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New Sí:le Fund created to support YPSN! sticky icon

YPSN is excited to be featured in the new edition of the Victoria Foundation's PULSE magazine!

We are so grateful to Patrick Kelly and Carey Newman for supporting YPSN through the creation of the Sí:le Fund at the Victoria Foundation. Sí:le, which is the Halq’eméylem word for "grandmother” and “grandfather,” is a fund established as a legacy to the community in support of young parents, and one that ensures the conversation includes Indigenous voices.

THANK YOU on behalf of the entire YPSN Community! To contribute to the fund, follow this link https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/m/15332/donation and be sure to indicate Sí:le Fund in the message to Victoria Foundation!

Meet Sarah (Secretary of the board) sticky icon

We asked her: tell us three things about you, the first three things that come to mind:

1. I love my amazing five year old.

2. I love scrapbooking

3. I love learning new things and being outside.

What is your role?

My role is secretary of the board, as well as helping out editing the YPSN website!

What is your favourite thing about YPSN?

There are too many to mention, but the staff are absolutely amazing, as well as everyone who comes to YPSN. I love the non judgmental, open mindedness of everyone. The children who come into YPSN are pretty amazing too!

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born in St Albert, but raised here in Victoria BC

I have 3 children: Brooklyn (5) and two step children, Audrey (5) and Tyson (3)

I am completing the Community child and family studies as of December 2015 and am excited to see where that brings me!

Meet Jacquelin Green: Executive Director sticky icon

Tell us 3 things about you, the first 3 things that come to mind

1. I drink a lot of coffee!

2. I have 3 fabulous adult children, 1 wonderful teenager , a lovely partner and 3 naughty cats.

3. I love to quilt!

How did you first become involved with YPSN?

Petra and a young parent interviewed me and hired me as a Family Support Worker in 2006. I went on to become the coordinator of Perinatal and Family Support Programs in 2009.

What is your role now?

I am the Executive Director of YPSN. I feel really lucky to work for such an amazing organization, and every day I am inspired by the people (parents, kids, staff, volunteers) who make up the YPSN community.

 

Meet Our Staff Team! sticky icon

(Those stick people are Robin & Robert!)

& then clockwise from the top that's Jessica, Kim, Petra, Jacquelin, Anna & our Executive Director Margo right in the middle.

Samantha - Practicum student, staff person, and now: Marathon Volunteer Coordinator! sticky icon

Sam started with YPSN years ago as a practicum student, and then we were lucky enough to have her work here for a while. These days, Sam is coordinating details for our participation in the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon!

Tell us 3 things about you, the first 3 things that come to mind
1. I have the cutest little fluffy-faced white dog who's always waiting for me at home with a smile & lots of love.
2. I am committed to making a difference in my community.
3. I want to travel... everywhere, but my top 3 are Australia, Greece and Thailand.

How did you first become involved with YPSN?
I came to YPSN for my third year practicum. I researched and learned more about it. It was tiny, and so homey - now they can't get rid of me!

What is your role now?
I volunteer whenever I can & stay involved with the community any way I can.

What is your favourite thing about YPSN?

Meet Hannah: Family Support Worker sticky icon

We asked Hannah "Tell us 3 things about you, the first 3 things that come to mind". This is what she said:

1. I have a twin. We’re not identical so we don’t look at all alike, but we’re really similar in temperament.

2. I’m from Alberta. I grew up on the prairies but I love living on the West Coast.

3. I really love cats and i have an old orange kitty that i love to pieces

 

How did you first become involved with YPSN?

I was previously a practicum student here when I was a social work student and now i've joined the team as family support worker.

What is your role?

Family Support/ Outreach worker by helping people move towards their goals, whatever those goals maybe.

 

Meet Anna: First Contact Support Worker & Child Development Worker! sticky icon

We asked Anna: tell us 3 things about you, the first 3 things that come to mind...

1. I love the ocean. I always want to be close to it.

2. I like to connect with people. I love to take in other people’s experiences and stories and learn from them.

3. I’m an avid thrifter, beach-comber, and crafter. Which means endless projects!

 

How did you first become involved with YPSN?

I started volunteering in the drop-in group and children’s programs and was super inspired by everything that was happening here.

 

What is your role now?

I am the First Contact Support Worker & a Child Development Worker. My role is to be here for what you need, when you need it (when I’m here!)

 

Meet Michelle:Office Assistant/ Family Support sticky icon

 We asked her: tell us three things about you, the first three things that come to mind:

1. I LOVE COFFEE!

2. I LOVE MY KIDS!

3. I LOVE MY COMMUNITY!

 

What is your role?

My role is to be here for each family or community member that walks through these doors or calls us!  Oh helloo i will say!

 

What is your favourite thing about YPSN?

There’s many. You walk in and it’s just so relaxing. It doesn’t have that stickler environment. Everyone is welcomed!

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born and raised here in Victoria by my mom who is of irish/ british decent and my late dad was registered with Songhees Nation, but he was raised in Haida Gwaii!

I have 3 children: Sophie age 8, Austin age 6 and Evangelene age 2.

Meet Jessica: Family Support Worker sticky icon

Jessica joined our team in September and we are SO HAPPY! We asked her: "Tell us 3 things about you, the 1st three things that come to mind". Here's what she said:

1. I have an 18 month old daughter... she is great!

2. I also live with my partner and one of our best friends.

3. I love food, especially weird health foods.

 

How did you first become involved with YPSN?

After spending many hours looking at the YPSN website, I knew this was the place I wanted to work. Finally, the perfect job was posted and I applied and got it! I'm really thrilled to be here.

 

What is your role now?

I spend half of my time connecting with parents out in the community as a Perinatal and Family Support Worker. The rest of my time is spent hanging out with kids during the children's programs as a Child Development Worker. This includes working in the Drop-In Group on Mondays and Work Out group on Tuesdays.

Meet Petra: Innovation & Development Coordinator sticky icon

It has been a long time since we last inquired, so we asked Petra: "Tell us 3 things about you, the first 3 things that come to mind." Here's what she said:

1. I love the rain. And it's raining right now!

2. I'm totally excited by having mostly grown-up kids. The most exciting thing is that I like them. As people. I like to spend time with them.

3. I secretly really like steampunk stuff.

 

When did you first become involved with YPSN?

I've been working here for over 9 years, as a Family Support Worker, Program Coordinator and Executive Director. I wish I knew about YPSN when my kids & I were young. There was a big empty place in my life where YPSN could have been!

 

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