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Katherine McParland

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Katherine McParland is the founder and manager of the A Way Home Kamloops movement to end youth homelessness. This issue is close to Katherine's heart as a youth who grew up in the foster care system, and experienced extensive periods of homelessness. She has found purpose in this 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-chairs the BC Coalition to End Youth Homelessness and is helping to lead the development of a provincial plan to end youth homelessness. These experiences have supported Katherine's integration of learning as a Masters of Social Work Leadership student at University of Calgary. Most recently Katherine have completed a practicum at the B.C. Representative of Children and Youth to ensure youth voice is heard in the development of a provincial plan to end youth homelessness.

THE BOSS
PEER
NAVIGATION
STAFF
Kira Cheeseborough
PEER NAVIGATOR
Dayna Chapman
PEER NAVIGATOR/
SAFE SUITES YOUTH TRANSITIONAL SUPPORT WORKER
THE BOSS
Alex Alburquenque
CASE MANAGER
Marlo Hodge
YOUTH HOUSING FIRST SUPPORT WORKER
YOUTH
HOUSING
FIRST
STAFF
THE BOSS
Angell Olsen
YOUTH ADVISOR
YOUTH AGAINST YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
Daniel Galbraith
YOUTH ADVISOR
Korrie Courtoreille
YOUTH ADVISOR
Melanie Hedch
YOUTH ADVISOR

Moise Sewap

YOUTH ADVISOR

Quintin Courtoreille

YOUTH ADVISOR

Sharon Peters

YOUTH ADVISOR

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YOUTH ADVISOR

FIRST LAST

YOUTH ADVISOR

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YOUTH ADVISOR

Erika Picton

SAFE SUITES LIFE SKILLS WORKER

"Weyt-k - hello! My name is Erika, and I am joining the A Way Home team as a Life Skills Worker at the Safe Suites location! I also work as a Rehabilitation Worker at a local psychiatric unit, as well as attend Thompson Rivers University; I received my Human Service Diploma in 2018, then continued on into the Bachelor of Social Work program, which i am set to receive my degree in 2021. 

 

I work from combined strengths-based, anti-oppressive, and person-centered perspectives and take a holistic approach to health and wellness; I am firmly rooted in the belief that true healing must be an all-around experience. I base my practice with individuals to encompass the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual determinants of self, for I believe that if one of these aspects is suffering, that the rest will be out of alignment as well. 

 

I am very much looking forward to getting to know the staff at A Way Home and the youths who reside in the Safe Suites! I am honored and excited to be a part of their team, and can't wait to see - and be a part of! - the continued success of this organization, as together we fight to eradicate youth homelessness!"

Rory Fisher

SAFE SUITES STAFF

"My name is Rory, I Graduated from the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)  program at Thompson Rivers University.  Along with the BSW, I also studied cultural anthropology and attained the Aboriginal Studies Certificate. 

 

In addition, I am also an advocate for the chronic illness community. I am passionate about helping people with neuro-immune and psychiatric disorders find their voice in the world. 

 

I am also passionate about healthy living styles. I enjoy teaching others how to maintain a healthy diet, in order to encourage them helping to maintain a healthy body and mind. 

 

I am also passionate and well versed in research and academic writing. I have learned to use my academic writing skills to help those who are struggling understand the nature of their struggles.  

 

Finally,  I have worked closely with both children and youth from all walls of life."

Kristen Luttmerding

SAFE SUITES STAFF

"Hi there,

My name is Kristen Luttmerding and I have recently joined the team at A Way Home Kamloops as a part of the Safe Suites staff. Before obtaining my Bachelor of Social Work from Thompson Rivers University, I studied psychology for my first three years of post-secondary, wherein I developed a passion for working in adolescent mental health. During my social work education, I developed skills in working with at-risk Indigenous youth, street-entrenched adults experiencing mental health and substance use struggles, and children who had lived through traumatic events. I also had the opportunity to conduct independent research regarding how settler social workers can be effective allies to Indigenous communities.

I am excited to be a part of the team at the innovative Safe Suites project. I believe every youth and young adult in Kamloops should have the opportunities to live a healthy and successful life, and I am honoured to provide a supporting role in those journeys. The youth served by A Way Home Kamloops are incredibly resilient, resourceful, and inspiring, and I look forward to walking alongside them."

Maxx Isnardy

CASUAL SAFE SUITES STAFF

"My name is Maxx Isnardy, and I am Ts'ilqotin for the Tl'esqox Band. I identify as two-spirit.

 

In 2013 I completed my Aboriginal Justice Studies program at the Native Education College. I did a 6 week practicum at WISH Drop-in Center for vulnerable women, and fell in love with the work, and the people. I worked with WISH for 2 years, before moving on to Raincity Housing. I worked in a variety of the programs, from indigenous support worker for adults in HArm reduction housings, to indigenous outreach worker for the At-Risk LGBTQ2 youth in Vancouver. I was then able to bring all my experience and knowledge that i had gained back to my home reserve. I Worked as the Indigenous Youth and Family Coordinator for my band Tl'esqox, connecting our youth back with our culture and teachings. I am so honored to be working with A Way Home and to be able watch and help guide these rad young adults." 

Lindsay Trochta

CASUAL SAFE SUITES STAFF

"My name is Lindsay, I am a new member of A Way Home Kamloops as a Casual Support Worker. I am currently a student at Thompson Rivers University with the goal to complete my Bachelors of Social Work. I have experience working with youth and families. I have a passion for helping youth in the Kamloops community reach their full potential. I work from a person centred approach aiming to create a comfortable and non judgmental environment for all youth to develop genuine relationships. I look forward to supporting the youth at safe suites."

Claire Nakalyango

CASUAL SAFE SUITES STAFF

Claire Nakalyango is from  Uganda, Kampala and is pursuing a post baccalaureate of Accounting at Thompson Rivers University.  Claire's past work experience  includes rehabilitation support at an Uganda hospital that provides mental health services to people struggling with substance use. She provided individualized, client-centered support  and facilitated patient involvement in decision-making and life-skills training. Claire also works at CMHA supportive housing and  appreciates the transformation of people through safe, stable housing.  Claire also hosts a Bachelors in Management Science and is passionate about promoting financial sustainability for individuals. Claire is excited to be a part of the A Way Home Kamloops team and the opportunity to excel with the organization.

Saerom Kang

CASUAL SAFE SUITES STAFF

"Hello, my name is Saerom, and I am very excited to be joining A Way Home Kamloops as a Casual Safe Suites Staff!

 

I graduated from the Bachelor of Social Work program with a child welfare specialization at Thompson Rivers University. I also completed a practicum at Big Brothers Big Sisters where I developed relevant skills assisting with children. I have always had a strong passion for youth work and I am blessed to have this opportunity. I am very looking forward to supporting every youth in Safe Suites to feel a sense of belonging and to helping them reach their full potential and achieve their personalized goals."

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