate about helping others achieve their dreams.
Mariana enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors playing different sports and wishes to travel around the world to learn about new cultures.
If you would like to know more about her, email her at email@example.com.
Intended Parent Intake Coordinator
Sarah’s passions are nutrition and exercise. Her family are outdoor enthusiasts and hit the trails whenever they can, biking and hiking. Her friends describe her as easy going and a good listener. Her son describes her as pancake maker extraordinaire.
Sarah worked for nine years as a personal support worker, helping the elderly and their families through difficult times. She enjoyed the personal aspect of her work and the connection she made with her clients. Patience and compassion are a necessity in this line of work and are a strength of hers.
Sarah left her career to begin a family of her own. Her son Hudson was born in 2011. After taking a few years off to care for her him, Sarah returned to the work force. She was an instrumental part of a startup Child Car Seat Installation business. She was working with couples in the same situation she was in just a few years before being a new parent. The ability to help these parents in making sure their infants and tots were as safe as possible was very rewarding. Imparting information in a clear and understandable way was essential to the confidence of the parents.
Sarah enjoyed working with these new families and is now excited when meeting and helping potential new parents explore the possibilities of starting a family of their own, helping them understand all the pros and cons surrounding surrogacy and navigate questions that arise.
Surrogate Support Worker
Becky is a stay at home dance/hockey mom with two kids who has been running her own home daycare for 17 years. She has been a surrogate once (delivered a baby boy June 2018) and is embarking on journey number two.
If Becky could tell you one thing about being a surrogate, she would tell you it changed her life. It opened her eyes to a whole new life. Seeing the look on her intended parents face when they hold their newborn baby for the first time is priceless.
In Becky’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with family whether it be camping, just sitting talking or road tripping.
She also likes to have some quiet time with a good book and a cup of tea!
Nikki is the founder of Fraser Holistic Health and has dedicated her life to empowering people through pregnancy and beyond. Through mindful childbirth education courses, using hypnosis, meditations, mindfulness, the pregnant person is able to have an empowered, calm, peaceful, and fully informed pregnancy. This journey is sacred for the surrogate and the intended parents, and being a two-time surrogate herself, she wants to make sure that every surrogate has the opportunity to have the best birth possible.
Nikki’s four week program really dives deep into how we can physically prepare our bodies for birth, but also just as important, how we can mentally prepare as well. For more information on the Mindful Birth for Surrogates please visit her website www.fraserholistichealth.com.