9. F – Staff Retreat 2020

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Dave Armstrong
Executive Director Youth Unlimited YFC Highlands

After graduation from Laurier’s business program, Dave signed on with IBM for 13 years. Driven by a passion for innovation, he held senior leadership roles in a number of small growing tech firms in the years that followed. In October 2012, Dave sensed God saying, “Take your experiences, gifts and abilities and use them from now on to enable the next generation”. This “call” started him on a 7 year journey serving with Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC) and continues today as Executive Director of Highlands YFC starting November 2019.

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Jeremy Brydges
Orangeville Door Coordinator Youth Unlimited YFC Orangeville

Jeremy has been involved with Highlands YFC since 1998. The last several years Jeremy has been on staff working with The Door, Street Level and Campus Life. He was first introduced to YFC in grade seven at one of the many after school clubs run throughout the week. A few years later in high school, Jeremy joined the Orangeville YFC Drama team. He started to gain an appreciation for life and himself, learning about God along the way, and eventually about seven years after he walked through the YFC door, he dedicated his heart to Christ. Shortly after high school, he came back for a volunteer position that quickly turned into a staff position. Now, with your help, Jeremy is helping to provide paths of hope and restoration that were once offered to him. Jeremy is married to Candice Kaitting, whom he met through YFC.

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Doug Calder
Door Director Youth Unlimited YFC Centre Wellington

Doug, a long time Centre Wellington YFC Volunteer, joined our staff as Director in October 2011. Doug is helping Centre Wellington YFC to become more well known in the community and prepare for expanding programming and adding staff. Doug connects easily with guys, and girls love his father’s heart for them.  Doug is particularly gifted with mentoring young men and has kept connected with several of The Door’s youth from 8-10 years ago.  Doug is directing Centre Wellington YFC part-time right now as he works on raising his salary.  He is looking for financial and prayer partners to achieve full time. When Doug is not @ The Door, he is probably working on his farm, where he is the 5th generation living there with his wife Sandi. They have three kids, Sarah, Josh, Rebekah and one granddaughter Addison ( Sarah’s).

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Ryan Campese
Community Director – Novar Youth Unlimited YFC Highlands

A husband and father of three, Ryan grew up locally and by his own admission made some bad life choices as a young person. Having been transformed by the love of Christ, Ryan is passionate about giving back to the community and leading young people towards wholeness. He has been an instrumental volunteer with our Novar Drop-In and Project Serve programs, and is excited to do even more in the Near North region.

A licensed carpenter who ran a successful contracting business, Ryan’s desire is to teach valuable job skills and Christlike character through hands-on activities (such as a carpentry club), and mobilize youth to use those skills as a volunteer service to their communities.

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Kelly Culp
Erin Ministry Director Youth Unlimited YFC Erin/Hillsburgh

Kelly is Erin’s Door Director which is a catch-all for someone who does everything from designing and supervising programs, to mentoring teens, to running the day to day organizational structure of the ministry. Kelly came to The Door/Youth for Christ in 2009 as a student working on her placement from Loyalist College, fell in love with it and never left.  Currently, Kelly’s schedule is packed with community networking and running different programs like Project Serve and Campus Life. Other than working at The Door, Kelly loves to spend time with her family, friends, and neighbours, taking in time for a good book and of course spending time with Jesus and her church family.

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Kerry Duffield
Community Director Youth Unlimited YFC Orangeville

Kerry, or “Pastor Kerry”, as he is known around town has lived in or around the Orangeville area for over 30 years.  He has been involved in working with youth as a YFC volunteer, a youth leader and most recently as Pastor of Social Services and Director of the Lighthouse Soup Kitchen for the last 15 years.  His varied experience and deep involvement with the community provides him a unique opportunity to not only serve the youth in our community but also their families. Kerry’s favourite verse is Jeremiah 29:11 that says, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord.  Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you and a hope, a future”. He likes to share this verse to let those he encounters know there is always hope and it is never as bad as it seems.

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Jennifer Gerrior
Stayner Ministry Director Youth Unlimited YFC Stayner
Jen grew up in Stayner and has a passion for helping out the community. A former graphic designer, she has been working with HYFC for 3 years as Director of The Door in Stayner.  Jennifer has her NEOS certificate in Youth Ministry. The Stayner Door offers many programs including Drop In, Art, Music, Movies, Project Serve and Girls Club, with more in development.
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Marcy Hill
Huntsville Ministry Director Youth Unlimited YFC Muskoka

Marcy is a seasoned youth worker who brings energy and enthusiasm into everything she does. Passionate about reaching the youth of our community, Marcy has devoted countless hours towards helping young people realize their inherent value and developing their leadership skills.

In her new role as Ministry Director at The Door youth centre, Marcy will have even greater opportunity to impact the lives of young people.

