FBCYICN – Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks

Staff

FBCYICN staff members are responsible for maintaining and overseeing FBCYICN programs and services. All staff members support our mission and values and their role in supporting youth between the ages of 14 and 24 in and from government care. They must be knowledgeable and passionate about young people and their barriers and deeply committed to meaningful youth-engagement.

 

Brittaney Andreychuk – Program Manager

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It is with great enthusiasm that I express my excitement about joining the Fed team and family! As one of the Program Managers, I’ll be dedicating my efforts towards our communications work and the support programs for young people in and from care across BC.

As a Child and Youth Worker in Toronto, Ontario, I’ve had experience working in Day Treatment Facilities, Residential Treatment Centres, Psychiatric Units, LGBTQ Community Centres, Suspension and Expulsion Programs, and Youth Shelters. Growing up in Nanaimo, BC, my own personal experiences support my knowledge and sensitivity towards the issues and challenges young people in and from care face throughout their lives.

I’m so grateful to be back on the West Coast and working with a new community of young people. I’m excited to work collaboratively with such amazing young advocates to overcome systemic barriers and through teamwork I believe we can achieve social equality. I have witnessed such resilience, strength, brilliance, and pride in the Fed members and your ability to influence and advocate for your peers inspires me.

Together, we have the power to make a change and I’m committed to growing with the incredible young people of today as you will be our future leaders of tomorrow! I’d love to connect with each of you and get to know you all for the amazing individuals that you are!

Other fun facts – I have a great hunger for travel, I adore animals and I love music, dance, the outdoors, cooking and thrill seeking adventures.

brittaney.andreychuk@fbcyicn.ca

O: 604-527-7762 ext 115

M: 604-358-8234

 

Shaelyn Bayduza – Administrative Coordinator

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Hello all!

I am super excited to join the Fed staff team once again!

As some of you may know, I have been a very active member of the Fed since 2013. I have taken on various volunteer roles such as: Extreme Team Member, Hiring Committee, Dream Fund Selection Committee, BCCYICW Committee, helped create promotional videos you can find on the Fed’s YouTube channel and I served as a member on the Fed’s Board of Directors for five months. I am now the Administrative Coordinator. In my role, I will be responsible for different operations including accounting, payroll, etc., for the Fed.

Professionally, I worked for three years as an Administrative Assistant for a realtor, a Peer Specialist at Aunt Leah’s Place where I assisted young people with housing and in additional support areas, and finally, I was the Youth SCM Coordinator for the Fed in 2014 where I supported a team of volunteers to plan the Steering Committee Meetings. I’m looking forward to new challenges and learning within my new role and of course, being back at the Fed!

It isn’t only professional experience I bring to the team, but the experience of being in care, being an Indigenous woman, and having been involved in many different levels of the organization from the first day I walked through the door. I am your friendly neighbourhood nerd and I enjoy my retro gaming, nerdy art projects, and catching Pokémon with my 2 adventurous little boys. I genuinely look forward to connecting with each and every one of you.😊

info@fbcyicn.ca

604-527-7762 ext 101

 

Chris Buchner – Program Manager

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I joined the Network in 2009 and I feel so fortunate to get to work in a youth-driven organization with such incredible young people, staff, volunteers and community partners. At the Fed, I manage the running of Youth Retreats (SCMs), Leadership Trainings, YouthSpeaks, Staff Team Development and Policies and Procedures. Since 2003, I’ve dedicated my work to improving the lives of young people in various ways. I’ve been a champion for ensuring meaningful youth engagement, creating safe spaces and social justice.

My other passion is music. I’ve been playing the French horn since high school and I studied horn performance at McGill University. I play in the West Coast Symphony, the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra and I also freelance around the Lower Mainland.

Connect with me at any time!

chris_buchner@fbcyicn.ca

O: 604-527-7762 ext 113

M: 604-353-3521

 

Diego Cardona – Youth Participation Coordinator

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Hey Everybody! I am overwhelmed with excitement about the opportunity of joining the Fed as your new Youth Participation Coordinator. I am looking forward to meeting as many you, working together, and hopefully creating new or enhancing current volunteer and engagement opportunities.

Originally, I am from Colombia and I came to Canada as a refugee in 2005. I speak English, French and Spanish, and I am in my third year of Political Science and Economics at UBC.

I’ve spent the past five years working at different youth and settlement organizations doing youth engagement and public policy advocacy work with migrant communities on issues ranging from education, systemic racism, criminal justice reform, immigration, and electoral politics.

As a former youth in care, my energy, lived experience, and commitment to the youth in care community will allow me to always listen to your voices and ensure that it is driving our work in a direction that will help the Fed family grow, strengthen our capacity to advocate for systemic change, and give us many fun and enjoyable moments together.

