Our Staff

Avery Kerklaan

Youth Engagement - Rimbey

I feel very privileged and blessed to be given the opportunity to walk alongside the youth of Rimbey and surrounding areas, to mentor and guide them to a relationship with Christ. I know the heart that God has for these young men and women and it is my desire to show them their worth in the eyes of their Father. I want to see the youth given opportunities to engage in activities that are positive and to be surrounded by people that allow them to feel safe and accepted – just as Jesus has accepted them for who they are.

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Colton Dunn

Youth Engagement - Sylvan Lake

“The Lord’s throne is from generation to generation.” Lamentations 5:19

It’s an everlasting kingdom throughout all generations. That’s GENERATIONS with an S. It didn’t end with the older ones ahead of me and doesn’t end with my age or the ones after me. But it’s a link of the older generation teaching us, and us learning and experiencing the Father and revealing it to the ones after us. I want to get the youth coming up after me excited about who Jesus is and what He does. I want to be a voice not an echo.

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Dan Jensen

Youth Engagement - Sylvan Lake

I’m excited to work with Youth Unlimited because I understand how intense and formative a teen’s years are in today’s world. I know how much God desires to know us and for us to know Him and I am blessed to be a part of sharing this with the youth of Sylvan Lake and area. I want to see a safe and comfortable place where teens can come and be themselves and be accepted and loved for who they are. I am excited (and scared) to be in a place where I can walk alongside teens through issues and problems and to be a voice of wisdom, hope, and truth!

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Dee Clark

Youth Engagement - Lacombe

Relationships are an essential part of life. Every relationship has the potential to positively influence the individuals involved. Through relationships God demonstrates his love for us and teaches us what it means to be made in his image. I do what I do, because I have a passion for the youth of Central Alberta to know and be changed by the love God has for them. My hope is that God will work through me to draw young people to himself. I know I serve a good and faithful God and I am excited to see what he has planned.

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Desmond Grabo

Youth Engagement - Lacombe

Working, coaching, and teaching at-risk youth for the past 18 years has made me realize that the ONLY answer for these suffering, hurting, and emotionally confused youth of Central Alberta is Jesus Christ. I work with young men in the housing program, and all I want for each and everyone of them is that they understand, believe, cherish and accept what God promises them in Jeremiah 29:11. That He has plans for them, plans to help them prosper, He will never harm them, and plans to give them a hope and future.

Erin Dunn

Youth Engagement - Sylvan Lake

My heart’s greatest passion is to see people encounter the love of Jesus at an early age. Our world is turning further and further from their Maker and we have the honour of introducing young people to Jesus every day through words and deeds that reflect the love of our Father. I am determined to be a voice in my generation that shares who Jesus is, why He came, and why we will never be satisfied until we surrender our lives fully to Him.

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Estelle Grobel

Administrative Assistant

Over the past year, I have been encouraged to hear and be a part of how God is working in the lives of youth around us. Whether school programs, kids finding a safe place at the Drop In Centres, Mission Trips, or just our staff meeting with them one-on-one, I get to be a part of all of this by working in the office and supporting the staff that are in the field. It is pretty cool to be a part of “something bigger”!

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Gregg Lockhart

Youth Engagement - Lacombe

As a kid, I spent a week every summer at various Bible camps or vacation Bible schools; I probably accepted Jesus into my heart every year, but there always seemed to be a disconnect when I returned home and to my school. I returned to my childhood church for a visit when I was 19, where they asked me to be a chaperone on a youth retreat. While at that retreat, a 16-year-old student led me to Jesus and began mentoring me with the help of his mentor. They modelled love and grace every day in their community and in their school; they brought the atmosphere and freedom of camp into everyday life. Since joining Youth Unlimited in 2001, I continue to strive to daily emulate my mentors, and to bring the same freedom, friendship and love that I’ve found in Jesus to the young people of Lacombe.

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Heather Huseby

Heather is brand new to our team, so we're working on her picture & bio! In the meantime though, you can still partner with Heather by clicking the donation button below!

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Janet Marr

Mentorship Coordinator

I love youth! I have worked with young people for over 25 years through my position with Sundre High School, and being chairman of Get Real Community. Youth are our most precious resource. They are our future leaders! Through the mentorship program it is my hope to match mentors with young people who want an adult’s input, directives, and friendship in their lives. I believe in Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way they should go; and when they are old they will not depart from it.”

