Founder/President and CEO
Jessica Turner is the Founder/President and CEO of Babies Who Volunteer Inc. She is responsible for the strategic vision, daily operations, and overall management of the organization. Jessica is a firm believer in the magical powers of babies and through her strong leadership, the magic is continuing to spread.
Jessica has a passion for helping people and started volunteering at a long term care home beside her house when she was only eight years old. This experience at an early age had a profound impact on her and lead to a life-long commitment to volunteerism and to giving back to the community. Jessica has volunteered in a variety of settings with seniors, as well as children with special needs.
Jessica graduated with Honours from the Developmental Service Workers program at Algonquin College and since 2010, has been a Educational Assistant for the Catholic School board. Although she loves working with children in the classroom, she has a special soft spot for seniors and babies. When she isn’t at a long-term care home with her little one making the seniors smile, or working behind the scenes with her team, she is spending time with her three amazing kids, Aiden, Hope and Amelia. She also enjoys nature and animals.
Yuan is a volunteer and board member for Babies Who Volunteer Inc. Having grown up with her grandparents and her great-grandmother in China, where seniors are a respected and integral part of family life, she feels strongly that inter-generational activities can be enriching for both young and old.
Yuan earned a Ph.D. in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology from the University of Toronto, based on research on the genetics of pediatric brain tumours conducted at the Hospital for Sick Children. She currently works for Health Canada as a regulatory affairs officer. When she’s not working or volunteering, Yuan’s inquisitive and energetic daughter Alina keeps her on her toes.