Kent Dueck founded the ministry of ICYA in 1986. He is still relationally connected in the community while casting and communicating the vision for the ministry in consultation with the Board and staff. He is actively engaging the support constituency of donors and speaks to churches, schools, and the media about issues in our community. He completed his Masters in Leadership and Management at Briercrest Seminary.
In August of 2013, Don joined the ICYA team as the Director of Programming. His heart is in community development and serving others. He has experience in a variety of fields including construction, office management, agricultural sales and also served as a pastor for five years after completing his Masters of Divinity in Fresno, California. Don is able to draw on all of these experiences in providing leadership to the many programs run at ICYA.
In September 2012 Dory joined the ICYA team as the Administrative Manager. Dory comes to us from working in the agricultural manufacturing industry for the past 16 years, bringing with him extensive office and staff management skills. Being new to the ministry, he is thoroughly enjoying getting to know the staff and the many facets of ICYA.
George joined ICYA full time in September 2008 as our Facilities Manager after 15 years of working for Home Hardware in Morris. He enjoys the hands on maintenance portion of his job as well as the opportunity to interact with and encourage inner city kids.
His wife Patti is an Educational Assistant at Morris School in Morris where they live. Together, they plan to serve the Lord wherever he leads and offer hope through Christ to those they encounter.
Jennifer joined the ICYA team in December 2015, as the Accountant. She brings to us 15 years of experience in Finance Administration for non-profits. She has a heart for the North End, loves serving others and brings much passion to her role here. This is her first opportunity to use her passion and experience in a ministry capacity and is enjoying getting to know the staff and many different ways ICYA ministers to the community.
Kristin joined the team in May 2014 after working as a Radio DJ for Ignite 107 and CHVN, where she fell in love with working for a ministry, being a light to others, and spreading God's love.
Kristin graduated from Mid-Ocean School of Media Arts in 2011. Her talents and skills are endless. She runs her church's sound board on Sunday and performs in various ways with their Worship Arts Ministry team. Music is an "instrumental" part of her life that is why she looks super happy when she is surrounded by it, especially when she drums.
She loves getting to know new people and is excited to do exactly that at Inner City Youth Alive!
Andrew has joined the ICYA team as our Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator. He comes from a work background of international business, agricultural trade, and export development. The opportunity to join the ICYA team is very positive and exciting, as Andrew enjoys meeting new people, working on a team, and developing marketing strategies. He graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelors of Business Administration and Marketing.
He is excited to use his business and marketing background in a specific ministry role at ICYA.
In February 2014 Angie joined the ICYA and St. Aidan's Christian School teams. She is a very welcomed presence to both of our teams as she blesses us with her dedication and hard work by providing meals to our drop-in programs, school breakfasts and lunches, and coordinates community-wide meals. Before joining us she worked at a seniors home providing food preparation and housekeeping services. Her education includes a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management she received in the Philippines. When she's not cooking delicious meals for us, she is a loving and caring mother of four wonderful children.
Rachel first learned of ICYA in 2014 as a student of Millar College of the Bible. She has been here since February 2017 and loves learning about and being a part of the ministry at ICYA. Rachel is also learning about life in the North End, and the beautiful and generous community it can be. She is excited to work for a ministry and has a passion for people and building relationships with them. She loves to spend her time in the outdoors and especially values her family and friends.
Lori began as an ICYA Drop-in volunteer in 2002 and was hired as a Drop-In Coordinator in 2004. She then moved into the role of Teen's Outreach Coordinator which led to her current position as The Bridge Drop-in Director. The Bridge Team focuses on connecting with children, teens and young adults and their children.
Lori and her husband Dan had a daughter Finn in 2012 and love integrating their family with the families she works alongside. Lori is an avid kayaker and her family enjoys many outdoor adventures.
Jessica interned at ICYA in 2012-2013 before being hired as summer staff. She then transitioned to her current position as Teen's Outreach Coordinator. Her responsibilities include planning and running our Monday Clubs program, Teen's Drop-in, as well as the Summer DVBS. Jessica graduated from Providence University College in 2013 with a B.A. in Youth Ministry.
Christina joined our staff in 2012 after completing an internship with us through Steinbach Bible College and graduating from there with a 4 year Bachelor's of Arts degree in Youth Ministry. Her and her husband, Ben, live the Spence neighborhood and are a part of the Many Rooms Church Community, as well as Mission Baptist Church where Ben works as a Family Pastor, running a church plant on Sunday evenings known as West End Alive.
In her role as Women's Ministry Coordinator, Christina helps to run ICYA's Young Adults' drop in on Wednesday evenings, and is involved with our Monday night Clubs Program. Christina is passionate about discipleship and biblical teaching, and hopes to continue to be a support to the community of teens, young adults and young families with whom she is connected.
