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 eventually 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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Niki is a bundle of energy in the office!

She loves meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, and discovering new places. She’s an avid traveller and has visited 35 countries and counting! She is passionate about youth empowerment and is excited to lead and support the AYC staff & volunteers in creating and implementing creative, fun, and purposeful programming for the beautifully diverse youth in Abbotsford!

Niki may be reached by email at:

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Sasha is our Program Coordinator! You can usually find her at the AYC office, but when she's at ARC or MRC she loves to play Monopoly Deal with the youth there! She loves baking, travelling, and strawberry lemonade. Her ideal weekend includes reading a good book, drinking tea, getting brunch, and watching a movie! 

Sasha may be reached by email at:

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Bradley is our Admin & Marketing Assistant. He's usually at the AYC office, answering the phone, posting on social media, and making promo materials. He enjoys dancing to Kpop, listening to 80s' music, watching comedy series, exploring the nature, and playing video games (Nintendo Switch).

Bradley can be reached by email at:

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Danaye is one of our Youth Centre Coordinators! You can usually find her at the AYC office or MRC, where she loves hanging out with the youth. She loves playing board games, being forced to go on hikes around the Fraser Valley, and buying books (she’ll read them eventually). One of her goals in life is to adopt a cat.

Danaye can be reached by email at:

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Jaimie is one of our Youth Centre Coordinators! She enjoys reading, hiking, and playing with her three cats. You can find her at the ARC Youth Centre or at the AYC office. She loves to play games and is willing to learn anything (although warning: she may not be good at it). Her favourite video game is Stardew Valley which she has spent hundreds of hours playing. 

Jaimie can be reached by email at:

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Aaron loves working with youth and hearing about their life experiences. He loves to play basketball and pool at the youth centres. Aaron is team Tim Hortons, not Starbucks, and his favourite chocolate bar is Coffee Crisp. He loves butter chicken, Skyrim, and pineapple on pizza.

Aaron may be reached by email at:

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Arash is one of the amazing staff members at AYC, and he really loves it! His job is to support and encourage youth to develop their skills while having the best time! His favorite part of his role is seeing youth’s friendly faces in the community that we all know and love. ⁠

Arash may be reached by email at:

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Lily is one of our Youth Program Leaders, and you can usually find her at either the ARC or MRC. If you’re ever at the MRC try challenging her to a game of foosball—but make sure you bring a friend to help, she’s exceptional!

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Jas is one of our youth leaders at the AYC. His role is to ensure youth feel safe and sociable while enjoying the companionships! Jas is a champion in his community as he enjoys volunteering with different organizations, such as Abby PD in the Victim Services Unit, Big Brothers & Big Sisters as a mentor, and the Special Olympics as a soccer & track coach. Despite being a community champion, he’s quite clumsy as he tends to spill something on himself every fifth (5th) meal. (Relatable!) ⁠During his free time, you can find Jas staying active, watching anime and/or Marvel movies, or playing chess

Jas may be reached by email at:

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Shelby is one of our Youth Program Leaders! Her favourite activity to do with the youth is play pool. She loves interacting with the youth and being silly and having fun together!⁠ Shelby's from Alberta and loves swimming and watching movies! She likes pineapple on pizza and enjoys time outside.⁠

Shelby may be reached by email at:

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Josilyn is one of our youth leaders at AYC. Her role is to provide a warm, welcoming environment where all youth can enjoy spending their time. She loves working with youth and hearing about anything and everything the youth have to say. You can find her at the ARC and MRC, usually challenging youth to pool games, UNO or card house-building contests. During her free time, Josilyn enjoys camping, hiking, or watching scary movies with friends.

Josilyn may be reached by email at:

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Meet The Board of Directors

Teresa Pippus,


Manager- Information, Training & Self Employment Community Futures

Stan Petersen,

Past President

Abbotsford School Trustee

Gurmeen Banipal,

Vice President

Journalist, The Patrika

Preet Dhaliwal,


Lawyer, Fraserwest Law Group LLP

Dylan Kular,


Vice President - Fraser Valley Bandits

Cindy Rammage,


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

Mindi Mahil,


Airport Duty Officer (YXX)

Inder Rai,


Local Business Owner

Nimrat Aulakh,


Registered Nurse, Abbotsford Regional Hospital

Harleen Bhandal,


Accounting Team Lead, TuGo Insurance 

Roi Castro,


Youth Council Representative

Avneet Malhi,


Youth Council Representative

Miriam Michel,


Abbotsford Police Department

Rupi Kanda-Rajwan,


Trustee - Abbotsford School District

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