Every year, the Cambridge Santa Parade is brought to you by hardworking volunteers. Check out the committee who is helping to make it possible this year.
Christina Rau – Executive Director
Christina grew up in Cambridge and has many fond memories! She took over the Cambridge Santa Claus parade in 2019 when it was brought to her attention that the parade was in danger of no longer happening. Not wanting to see this important community event disappear, she recruited a brand new committee who were just as passionate about bringing Christmas spirit and joy to the city as she was! Christmas has always been her favourite holiday and being part of this amazing community event that brings the city together has been an honour.
Sylvia Hilker – Assistant Executive Director
Sylvia has lovely memories of watching the Cambridge Santa Claus parade from the backyard of her parents house as it made its way towards Hespeler Road. Being in Human Resources for over twenty years, she is passionate about helping others and giving back to the community. When approached by Christina to help organize the 2019 Cambridge Santa Claus parade she jumped at the opportunity. There is a lot of work that happens behind the scenes to organize events such as a parade, but for Sylvia all the effort is worthwhile to see the smiles on everyone’s faces during the night of the Santa Claus parade. Christmas is a magical time and she looks forward to helping spread the spirit of the season again.
JAmie Beemer – Director of logistics
Jamie has always loved watching parades, starting with the Corn Festival and Christmas in Tecumseh Santa Claus parades in her home town of Tecumseh, Ontario. After moving to the Waterloo Region and missing her yearly traditions, Jamie decided to bring parades back into her life, however she wanted to give back. In 2017, Jamie started volunteering with both the Kitchener Lions Club Santa Claus Parade and the Cambridge Santa Claus Parade. In 2019 Jamie joined the Cambridge Santa Claus Parade committee and looks forward to bringing the holiday magic to the Waterloo Region year after year.
Kelly Francis – Director of Community Relations
Kelly Francis has been working with a Cambridge Dental Office for over a decade as a Dental Assistant/ Reception. She has had successful experience working with clients and employees, and is a strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace. Kelly enjoys a good Netflix binge but can also be found on long bike rides on hilly country roads with her two daughters.Volunteering with the Cambridge Christmas Parade is an amazing opportunity. Kelly is looking forward to giving her social and bookkeeping abilities to the committee by helping bring together a wonderful and magical Christmas Parade.
Tiffany Brito – Director of Social Media & Lead Volunteer Coordinator
Tiffany is an enthusiastic member of committee with many years of experience in customer service and social media, making her a great people-person. Born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, she frequented the many parades in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge as a little girl, and now with two of her own children, she shares these wonderful experiences with them. Christmas has always been one of her favourite holidays as it is a magical time of year filled with lots of kindness, joy, and love. She is eager to add to the magic the Cambridge Santa Claus parade brings to the city!
Michelle Stager – CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Michelle grew up in Kitchener and has participated in the Kitchener Oktoberfest parade and Kitchener Santa Claus parade for several years. Stepping over to the committee and volunteer/organizing side of parade was an eye opener for her and what is truly involved with bringing these events to life. She is a loving wife, and mother of two little boys and is excited to make lasting memories for her family with volunteering with the Cambridge Santa Claus Parade.
Alanna Hacking – Account Director, Community Outreach & Engagement
Alanna is currently on maternity leave but is excited to return and help bring the magic of the season to Cambridge.