Meet our Team

Who we are

As AYP Staff, we offer a variety of skills, dedication, and uniqueness to our roles to better support the children in our programs. We are here to teach skills such as self-esteem, communication skills, and peer relations to our participants through a learn-through-play philosophy.

Taylor

Executive Director
Why do you love working for AYP?
AYP is extremely special to me because of the relationships we get to build with children every day. Our participants are all unique and great. With playfulness being one of our core values, I get to see that not only through our children but with our staff members as well; it is the best coming to work every week and knowing that there is fun to be had and a difference to be made!
Fun Fact about me!
Dogs, mountains, and staying active are a few of my favorite things. Especially dogs 🙂

Allison

Program Manager
Why do you love working for AYP?
I had the opportunity to complete my practicum placement here at AYP while finishing my undergrad at Concordia University of Edmonton. From the minute I began working with the kids and the AYP team, I have felt nothing but joy and gratitude. This community of people are amazing and the work we do here at AYP is fulfilling on so many levels. Everyday is a good day at AYP!
Fun Fact about me!
I played university basketball for 3 years and I am now a coach! I love fitness and nature (together or separately!).

Kelsey

Team Lead
Why do you love working for AYP?
I have been at AYP for 3 years now and whenever I get asked about my job, I get to tell people just how awesome this place is. From the staff to our participants, I love coming to work everyday! I am proud to work at such a wonderful organization 🙂
Fun Fact about me!
I love all things Harry Potter and Toy Story, I quote movies way too often!

Marae

High School Lead
Why do you love working for AYP?
I love working for AYP because of the great people I get to interact with every day, from my fellow staff to the parents, to the kids! I love having the ability to watch kids learn, grow, and have FUN here at AYP.
Fun Fact about me!
I love to play sports. I grew up playing soccer, basketball, softball, and rugby. But my favourite sport to play is kickball!

Sara

High School Lead
Why do you love working for AYP?
I have always wanted to uplift children in my work and AYP gives me the opportunity to do so while having fun! I love knowing I’m making a difference in their lives and seeing the difference they’re making in mine. I also couldn’t ask for a better team. Every day I feel supported and empowered in everything I do. As a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia, I’m excited to utilize my education and to continue learning from the team and the amazing kids here at AYP.
Fun Fact about me!
I love travelling because I think that the best way to learn about the world is experiencing different cultures. I’ve been to 16 countries and my favourite place so far is Edinburgh, Scotland.

Justin

Child Development Coordinator​
Why do you love working for AYP?
I love working with AYP because it gives me the chance to help empower children and to engage in fun and interactive activities while doing so! I also love being a positive role-model for the children and being a support for them if they need it! Being a recent graduate from Concordia University of Edmonton, I am excited to apply the skills I learned to better aid my abilities. ​
Fun Fact about me!
I enjoy simple pleasures like large pairs of glasses, coffee, video games, and plants (I have over 25)!​

Kayitesi

Child Development Coordinator​
Why do you love working for AYP?
AYP is a very welcoming environment and whenever I'm here I feel inspired to be a better person in all aspects of my life! I'm excited to see what the future brings, as I'm sure it'll be nothing but greatness!
Fun Fact about me!
I love everything about movies and cinema and I'm obsessed with horror films and cartoons!

Rachel

Child Development Coordinator
Why do you love working for AYP?
I love working for AYP because of the amazing kiddos that I get to work with. I am amazed everyday with the creativity and playfulness of each kiddo that I have had the opportunity to meet in our programs. I love to see kiddos progress through their own journeys throughout our groups, watching them become more confident with themselves and feel safe enough to try new things. I love to see the community that is created among the kiddos. Watching the kids support each other through the program reinforces the amazing atmosphere that AYP has to offer. The team at AYP is a welcoming and supportive, and they are always challenging me to grow and learn, both through my work and personally.
Fun Fact about me!
I LOVE coffee, and I am on a mission to try all of the local coffee shops in the Edmonton area.

Alexa

Child Development Coordinator​
Why do you love working for AYP?
I've always been passionate about working with children as well as learning through play, which is why I'm grateful to join AYP! The team has been so welcoming and provides an amazing environment to learn and grow in. I recently graduated from the University of Alberta, where I focused my honours thesis on developmental psychology, and I can't wait to put my education into practice.
Fun Fact about me!
I love to knit and crochet which both contribute to my ever-growing collection of cozy sweaters!

Roza

Child Development Coordinator
Why do you love working for AYP?
I am so excited to be a part of the AYP. I am passionate about working with children and find it rewarding to positively influence and shape young minds. Joining AYP gives me the opportunity to make a positive impact on children’s lives and foster their development which is why I am grateful to be a part of the team. I also hold a psychology degree from the University of Alberta, and I plan to put my education into practice when working with the children here at AYP.
Fun Fact about me!
A fun fact about me is that I speak four languages: English, Arabic, Tigrinya, and Bilen.

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