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About Us

Family Fun Canada is a digital media company that provides daily content to an engaged online audience of Canadian parents.

The brainchild of Melissa Vroon and Voula Martin, two moms and best friends since high school, Family Fun began in 2008 when they launched their first website, www.familyfuncalgary.com, out of frustration with continually missing out on the best family events. They saw a need for a website where parents could see all the upcoming family-friendly events and activities in their city at a glance, then set out to fill that need.

With the success of Family Fun Calgary, they were able to expand to sites in Vancouver, EdmontonHalifax,  Saskatoon & Toronto with more local city sites in development.

Family Fun Canada has been, from its very inception and every step thereafter, a labour of love and a learning experience for its founding partners who wanted to craft quality websites catering to families looking for great entertainment. For this reason, they were honoured to be nominated for the 2013 MOMpreneur of the Year award, in 2014 for the Globe & Mail’s Remarkable Small Business award and in 2018 for an Alberta Woman Entrepreneur Award.

Today Family Fun is a team of nine, with a crew of talented freelance contributors, all committed to family, fun, adventures and travel. And we love to talk about family fun! Here are some of our recent TV & radio interviews.

Would you like to work with us?  Let us tell you about the advertising options available on the Family Fun Canada network.

Founding Partners

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Melissa Vroon | Founding Partner

Armed with an International Relations degree from the University of Calgary, Melissa Vroon travelled the globe studying, working and volunteering in over 40 countries. After seeing what the world had to offer, Melissa and her husband decided to settle in her hometown of Calgary which they consider one of the best cities in the world to live and raise their two children.

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Voula Martin | Founding Partner

A University of Calgary Political Science graduate and mom of two, Voula Martin was born in Montreal, grew up in Calgary and lived for 5 years in the lovely west coast city of Port Moody before returning to Calgary. As Editor in Chief of Family Fun Canada, an idea she helped take from a kitchen table discussion to a country-wide digital distribution, Voula oversees a dedicated team of talented, amazing contributing writers.

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Editors

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Charity Quick | City Editor Calgary

Charity loves to travel, write stories, and take pictures, especially when she can persuade her teenagers to come and play. Charity lives in Calgary with her husband and 3 kids, who sometimes decide they’re too old for Mom’s schemes and plans, but can usually be convinced to join the fun. When she’s not writing for Family Fun, Charity can be found at the public library, figure skating at the local rink, or playing with her piano.

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Chantelle Doll | City Editor Edmonton

For Chantelle, a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications led to roles doing Graphic Design and Marketing with various firms before taking a break from the workforce to focus on her young children. She’s a fun-seeking mom of two who equally enjoys a new and exciting adventure with the family or quiet downtime at home. In the summer months, she enjoys extended camping trips with lots of hiking and exploring, while the cooler months give way to experiencing and appreciating some of the great attractions in Edmonton. At home, you can find Chantelle getting creative with a DIY craft project, trying out a new recipe, or relaxing with her two very spoiled dogs.

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Shannon Lynn | City Editor Halifax

After graduating from university with a B.Comm in Marketing, Shannon moved to New Brunswick where she lived and worked for over a decade. During this time, she bravely put her career on hold to pursue her passion for painting and went back to school to study Visual Arts. Becoming involved with organizing community projects and events, she discovered a love for digital marketing and content creation, and began instructing at numerous art-focused post-secondary institutions throughout Atlantic Canada. Now back in Halifax, she is rediscovering the city while navigating her newest and most important role yet, motherhood. When not working, you will catch her painting, thrifting, or spending quality time with her husband, two-year-old son, and two portly cats.

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Erin McCrea | City Editor Saskatoon

After graduating university with a BA in English, Erin moved around from South Korea to various places in Saskatchewan, to Alberta, until she finally settled down in Saskatoon for a Creative Writing job at a local radio station. Shortly after she settled down even more with a man, house, and dog. In 2016 she added a baby boy to the mix.  Lately, you can find Erin searching for adventures, writing, crafting (not always well), playing (or arguing) with a kid, playing (or arguing) with a big dog, or drinking a glass of wine.

 

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Melissa Mohaupt | City Editor Toronto

Melissa Mohaupt is a proud first-generation Canadian of German & Norwegian heritage who grew up in Ottawa but moved to Toronto 25 years ago. With degrees in Theatre and Journalism, she is a mom of two kids & three pets, an avid photographer, traveller & travel daydreamer, music & film/TV nerd, concertgoer and museum patron, karaoke enthusiast and fan of all Canadian sports teams.

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Sarah Calvert | City Editor Vancouver

Sarah is a teacher and mother of two who is always looking for the next adventure. When she’s not chasing her small children around at a park, you can find her on a beach, perusing a craft fair, at a festival, or learning to play golf. Sarah holds a Master of Education and Bachelor of Education and Arts. Joining Family Fun fulfils a lifelong dream of being both a teacher and a writer. She is passionate about connecting with the community and exploring new places locally and internationally.

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Lindsay Follett | National Sales and Marketing Director

In 2012, after nearly 2 decades of fundraising for BC universities, Lindsay Follett was ready for a change of pace and came on board as the City Editor of Family Fun Vancouver. For 10 years she, together with her husband and their two sons, explored every possible family-friendly event and found constant enjoyment in sharing their adventures with the Family Fun Vancouver audience. In 2014, Lindsay took on the additional role as our National Sales and Marketing Director. After stepping down as Editor in 2022, she is excited to focus all of her time working with clients to promote their family-friendly events on our network. If you wish to promote your event, venue, program, or product to either our national audience or a city-specific audience, please email Lindsay at lindsay@familyfuncanada.com

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