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Angela Pickering

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 and are now becoming foster parents. 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 has 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 centred place of patience and empathy?

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Melanie Mitchell

Egg Donor Intake & Surrogate Nurse

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.

Erica McCurdy

Office Administrator

Erica is our newest member of the team. She enjoys a wide range of hobbies, including knitting, reading, puzzles, baking and camping. She comes from a large family consisting of 2 brothers, 3 sisters and 4 step-siblings (plus their significant others!) Erica loves to spend time with her 2 nieces and 4 nephews too, having no kids of her own yet. With such a large family, there is often drama and disagreements but they are always there for each other in times of need. Erica values family and appreciates that a strong support system is very important.

Prior to working at CSC, Erica has worked in several family medical clinics. She recently worked at Victoria Hospital in London, ON as an ambulatory clerk. Erica went to Fanshawe College and completed the Office Administration – Health Services course. She went into this field because of her love for administration.

Erica loves to do paperwork, filing, and many other administrative tasks. She also loves to help people in any way she can. One of her favourite things is to help make people’s lives easier, even if just in a small way. She is looking forward to meeting our egg donors, surrogates, and Intended Parents and using her skills to help them through their journey. She will be answering phones, working on all administrative tasks, assisting with social media, and keeping all things organized within the ranks. Together with the team she hopes to make a difference in the lives of those who are touched by CSC & Evolution Eggs.

Agatha Wisniowska

Intended Parent Coach

Agatha wants to live in a world where we eat dessert first, books that come bundled with extra dark chocolate and a force field around her keyboard that repels cats and sticky-fingered toddlers. As a serial career changer, she’s work in NGOs doing International Development, is a certified Montessori Teacher, Makeup Artist and a Developmental Specialist for people with disabilities. She is a regular contributor to a RV travel magazine, her brain works in pictures and videos which ultimately lead her to creating a YouTube channel for when she and her husband after many years of infertility decided to pack up their bags, change their life and RV full-time, three months before this little virus took over the world. In that time, they finally asked themselves the big question, and said “yes” to an independent surrogacy journey with a friend who had a long standing offer to be their surrogate. Agatha is now a mom of baby boy and fur-mom of two four legged children who remind her every day that, yes, walks are still necessary.

Agatha has always been open about her struggles with creating a family on her travel Instagram 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. She’s now answering that call by being the Intended Parent Coach at CSC with the goal to bridge the gap of communication between IPs and our agency and being IPs cheer team.

When she’s not writing, or creating her next video project, you can find her running bare-foot in grass or chasing the sunset with her camera to take a picture of it for the eleventy-bajillionth time. She’s walked more than a mile in your shoes and is thrilled to be part of the CSC team and part of your village as you journey on the path towards parenthood.

Juanita Atwell

West Coast Egg Donor/ Surrogate Enrollment Coordinator

Juanita is a mother to 6 children, three beautiful girls and three handsome step sons. In June of 2021 she was content with the family that she had so she decided to get her tubes removed. After doing so, she thought why does my journey need to stop here? She is happy with all her children, her life is full of love and joy, but she wanted to be able to give that to someone else. So she looked up egg donation & surrogacy and found Angela.
“My life is definitely busy with having a big family and I own and run an esthetic business. My partner works away, so the daily hustle and bustle is all on me. By the time I get to bed at night, I am exhausted – but I would not change a thing about my life. I am happy. I am content. My bucket is full. Which is why I decided to give a little bit back to someone else who wants this crazy, beautiful life that family brings.”
She decided to embark on the journey to become an egg donor first with Evolution Eggs. As soon as she is finished that journey for an amazing couple in Ontario, she is now beginning the process of becoming a surrogate. “I had amazing pregnancies and absolutely loved being pregnant. I am so excited to be able to do this part of family building for another family.”
After getting to know Angela she felt really connected and their personalities and values aligned. She started educating women around about egg donation so Angela asked if she would be interested in joining her and the other amazing women on her team. She jumped on this opportunity and is becoming even more educated. She is sharing her personal experiences as a egg donor, and will soon be able to do the same with surrogacy.
She will be handling the enrollment and social media aspects for Alberta and West Coast areas. “I hope to be able to bring more awareness to what Angela does in her business and how important it is to help if you can. I want to educate others and unite women all over Canada. Our mission is to help create families through egg donation and surrogacy, by bringing more beautiful women to our community. I want to engage with like-minded women and open the hearts of women who are capable of giving back the gift of life to someone else.”

Why choose us?

We set standards for how surrogacy and egg donation should be approached in Canada. Founder, Angela Pickering sits on an Ethics Committee with a team of professionals in the industry to ensure that the decisions made within her program are above reproach and do not compromise the integrity of her clients. The team at CSC and Evolution Eggs are always striving to offer the best resources, guidance, and support through every step of the process.

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