Executive Director: Rachel Roth
Rachel was first hired as a Not-for-Profit Executive Director in 2006 and has worked in the sector in the lead of three separate organizations since. Financial management, implementing strategic plans, ensuring best practices and creating strong administrative frameworks are tasks she excels in. Previous to her current role, she led Greenest City, in Toronto, Ontario. Here, she impressively prepared and achieved national Accreditation with Imagine Canada. Prior, she worked as the Executive Director of BYTE Empowering Youth Society in Yukon Territory. BYTE provides Territory-wide youth programs in both the schools and the community centres. In the Yukon, she also worked 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 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 is a trained high school teacher and thoroughly enjoyed her time in the classroom. She 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!
Youth Worker: 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: Madison Phair
Madison was born in Oshawa and grew up in the GTA. In her late teens, she moved with her family to Carleton Place. After graduating from high school, she went on to obtain her diploma in social service work at Algonquin College in Ottawa. Post COVID, Madison is planning to return to the classroom to get her BA in Social Work. She has experience working with youth with behavioural and developmental challenges and also with individuals with dementia. She has many hopes and wishes for improvements in the community and throughout society.