Founder & CEO/ Project Manager
Angela began Canadian Surrogacy Community with a big vision and a big heart. She is a three-time surrogate, and a Mom of her own four children and two step children. Her life partner and her are deeply committed to family. Angela has recently finished with her third journey as a surrogate and spends her work days taking care of surrogates, and Intended Parents, and connecting with new dynamic women who align with the values of Canadian Surrogacy Community programs. After almost seven years in business, Angela has established successful programs and is now thinking creatively into how she can add even more value to what is offered at CSC.
Angela and her team have found joy and authentic connection through public speaking and networking with other moms. Being a surrogate is a huge commitment and one that Angela speaks about openly. We protect the integrity of our programs by doing due diligence with everyone who applies. While the team wants to help create as many families as possible, we are not willing to compromise the foundation of CSC or ethics to do so.
But who is Angela? What drives CSC’s CEO is to get up every morning, juggle family needs, write a weekly blog, balance a busy work schedule that can change at any moment, and still cultivate a deep sense of self and personal growth? Once she reaches a goal, she’s on to the next creative wave. How does she stay high energy, while staying in a calm and centered place of patience and empathy?
Egg Donor Intake & IVF Nurse Support
A mother of 3 and a Registered Nurse since 1998. With over 15 years of experience in reproductive health, Melanie has seen the joys, struggles and sorrows of family planning personally as well as professionally. She has held a variety of nursing positions ranging from an operating room nurse to Nurse Manager in some of the top fertility clinics in Toronto and has worked closely with some of the best reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialists.
Melanie was Angela’s nurse when she first became a surrogate. Angela recognized instantly the personal touch Melanie brought to her patients. Years later when Angela began her agency, she ran into Melanie at a fertility clinic she was working at. They reconnected and stayed in touch.
The concept for Your IVF Nurse came to life after Melanie witnessed many clients overwhelmed with confusion and frustration, after meeting with health-care providers and feeling they were unable to spend additional time and receive the individualized care they were seeking. Her goal is to provide exceptional care by sharing knowledge, experience, and guidance to support you in creating your family.
Angela wanted Melanie to be a consultant for her company and now they work closely together to ensure the standards of patient care for both egg donors and surrogates are above reproach. Melanie is available to answer any questions Intended Parents may have and does all Egg Donor intake consultations.
Melanie has held senior management positions which have allowed her to have the opportunity to spend additional time with clients and recognize the concerns many face during this often difficult yet delicate journey. She is dedicated to helping put clients on the right path when consulting with their physicians and nurses, whether that be knowing what questions to ask and discuss other options available to them. Melanie wants every client to feel fulfilled during the cycle, and provide comfort in knowing that they are not alone. Providing support and confidence that they have done everything they could have done or asked.
Melanie is the bridge between clients and clinics. At CSC we want everyone to feel like they have a voice and a support system that puts them first. Melanie is our way of providing additional support to our programs.
Over the span of Melanie’s nursing career, she has participated in the Merck Nursing Educational Board, which enabled a networking & learning opportunity for nurses working in the field of Infertility, Toronto Pride Week, Dykes Planning Tykes/Daddy’s & Poppas within the LGBTQ community. She has also had the opportunity to speak at Pi Beta Phi; Ontario Chapter at the University of Western Ontario as well as presented at the Canadian Fertility Andrology Society (CFAS) on the Nursing education day. She participated in a steering committee comprised of fertility expert nurses, which led to presenting the ABC’s of ART supported by EMD Serono to assist in the education of newer fertility nurses to the field.
Intended Parent Support
Our Intended Parent Coach has walked down your path and intimately understands the rollercoaster that happens with the surrogacy journey. Seven years of infertility, four clinics, countless versions of varying cycles, two IVFs, one funded IVF, one year of medical leave and years of infertility treatments resulting in one very difficult mental health breakdown. This all led her down the path of surrogacy. Agatha and her husband now have a son who was brought to them through an independent journey with a friend. It was a medically complex pregnancy with many challenges. She now advocates for agency involvement because of the levels of support she had to provide to her surrogate alone.
Agatha has always been publicly open about her struggles with creating a family and even blogged about her first round of IVF (the blog is still up!) While surrogacy may not have been the original plan, she strongly feels things happen for a reason, and “baby T” chose this path (surrogacy) for her to become a mom this way for a reason. To this role, she brings with her extensive education and personal knowledge and she’s now answering that call by being the Intended Parent Support at CSC. The therapist’s task is to lead the patient from dysfunction (I can’t get up in the morning, I’m failing important life matters) to the point where the patient can function normally (embraces everyday life), while the coach accompanies the client in the way from ordinary functionality to his/her personal greatness and move forward in a journey. Her main function is to bridge the gap of communication between IPs and our agency. She’s our IP’s best cheer team.
Agatha has a minor in psychology from York University and completed a specialized program on inner child work and internal family systems. In addition, Agatha has completed courses in adult education at Brock University and her specialization is working work people with disabilities who had complex medical challenges from early intervention to adults. Agatha has done extensive personal work through Landmark Education allowing her to lead individuals and groups through their own personal transformations. Finally, Agatha in 2023, will be completing an NLP certification that will allow her to teach perspectives and techniques that allow an individual to observe and change their own state by recognizing unconscious patterns in themselves and others.