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James Hunt
Muskoka Region Area Director Youth Unlimited YFC Muskoka

James began with YFC in 2012 as the Huntsville Drop In Director, and now serves dual roles as both the Huntsville Satellite Director and Highlands YFC Regional Director in Muskoka. James has a deep-seated passion to see YFC activities expand across the Muskoka/Parry Sound Region, stemming from his desire to see “every young person living fully in Christ”.

Well trained in leadership & organizational development, James also carries lived experience in the world of alcoholism, addiction, and street involvement – which uniquely equips him to walk alongside our most vulnerable youth while leading our YFC movement in the north.

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Brandon Lundy
Alliston Door Youth Worker Youth Unlimited YFC Alliston

Brandon has been involved with teens for years as a volunteer with the youth center in Lion’s Head and is now on staff as a YFC youth worker at “The Door” Alliston. Using his natural bent toward missions, Brandon has come on several YFC Project Serve mission trips including Toronto and Puerto Rico. As a staff youth worker, you’ll find him building relationships on Drop-in nights, leading a group for youth with disabilities and supporting the works at The Door.   He enjoys watching stock car racing, swimming and public speaking. He is looking forward to connecting with youth and seeing them come to the Lord.   

Christine Murray
Accountant Youth Unlimited YFC Highlands
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John Oorebeek
Grand Valley Door Director Youth Unlimited YFC Grand Valley

John has been with YFC since the ark arrived on land. He and his wife Marg live in Grand Valley and run a boarding house by the beautiful Grand River. When John is not busy renovating the Grand Valley Door Youth Centre, he can often be found knitting alongside the riverbank, reflecting on how much God loves him.

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Teri Overton
Highlands Executive Assistant Youth Unlimited YFC Highlands

Teri started with HYFC in the summer of 2018 after 13 years of working with children and youth in schools.  In addition, she spent many years coordinating and facilitating programs for pregnant and parenting teens and worked with younger children.  Teri has a passion for helping the hurting, lost and those who society doesn’t always easily accept and thus, will advocate on their behalf.  From the many serving opportunities carried out through church life and previous work experiences, she brings these to the role of Executive Assistant at Highlands Youth For Christ and as a Youth Worker.   Now Teri is in a place where her love of God can be freely expressed and shared with others.  With a love for photography, music and more, she is always keen to share and see the ways God is at work.

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Jonathan Smith
Orangeville Area Director Youth Unlimited YFC Orangeville

Jonathan  has been with Highlands YFC since October 2001. His passion for community and ministry leads him to serve in many different ways from property maintenance to youth drop in, from co-op student supervision to committee meetings and lots in between.   His most recent focus is on staff supervision and satellite development.


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Mark Stromenberg
Guelph Drop In & Guys Ministry Director Youth Unlimited YFC Guelph

Mark has been with Youth For Christ since 2008, serving as a volunteer in Strathroy and on staff in Cambridge, where he ran concerts, small groups, & drop-in. His passion is for those who are hurting, broken, and left-out. As the new Drop-In & Guys Ministry Director, he hopes to see the reach and impact of Guelph YFC reach into new neighbourhoods and to new students.

Mark is also an ASIST suicide intervention trainer, and speaks regularly on issues of mental health to students and ministry leaders.

Mark, and his wife, Ashley, currently live in Cambridge, where Ashley works as the Engage! coordinator for Youth For Christ Canada.

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Amy Thompson
Alliston Area Director Youth Unlimited YFC Alliston

Amy and her husband Jason moved to New Tecumseth as newlyweds ten years ago.  This year they welcomed their first child Brianna into their lives.  Amy is excited to be the Director of the Door after working in social services for the past decade.   Amy and her family attend Faith Community Church and love serving in the community.  Although she confesses God did not bless her with any musical talent she attempts to play the viola and violin and has mastered Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  She loves spending time with family across Ontario and feels blessed to now be serving the youth of Alliston.

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Aaron & Danielle White
Ministry Co-Directors Youth Unlimited YFC Collingwood

Aaron and Danielle joined Collingwood YFC in 2007. Aaron returned to his YFC roots after meeting Danielle in college, and now oversees our Campus Life program, where he regularly partners with our schools, and is building deep relationships with our youth. Danielle returned to her hometown of Collingwood to become the Director of The Door Youth Centre, where she has a passion for reaching youth from our community, especially those who are in need of extra support. Aaron and Danielle are also involved in Project Serve, as they see the potential of many youth who have an opportunity to serve the world around them. When they are not spending time with the young people of Collingwood, Aaron can be found travelling the province with turntables and headphones in hand as he uses his skills as a DJ to reach young people with the Gospel. Danielle is most often found outside, usually with skis, a mountain bike, a kayak, hiking boots, or her snowshoes, with her camera in hand.

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