CYCABC Board of Directors
You can join a dynamic & driven volunteer board of directors! First, become a member of the CYCABC and let’s connect!
We welcome volunteers throughout the year to help with hosting events and being open to new members. Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can let you know about volunteering opportunities.
Meet Our Board
Janet Westcott, BA CYC
Board Chair (email@example.com)
Janet Westcott has served on the CYCABC Board of Directors for since 2009. Most recently, Janet has served as the board’s President. Janet’s interests include expanding the Association’s profile and developing a hub for Child and Youth Care practitioners. Janet has been as a dedicated CYC Counsellor for approximately 18 years, and is currently the Director of Children and Youth for Hollyburn Family Services, managing multiple programs serving children and youth. Janet has spent the last 15 years working in residential stabilization and assessment programs for children and youth. She has supported people experiencing substance use, high-risk behaviours, mental health issues, abuse and neglect as well as children, youth and young adults with multiple diagnosis including Autism, ADHD and FASD.
She was the first supervisor of the North Shore Youth Safe House, a youth shelter aiming to reduce homelessness run by Hollyburn Family Services in North Vancouver. Her past experience includes work in communities such as Squamish and the Sea to Sky Corridor, North Vancouver and East Vancouver and includes duties such as program development, enhancing community profile, fundraising, care plan development and execution, and stabilization of high-risk behaviours. She was an integral member of the committee to open the Squamish Youth Resource Center.
Janet believes that it is important for social service practitioners to be part of a professional organization to support ethical practice. She feels that the CYCABC is an important vehicle to connect practitioners to each other, build resources and find support.
Jessica McCallum, Diploma CYCC
Jessica is a Supervisor of Residential Services for Hollyburn Family Services in North Vancouver. She has her diploma in Child and Youth Care and has been working with youth and families for 9 years. This includes running after school programs for pre-teen girls with the Vancouver school board, supporting teen mothers as they transition into independence, running summer day camp groups for the City of Vancouver and working with First Nations Communities . This will be her third year on the board serving as treasurer. She is enthusiastic about the work that the Association is doing and she is looking forward to being a part of the positive changes that lay ahead.
Taelor Taylor, BA CYC
Taelor’s current position is with Family Services of Greater Vancouver, on the unceded and occupied territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Taelor is the Program Manager of the PRIYD program (Providing Resources for Independence and Youth Development).
Since 2005, Taelor has volunteered and worked in a variety of social service positions ranging from a residential treatment program for young women; a drop-in centre for Queer youth; an after-school program for children new to Canada; an agency that provides comprehensive assessment, treatment and educational services for children who exhibit disruptive behavior and significant emotional difficulties; a delegated Aboriginal agency as a Guardianship Social Worker; and as a Child and Youth Cultural Engagement Coordinator. Throughout all these experiences, Taelor has been amazed and inspired by the capacity for change, and the resilience they have witnessed as they have walked along side children and youth living in, and through, difficult life experiences.
Taelor believes that the work that those who support children and youth is of critical importance, and that the invalidating ideas some in our society hold – such youth workers “just play with kids” – have to be challenged. The relationships that are built in the everyday moments with children and youth, as well as when providing support during challenging experiences must be shown to be a part of the skills set exhibited by knowledgeable CYC workers. Taelor believes that the importance and value of the CYCABC is through the support of a large membership. They believe that it is through this membership that the voice of CYC workers can be amplified, and the field of CYC can be advocated for, so that it is recognized as the highly skilled profession that it is.
Taelor’s suggestion to those wondering about the CYCABC is to “come on out and meet us and see what we are all about. Join us at one of our Talk-a-Lattes or have some fun at the Burger and Beverage night during Thank a Youth Worker Day! And keep an eye on our website for the free or low-cost training offered to members J”
JJ Johnson, BA CYC
JJ currently works with the Vancouver Parks Board as a Community Youth Worker on unceded and traditional territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam nations.
Their experience includes work with young people through community non-profits, special needs care, youth safe house, recreation and school settings, all through a framework of youth empowerment and engagement. JJ is inspired by the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the young people with whom they work.
As a member of the CYCABC, JJ recognizes the value of developing as a professional helper in the field. They feel that the CYCABC offers great chances to network and create helping friendships between work groups & across ‘silos’ that often divide our work.
“Just dive in! Be invested in the future of the field! We can build up Child and Youth Care values while fostering a powerful voice for young people and families with whom we are privileged to work alongside!”
Maureen Thompson, BA CYC
“I am a proud and passionate Youth Worker who graduated from UVIC’s School of Child and Youth Care in 1986. In the interim years I have worked in the areas of Traumatic Brain Injury, Aboriginal Education, Drug and Alcohol Education and Intervention, and School Based Youth Work (primarily intensive behavior support). The last 18 years I have worked with the Abbotsford School district with all ages K-12 and am now one of two Youth Workers on the Leadership Team for the Learning Support Services Department. We mentor the school based youth workers and provide information, resources and support to them on an ongoing basis. I am also responsible for a program re-engaging at risk students and working with them and their families to provide opportunities for school completion.
Youth Work has been a source of great personal reward for me, and I passionately share my enthusiasm for the role of professional Youth Work in the development of good citizens of the world. I have always struggled with the fact that Youth Work is not the most financially rewarding career but yet I have never wanted to do anything else. I’ve often heard “Why don’t you get your teaching degree?” or “Why don’t you do your Masters in Counselling?”…. and my honest response is “I AM A YOUTH WORKER, I value the work I do, and I shouldn’t have to change the name of my degree to be recognized as a professional”. If I am to become a member of the executive of the CYCABC I will work on behalf all Youth Workers to raise the profile of the Child and Youth Care Worker profession. I believe that in the pursuit of the skills, knowledge and values of professionalism, we also raise the standard of the services we provide to the children, youth and families we work with and care for in our daily practice.”
Bio coming soon!
Cody Jacques, Diploma CYC;
Cody currently works as a Youth Transition Worker (Child and Youth Care Counselor) with Options Community Services, on the unceeded territories of the Katzie, Kwantlen, and Tsawassen Nations, in the area now called Surrey, British Columbia. His experience includes non-profit, youth engagement, recreation, behaviour, residential, and post-secondary based work with children and youth, advocating for youth voices to be primary in our work alongside them.
Watching, and hearing young people shift in their approaches to problem solving, and increasing their capacity for community involvement, empathy, and care is the greatest part of Cody’s job. As a member of the CYCABC, Cody looks to connect youth-serving employers to continue aligning their values towards the strength-based, holistic values that we see as integral to youth feeling supported.
The importance that Cody sees in the value of the work that the CYCABC offers is the ability to connect with people we share common viewpoints and, more importantly, to connect with others in our field that share different values and perspectives, to continue learning and sharing what the best approaches we can collectively take to ensure growth within our Child and Youth Care Field.
Cody encourages future CYCABC members, especially students, to invest in their careers early; because with each moment spent on early training in school, or shortly after, the better opportunities you will experience later. Each generation of Child and Youth Care is able to increase our ability to better serve all communities, let’s do it together.
Lenna Nakamura, Member-at-Large
Lenna works with the District of West Vancouver as a Youth Outreach Worker on the traditional unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Lenna has over 10 years of experience in supporting youth of all abilities through working with different community non-profit organizations, recreational facilities, school districts, and in various capacities with the District of West Vancouver.
“This is an incredible organization that connects CYC Practitioners to professional development opportunities, and also reignites the passion that we all have to see the youth of today thrive.”
Erica Mark, Member-at-Large
Bio coming soon!
Special Thanks to Our Volunteer Members 2018/19: