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Who We Are


At Choices for Youth, we see the potential for growth and independence in everyone who comes to our door. Once safe housing has been secured, our first priority is the aspirations of youth: where do they want to get, and what might it take to get there?

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Who We Are


At Choices for Youth, we see the potential for growth and independence in everyone who comes to our door. Once safe housing has been secured, our first priority is the aspirations of youth: where do they want to get, and what might it take to get there?

Our organization is based on the philosophy that everyone has a right to:

  • Safe housing;
  • A standard of living that promotes physical, mental, emotional, psychological, and social development;
  • An environment of mutual accountability, responsibility, independence, equality, dignity, peace, and respect;
  • Protection from abuse;
  • Participation in any decision making that affects their lives.

Read more about how we develop essential programming and what programs we currently offer.

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Core Values


As our organization grows and the external environment changes, we are steadied by our core values. They remind us to focus on those we serve, and to build environments at the forefront of supportive programming.

Core Values


As our organization grows and the external environment changes, we are steadied by our core values. They remind us to focus on those we serve, and to build environments at the forefront of supportive programming.

Act with empathy and kindness.

Choose to see the potential.

Cultivate safe, inclusive spaces & promote diversity.

Work hard, with boundless ambition & strategic excellence.

Inspire hope & create opportunities that empower.


Choices for Youth strives to be a model of diversity and inclusion, and our Board Members, staff, volunteers, and program participants reflect the many faces, cultures, identities, abilities, and walks of life that make up our province. We are a learning-centered organization that values the perspectives and contributions of all people, and strive to incorporate the needs and values of diverse communities into the design and implementation of inclusive programs.

We respect, value, celebrate, and welcome racialized people, all sexual orientations, women and trans* people, Aboriginal and First People, people with disabilities, with mental illness, and those from all social strata.


We work hard at our creating and nourishing a strong culture.

To us, culture is ties together all our work, our people and our goals. We define our cultural through a three commitments:

 

START WITH WHY

Putting young people first

Being champions for social justice

Connecting to our individual sense of purpose

CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER

Feeling like family

Building relationships based on trust and respect

Understanding one another through conversations

BE AGILE

Responding to changing needs

Striving to learn continuously

Fostering innovation

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Our Team


Our Team


Sheldon Pollett
Executive Director

Linda Warford
Director of Programs

Wendy Daniels
Director of Finance and Administration

Chelsey Paterson

Director of Social Enterprise

Ayon Shahed
Director of Strategic Development

Mica McCurdy
Development and Campaigns Officer

Angela Picco
Development and Campaigns Officer

Jill Doyle

Manager of Programs

Paula Soper

Manager of Programs

Jane Henderson
Manager of Research, Evaluation & Data Systems

Susan Crawford
Program Coordinator – Moving Forward

Heather Roberts
Program Coordinator – The Lilly

Erica Norman
Program Coordinator – Outreach and Youth Engagement

Andrew Harvey
Program Coordinator – The Shelter for Young Men

Jeannie Piercey

Program Coordinator – Momma Moments

Sonya Clarke-Casey

Program Coordinator – Family Reconnect

 
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Board & Advisors


Board & Advisors


Ross Reid
Consultant

Chris King
Partner, McInnes Cooper

Chris Peddigrew
Partner, Wadden Peddigrew Hogan

Dr. Jill Alison
Faculty of Medicine

Steve Power - Chair
Partner, Grant Thornton

Andrew Woodland – Secretary
Legal Counsel, City of St. John's

Lynn Zurel – Treasurer
Chartered Accountant, Stonebridge Capital Inc.

Colin Krulicki
Regional Vice President, RBC