Michelle has been practicing in the field of child and youth care for over 25 years; with front line and management experience in residential services, community programs, treatment programs, and youth criminal justice programs. Michelle is currently an assistant professor at Mount Royal University in the Department of Child Studies and Social Work (Child and Youth Care Major).
Michelle is one of two CYCAA Board Members on the Steering Committee of FACT-AB, guiding legislation and working on the development of the College of Counselling Therapists Registration process. Michelle has been with the CYCAA in the role of Director of Research and Development, developing the online learning program; a member at large, Vice President, and Acting President.
Vice Presisdent Certification Committee
Donna recently retired after working/and or studying in the human services field for close to fifty years, the last thirty-eight specifically in Child and Youth Care. Donna became a registered psychologist (retired) and a certified child and youth care counsellor in the early 1980s. During this time she worked directly with children, youth and families; supervised and trained CYC and other professionals; facilitated numerous educational and treatment groups, and conducted many workshops. She was a long-time instructor at MacEwan University and was the Chair of the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care program for the past twelve years. Donna is committed to CYC and has served in various CYCAA positions and committees.
Shay Fortier Murrell
Secretary/Treasurer Financial Committee Chair
Shay graduated in 2017 from MacEwan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care. Presently she is an Adoption Caseworker with Children’s Services, with experience in child intervention, residential group care/ treatment facilities and working with individuals with FASD. Shay has served 2 years as Treasurer of the CYCAA. She is passionate about the field of Child and Youth Care, especially in the development of professional identity for both practitioners and for the profession. She is also passionate about mental health awareness and enjoys public speaking to encourage de-stigmatizing mental health. Outside of Child and Youth Care, Shay is married to a wonderful partner and is a proud fur-mom to the cutest cat, Nacho.
Tammy has 25 years of experience in the helping professions. She is currently a Senior Practice Specialist for McMan in Central Region. Her previous experience includes management and supervision for the Ronald McDonald House in Southern and Central Alberta. Her career began at Hull Services in Calgary as a Child and Youth Care Counsellor, moving to a Program Coordinator. She is a certified facilitator in Compassion Fatigue, Critical Incident Stress De-briefing, and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. Tammy has been a Certified CYC Counsellor since 1995.
Catherine has been fortunate to spend her life doing work she is passionate about—caring for families and children. In her dream job as a teacher, she relishes being involved in educating the next generation of people who will carry on the work that she has dedicated her life to.
Karlana has 17 years of experience in the helping professions working front line and currently in the role as an educator at Lakeland College, Vermilion, in the Human Services Department. My previous experience includes working with Roots of Empathy, volunteering on several boards and working as a Director of a Family Day Home Agency working collaboratively and in partnership with various community agencies to support families and children in accessing services. Prior to this, I worked with an early intervention organization in various capacities supporting families and their children to reach their full potential. I am a certified CYC Counsellor since April 2019, Certified Infant massage teacher, trained Roots of Empathy Instructor, Senior Mentor/Mentor and currently in the process of becoming a Trainer.
Dr. Patricia Kostouros
Pat is a practicing psychologist and Professor in the Department of Child Studies and Social Work at Mount Royal University (MRU). Her research interests include Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, intimate partner violence, and depicting suffering. She has developed and taught courses for the MRU Children’s Mental Health Certificate. Patricia co-chaired the post-secondary student mental health initiative with the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services. She managed a youth shelter, a women’s shelter, and was the Executive Director of a residence for women with a trauma history and a dual diagnosis. Her publications include a variety of articles as well as the edited books: Child and Youth Mental Health in Canada: Case from the Front Line (Kostouros & Thompson, 2018) and Child and Youth Care: Collected Wisdom for New Practitioners (Kostouros & Briegel, 2018). Patricia has been a board member of CYCAA and presently acts as the CYCAA rep for ACTA soon to become the College of Counselling Therapists of Alberta (CCTA).
Director Public Relations Committee
Colleen Rice is a co-parenting Consultant from Alberta, Canada. She keeps busy with her full-time job as a Supervisor for a Family Intervention Program, and owner of her own Divorce Support Company; Family Nexus inc. Colleen is a wife and mother to three, two of who she co Parents with their father. Through a career in Child Protection and personal experiences, she has seen firsthand the detrimental effects of divorce on children. Colleen has developed programming to educate parents on how to co-parent in healthy ways so that children can grow healthy and have the best outcomes.
Kylie is a recent graduate of MacEwan Universities Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program. Throughout her time at MacEwan University, her passion for Child and Youth Care continued to grow through her diverse practicum experiences. So much so, she intends on continuing her studies in September via Strathclyde’s Masters in Child and Youth Care program. Kylie's past work experience includes time spent working in group care, recreation and activity programming, and mental health programming. She currently employed with Chimo Youth Retreat Centre in Edmonton as a Family Wellness Permanency Coordinator in their Collaborative Service Delivery, Family Wellness program. This is a newly created position that she is excited to help develop alongside the Family Wellness team. She excited to be a part of the Board of Directors for the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta as she is eager to get involved with the development and expansion of the Child and Youth Care field.>
Certification and Education Chair
Pennie has been in the Child and Youth Care field for over 30 years, primarily with Hull Services in Calgary. Pennie became a Certified Child and Youth Care Counsellor(CCYCC) in 1996 and has worked in multiple programs, including group care, school, family work, foster care, mental health, and staff development. In 2007 Pennie became involved with the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta and since has had several roles, including the Board of Directors, Chairperson of the Certification and Education Committee, as well as the Alberta representative on the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Care Associations, where she has held positions as Director, Chair of the Communications Committee, Conference Committee member, Vice President, and currently, President.