Meet our staff!

Some of us are bilingual

Taylor

Interim 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 :)

Jenan

Interim Program Manager

Why do you love working for AYP?

I love AYP because it confirmed my dream to work with children and how developing positive relationships with them fill my heart with joy! The experience I have got here will help me achieve my goal of becoming a Child Psychologist in the future. I love watching our children here grow and become amazing people through our educational yet fun programs. I am always excited to come into work every day and the relationships I have developed with the staff here are bonds that I will never forget!

Fun Fact about me!

A fun fact about me is that I love to laugh. You will catch me always making jokes!

I also speak Arabic!

Naomi

Operations Manager

Why do you love working for AYP?

AYP has been my work home for over 5 years! I love working for AYP because it is a place where everybody belongs. Our children, staff, volunteers, and families are all such an important part of AYP, and bring so much love and joy to the job every day. 

Fun Fact about me!

I love baking, especially making bread! I also love to spend time outdoors with my family.

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Kelsey
Interim Team Lead

Why do you love working for AYP?

I’ve always loved working with kids and helping them succeed in life and school; being here is a way for me to do that. I love working for AYP because I know we’re making a difference. I’m so happy to be a part of this amazing team that continues to do such great things for the community.

 

Fun Fact about me!

I love all things Harry Potter and Toy Story. I also have a teaching degree!

Brittany

Child Development

coordinator

Why do you love working for AYP?

I love working at AYP because it reminds me how much I love working with kids. I am an Education student at the University of Alberta and AYP allows me to gain valuable experience for my future job as a math/science teacher. I love building relationships with each participant and watching them grow, try new things, and see their creativity throughout our programs. I especially love helping kids learn math in homework help! AYP has such a fun, positive atmosphere and I am so happy to be part of this amazing team.

Fun Fact about me!

I play soccer and love to do anything outside! Especially in the mountains.

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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! 

Marae

Child Development

coordinator

Allison

Child Development

coordinator

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!).

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Patricia
Child Development
coordinator

Why do you love working for AYP?

I love working at AYP because I absolutely love working with kids and it allows me to apply what I learned in university, which is Psychology! I also love the story, the values, the visions, the wonderful staff at AYP and how AYP allows children to learn in many different ways besides a classroom 😊 I am so excited to learn more, play more and have more fun with everyone at AYP!!   

Fun Fact about me!

I love hiking and camping! My favourite animal is a panda!! I also like winter better than summer, how odd right?!  

I also speak fluently in Tagalog and a bit of Spanish and Korean!!   

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 :D )!! 

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Abdullahi
Child Development
coordinator

Why do you love working for AYP?

I enjoy working with youth in community-based settings as I find it extremely fulfilling and fun. Working at AYP gives me the opportunity to have fun with youth, whilst also having a positive impact on their lives and making a difference within our communities.  

Fun Fact about me!

I love playing soccer and hiking in nature! I speak Somali and Arabic.