Executive Director: Rachel Roth
Rachel grew up in Perth and has worked as an Executive Director in the Not-for-Profit sector since 2006. She excels in financial management, implementing strategic plans, ensuring best practices, and creating strong administrative frameworks.
Previous to her current role, she led Greenest City, in Toronto. Here, she prepared and achieved national Accreditation with Imagine Canada. Prior, she worked as the Executive Director of BYTE Empowering Youth Society in Yukon Territory. In the Yukon, she also worked as an Education Officer for Kluane First Nation; taught in a grade 7 classroom and led an employment program through the operation of a commercial greenhouse for the town of Haines Junction and Champagne Aishihik First Nation. During this time, she was also the Co-Chair and the National Director for the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition – Climate Action Network
She has sat and sits on several board of directors: West Toronto Community Legal Services, Toronto Urban Growers, Parkdale Neighborhood Land Trust, Earth Day Canada, Small Change Fund, UNESCO Youth Steering Committee, Whitehorse Youth Coalition, TakingItGlobal, Canada Women’s Economic Council, National Addiction Awareness, Community Resources on Wheels, and the Otty Lake Association.
She has a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Social Science; she attended Lakehead University’s Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism Degree Program and has completed 3 Administration and Leadership Courses towards her Master of Education. Rachel also has a love for gardening and growing fruit, vegetables and lots of flowers.
Program Coordinator: Andrew Wilson
Andrew grew up in Toronto and later graduated from York University with a BA and Honours in History. After realizing his passion for sport and recreation, he received a Diploma in Sport Management from Humber College. After graduation, he worked as the Business Development Coordinator for TAC Sports in Toronto, helping to deliver high quality sport and educational activities to youth in the GTA. After moving to Lanark County, he worked with Lanark Community Programs providing social and recreational programs for youth with social, emotional and behavioural challenges. Andrew has training in Mental Health First Aid, Suicide Intervention and High Five Sport Fundamentals. He has also taken training programs with Partners in Youth Empowerment, Community Justice’s Restorative Justice Circles, along with Trauma-Informed Care Training. Andrew’s other passions include weightlifting and bodybuilding which he loves to share with youth during YAK’s Youth Fitness Hour. He also loves board games, Mario Kart and all things Pokemon!
Service Delivery Coordinator: Allison Graham
Allison Graham was born and raised near Perth, a small town just outside of Ottawa, Canada. After graduating from high school, she studied psychology and drama at Queens University (Kingston, Canada). She then auditioned for, and was accepted to, The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts (Los Angeles, California), where she spent two years studying theatre. Following graduation she was asked to join the Academy ‘Company’, and in collaboration with nine other actors, enjoyed a challenging and rewarding third year performing theatre pieces. She finished her formal education at Pasadena City College, majoring in creative writing. This combination of schooling provided her with an Associate Degree in Theatre Arts, and has enabled her to strike a fine balance of working both in front of, and behind a camera. Career highlights, as an actor, include: A Piece Of My Heart (Theatre), Look Back In Anger (Theatre), Rumours (TV Series), and The Line (TV Series). Writing endeavors that bring her the most pride are: Caterpillar Soup (Children’s Story), The Whistler Blower (Short Story), Scarlet Grace (Screenplay), and Gentle Bend (TV Series). Allison returned to Canada in 2000 and works in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, but still calls Perth home.
Youth Worker – Activity Leader Support Staff: Isaac Sinfield
Born and raised in the Perth area, Isaac has always had a passion for the Arts and helping his community. Through theatre and running the LGBTQ club at PDCI, Isaac has helped youth and himself better discover who they are. Transitioning from female to male at 13, Isaac uses his learnt experiences from the LGBTQ community to help youth learn about LGBT-related issues and their rights. He has done additional work around the community such as co-organizing Perth Youth Climate Action’s climate change protests in 2019 and volunteering at The Table Community Food Centre. Before working at YAK, Isaac was a youth at the centre for nearly 4 years and was so positively affected by it he chose to work here. He is certified in suicide prevention through Safe Talk and has recently taken a Mental Health First Aid. Isaac plans to go to post-secondary in the near future for teaching and/or social work. Although he will be pursuing the field of youth service work, he will forever have a love for the Arts, making art and performing in theatrical productions.
Youth Worker – Sports Focused Facilitator: Rebecca Fowler
Becca Fowler is YAK’s Sports Focused Facilitator, in our Youth Centre Registered After School Program. She has recently graduated with a BA in Behavioural Psychology, focusing on social learning theory, applied behavioural analysis, and cognitive behavioural therapy. Becca’s placement experience at Kingston Youth Shelter provided her with skills to counsel, complete intake assessments, as well as the proficiency to design and complete a thorough evidence-based resource manual on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for the centre.
Becca is most excited about combining her love for sports with mental health education. We are lucky to have her here with us to offer these skills to our youth participants.
Becca also has a passion for healthy living and helping others. She hopes she can continue to build strong relationships at YAK Youth Services and within the community.
Becca loves boating and being on the water. She grew up here in Perth playing hockey, volleyball, basketball, tennis, and field sports. Over the past two years, with the on and off again covid isolation measures, Becca has found a new love for Strength Training Exercises.
Becca is an honest, hardworking go-with-the-flow individual that is looking forward to building rapport with our youth clients while assisting each of them to find success in whatever they do.
Youth Worker- Summer Sports Camp Counsellor: Logan Noonan
Bio to come…
Placement Student: Adre Caya Queens Education Degree Program