In September of 2015, while on a mission trip in South Africa, Isabelle had a vision of a Village for children and women. In November 2016, Isabelle felt the call to return to South Africa. She visited Lungisisa Indlela Village (LIV) in Durban. The LIV experience help crystalize a model of how this group of people could be supported. She came back to Canada to start what is now LINK Village Society.
In 2018, Isabelle was asked to lead a project called BRAVE, a one-day event for girls ages 12 – 18 living in vulnerable situations like foster care, homelessness, and youth probation. It was at this time that she recognized a need for a village in Kamloops, British Columbia in Canada.
Isabelle currently works for School District 93 with children from K-7. She facilitates their personal, social, and educational development through informal education, care, and helping them develop healthy relationships. Isabelle works directly with children and families on assessing their needs, listening to their challenges, establishing goals, counselling them, and supporting them through tough times. Isabelle has been working with children for over 20 years in places such as youth centres, religious youth groups, schools, and sport centres. Isabelle also ran a direct selling business. She was recognized in the Court of Sales, Court of Excellence, earning multiple free cars, and was presented with the highest honor of receiving the Miss Go-Give Award.
Her community work includes United Way Better at Home Program, The Pit Stop, The Mustard Seed, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Kamloopa Powwow serving Lytton evacuees and firefighters, Office of the Seniors Advocate, Brave Canada, and The Salvation Army supporting the vulnerable population such as homeless men & women, the working poor, the elderly, and single families in our community.
Isabelle grew up in Montreal and went to Université du Québec à Montréal to study in Psychosociology. She is currently studying for a Master's degree in Education - School Counseling at Université de St-Boniface. She lives in Kamloops, British Columbia with her husband, Jody Tedford. They have 3 children and one grandchild.
The Society was incorporated under the Societies Act (British Columbia) on May 2, 2018, under number S-0069270.
Proverbs 24:12 tells us that "Once our eyes are opened we cannot pretend we do not know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls knows we know and holds us responsible to act."