Our Founder & Executive Director
Debra Walker (BA)
Debra Walker is an ambitious problem solver with over 30 years experience in both business and non-profit organizations. Her life-coaching skills are backed with several years experience leading seminars and small groups, directing youth and women's groups, and working in management, sales, and marketing. As a mother who has just recently launched her son and daughter into adulthood, her passion is to be a courageous community response to improve the social and emotional
lives of our youth.
Voices Coordinator and Facilitator: Serena Charleton (BA)
Serena has been involved with Courage For Youth since moving to the Okanagan in 2010. Driven by past experiences with relational aggression, Serena is dedicated to creating programs that will help educate youth on having and maintaining healthy relationships. Serena is passionate about mentoring and uses her experiences to help guide young girls through the trials of pre-adolescence and aid them in becoming wise and strong young women.
Program Facilitator: Ashley Sherbino
(B.Sc. TWU, MPsy City University (Candidate)
Ashley's specific passion lies in the area of education, mentorship and personal growth. Along with her role as a S.C.R.E.A.M facilitator Ashley also works as a Community Education Facilitator for the Canadian Mental Health Association in Kelowna, BC, providing specific attention to the area of mental health and athletics.
The Board of Courage for Youth includes professionals
and counsellors who direct and maintain our established values
and ensure accountability. Our Board members are:
• Ramona Sousa, President
• Alison Apps, Secretary/Treasurer
• Wendy Wiens
• Chantelle Wood, Conversations Program Administrator
• Dr. Marvin Krank
• Gaylene DeGruchy
Strategic Planning and Development: Carolyn Sandra (BA, MA)
Carolyn is an innovator and creative visionary with a passion for developing leadership resources that promote personal and social change. She began her career as a licensed counsellor working with parents and teenage girls. Her passion lead her to partner with CFY in 2004 to create workshops and conferences focused on the issues facing teenage girls and helping parents to support and navigate their daughters through an often toxic and confusing culture. She is a co-author of the SCREAM curriculum and the mother of three
Program Director: Gary Brucker (BA, B.Ed., MSC)
For the past 20 years Gary, a dynamic speaker and educator, has been involved in providing innovative and life-changing educational programs to children, youth and adults. As a trained Love and Logic Facilitator, he has a passion for helping people get more tools for their life "tool boxes". Gary oversees the implementation of CFY programs and adult conferences. Gary lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada with his wife, three girls and dog. He wants to help youth and adults to
SCREAM their life.
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