Youth Services Team
Whether you are joining into a program or contacting us about what services are available for youth, you’ll hear from one of these smiling faces!
Caitlin Anderson, Youth Services Coordinator
Caitlin Anderson is the Coordinator of Youth Services. She started with Sea to Sky Community Services as a Youth Worker at the previous Squamish Youth Resource Centre in 2016 and shortly after began coordinating the youth programs. Caitlin studied Social Work in Sudbury Ontario and it was during that time she discovered her desire to support young people and that she could use her love of experiential learning and the outdoors to do so. She has worked for a variety of wilderness based therapeutic programs for youth including leading extensive coastal canoeing and hiking expeditions in Alaska. She brings her experience working for several outdoor education companies, summer camps, youth drop in centers and outreach services.
Her desire to see youth find happiness and joy in life is what motivates her to provide meaningful and fun programs. You can expect to see her smiling and laughing alongside the youth programs.
BORN: Mississauga, Ontario
FAVOURITE MOVIE: Avatar
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
I WILL NEVER BE SEEN WITHOUT: A smile
ICE CREAM? Local to Squamish shop Alice and Brohm Raspberry flavor in a donut!
FUN FACT: I’ve been on a 48-day canoe trip in Alaska.
Krista Germyn, Manager of Youth Services
Krista has been working in the field of youth service for well over a decade. She brings her experience in a variety of roles to Sea to Sky Community Services as the Manager of Youth Services. Starting her career in the non profit sector in various youth programs, Krista built her foundational skills and knowledge in a multi service youth centre focusing on the drop-in program, youth shelter and the development and coordination of a drug and alcohol prevention program. These experiences helped Krista develop a keen understanding of the needs of vulnerable youth. Additionally, Krista worked as a youth outreach worker ensuring that relationships with young people and community partners were at the heart of her practice. Lastly, as the Youth Services Coordinator for a regional municipality, she focused on community social development, supervising a team of staff and working with internal and external stakeholders to deliver on the Youth Service Plan for the city.
It has been Krista’s greatest privilege to be invited into the lives of young people, assisting in their development as a mentor and creating needed programs and services. As a Registered Social Worker, Krista’s education and training compliment her experience well. She is excited to continue to bring her passion for this work to Squamish and ensure that local young people have what they need to thrive.
Mishal Saeed, Youth Worker
Born: Virginia, USA
Favorite movie: The Dark Knight
Favorite book: Harry Potter series
Favorite quote:“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
I will never be seen without: my nose ring!
Favorite place to travel/visit: any beaches with a beautiful sunset
Fun Fact: I’ve been on road trips where we drove all across Canada and across the US!
Sienna Gerhart, Youth Program Support Worker
Favorite movie: The Silence of the Lambs
Favorite book: The Color Purple
Favorite quote: “And I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do.” -Michael Scott, The Office
I will never be seen without: My Birkenstocks (except for at the office apparently)
Favorite place to travel/visit: Any mountain peak/hiking spot without cell service
Fun Fact: I have performed dances in front of audiences dressed up as both Olaf (the snowman from Frozen) and a goat.
Kim Babirad, Relief Youth Worker
Born: London, ON
Favorite movie: Gladiator
Favorite book: Three Day Road – Joseph Boyden
Favorite quote: “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt” – John Muir
I will never be seen without: My Nalgene water bottle
Favorite place to travel/visit: My family cottage in Northern Ontario
Fun Fact: Arbutus trees are one of my favorite trees, they are Canada’s only native broad-leaf evergreen tree which means they don’t drop their leaves in the Fall!
BORN: Kelowna, BC
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “In the beauty of our landscape, we are made whole in spirit” -Unknown
HOW DID YOU GET INTO YOUTH WORK? I grew up in a family of 8 with 4 older brothers. I’ve always loved people and community environments. Working with youth is fun, rewarding and a way to connect with Squamish.
TRAVEL WISHES? Spain, New Zealand, Iceland, Denmark, Japan… and many more
FOOD? Pizza! Sushi! Chocolate!
FUN FACT: I can make a loon call.
Teresa Berkholtz, Relief Youth Worker
BORN: Calgary, Alberta
FAVOURITE MOVIE: Lion King
FAVOURITE BOOK: The Bible
FAVOURITE QUOTE: Farts are just the ghosts of the things we eat.
I WILL NEVER BE SEEN WITHOUT: Archibald
TRAVEL/VISIT? Romania, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Egypt, Jorden, Israel, Peru, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Amsterdam.
FUN FACT: I survived a helicopter crash.
Alex Champoux, Relief Youth Worker
Heather Lightfoot, Relief Youth Worker
Heidi Nixon, Relief Youth Worker
Pearce Mundy, Relief Youth Worker