Misty Griffith, BA (Soc/Sci)
I am the Project REACH Coordinator for Prairie Land Regional Division #25. I have worked for and partnered with MHCB for 10 years. My office is currently located in the Berry Creek Community School and in addition to my administrative duties I also provide some programming to students and families at the Berry Creek Community School. I grew up on a ranch 5 km outside of Cessford, Alberta where I learned a great deal about responsibility, community and the importance of family. After graduation, I moved around Alberta furthering my education and career, to find myself returning to my Rural Roots in Cessford. I feel very fortunate to be able to bring my knowledge of Mental Health out into the community I grew up in and to have my son grow up with the same values and sense of community as I did. I spend my free time enjoying watching my son grow up on the farm and spending time with my family.
Katie Suntjens, BA Psyc
Hello! My name is Katie Suntjens, and I have been with Project REACH since we started in March 2011. Currently I am the Key Contact for Morrin School & Delia School. I recently celebrated by 6-year anniversary with PLRD in November 2016, having worked first as an Educational Assistant in Morrin.
On a personal note, I grew up in Munson, AB and attended Morrin School for K-12. I attended post-secondary at Red Deer College, and received a BA in Psychology through the U of C collaborative program. I spent the year following graduation working, and moved to Washington state for 6 months (an adventure!). Upon returning to Canada, I accepted an EA position in Morrin, and the rest, as they say, is history! In April 2016, I also took a brief leave of absence from my REACH position to spend 6 months working with the AHS Community Addiction and Mental Health team as an Addiction Counsellor in Drumheller, AB. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, gardening, trying out new recipes, taking on DIY projects, and collecting vintage Pyrex, as well as spending time with my husband and our families and friends.
Ahoy! My name is Andrea Olsen and I am one of the key contact Wellness Workers for the Hanna and Youngstown Schools. After receiving my diploma in Early Childhood Development from Red Deer College, I moved to Hanna where my husband and I started our family. I started working for PLRD in 2011 when Project REACH began, as the Wellness Worker for Hanna Primary School. In 2015, I moved over to the HPS and Youngstown Family Resource Program to cover a maternity leave. I am excited to be back with Project REACH and starting on the new adventure of the JC Charyk/Hanna Primary School merge. I’m a mom of two really great teen age boys who keep me busy with their love of basketball. As you can tell by my greeting, I also love pirates and my favorite day of the year is “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” (Sept 19th).
Hi! My name is Kris Thulien and I am excited to be the newest member of the Project REACH Team, working in the north schools in Veteran, Consort and Altario. Before I joined the project, I worked as an Educational Assistant in Veteran School for 8 years, and alongside my husband when he was Youth and Children’s Pastor in our local church for over eleven years, running programs with children and youth from ages 2 to 19.
On a personal note, I live on a ranch with my husband of 22 years. I have a teenage son at home and a daughter in college. (Yikes!) I thoroughly enjoy farm life and spending time in my flower garden and with my animals. I love to travel, and I have had the amazing opportunity to go to Mexico and Africa to work with children and families there.
Being able to work in our small communities is a huge privilege for me. I believe that small towns have so much to offer our children and their families, and I look forward to my new adventure with Project REACH!
Jillian Orum is a Wellness Worker for Project REACH and is currently located at J.C.Charyk Hanna School and Youngstown School. Jillian has been with Project REACH since its initial start in March 2011, and has been a wellness worker along with provided programming in Delia and Consort School. Jillian grew up on an acreage outside of Devon, AB where her favorite things to do were to build tree forts with her younger brother, read books in those tree forts and to play with her childhood pets. As she grew older, it was education that took her to Calgary, AB where she attended the University Calgary and received a degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. Jillian has worked with children, youth and adults with disabilities within educational, vocational and community settings. As well as communities at large to provide centered care in an array of various practicum and employment within the city. Prior to working with Project REACH, Jillian worked with newly immigrated youth. Facilitating employment and leadership programming through the Community YMCA. In 2010 Jillian traveled to Ukraine with YMCA Calgary to explore youth leadership and community projects within various communities of western Ukraine. It was a wonderful experience, and has influenced many of the programs she runs today with her work in Project REACH. It is family that has brought her to Hanna Alberta, where she lives with her husband and two children. Jillian enjoys living in Hanna, where everyone has been so welcoming and her and her family love taking part in all that this community has to offer. Jillian’s favourite past times include attending Folk Music Festivals as well as Comic Con Conventions. Jillian is currently working on her certification as a Roots of Empathy Instructor, and currently runs this program with the 5 and 6 students at Youngstown School.