Katherine McParland was the founder and manager of the A Way Home Kamloops movement to end youth homelessness. This issue was close to Katherine's heart as a youth who grew up in the foster care system, and experienced extensive periods of homelessness. She found purpose in the First Voice truth to create change. Katherine was appointed to the Federal government's Advisory Committee on Homelessness and other provincial policy advisory opportunities. In 2018, Katherine was awarded the YMCA Peace Medal for her work towards ending youth homelessness in Kamloops.
Provincially, Katherine co-chaired the BC Coalition to End Youth Homelessness and helped to lead the development of a provincial plan to end youth homelessness. Katherine graduated with a Masters of Social Work from the University of Calgary. Most recently, she launched "From Marginalized to Magnified", a BC Representative of Children and Youth Report, to elevate the voices of lived expertise as part of her graduate degree. In 2020, Katherine received the Heart of the Grasslands award from the BC Association of Social Workers.
Tangie has been involved with A Way Home Kamloops since its’s beginning in 2012 and understands the vision that Katherine worked hard to bring to life. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from a diverse background in urban planning and design and has been working in the non-profit sector for 13 years. Many of the projects that Tangie has managed in Kamloops have been multi-sector community-based projects that aim to solve complex issues, and she plans to continue that work by building on A Way Home Kamloops’ collaborative roots.
Tangie’s passion has always been user engagement in the design process and she brings that with her to our focus on youth voices and lived expertise. She looks forward to supporting the youth and the staff at A Way Home Kamloops for years to come.