ALIES is governed by a Board of Directors and operated by an Executive Director and a Coordinator. Meet them below.
Louise Boychuk - Director
Louise is a fertility educator, a wife, and a mom. She is passionate about helping women understand the science and research behind human fertility and believes that supporting women in times of crisis is the responsibility of our community. She was drawn to the ministry of ALIES and The Back Porch because of its compassionate and gentle outreach to women in need of support.
Amanda spent many years working for ALIES & The Back Porch as their Executive Director. Now, as a mother of four children, she has decided to return to the organization and ministry by becoming a board member. She keeps busy as a mother and wife, running an online mother's group and blogging. Her family of six enjoy living in Sherwood Park.
Cameron has been involved with the pro-life movement for many years. He has served on the executive of both the University of Calgary and University of Alberta pro-life clubs. He is currently the Political Coordinator for The Wilberforce Project.
Marie-Blanche Mitchell - Director
Marie-Blanche is a retired French Immersion teacher and is a member of Sunrise Community Church. When she is not working at seasonal jobs, she is volunteering at the Back Porch. Over the last few decades, she has become increasingly compelled to become involved in pro-life work. In the early 2000s, she was commissioned to write a play for VOICE FOR LIFE of Grande Prairie: DANCING WITH ZOE, in which she directed and took on a role in the dinner theatre fundraiser. She is an amateur filmmaker and film editor as well. Presently, Marie-Blanche is writing a novel about abortion and euthanasia, with the intention of raising funds for ALIES. She has a daughter and a son who are married with families. She is a happy grandmother to three grandchildren.
Samantha Williams is our Executive Director. Samantha joined The Back Porch as a volunteer before becoming our Back Porch Coordinator. She served as a missionary with NET Ministries of Canada for two years. She has a Bachelor of Administrative Studies from York University in Toronto and has completed a Certificate in Theology from Newman Theological College in Edmonton. Samantha is passionate about defending the dignity of all human life.
Mikaela Metcalfe is our Back Porch Coordinator. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alberta, where she served as the President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Mikaela is passionate about helping vulnerable, disadvantaged, and at-risk women. She currently volunteers with the Salvation Army van ministry, and is excited to expand her involvement in the care of women in the city through her work at The Back Porch.
Gabrielle Johnson manages our social media and administrative needs. She has a background in philosophy, with a bachelor's degree from the University of Alberta and a masters from KU Leuven in Belgium. She is passionate about social justice and caring for the most vulnerable members of society. Gabrielle volunteers with Catholic Social Services in their work with newcomers to Canada and is pleased to better serve her community through her work at The Back Porch.