Staff & Board Members

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Bev Olfert, Executive Director

Bev Olfert has been involved with the AYC for many years. She started at the AYC as a volunteer, later she worked as a program coordinator and in 2003 she was hired as the Executive Director. Before coming to the AYC, Bev worked in various programs serving children, youth and families at Abbotsford Community Services. These days Bev spends most of her time writing emails, going to meetings and generally looking after the day to day functioning of the AYC.

Bev is always looking for suggestions about programs and services that could be useful in the community. Come on in and have a chat . . . bring coffee – she likes that ;)

Bev may be reached by email at:

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Christy Friess, Supervisor of Recreation

Christy Friess feels like she is one of the lucky ones who knows she is meant to do exactly what she is doing! As the Supervisor of Recreation she is able to connect with youth and help them better their lives through AYC programs. She also gets to use her experience and share her knowledge when helping to develop staff members into successful youth workers.

Christy may be reached by email at:

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Kenyon Collins, Youth Recreation Coordinator/ARC Team Lead

Kenyon has been working with the AYC for almost 3 years now. He started as the Team Lead at the MRC Youth Centre and then moved over as the Team Lead to the ARC Youth Centre. Kenyon is from Vancouver Island where he received his University diploma in Recreation and Sport Management. He has a variety of experience working with children and youth which has made him a great Team Lead for the AYC. The thing Kenyon enjoys the most about working with the AYC is that he gets to be a fun, positive male role model for the youth.

Kenyon may be reached by email at:

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Mandy Aujla, Youth Programs Coordinator

Mandy started with the AYC in September 2017, and only a few months before this she moved to Canada from England, where she worked with children and young people as a Community Recreation Officer. She has worked in various different settings and programs with youth for over 20 years. Mandy is passionate about making a positive difference in young people’s lives, and hopes she can use the skills and knowledge obtained over the years to support and engage with the youth of Abbotsford.

Mandy can be reached by email at:

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Faith Vachon, Administrative Assistant

New to the AYC family is Faith. Her 10+ years at home raising her teenagers make her very passionate about youth and what matters to them. The most rewarding thing she has ever done is nurture them to adulthood and she is now excited to enter the next phase of her life contributing to an organization that helps youth in Abbotsford.

Faith can be reached by email at:

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Karen Copeland, Administrative Assistant

Karen was excited to join the AYC crew in the Fall of 2017. She has a passion for graphic design and social media and loves the creative process. Karen has been active in the community in the area of youth mental health, and understands the important role recreation plays in wellness. Karen is in the office on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and would love to answer any questions you have about the AYC!

Karen can be reached by email at:

Meet The 2018 Board of Directors

Stan Petersen, President

Rob Senft, Vice President

Financial Advisor-

Raymond James Ltd.

Kathleen Robinson, Treasurer

Teresa Pippus, Director

Manager- Information, Training & Self Employment Community Futures

Raman Dosanjh, Director

Victim Services/Youth Care Worker- Abbotsford Community Service/School District #34

Scott Hill, Director

Manager, Abbotsford Recreation Centre- City of Abbotsford

Cindy Rammage, Director

Associate Professor, Child and Youth Care- University of the Fraser Valley

Patricia Ross, Director

Appointed Deputy Mayor-

City of Abbotsford

Rhonda Pauls, Director

Trustee- Abbotsford School District

Aashwan Dhaliwal, Director

Youth Council Representative

Anshdeep Sharda, Director

Youth Council Representative

Interested in becoming a board member? Download the AYC Board of Directors Application or Call for Nominations to apply.