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Our full time Youth Unlimited workers have such a strong conviction of what they do, that they actually fundraise 100% of their salary. Now that's passion and dedication to a calling!

 
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 GREG HUTCHINSON   Executive Director    Greg joined Youth Unlimited in 1989 in Westlock Alberta. In those eleven years he established the ministry that is still impacting youth in that community. Greg is excited when a youth begins the journey in following Jesus. In 2000 he moved to Calgary as the Executive Director giving vision and leadership to the Youth Unlimited Calgary chapter. Greg’s passion has never changed for youth and he still participates in school assemblies. Greg's role as Executive Director provides leadership to staff, establishes and maintains ministry partner development and the strategic development of Youth Unlimited.  greg.hutchinson@yucanada.org 1 888 753 8575 x 101

GREG HUTCHINSON

Executive Director


Greg joined Youth Unlimited in 1989 in Westlock Alberta. In those eleven years he established the ministry that is still impacting youth in that community. Greg is excited when a youth begins the journey in following Jesus. In 2000 he moved to Calgary as the Executive Director giving vision and leadership to the Youth Unlimited Calgary chapter. Greg’s passion has never changed for youth and he still participates in school assemblies. Greg's role as Executive Director provides leadership to staff, establishes and maintains ministry partner development and the strategic development of Youth Unlimited.

greg.hutchinson@yucanada.org
1 888 753 8575 x 101

 MARIA FRIESEN   People & Program Development Director   Maria Friesen came to Youth Unlimited in 1994 as a 19 year old who accepted a dare. After spending a few nights on the streets and being immersed into the lives of street kids and sex trade workers, her naivety was shaken, eyes opened and heart softened. After volunteering for 2 years, she came on staff. Maria worked in frontline ministry for 17 years. In 2010, she took on the role of People & Program Development Director where she is focused on providing an HR department, assisting ministry staff and mentoring younger leaders who have the same ministry heart.  maria.friesen@yucanada.org  1 888 753 8575 x 105

MARIA FRIESEN

People & Program Development Director

Maria Friesen came to Youth Unlimited in 1994 as a 19 year old who accepted a dare. After spending a few nights on the streets and being immersed into the lives of street kids and sex trade workers, her naivety was shaken, eyes opened and heart softened. After volunteering for 2 years, she came on staff. Maria worked in frontline ministry for 17 years. In 2010, she took on the role of People & Program Development Director where she is focused on providing an HR department, assisting ministry staff and mentoring younger leaders who have the same ministry heart.

maria.friesen@yucanada.org
1 888 753 8575 x 105

 TO BE ANNOUNCED!   Administration & Accounting   Bio coming soon.  calgary@yucanada.org 1 888 753 8575 x 100

TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Administration & Accounting

Bio coming soon.

calgary@yucanada.org
1 888 753 8575 x 100

 BERNIE ADAM   Youth Guidance Director    Bernie Adam joined Youth Unlimited In 1993. He had previously been working as an automotive mechanic, but he came to the realization that something was missing from his life, and he began searching for a way that he could find greater purpose. Bernie had been involved in youth ministry for years through Christian camps, youth groups, and mentorship, and these experiences pointed him towards a career in youth ministry. He felt led to take a step of faith, so he made the decision to lead the Youth Guidance program at Youth Unlimited, where he facilitates mentorship and runs sports programs for at-risk youth.  bernie.adam@yucanada.org 1 888 753 8575 x 109

BERNIE ADAM

Youth Guidance Director


Bernie Adam joined Youth Unlimited In 1993. He had previously been working as an automotive mechanic, but he came to the realization that something was missing from his life, and he began searching for a way that he could find greater purpose. Bernie had been involved in youth ministry for years through Christian camps, youth groups, and mentorship, and these experiences pointed him towards a career in youth ministry. He felt led to take a step of faith, so he made the decision to lead the Youth Guidance program at Youth Unlimited, where he facilitates mentorship and runs sports programs for at-risk youth.

bernie.adam@yucanada.org
1 888 753 8575 x 109

 RYAN ELKANAH   StreetLight    I've been there. I’ve been the young person surrounded by broken people breaking people. Eventually becoming a product of the system, growing up feeling unloved and without guidance. That was until eventually a youth worker invested into me, and I discovered Jesus’s love for me. Now God is using what was intended to destroy to bring freedom and light to the lives of Calgary’s homeless young people. Since 2009, For 4 years I did this as a volunteer now 3 years as a staff with Youth Unlimited’s StreetLight Mobile Drop in ministry. As a community youth worker I can be there for these young people by investing into them as I was, loving them and by being whatever they need me to be to succeed.  ryan.elkanah@yucanada.org 1 888 753 8575 ext. 114

