Krystina Balcaen, CPA, CA
"Do not worry about why problems exist in the world – just respond to people’s needs." - Mother Teresa
Living a purpose-filled life results by helping others and when Karen served as a liaison officer for the Government of Canada at their first international war affected children’s conference, and as a Board Member for the Israel Idonije Children’s Foundation (Chicago), she discovered the joy that comes from helping others. Building on this community service, Karen co-chaired the Health Sciences Centre Foundation’s Laureate of Excellence Dinner which honored Romeo Dallaire, Commander of the United Nations’ Mission to Rwanda for his humanitarian works and has served on several hospital foundation boards. She is a founding member of Protocol and Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association (Washington, D.C.). As someone with a passion for cross cultural awareness, she particularly enjoys working with Family Dynamics as they strive to meet the diverse needs of Manitoba’s changing community. Karen is currently responsible for the Community and Stakeholder Relations for Elevate Aviation Ltd (Edmonton), a non-profit organization devoted to increasing the number of women entering the field of aviation and aerospace. She also currently serves as a member of the Community Investment Committee with United Way Winnipeg.