Feel free to contact me and ask any questions, we are in for an amazing journey together!!

diego.cardona@fbcyicn.ca

O: 604-527-7762 ext 109

 

Dasha Cotic-Ehn – Program Coordinator

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Joining the Fed as a Program Coordinator is such an exciting and inspiring opportunity. I strongly believe that the voices of young people are some of the most valuable resources when trying to make change, and I’m excited to be working for an organization that both recognizes and prioritizes this.

Over the past five years I’ve worked for the Vancouver Parks Board organizing and leading youth programs, and I’m eager to bring what I learned to my job at the Fed. Some of my other experiences include co-facilitating a Leadership & Resiliency Program for youth, planning special events, and helping to plan the Pride Parade and Festivals.

To tell you a bit more about myself, I’m a few courses away from being done my undergrad degree in Communications. Some of my interests include cycling, art, reading and (very poorly) playing the ukulele. In the future I intend to pursue a career in law or public policy, and I’m eager to take what I learn at the Fed down one of these paths with me. I’m stoked to meet as many youth members as possible so come by desk and say hello!

dasha.coticehn@fbcyicn.ca

O: 604-527-7762 ext 104

Rebecca Larder – Communications Coordinator

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I am so excited to be joining this bright, warm, energizing community of young people and allies here at the Fed!  I instantly felt the drive for positive change in the air when I stepped through these doors, and I am thrilled to now be a part of the team as Communications Coordinator.  Working with young people to help share their stories has been a dream of mine for a long time so I am so honoured that you have given me this opportunity – thank you!

I have worked in both corporate and non-profit organizations: writing magazines, designing reports, creating websites, producing videos, working with the media and planning events.  I love all parts of my job, but I chose a career in communications because I am passionate about the power of storytelling to change the world.

My life outside of work is all about doing things in the great outdoors, travelling to new places, listening to podcasts and watching old musicals.

I can’t wait to meet you so if you have the opportunity to connect, please don’t hesitate, come and say hi!

Rebecca.larder@fbcyicn.ca

O:604-527-7762 ext 112

Star Martin – Youth SCM Coordinator

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I am so incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be the new Youth Coordinator at the Fed! I have been involved with the Fed since 2013, and it has grown to become a very special safe haven for me. Obtaining this role is a dream come true. I hope to make the members, alumni, and staff, proud to have me on their team, and I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to learn and expand my knowledge on the Fed, and the way everything works and comes together.

I’m very passionate about this organization, but I also have a lot of passion elsewhere. Film and music are the two things that lead my life in every way. I’ve always looked to music and film as an escape, and then decided to pursue music as a career at a young age. I play many instruments. But at the end of high school, my plan changed last minute, and I decided that I wanted film acting to be my career path. So I attended a college level film acting program for two years, and graduated this past January with a diploma. While I work at the Fed, I will also be continuing my work on local film sets as both a production assistant, as well as auditioning for roles, which will hopefully result in some incredible opportunities. If you ever wonder about the film industry in any way, I welcome your questions and would love to help you look at options!

I hope this is an amazing new chapter for everybody, and I am so excited to get started!

youthscm@fbcyicn.ca

O:604-527-7762 ext 114

Jules Wilson – Executive Director

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Greetings amazing young people (#youthincareareawesome), let me introduce myself – my name is Jules and I’m honoured to serve as your Executive Director!!! I am of Grenadian/Canadian heritage and brought up speaking French and English (although mon francais est un peut rouillee!).

My role on the staff team is to never lose sight of the big picture, keep us heading towards our goals and keep a look out for youth in and from care champions and amazing adult allies (#standwithyouthincare). I also share what I learn from members and alumni with decision makers to help them make informed decisions that relate to youth in and from care in BC.

Outside of the office, I lose myself whenever I’m caught in a good track, on a photography safari, or spending time with my partner and two year old daughter. I love having the opportunity to bring my strengths in youth engagement, advocacy and strategic thinking to the Fed and try to improve the lives of young people like you from across BC!

jules_wilson@fbcyicn.ca

O: 604-527-7762 ext 103

M: 778.389.9492

 

Ivan Wong – Program Coordinator

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Hello everyone! I’m extremely blessed to have this role working with the strong and resilient youth in care community.

I have been engulfed by the love and compassion since I started in this organization as a volunteer in 2014. It is a pleasure for me to continue my participation at the Fed as a Program Coordinator and I hope to provide the most memorable and exciting experience for everyone! Feel free to give me some input because I would love to hear it!

I have a passion for health and fitness as well as discussions about social justice, history, politics, science and technology. 😊

ivan.wong@fbcyicn.ca

O: 604-527-7762 ext 105

 

On Special Contract:

Chris Bentzen

Graphic Design Consultant

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Shannon Pawliw

Graphic Design Consultant

 

 

Helen Roberts
Organizational Development Consultant

 

 

Denise Turner
Board Development Consultant

 

 

 

Ann Veerman
HR Consultant

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