RYAN ELKANAH

StreetLight


I've been there. I’ve been the young person surrounded by broken people breaking people. Eventually becoming a product of the system, growing up feeling unloved and without guidance. That was until eventually a youth worker invested into me, and I discovered Jesus’s love for me. Now God is using what was intended to destroy to bring freedom and light to the lives of Calgary’s homeless young people. Since 2009, For 4 years I did this as a volunteer now 3 years as a staff with Youth Unlimited’s StreetLight Mobile Drop in ministry. As a community youth worker I can be there for these young people by investing into them as I was, loving them and by being whatever they need me to be to succeed.

ryan.elkanah@yucanada.org
1 888 753 8575 ext. 114

 IVY FRIESEN   StreetLight   Ivy Friesen got involved with Youth Unlimited’s StreetLight program in 2003, driven by her compassion for young people struggling with addictions and caught in the trap of the sex industry. In 2011, Ivy became a full-time staff member of StreetLight, where she provides leadership to StreetLight’s mobile drop-in centre and also leads a strip club outreach. Ivy ministers to these vulnerable young people by meeting them where they are at, coming alongside them through life situations, meeting their physical needs, and providing dedicated mentorship and support. Her heart for these young people is that they would realize their abundant potential and accept God’s unconditional and redeeming love.  ivy.friesen@yucanada.org 1 888 753 8575 x 113

IVY FRIESEN

StreetLight

Ivy Friesen got involved with Youth Unlimited’s StreetLight program in 2003, driven by her compassion for young people struggling with addictions and caught in the trap of the sex industry. In 2011, Ivy became a full-time staff member of StreetLight, where she provides leadership to StreetLight’s mobile drop-in centre and also leads a strip club outreach. Ivy ministers to these vulnerable young people by meeting them where they are at, coming alongside them through life situations, meeting their physical needs, and providing dedicated mentorship and support. Her heart for these young people is that they would realize their abundant potential and accept God’s unconditional and redeeming love.

ivy.friesen@yucanada.org
1 888 753 8575 x 113

 KAIO ESAU   Keramiko Director    Kaio joined the Youth Unlimited team in the Spring of 2018. Being adopted herself, Kaio is extremely passionate about ministries geared towards pregnant and parenting youth. Becoming part of Youth Unlimited offered an exciting opportunity to help not start Keramiko, but to also take steps toward her gifting and calling to ministry. Kaio is very excited to establish this new program in Calgary and to see all that God has in store for Keramiko. She knows that in building relationships with young moms, she can help offer a community of hope and guidance.n active mentor and positive influence in their lives.  kaio.esau@yucanada.org 1 888 753 8575 x 104

KAIO ESAU

Keramiko Director


Kaio joined the Youth Unlimited team in the Spring of 2018. Being adopted herself, Kaio is extremely passionate about ministries geared towards pregnant and parenting youth. Becoming part of Youth Unlimited offered an exciting opportunity to help not start Keramiko, but to also take steps toward her gifting and calling to ministry. Kaio is very excited to establish this new program in Calgary and to see all that God has in store for Keramiko. She knows that in building relationships with young moms, she can help offer a community of hope and guidance.n active mentor and positive influence in their lives.

kaio.esau@yucanada.org
1 888 753 8575 x 104

 MARIE PICARD   StreetLight     Marie started working for Streetlight as a summer student in May of 2017, and fell in love with the work that this ministry does. Her passion is to empower young people and help them find their potential. Streetlight's drop-in centre was the perfect avenue to do this in, as many youth that come to the drop-in nights do not have positive supports in their lives. Marie stayed on as a staff member after that summer and loves getting to meet, assist, mentor, empower, listen to, laugh with, and share God's love with the youth that come to both the Downtown and Bowness Streetlight locations each week.  marie.picard@yucanada.org 1 888 753 8575 x

MARIE PICARD

StreetLight

Marie started working for Streetlight as a summer student in May of 2017, and fell in love with the work that this ministry does. Her passion is to empower young people and help them find their potential. Streetlight's drop-in centre was the perfect avenue to do this in, as many youth that come to the drop-in nights do not have positive supports in their lives. Marie stayed on as a staff member after that summer and loves getting to meet, assist, mentor, empower, listen to, laugh with, and share God's love with the youth that come to both the Downtown and Bowness Streetlight locations each week.

