Our Board

Our Board

The AIM Foundation of Canada is proud to report to a Board of Directors which represents a variety of skills and experience.  They represent a broad base of the community and each have a passion for, and recognize the benefits of mentoring.  Our directors bring expertise in trades, education, finance, marketing, First Nations, law, and business management.  It is a privilege to introduce to you our Board of Directors:


Dawn Koch – President

Dawn is a retired Career Counsellor after operating her own business school and career counselling business for over 25 years in Kamloops and region. She served as a School Trustee for 10 years and as Director on the United Way Board for 10 years. She has experience in Education, Health Care, Business Management and Career and Employment Advisor. She began as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. Dawn is currently volunteering as the Acting Regional Director in setting up the Kamloops Thompson Chapter of AIM Foundation. Dawn has been a board member since the inception of our non-profit and has a vision for developing career/job youth-mentor relationships to key into the economic benefits of assisting youth determine their individual career or job paths. As a non-status First Nation’s individual she is keen on introducing the role of eldership and mentoring to all our communities.

Donna Crossman – Vice President

Donna brings well over 40 years of Business Management, Marketing, Event Planning and Municipal Government experience to the board. Donna is retired and lives in Calgary. She and her husband Gary of 52 years are Grandparents to 5 grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren. Donna served on the United Way of Kamloops Board for 10 years, Kamloops Hospice Association for over 7 years, Kamloops Crime Stoppers for 8 years and knows a great deal about the non-profit and business community of Kamloops Thompson as she lived here for over 25 years. She served a Term as a City Councillor for Logan Lake. Donna believes that good mentorship and coaching increases our community and corporate value, as well as, increases individual enjoyment of work and contribution to youth and our communities. Donna has a diverse regional knowledge of economic and community needs as she has lived in numerous areas within BC for over 47 years. She has seen the different types of Business Development and Employment Skills/Training needed for each of these regions as she has always had a passion for Economic Development and Local Government. Donna states, “The direct value and unique skill development footprint of a Career Mentorship Program, for youth, cannot help but develop Regional Loyalty of those mentored and greatly increase the diversity of the Business/Industry base for each community and it’s economy region. In the long run "‘we’ all win.”

Laurel Koch– Treasurer

Laurel works at middle level management for a large Retailer in the Kamloops Thompson district. She has prior experience in working in career counselling, overseeing a prison residential house, foster care with teens and accounting and fundraising experience to the board. Laurel has a Diploma in Criminology. She has community volunteer and event coordination experience. Laurel worked with youth in job experience and life skills. Laurel brings energy, commitment to help others develop to their potential.

Deborah Greene

Deborah Green is a LPN and from Gitsaan Nation. She grew up in Hazelton, BC and relocated her family of 5 to Kamloops to begin her upgrading for LPN. Deborah has been an LPN for 20 years. She has recently completed her retraining as in 2010 BC required LPN’s to oversee Pharmacology in our health care institutions. Deborah has 5 children and is a grandmother of 8. She is passionate about education and has coached her children towards advanced education: her daughter has a degree in Business from TRU and other grown children are working and raising their families. Deborah is passionate about bringing career/job mentoring to First Nations communities.

Deb Eckert B.Sc., CT (ASCP)
Moved to Kamloops in 2008.
BSc from University of Alberta

Deb Eckhert is Technical Lead- Cytology at Royal Inland Hospital. She moved to Kamloops in 2008 and has her BSc from University of Alberta.
Deb has much training in Leadership and Communication and currently gives workshops on Leadership, Communication, Values and Teamwork. During her time with IHA she has been involved with numerous association/ committees.
Her current committees are: Wellness Committee RIH; and Employee Engagement Committee RIH – lab.
Deb volunteers with AIMCanada as she feels Mentoring is the most effective way of helping people progress in both their careers and their life. AIM Canada provides the assistance and networking opportunities to help lead our youth to success.
Greater than 1 million people work directly in healthcare in Canada – this does not include doctors, dentists, private facilities, and self-employed/non contract workers. This group of people represent a large segment of our upcoming and recent graduates.