Alyssa Lindsay, Executive Director
As Executive Director with Canada Bridges, Alyssa draws on her experience in systems thinking and collaborative facilitation to support change leaders in the communities of Calgary, Morley, Siksika and Tsuu T’ina. Alyssa was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario where, from a young age, she was actively involved in serving her community through various organizations, including leadership positions in the Girl Guides of Canada and St. James United Church. Alyssa graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. in Engineering and continued on with several programs including a Certificate in Communication Processes focusing on intercultural and interpersonal communication, human development, adult education, organizational development and leadership. Prior to joining Canada Bridges, she spent four years working with Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) in Malawi, where she supported the coordination, learning and leadership role of district government offices providing water and sanitation to rural communities. Her work involved the co-development of management tools and learning resources to strengthen connections between government staff and civil society organizations and improve the collaborative planning and efficiency of long term, sustainable service delivery. Alyssa has also helped to build local chapters of EWB in three different communities across the country, including leading the development of Member Learning, Public Outreach, and High School Outreach programs.
Katarina Galic, Director of Development
In 2004, Katarina left Singapore and landed in Calgary after years of living, working and traveling around Europe, South East Asia, Australia and Africa. With more than 15 years of international experience in strategic development, small business, relationship management, Katarina brings to Canada Bridges extensive experience in strategic development, frameworks for nonprofit organizations, development opportunities for engagement and multilateral support. In 2012, she was honored to present the Queen of England Diamond Jubilee Medal to the best entrepreneur and community partner in Alberta. She enjoys working with youth and some of her involvements include a panelist at the 41st Annual Business Day Conference, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary; presenter at The International Youth Leadership Conference, Toronto; expert panelist at Championing and Mentorship for Woman Entrepreneurs – Economic Action, Government of Canada; VP Fundraising volunteer at the Westmount Charter school and many more. She highly values creativity, intellect and integrity, and believes the world is a place full of possibilities. Katarina had been studying in Belgrade, London, Prague and Paris when she obtained her BBA and MBA. In 2011 she had opportunity to complete Executive program, Frameworks of Not For Profit Organizations at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.
Jennifer Kohlhammer, Senior Manager
Jennifer is a born-and-raised Calgary girl, whose interest in human development and passion for social justice was sparked at an early age. Through international volunteerism in Asia, Africa, and Central America from her early teen years onward, Jennifer cultivated an insatiable love for people, and a curiosity to better understand how to create growth opportunities and environments so as to empower people to be their best. Jennifer completed a B.A. in Communications Studies at the University of Calgary, and additional post-secondary education in Entrepreneurial Business and Addiction Studies, from which her acquired theoretical skills led her to pragmatically serve youth populations in various capacities. These included peer mentoring and teaching assistantship at the University of Calgary, and team leadership roles for various international volunteer groups. She also spent the last decade working in the non-profit sector, applying her skills and experiences in internal/external communications, fund development, strategic direction, and program design/implementation to the areas of human and social development. Jennifer currently resides in Calgary with her husband, Oliver and their dog, Toro, but she often travels to Ethiopia and Rwanda to visit her parents and assist with their non-profit organization, HOPEthiopia.
Kristin Fedorak, Program Manager
Kristin joined Bridges Social Development as one of two Program Managers, primary working in the community of Siksika, in May 2014. She received her B.A. degree with a double major in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of Calgary. Subsequently, she began work at NicaCan, a grassroots international development organization in rural Nicaragua where she served first as as a Project Administrator, and eventually Executive Director. Her four-year experience with NicaCan provided her in working with other non-profit organizations that implemented fundraising strategies and initiatives, cultivated relationships, and worked with indigenous communities where she facilitated community development meetings to discuss topics ranging from safe water and household sanitation practices to child and maternal healthcare reforms. Locally, Kristin has worked with both the Calgary Health Trust and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in fund development and event management. In her free time she enjoys travelling to explore new countries and cultures, road-trips, baking, running marathons, and tracking down the best tasting ice cream in the world.
