WYC staff make their work seem effortless, but under the surface of it all is committed dedication to high stanadards.  

Youth Service Providers each supervise an aspect of daily operations, all are qualified to assist youth with systems navigation, and many have come to the WYC from Windsor's own St. Clair College or University.

Adminstrative and support staff are equally invested in working toward a healthy WYC community while they are actively involved in responsibly growing the organization.

All WYC staff recognize the value of hospitality and ensure that the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly at any time of day, regardless of who's on site.

Tamara Kowalska

Tamara graduated from Boston University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She has taught in Canada, the United States, Poland, England, and Korea. Her time has been divided between teaching, writing poetry and fiction, producing local theatre, waitressing, and studying yoga philosophy and meditation. She started a Master's Degree in Communications and Social Justice five years ago when the WYC opened and she plans to finish it one day. In the meantime, she loves being involved in the WYC as well as in the wider effort to ultimately end homelessness.

Donna Roy

After sitting on the WYC board of directors and volunteering with the Generation WYC program, Donna was hired as Administrative Assistant in February of 2016. Donna brings a background in sales and marketing and she'll tell you that she has finally found her "dream job." Donna has two successful children, an amazing daughter-in-law and is a very proud nana. Married for over 35 years to a kind-hearted man who was always okay when their children brought home other children instead of kittens, Donna believes that every child should be encouraged to dream and beempowered with the tools to fulfill those dreams.

Ashley Marchand

Ashley graduated from the St.Clair College Advanced Child and Youth Worker Program and became involved with the Windsor Youth Centre as a placement student. She continued on at the WYC as a volunteer until being hired as a Youth Program Facilitator. Ashley's favourite part of working at WYC is the people. Everyone has a story to share and she enjoys being one of the people they feel they can turn to to share their story. In her spare time she enjoys reading and playing with her cat Oreo.

Michele Gnanamuttu

Michele has a Master's Degree in Social Work and is working on her PhD making, her the ideal Research Manager at the WYC. The position allows Michele to bring her social service, education and research experience to contribute to and be a part of the positive personal and social change that the whole WYC community strives for. Michele lives with her children, spouse, 21-year old cockatiel, and 14-year old cat. She is keen on creative arts, gardening, music, nature, travelling, snow, and is learning to play the piano.

Maegan Knight

Maegan grew up in a small town near Sarnia ON, and is a graduate from the Lambton College Police Foundations Program and holds a BA Honours in Criminology from the University of Windsor. While in university, Maegan participated in the Volunteer Internship Program and began her placement at the WYC. Maegan's work at the WYC includes volunteering, sitting on the board of directors, and now working as a Youth Program Facilitator. Maegan focuses on creating a welcoming and safe space during drop in hours, youth advocacy, and the UP2U program. Maegan is passionate about assisting youth and seeing youth reach their full potential. She stays active playing and watching sports, camping, visiting her family, and hanging out with friends.

Yannin Ramirez

Yannin is a graduate of the Community Justice Service program at St. Clair College. She began her placement for that program at the WYC in 2014. Yannin is now a Program Youth Facilitator. She co-facilitates UP2U (drug relapse support group), provides advocacy and outreach for at risk and facilitates a visual arts program during drop in hours. Having been an at risk youth herself growing up, her dream was always to gain the education to help others in need who struggle with issues and obstacles in their everyday lives. Yannin is somewhat of a chameleon who can adapt and find enjoyment in almost all things with a passion for art, animals, music, and friendship.

Stephen Hargreaves

Stephen loves Windsor and all the people who strive to help the city reach its potential. He has been an integral part of developing numerous businesses and not-for-profits locally. He is a 2015 recipient of the 'Built Heritage Award' for architectural restoration from the City of Windsor, Planning, Heritage & Economic Development Standing Committee. Hargreaves' written work has appeared in the The Toronto Star, ABC News, Detroit Metro Times, and The Windsor Star. He was presented the University of Windsor's 'Outstanding Contribution Award' in 2011 and 2012 and a 'John H. McDonald Journalism Award' in 2013. He sits on the board of directors of not-for-profit business incubator the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator, is the organizer of Windsor Tweed Ride amongst other events, a steadfast advocate for our region, a happily married downtown Windsor resident, and the Community Developer at the WYC.

Jessie O’Connor

Jessie grew up in Brisbane, Australia, and moved to Canada when she was 9. At a young age she knew that she wanted to work with children. Jessie holds a diploma in Child and Youth Worker from St. Clair College. During her third year in college, she completed a field placement at the WYC; a year later, Jessie joined the team as a Youth Program Facilitator. Along with running the 5-10 drop in with her fellow staff, she started the parenting program “Generation WYC,” working closely with young parents and children. She also manages the kitchen and plans meals. Jessie enjoys shopping, going to the gym, catching up with friends, exploring new places and spending time with her dog, Lola O’Connor.

 

Jessica Mcauslan

Jessica moved to Windsor in 2011 to attend the University of Windsor and graduated with a degree in Psychology and Criminology. Prior to becoming part of the staff, Jessica volunteered at the WYC for close to 2 years. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and playing sports. She looks forward to getting to know more of the Windsor community through her work at the WYC

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