Lethbridge Region, AB Chapter – NEW!
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Safe Families Canada | Lethbridge Region – In a community that has the highest level of child poverty in Alberta, 1800 domestic abuse calls a year, and a high level of incoming new Canadians, the need for wrap-around support for Families in Crisis is desperately needed. The Lethbridge Chapter of Safe Families Canada seeks to step into that early intervention space for families who are experiencing crisis. We want to ensure that families who find themselves in crisis have access to wrap-around support that allows them to continue to care for children, as they find their way through to the other side of crisis and hopefully meet Jesus along the way!Together with our amazing volunteers, we seek to keep kids safe and families together.
Amy Vetter has served within Kids Ministries for over a decade- with special affection for running community centred programming that meets the felt needs of kids and parents. She is a Master’s of Leadership and Management graduate (Briercrest Seminary), mom of three mischievous boys, and a teacher’s wife. In her spare time, she love to hang out in parks with her boys, go to the movie theatre, drink great coffee, listen to podcasts and go tenting in the mountains.
Amy is deeply passionate about equipping churches and communities to surround families in crisis with practical, caring, and compassionate support. This is where her professional why: “to push organisations and leaders to lead at their best and to think outside the box; so that they can take risks, have a growth mindset, and bring flourishing in their communities. (through passion, authentic safety, and connectedness)” meets the vision of Safe Families Canada: “Creating a world where children are safe and families transformed through radically compassionate communities”.
Sierra has been working for many years in Health care as a Recreational Therapist. It is here that God placed on her heart a deep love and care for others, encouraging families as they support their loved ones. Sierra also loves kids. Sharing Jesus with them and watching them grow is one of the coolest ways to grow in your personal faith with Jesus. A childlike faith is beautiful and kids have so much to teach us.
Sierra is excited about the opportunity to serve as Family Coach Supervisor and work side-by-side with the volunteers at Lethbridge Safe Families. This is a place where we can surround those in need together, as the church, serving our God and serving others. We have been called by God to care and have compassion for the vulnerable, she is excited to make that practical through the work at Safe Families.
Sierra and her husband Tim have been married for 13 years and have 3 beautiful kids. When not at work, she most enjoys spending time with her family and friends, laughing together. Sierra loves a good novel, and time outside in the mountains or anywhere she can soak up the sunshine.
Karis first heard about Safe Families in June of 2022 and eagerly joined the steering team as they worked to launch a Lethbridge Chapter. She has held a variety of volunteer roles for Safe Families Lethbridge and is very excited to join the organization as the interim Family Placement Coordinator.
Karis has a Bachelor’s of Psychology and has seen first-hand the hope that can be offered to people in crisis when we reach out with compassion and grace. It is her desire to see the church engage in our local communities as missionaries and representatives of Christ as we follow Jesus’s command to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.
Karis and her husband Thomas have three girls and attend the Evangelical Free Church of Lethbridge, where she also serves on the Mom Collective leadership team. In her free time she enjoys playing basketball, going on bike rides with her girls, and escaping to the mountains for a hike.
Administrative Assistant – Dalyce McKay
Dalyce is thrilled to be a part of the Safe Families Canada team. When she first heard of Safe Families, she felt a strong tug on her heart to be involved, knowing first hand how tremendous an impact a circle of support can have on a family. Dalyce and her husband David will be celebrating 10 years of marriage this October and they have two beautiful kids. Their oldest was born with ONH/SOD and they have had to rely heavily on family and professional support.
Leadership Council Members
Melissa Wall – Chair
Kim Vanden Broek- Treasurer/Secretary
Kelsey Janzen – Communications
Jen van der Kooij – Fundraising
Bonnie Chartier – Community Connections
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