Sarah Kinnie, Program Manager
Sarah is one of two Program Managers with Bridges Social Development for the community of Morley. Born in raised in New Brunswick on Mi’kmaq territory, Sarah’s first teachings in aboriginal culture arrived at the age of 20 from members of the Paqtnkek First Nation community while she was an undergraduate student at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Sarah’s passionate exploration of the human role and responsibility to care for the environment led her to pursue a B.A. (with Honours) in Sociology with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Aquatic Resources. Upon graduation, she spent the next 13 years working across non-profit sectors, which included a pilot program for youth in the criminal justice system, the coordination of a national environmental internship program for university graduates with ECO Canada; the management of the volunteer department at the Mustard Seed in Calgary; and the coordination of youth biking expeditions across Canada and Argentina for Two Wheel View. She has also volunteered her time with the Human Venture Institute (formerly Leadership Calgary), the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women (ANIW), and Refreshed, and has travelled to more than 15 countries around the world.
Trevor Solway, Videographer
Trevor Solway or Sinakson (writer) is Blackfoot from Siksika Nation. Trevor comes from a long line of ranchers and grew up on his grandparent’s ranch. At an early age Trevor knew storytelling was his passion and chosen career path. In his seven years of post-secondary education Trevor has studied broadcasting, journalism and filmmaking. Trevor has graduated from the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking program at Capilano University in 2013 and most recently has graduated from Mount Royal University with his Bachelor’s of Communication, Majoring in Journalism in 2017. Trevor is eager to find and make connections between traditional oral story-telling and new age digital media storytelling. He sees this digital age has an important opportunity for Indigenous people to own their stories and collaborate to make new contemporary stories.
Alison Stalker, Program Manager
Alison is part of Canada Bridges’ program team, with a specialized skillset in employment readiness and capacity building for the workplace setting. Alison’s background in the arts, formalized through her completion of a BFA with distinction, enables her to share her strengths in unique and creative ways, and empower creativity in others. Alison has pursued opportunities to engage her love for creative arts by: starting a small illustration business, writing and illustrating children’s books for her nieces, and volunteering in Cambodia to run art programs for local children. Alison believes strongly in the importance of youth to a community: a belief that was encouraged in her by her grandparents from the time she was young. She demonstrates this belief in her approach to Bridges’ work, whether through facilitation or engaging in relationships with the many youth and young adults we serve.
Ike Kenzo, Program Manager
Ike is a Program Manager with Canada Bridges, and is currently working in the community of Morley. Prior to working with Canada Bridges, Ike earned a BA in Political Science with a Minor in History, he is also pursuing a graduate degree in International and Intercultural Communication from Royal Roads University. Ike’s passion is in developing capacities within communities through fostering a sense of pride within the people. Having worked within Calgary’s Afro Caribbean community for the past ten years helped to nurture competencies related to relationship based development initiatives. Ike is very excited to now be working in Morley with Canada Bridges as the role really speaks to who he is. Aside from work, Ike enjoys drumming, playing sports and traveling.
Marissa Howard, Practicum Student
I had met Canada Bridges during 2013/14 in Siksika Nation through a work experience program. I later joined as a mentee with the Mentorship Program, which helped me grow immensely as a person. I’ve have received my diplomas in Youth Justice and Addictions and working on my Masters in Psychology. My heart has always been deeply into working with youth, as I was a youth once who struggled with a lot of diversities of life along the way, I seen the struggles of not having the support that they need and that is something I can provide for them with the Mentorship Program.
Kyle Turning Robe, New Media Summer Student
Oki, my name is Kyle Turning Robe and I’m from Siksika Nation Reservation. I grew up with three other brothers with me being the second oldest. I have two loving parents who always support me no matter what and I hope to repay them one day for all the unconditioned love and support. I’m a post-secondary student at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and currently taking their New Media Production and Design 2-year diploma program. I’ve known Canada Bridges since 2014 when they developed a Film Camp for the youth of Siksika. I have been involved with every Film Camp that they have offered and this year I am excited to work on the Film Camp as the Canada Bridges summer student. I was also involved with the Meaningful Futures/Youth Pre-Employment Program back in early 2015 that was run by Canada Bridges and Siksika Employment & Training. I want to continue my education after I graduate from SAIT and hope to attend Vancouver, which has one of the best schools, to learn 2D and 3D animation. Animation has always been a huge passion for me, I grew up watching cartoon in my youth and always wondered how they do that. As I grow older I knew that Animation is what I want to pursue in the future.