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Meet Our Team

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.

 

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.

Kira Cheeseborough

PEER NAVIGATOR

Kira Cheeseborough is a Youth Advisor and Peer Support Worker for A Way Home Kamloops. Kira has led the development of an Education Peer Navigation program for youth who have experienced homelessness at Thompson Rivers University. Kira is also the Chair of Youth Against Youth Homelessness.

Kira has been award both the ACE-WIL and the CEWIL Student of the Year 2018 award for her work within A Way Home Kamloops, bringing to life the Peer Navigation program.

Dayna Chapman

PEER NAVIGATOR/SAFE SUITES STAFF

Bio in progress.

Marlo Hodge

YOUTH HOUSING FIRST SUPPORT WORKER

Marlo is currently perusing her Human Service diploma through TRU and intends to continue into the Bachelor of Social Work Program in the fall. Marlo comes to us with a certificate in mental health and addictions support work from Camosun College in Victoria. During her time in Victoria Marlo worked alongside youth and their families who were navigating homelessness, mental health, addiction, and ministry involvement amongst other challenges. When she isn’t working Marlo can often be found with a good book, or on the slopes of sun peaks.

Jill Coulter

CASE MANAGER

Jill has recently achieved her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Thompson Rivers University, and completed her final practicum at A Way Home Kamloops where she developed her skills in youth work. Jill has prior experience in developing and facilitating sexualized violence prevention & response education as well as conducting research, and she is passionate about social justice. When she’s not at work, Jill enjoys cooking new recipes, roadtrips around Beautiful BC, and getting outside for hiking, cycling, and camping adventures. While Jill does not own any pets, she loves meeting your furry friends and is always up to hear stories or watch a cat video!

Deidre Sellars

CASE MANAGER

"Weytk,My name is Deidre Sellars and I am new to A Way Home Kamloops as a Youth Housing First Support Worker. I’m currently in my final year of the Bachelor of Social Work program at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and have completed the Child Welfare Specialization. My hopes in completing this specialization are to assist youth and families that I work with to navigate various systems they may work alongside. I’ve also completed the Human Services Diploma and Education Assistant/ Community Support Certificate through Thompson Rivers University; I also have a background as a Health Care Assistant. Going into my education I had a focus of wanting to work with youth and had the pleasure of doing a Practicum Placement with A Way Home in 2016. Alongside completing my degree I am also completing the Aboriginal Studies Certificate through TRU to better understand history and Indigenous peoples resiliencies and challenges. In the recent past I have worked in assisting vulnerable populations at risk of or experiencing  homelessness: maintain their housing, connect to community health supports, life skills, and harm reduction efforts. I look forward to working with A Way Home Kamloops and the amazing youth. Kukstemc"

Hayley Wuschke

SAFE SUITES CASE MANAGER

"Hi there, my name is Hayley Wuschke and I am proudly joining A Way Home Kamloops as a Case Manager at Safe Suites! I have obtained my Bachelor of Social Work Degree with a child welfare specialization in conjunction with a Human Services Diploma from Thompson Rivers University. I have a passion for helping others and am eager to support youth in the community to reach their full potential while offering individualized and person-centered care. I believe youth in the Kamloops community have the ability to reach their personalized goals and I am so excited that Safe Suites will offer a safe and supportive environment for youth to do exactly that! I believe in anti-oppressive and strength-based practice and I cannot wait to see youth in the community grow and thrive."

Maxx Isnardy

SAFE SUITES STAFF

Bio in progress.

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

CASUAL SAFE SUITES STAFF

Bio in progress.

Lindsay Trochta

CASUAL SAFE SUITES STAFF

Bio in progress.

Chantelle Hothi

CASUAL SAFE SUITES STAFF

"Hola,

My name is Chantelle Hothi and I am a new member of A Way Home Kamloops. I am incredibly excited to start my journey as a case manager at Safe Suites. I recently received my Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Thompson Rivers University. I have experience working with vulnerable youth in an educational setting, as well as supporting youth and their mothers as they transition moving out of supportive shelters. I am passionate about providing ongoing support for all individuals living with mental health and addictions. I use a strengths-based approach, while understanding the importance of engaging in a harm reduction model when working with vulnerable populations. I find an importance in building collaborative relationships with those who I gain the opportunity of working alongside. I hope to be a positive and encouraging support for the six youth residing in Safe Suites."

Claire Nakalyango

CASUAL SAFE SUITES STAFF

Bio in progress.

Saerom Kang

CASUAL SAFE SUITES STAFF

Bio in progress.