Jillanne initiated Elf Anonymous as a way to give another meaning to Christmas that is not completely based on dollar amounts spent on gifts. Providing people who do not normally get to celebrate the holidays with a friendly smile is one way for her to give back and feel connected to her community. As her late grandmother reminded her how lonely old age can be even when loved ones regularly visit, Jillanne wanted to keep those in mind who may not have others thinking of them. Enriching the lives of seniors who have spent their entire lives keeping traditions alive around the holidays and no longer have the means to continue those traditions is one simple act that can spiral into a feeling that can last year-round.
Jillanne would consider herself a "volunteer addict", and has contributed to other not-for-profits as a volunteer, including:
- Help A Buddy Fund
Role: Founder and President (2019-present)
- Bannerman Community League
Role: social events coordinator (2015-2020)
-Greater Edmonton Animal Rescue Society
Role: occasional event coordinator and animal bio writer (2015-2019)
- Sexual Assault Center of Edmonton
Role: crisis line operator (2010-2012)
Diana joined the Elf Anonymous Team in 2018 to assist in event planning and coordination in hopes to expand the number of seniors' hearts we touch. She describes herself below:
"It is an honor to be on the team with Elf Anonymous! I am a mom of three and a grandma to one. I am an animal lover with 12 pets in my home, my favorite being my six ferrets! Giving back to my community is very important to me. I volunteer with Community Cats Edmonton and I also volunteer at my son's elementary school. I look forward to spending time with seniors in need during the holiday season."
Yvette joined Elf Anonymous in 2019 and has been contibuting her creative solutions to the evolution of the program every year since. Her inspiration is described below:
"When I first heard of Elf Anonymous, I knew it was something I had to do. I I’ve always enjoyed being around seniors and Elf Anonymous gave me that opportunity to spread some Holiday cheer with seniors, especially those in need. I love all things Halloween and enjoy making costumes in my spare time. I look forward to helping Elf Anonymous and to continue making seniors feel special."