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Board of Directors

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Lorry-Ann Austin

President

Lorry-Ann is an Associate Teaching Professor and Chair of TRU’s School of Social Work and Human Services. She is registered with the BC College of Social Workers and is an active member of the BC Association of Social Workers. She is an experienced social worker and educator with a demonstrated history of working with children and youth in the health sector. She is a strong community and social services professional who also has a background in media and communications. A long-time resident of Kamloops, Lorry-Ann loves exploring area trails with her two pups.

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Carley Stewart

Vice President

Carley has a background in political science and board governance, and helps bring a youth perspective to the board. She has a long history of volunteerism with various organizations throughout BC and has previously volunteered with A Way Home Kamloops in different capacities. Carley has long had a heart for youth development, and is excited to be serving youth through A Way Home.

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Grayden Flanagan

Director

Grayden brings a business perspective to the board and previously owned nine Subway stores in Kamloops. Grayden gives his time generously to the community and is currently a Board Director at the Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society, the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, the ICCHA Wish Foundation, and the Kamloops Daybreak Rotary Club.

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Shelley
Breen

Director

Shelley has been fortunate to explore a very exciting and diverse career path through the years. She brings experience in project management for healthcare initiatives in her current role with the Thompson Region Division of Family Practice as Development Lead. Very passionate about mental health and substance use work, she has been involved in supporting access to services and resources in the region. Prior to living in Kamloops, Shelley was with Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) in Edmonton, a charitable organization supporting at-risk youth in the community, where she managed revenue development, including fundraising, marketing, and communications. She is very excited to be a part of the AWHK family.

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Jenna Nickle

Director

Jenna has been the Program Manager of Mental Wellness Programs at the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA since 2017. She is the chief consultant at Jenna Nickle Consulting; where she takes on research, training, program promotion and education contracts. Her work focuses on supporting and counseling young adults, advocating for better mental health services, and educating the public on health for youth. Jenna has a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley and a Masters of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and has 9 years of experience working to improve the health and wellness of communities. Jenna has been working on and co-chairing the A Way Home Kamloops Prevention and Supports table since early 2018. In her free time, Jenna loves to adventure with her partner and rescue dog, Hudson.

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Louise Richards

Director

Louise has recently retired from her 15-year position as Executive Director of the Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society. Louise’s background is in law and she helped develop the Poverty Law Advocacy Program at E.Fry, while also acting as the Regional Advocate for the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. Louise has been a long-standing volunteer with the Law Foundation of BC, a key support member in the Kamloops Homelessness Action Plan, and developed the first women’s supportive transitional housing in Kamloops. Louise has been a key supervisor throughout the development of AWHK.

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Jason Fawcett

Director

Jason is the President of Kelson Group, a successful, family-owned property management business, including corporate and individual building operations in communities throughout B.C. and Alberta. He earned his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and worked in the commercial real estate industry in the Lower Mainland for several years prior to joining the family business. Jason has been a long-time member of LandlordBC and currently serves as a Board Director for this provincial rental owner's association. When he is not working, Jason spends time with family, skiing at Sun Peaks, and hiking in the hills with his dog.

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Janelle Mann

Director

Janelle is currently a Client Services Administrator at Abbott Wealth Management. Prior to the finance industry, she worked for the Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society as an Administrative Assistant where she learned of A Way Home. She is motivated by her genuine care for others, and a passion for helping individuals navigate through the resources that the community has to offer. Janelle is equipped with experience in fundraising, event planning, Human Resources, recruitment and knowledge of compliance and policies. It excites her to offer her insightful perspective to A Way Home Kamloops.