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 Interim National Director for the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition – Climate Action Network

She has sat and sits on several boards 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!

Food and Nutrition Coordinator/Administration Assistant: 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 Volunteer Program Coordinator: Donna Todd 

Bio to come…

Placement Student: Hannah Irish

Hannah Irish comes to YAK with a breath of volunteer and youth work experience. Hannah is enrolled in Willis College’s Addiction and Community Service Worker Program and is in her final year. She is an avid figure skater and has volunteered and taught with the Rideau Lakes Figure Skating Club since 2012; she now also holds the Secretary role on their Board of Directors. Hannah is trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) using Tune-In, Ask, State and Connect (TASC) principles, as well as Trauma Informed Care, and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI). She also has her Ontario Food Handler Certificate. Hannah has experience working with at-risk youth through previous positions at local group homes and the Children’s Aid Society.  She loves helping others, cooking, and spending quality time with her family.