Background: BA University of Calgary, double major in Communications Studies and Community Development
Hometown: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island / Cochrane, Alberta
After six years of working with Alberta First Nations and Métis communities in various roles, Melissa joined EAS in December 2015 as the Resiliency Coordinator, partnering with FNMI communities on creative wellness, health, and fitness opportunities.
In the past, Melissa has been a High Risk Youth Worker at Boyle Street Community Services with street-involved youth, and helped launch the Wrap-ED gang diversion program in Edmonton.
Her work with the Alberta's Future Leaders program as a Youth Mentor, Coordinator and Facilitator, has taken her to 20 Aboriginal communities around Alberta, and private consulting with communities has helped launch youth centres, youth mentorship programs, and new leadership initiatives. She has worked with indigenous community groups in Peru, Chile and Colombia, and once taught a group of Ghanaian teenagers about leadership by doing an interpretive dance.
When she’s not working, Melissa loves rock climbing, bike riding, dancing, and playing in the mountains.
Director of Projects
Background: Bachelor of Science in Health Physiology, Health Promotion
Hometown: Brooks, Alberta
Since joining the team in 2014, Kerri coordinates innovative and existing projects for Ever Active Schools. She also contributes to the coordination of work with our many provincial partners to positively impact healthy school communities.
After a decade of work in health promotion in the private and public sectors, Kerri says, “I love the diverse, imprecise and complex nature of it!” If you asked her friends what title should be on her business card they would say “bossy health advocate.” If you asked her daughters, they would say “fun police.” And if she got to decide, it would be “change architect.”
Background: Bachelor of Physical Education, Masters of Science
Hometown: North Vancouver, British Columbia
As the Director, Brian works with associated government ministries, connects with partners, is in charge of fund development, provides a vision, and initiates new projects that support health and wellness in Alberta children and youth. Brian firmly believes that to improve the health and wellness of children and youth in Alberta it will be a collaborative, partnership based approach.
"The best part of my job is working with passionate, dedicated people across the province in support of healthy, happy schools. Everything is aiming to achieve what is best for our youth. It's important and fun to connect the dots to make this happen," he says. He's been happily working with EAS since 2009.
"My hobby is also a healthy addiction to running," says Brian. He's always proud to see his friends, family and colleagues reach their goals.