Tori-Lynn Wanotch – Executive Director
Tori-Lynn Wanotch is of Mohawk-German ancestry and has strong family connections to the Canoe Lake First Nation. She has extensive work experience in the areas of social and community health and is passionate about youth initiatives. She is an advocate for Indigenous women, a community activist, volunteer, leader, capacity builder, foster mom to three beautiful girls, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and facilitator on violence prevention, safety, self-confidence and empowerment.
Tori-Lynn has a diploma in Advanced Fashion Design and Marketing, in Management Studies, and a certificate in Trauma Recovery. She has served on elected boards in leadership roles with Saskatchewan Aboriginal Woman’s Circle Corp. as president, Native Woman’s Association of Canada as national treasurer.
She is a co-founder of Her Four Directions, a collective of fashion entrepreneurs that support and deliver workshops on business development and fashion. Finally, Tori-Lynn is starting First Intimate Apparel, an intimates and undergarment line used as a springboard to create conversation, controversy and awareness on healthy sexuality specifically for Aboriginal women.
Heather Langford – Educator
Heather Langford was born and educated in Saskatoon. She is the oldest of four children, so often played school with them while growing up, and was always the teacher. After earning a Bachelor of Education in 2003, she moved to London, England to teach. She worked in a variety of schools, but found her niche in alternative education settings. During her time overseas, she earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of East London. She returned to Canada in 2010 to work for the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. She started working at CNYC in 2012 and has seen the program grow over the years. She teaches Art, English, Math, and any other subjects that fit into her programming, from cooking to science. Her love of art is reflected on the walls of CNYC, which host a collection of her students’ efforts throughout the years.
Barbara Reidy – Educational Assistant
Barbara Reidy is a Program Facilitator at CNYC; she assists Heather in the classroom every morning. She moved to Saskatoon from Ireland four years ago and has been working with the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools since 2015. She trained as a teacher in Ireland, and previously worked at Bishop Murray High School. This is her first year at CNYC, and she’s enjoying making connections with all the youth here.
Mike Fulop – Wood Shop Coordinator
Mike Fulop is the woodworking instructor at CNYC, and started here in 2009. He was trained as a fine furniture maker at Camosun College in Victoria, B.C. and has many years’ experience in fine woodworking. He was the 2011 recipient of Excellence in Wood at the Saskatchewan Craft Counsel, a juried biennial craft exhibition. He has traveled all around the world and now he and his family call Riversdale their home.
Raylene Dove – Education Manager
Raylene attended SIAST for 2 years, after graduating with a Recreation and Tourism diploma she started the Boys and Girls Club. She started working with children at the Confederation Club. When Boys and Girls club of Saskatoon decided to partner with Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op she jumped at the chance to run Rogers Raising the Grade at CNYC. She has now been working with CNYC for almost 3 years.
Ashley Steeg – Transition Coordinator
Ashley Steeg was born and raised in Saskatoon. Ashley attended high school at Bishop James Mahoney. Soon after high school, Ashley realized she had an interest in working with you and decided to pursue a career in which she would be able to work alongside youth in her community. She decided to apply for the Community Services Addictions Program at Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies and was accepted very quickly. Throughout this two year course, Ashley learned a lot about herself as a person and her passions when it comes to working with youth. In June 2016, she completed the Community Services Addictions program with Distinction.
During her educational journey, Ashley completed a five month practicum at Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op. This practicum was an amazing opportunity for Ashley and allowed her to build a positive rapport with other staff and the youth that attend CNYC. This eventually led to Ashley becoming the full time Transitions Coordinator here at CNYC.
Andrea Cessna – Marketing Coordinator
Andrea was born and raised in Saskatchewan to her mother, an artist, and father, a research scientist. She holds these fundamental aspects of her upbringing responsible for her unnerving career choices as a social scientist and visual artist who focuses primarily on issues affecting her community and region. Andrea did her Honours in Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan, and is currently completing a B.A. in Sociology. She is the Marketing Coordinator at CNYC but is also working to develop digital arts programming and to relaunch Word on the Street, a youth-created and youth-published newsletter but taking it to an online forum. When Andrea isn’t at CNYC she’s probably riding her bike or working on video projects.