marie.picard@yucanada.org
1 888 753 8575 x

 TAMARA PRYCE-FISHER   Bow Valley Director    Tamara has been living in the Bow Valley since 2009. Fueled by her passion to see today's youth reach their full potential in Christ, she joined the Youth Unlimited team in January 2018. She hopes to change the ethos of her community by mentoring young people to grow and develop into productive members of society. By transforming one life at a time, Tamara looks forward to seeing not just a community but a generation transformed for Christ.  tamara.pryce-fisher@yucanada.org 1 888 753 8575 x 115

TAMARA PRYCE-FISHER

Bow Valley Director


Tamara has been living in the Bow Valley since 2009. Fueled by her passion to see today's youth reach their full potential in Christ, she joined the Youth Unlimited team in January 2018. She hopes to change the ethos of her community by mentoring young people to grow and develop into productive members of society. By transforming one life at a time, Tamara looks forward to seeing not just a community but a generation transformed for Christ.

tamara.pryce-fisher@yucanada.org
1 888 753 8575 x 115

 DOUG WAUGH   Worth Auto Director    Doug joined Youth Unlimited in 2006. Doug became a youth worker because growing up he got into the wrong crowd and struggled in many areas of his life. After Doug became a Christian he wanted to be part of the solution and not the problem. Doug always sensed that somehow he should be using his skills as an automotive mechanic to help youth but never could quite figure out exactly how to do that, until he found the Worth Auto program. Worth Auto has given Doug the “vehicle”, so to speak, to put his skills to work in a different way. By using his mechanical skills and knowledge, along with his desire to help kids find their way in life, Doug has found the perfect career path.  doug.waugh@yucanada.org 1 888 753 8575 x 126

DOUG WAUGH

Worth Auto Director


Doug joined Youth Unlimited in 2006. Doug became a youth worker because growing up he got into the wrong crowd and struggled in many areas of his life. After Doug became a Christian he wanted to be part of the solution and not the problem. Doug always sensed that somehow he should be using his skills as an automotive mechanic to help youth but never could quite figure out exactly how to do that, until he found the Worth Auto program. Worth Auto has given Doug the “vehicle”, so to speak, to put his skills to work in a different way. By using his mechanical skills and knowledge, along with his desire to help kids find their way in life, Doug has found the perfect career path.

doug.waugh@yucanada.org
1 888 753 8575 x 126

 SARA WAGAR   Campus Life Director    Sara joined Youth Unlimited in spring of 2010. She coaches girls volleyball and basketball at her old high school and coaches girl's softball in the community. She also runs the Gym Blast program and speaks at summer camps. She appreciates the independence Campus Ministry gives her to use her skills and passions to connect with youth. She loves getting to grow and foster leadership skills as well as teamwork and sportsmanship in the girls she interacts with daily.  sara.wagar@yucanada.org 1 888 753 8575 x 108

SARA WAGAR

Campus Life Director


Sara joined Youth Unlimited in spring of 2010. She coaches girls volleyball and basketball at her old high school and coaches girl's softball in the community. She also runs the Gym Blast program and speaks at summer camps. She appreciates the independence Campus Ministry gives her to use her skills and passions to connect with youth. She loves getting to grow and foster leadership skills as well as teamwork and sportsmanship in the girls she interacts with daily.

sara.wagar@yucanada.org
1 888 753 8575 x 108

 ROMAN WIK   Worth Auto    Roman started with Youth Unlimited in September of 2014. Having been a Journeyman Motorcycle Mechanic in the service industry for 10 years, he felt like it was time for a change. Fixing toys wasn’t enjoyable anymore, and he wasn’t making a difference. Wanting to meld his passions for mechanics and youth, he started looking for opportunities to do so. He was introduced to the Worth Director and learned about what Worth Auto does. Since then, he has jumped in and now teaches young people valuable mechanical skills to help them be employable. Now Roman is an active mentor and positive influence in their lives.  roman.wik@yucanada.org 1 888 753 8575 x 110

ROMAN WIK

Worth Auto


Roman started with Youth Unlimited in September of 2014. Having been a Journeyman Motorcycle Mechanic in the service industry for 10 years, he felt like it was time for a change. Fixing toys wasn’t enjoyable anymore, and he wasn’t making a difference. Wanting to meld his passions for mechanics and youth, he started looking for opportunities to do so. He was introduced to the Worth Director and learned about what Worth Auto does. Since then, he has jumped in and now teaches young people valuable mechanical skills to help them be employable. Now Roman is an active mentor and positive influence in their lives.

roman.wik@yucanada.org
1 888 753 8575 x 110