Our Team

The CIM Team is made up of a dedicated group of Staff, Ambassadors and Volunteers. CIM’s staff team is made up of health care and outdoor professionals with a passion adventure, education, and Type 1 diabetes.

Chloe Vance

Chloe Vance

Founder

A catalyst and creator, Chloe's passion lies in building resilient communities and guiding people of all ages through the experiential learning process. Be it working to connect and engage young adults with Type 1 diabetes through Connected in Motion, inspiring a local food movement through the creation of school gardens with Alpine Edible Schoolyards or supporting First Nation's students on their educational journeys with the Canadian Rockies Public School Board, Chloe thrives on mobilizing people to tackle big global problems by making small personal changes.
Adventure-seeker and life-long learner, she has circumnavigated the South Island of New Zealand by bicycle, traveled the Yukon by dog sled, and guided expeditions on numerous Arctic and sub-Arctic rivers.
Chloe lives in Canmore, Alberta with her husband Rob and their German Shepherd Chile. When she's not playing in the mountains, experimenting in the kitchen or teaching her dog new tricks, she is the Aboriginal Success Coach for Canmore Collegiate High School.

Jen Hanson

Jen Hanson

Executive Director

Jen has grown up with Type 1 diabetes. Diagnosed in 1987, she has never let diabetes stop her from pursuing her passion. Jen’s early beginnings as a campfire-loving, bug-catching, mud-puddle-jumping, tree-climbing tot sparked in her a love for the natural world that has been fostered and frown into a full-blown passion for everything outdoors. Jen has degrees in Kinesiology and Education and specializes in Outdoor and Experiential Health education.

Julie De Vos

Julie De Vos

Program Director

The diabetes community has always remained a constant in Julie’s life. After traveling the world, she started volunteering her time as an Ambassador for Connected In Motion and an Elite Coach for Riding On Insulin. The stars aligned and Julie came on board as the Director of Programs for Connected in Motion in January 2014. She continues to push herself on the slopes hoping to achieve a level 3 CSIA ski certification, and checking off the adventures on her travel bucket list!

Mike Last

Mike Last

Photo wizard + Website Ninja

Mike has been traveling and enjoying the outdoors his whole life. He's traveled through England, Ireland, France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain. After finishing a 4 year Managerial and Organizational Studies degree at the University of Western Ontario, Mike moved to Toronto where he is currently working in marketing and photography. He’ll continue to bring Connected In Motion's adventures online. Check out his photo work at www.mikelastphoto.com.

Hank De Vos

Hank De Vos

Film + Media Superstar

When he isn’t day dreaming about ripping down a mountain in knee deep powder, you can find Hank behind a camera. His passion for film and media began when he was a young child– seeing blockbuster films had him hooked. Whether it’s on a mountain, or inside a studio, the need to tell a story through images consumes his time. His love for the outdoors and filmmaking collide head on in his role with Connected in Motion as their video producer.

Peter Vooys

Peter Vooys

Adventure Coordinator

Peter Vooys lives rurally, works remotely and travels historically. He is a graduate of Queen’s University and a member of the College of Teachers. He took his first canoe trip when he was six years old and hasn’t stopped since, to date logging 8000km of paddling and hiking. In 2013, Peter grabbed five other friends and paddled a voyageur canoe from the Rockies to Montreal in 120 days. Peter is sharing his love for the wilderness with Connected in Motion by coordinating CIM's Adventure Series.

Heather Gomez

Heather Gomez

Program Specialist

When Heather was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 16, Connected in Motion was one of the first organizations she was introduced to as a ``new member`` of the diabetes community in Toronto. Soon after, Heather moved to Nova Scotia to attend Acadia University, later graduating with a Kinesiology degree. For the past three years, Heather has been working with a number of diabetes organizations in the community, coordinating programs for youth and adults with T1D. She has also stayed busy teaching all varieties of fitness classes (and has a special love for aquafitness!).

OUR BOARD

Stephen Graup

Stephen Graup

Board Chair

Stephen Graup is an Information Technology professional who is a partner in a software design and development company bringing enhanced productivity and efficiencies to various organizations with software. Stephen is happily married and has two lovely daughter’s of whom one is a Type 1 diabetic.

Chris Carmichael

Chris Carmichael

Treasurer

Chris Carmichael is a Certified General Accountant and the president of CRIS Inc., a company that provides accounting, financial reporting and advisory services to Canadian publicly listed companies. Chris Carmichael is a father of two children and has Type 1 diabetes.

Joanna Nicholson

Joanna Nicholson

Director

Joanna joined the CIM board in 2014. Having lived with Type 1 diabetes for over 16 years, an active, healthy lifestyle has always been an important part of her life and she does whatever she can to educate those around her. Joanna loves rock climbing, running, dancing and recreational team sports. Joanna spends her days as the Senior Communications Specialist at Sun Life Financial.

CIM AMBASSADORS

Our Ambassadors are the heart of the CIM community. In fact, CIM just wouldn’t be the same without our ambassador team. Ambassadors act as role models and leaders to others within the community. Their enthusiasm, commitment, and efforts support the creation, organization, and delivery of quality programs across Canada. Ambassadors help spread the CIM love and embody the CIM spirit.
  • Lizzie Scace Midland, ON
  • Kirsten Otis Guelph, ON
  • Luke Cameron Bracebridge, ON
  • Amy Burrows Port Bolster, ON
  • Rebecca Fitzgerald Ottawa, ON
  • Aaron Louis Toronto, ON
  • Shannon Higson Hamilton, ON
  • Andy Goodell Ithaca, NY
  • Tammy Hand Bradford, ON
  • Erin Randall Oshawa, ON
  • Stephanie Brodie Mississauga, ON
  • Sarah Ketcheson Calgary, AB
  • Jill Wayne Montreal, QC
  • Shauna Thaler Adeland Ottawa, ON
  • Chantal Bertrand Bradford ON