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Jerel Peters

executive Director of Youth Engagement

Jerel has a passion to equip youth and youth workers to live with hope and wholeness. Since 2003 Jerel has served with Youth Unlimited, and whether he’s connecting with youth or leading staff to do the same, there’s not much he’d rather do. Jerel loves Jesus, a good cup of coffee, a meaningful conversation, and hopes to live a life of great purpose.

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Katie Peters

Stepping Stones - Ponoka

I do what I do because God has placed on my heart a deep love and burden for young, teen moms. As a mom, I have been blessed to experience the amazing grace and hope that the Lord offers and now I have been given the amazing opportunity of sharing this love and hope with young girls in our community.

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Kevin Korthuis

Youth Engagement - Red Deer

I do what I do because my mentor believed in me and changed my life when I was a teenager. I am honored that God is using me to pour back into the upcoming generation of youth; to help guide them closer to God and to make sure they don’t fall through the cracks. God has built me up and changed my life forever. I want to share the same love and joy that I receive from the Father with the youth in Red Deer.

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Maria Vanderwal

Office Manager

I do what I do because God has called me for a great purpose. I am here to do His will and to use the gifts and talents He has given to me in order to glorify Him. Working behind the scenes and supporting the staff is amazing. I get to be a part of God’s vision for the youth in Central Alberta, serving Him with humility and grace. God has called us to be in community with each other, and what an amazing community Youth Unlimited is building in the youth of our communities!

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Mary Eggink

Counsellor - Lacombe

I do what I do because I know that there is no greater influence and blessing than someone who will walk alongside you during the toughest years of your life. I do it because their opinions matter, their feelings are valid, and their generation is the one who will be leading next. I do it because I have been given a beautiful, divine opportunity.

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Melissa Kuipers

YU Adventures Coordinator / Director of Housing

I strive to show the love of Christ to hurting and broken youth by showing them joy, a servant attitude, and giving them laughter and friendship. I get to do this by walking beside youth who are hurting and broken, showing them glimpses of hope and wholeness through day-to-day living. I do this because this is what I am designed to do.

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Nadine Davies

Stepping Stones - Ponoka

I do what I do because I believe and serve a God that is compassionate and full of grace. I am passionate about showing God’s love to the young mothers of Ponoka. I am excited to be a part of a program that works hard to create an environment where these women can feel safe, connected, and cared for. My desire is that as trust is built, walls will come down, and each one of these girls will experience hope and wholeness. I am honored that God can use an ordinary girl like me to show His extraordinary love.

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Paige Brose

Administrative Assistant

I never thought that I would be “good enough” to be part of God’s ministry, let alone a youth ministry! It turns out though, that God is the one who is good enough, and He has plans that we could never imagine. I am so excited that He has led me to work behind the scenes with Youth Unlimited and to be a part of an awesome, God-centred organization!

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Sarah Lahucik

Youth Engagement - Maskwacis

I do what I do because God has put it in my heart to disciple and nurture young people, specifically First Nations youth. I can’t imagine where I would be without Christ in my life, and I am so grateful that God has given me an opportunity to play a small part in His big plan. God’s grace changed me and I hope to see it change the youth in Central Alberta in the same way.

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Sheila Juuti

Youth Engagement / Timber Manager - Sylvan Lake

I do what I do because I was impacted by God’s love. As a part of Youth Unlimited I’m thrilled to work with a team that is making a difference in the lives of the youth and community of Sylvan Lake. We’re reaching out accross generations, barriers, and our coffee counter with the love of Jesus every day! For me, it’s stepping into an invitation in which the ordinary can become extraordinary, and the love of Jesus can be shared one cup of coffee at a time!

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Victoria Forschle

Youth Engagement - Red Deer

As a Child of God, I feel blessed to be a part of His kingdom. More than that, I am honoured that He has placed a calling on my life to share the good news of His word with the youth that are surrounded by worldly struggles. I am beyond excited to go out into the community and share the love of Christ with teenagers, who now more than ever need to know what love really is. My mission is to meet youth where they are at, in a world full of hardships and pain, and show them that with the help of Christ, they are able to conquer it all.

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