Community Programs Facilitation Team

Helping individuals, couples, and families through relevant and meaningful programs and services.

Zachary Wall

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  • Survivor 101 program
  • Calming the Storm children’s group

Zach holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Psychology and is currently working on his final classes to complete a master’s degree in Counselling.  With over 10 years of experience working with youth at summer camps and non-profit organizations, Zach has developed a passion for supporting youth as they navigate the often tumultuous journey of adolescence.

Zach is the Program Facilitator of our new Survivor 101 Online Facilitators Guide. He has developed the online platform where he will train adult allies who work with high-school-aged youth to facilitate the Survivor 101 program from remote areas. 

Kendall Thomas-McEachern

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  • STEPS: From Anxiety to Resilience
  • Riding Out the Waves: Anxiety summer camps
  • Taming Worry – children’s group

Kendall is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW) and holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Regina.

Before moving to Saskatoon, Kendall grew up in rural Saskatchewan where she lived with her parents and younger brother. Kendall pays homage to her small-town living as a reflection of the values she places on the community, collaboration, and maintaining strong connections.

Kendall has a special love for supporting at-risk children and youth, which she explains began during her work at the Haven Kids’ House (Formally the Saskatoon Crisis Nursery). Kendall values the provision of both trauma-informed and strengths-based perspectives in practice, which she demonstrates in her role as a Community Program Coordinator.

Kendall is passionate about providing psychoeducational and holistic arts-based methods to the demographics that she serves. She believes these methods of intervention can help build resilience, self-esteem, mindfulness, self-awareness, healthy coping strategies, and social skills.

When she isn’t out in the community supporting children and youth, Kendall can be found cuddling with her dog Wrigley, baking, crafting, and sharing her love for all things Harry Potter.

Bryce MacEwen

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Bryce has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina and a Youth Care Worker Diploma from Saskatchewan Polytechnic. He is also a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW). His prior experiences working with children and youth at summer camps, as well as in foster care settings, provides him with a keen awareness of the challenges faced by families from diverse backgrounds.

Bryce practices from a person-centered and strengths-based perspective, empowering individuals as they pursue their goals. He creates a warm and inviting environment for participants to share their experiences, triumphs, and struggles, harnessing the strength and wisdom of each person in the room. Bryce also incorporates his interest in neuroscience and psychology to increase other’s understanding of their circumstances and provide them with tools for positive change.

Outside of facilitating programs, Bryce enjoys spending quality time with his wife, exploring the outdoors, and playing his guitar.

Tera Hrappstead

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  • Bridging the Gap
  • Building a Healthy Foundation for Parents of 3 – 5 year-olds at the Saskatoon Early Years Family Resource Centre
  • Building Healthy Families: Post Adoption Support

Tera holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Regina. She grew up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

She has specialized training in Visual Arts and Drama. Tera utilizes her expressive arts and psychoeducational background as a therapeutic tool in groups. She has worked with infants, children, teens, and adults from diverse backgrounds.

Tera is a group facilitator for Parents. She believes in the importance of building healthy foundations and relationships, and that all people have inherent strengths. She creates safe and supportive environments for Clients from all backgrounds.

Amanda Knutson

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  • STEPS: From Anxiety to Resilience
  • Riding Out the Waves: Anxiety summer camps
  • Calming the Storm – parent group

Amanda earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from University of Regina, and is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Work.  She was born and raised on the prairies, where she currently lives with her son.

Amanda is an authentic, down to earth, engaging and adaptable group facilitator.  She believes in collaborative care and strives to meet clients where they are at. She has worked with diverse populations and practices from a trauma informed, anti-oppressive, strengths based perspective.  Amanda is progressive and modern in her approach to community care and is passionate about social justice, feminism and mental health support.

Elyse Laskowski

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Elyse received her Bachelor of Social Work degree with the University of Regina, and is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers. She has 8 years of experience working directly with children and youth in summer camps, youth groups, and non-profit organizations.

Elyse is cheerful, creative, and empathic, and strives to help bring out the best in everyone. She practices a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach, which helps to promote a safe and person-centered environment. She values the use of relationship building, holistic therapies, and self-reflection to foster inner and outer connectivity and growth. Elyse is passionate about mental health education and support, social justice, and working alongside youth.

In her free time, Elyse enjoys spending time with friends and family, painting and crafting, reading, and hanging out with her cat. She also loves to learn new things and is always looking for new skills and hobbies!

Courtney Kipling

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  • Finding the Warrior Within
  • Riding Out the Waves: Anxiety summer camps

Courtney holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Regina and a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. She comes from a large, diverse family and is very proud to call Saskatoon her home.

Courtney is a group facilitator for children. She prides herself in using a trauma informed, family-systems, and strengths based perspective. She supports children through connection, self-expression, identity exploration, mindfulness, and promoting resilience. As a Community Program Coordinator, Courtney values being creative, flexible, empathetic, authentic, inclusive, and above all things, promoting joy & laughter.

In her free time, Courtney enjoys painting, cooking, spending time with family, playing with her cats, and finding new adventures. She can often be found attending community events or ‘putzing around’ in her garden.