Joel’s journey with us began with an internship through Millar College. Following the internship, he has came on staff full-time and has continued his work with the teens through our drop-in nights as Teens Drop-In Coordinator. He loves living in Winnipeg's North End, and is extremely proud of the youth here who are breaking the mold. Joel completed 4 years of study at Millar College of the Bible, and has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in strategic ministry.
Emily has been volunteering at the Bridge at our Teens Drop-in since 2014, as well as helping out at Love Lives Here for the past year. She is currently enrolled at the University of Manitoba taking a Bachelor of Arts program majoring in Native Studies. She has now been a part of the Bridge Staff team since spring of 2016. Her main focus is planning and overseeing Wednesday night Pre-Teen Drop-in, as well as helping run Tuesday night Teens’ Drop-in. She is extremely excited and enthusiastic to be a part of a group that she has come to love over the years.
1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all that you do be done in Love.”
Nicole started volunteering at ICYA when she was 15 and within no time at all the children had won her heart. Nicole has loved the north end of Winnipeg ever since then and has pursued her passion for the children in that area through her work at ICYA. Nicole works to help plan a weekly drop in for the children. Nicole recently married the love of her life Jason and they enjoy doing ministry together, both at ICYA and Nassau Street Church where Jason is a pastor.
Mario has been a Saturday night Drop-In team leader since June 2014. He loves playing sports with the teens, and being able to support them through any challenges they have in their lives. Mario has been around volunteering since 2005 and used to attend to St. Aidan’s Christian School. Being around Inner City Youth Alive through his younger years has helped change his life around in a positive way. He used to be in a "crew" in his younger years but he dropped out of it just so he could have fun at ICYA camping trips, or just being at our Drop-in nights. His favourite part of Winnipeg's North End is 99cent Pizza on Selkirk and Kildonan Park.
Fun question: would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?
Answer: One horse-sized duck as it is more of a challenge. I like challenges.
Emma's first ever experience with ICYA was when she volunteered with her junior youth group in 2007. This has grown into a heart and passion with working alongside kids and youth through camp programs. Emma is passionate about ministry and social justice. This passion has rooted itself since she was a teenager and into her professional studies. She recently graduated from Briercrest College and Seminary with an Associate of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. Emma's personality is an ENFP; Extraversion (E), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), Perception (P). This leads her to love travelling and in her spare time she enjoys reading classic literature, practicing and viewing art, and going on new adventures!
Samantha (or Sam) is a hard-working and caring part of our Saturday Drop-in staff team. She has been involved with ICYA for most of her life, and in 2013, she joined our staff team. In 2014, Sam graduated from R.B Russell Vocational High School and has future aspiration to attend Red River College for Child and Youth Care programs. When asked how ICYA impacted her life, Sam replied, "they guided me down the right path of life. ICYA helped me become the person I am today." When not working hard at ICYA, you can find Sam spending time drawing, swimming, riding her bike, or taking a long walk. Her favourite part of Winnipeg's North End is Whitetop Drive-In.
Fun question: Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?
Answer: One horse-sized duck because fighting one is better than fighting 100 duck-sized horses.
Toni attended and graduated Briercrest College and Seminary with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry with concentrations in Adolescent and Family studies, and minors in Historical and Biblical Studies. In her first year a group from ICYA came to Youth Quake and got connected to the college - this first impression has lasted through her college career. Now she has joined the Bridge team on the Teen’s drop-in nights to learn from and love those who come through the doors. She loves trying new things, and speaks fluent movie quotes. The way to her heart is through food and fangirling over the same shows or movies.
Ronald first got involved with ICYA when he began volunteering in 2016. He has lived in Winnipeg's North End for most of his life. Once he discovered ICYA, he was quite surprised by the work that ICYA did for his community. Through his time volunteering he discovered his passion for working with kids and youth. Ronald gives credit to God for opening and closing many doors on his journey to ICYA. Ronald says, "that God has made my calling in life quite clear to me." When Ronald is not here at ICYA, he loves to spend time with friends and family. He also loves to learn new things and create new experiences, including hands-on learning or diving into a book. He especially loves learning about history and studying the Word of God.
Amy (or Amez) is a vital member of our Saturday Drop-in staff team. She has been attending ICYA programs since she was 6 years old, and in 2015, she joined our staff team for Saturday Drop-In. When asked how ICYA impacted her life, Amy said, "ICYA has impacted my life in such a way that I can't imagine where I would've ended up, and for that I'm grateful!" In her spare time, Amy enjoys treating her niece and nephew with trips to the Winnipeg Zoo and Kid City, or playing basketball with youth at drop-in. Her favourite part of Winnipeg's North End is her childhood home because of all the memories made there.
Fun question: Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?
Answer: I would fight 100 duck-sized horses because I think it'll be challenging and kind of funny to see 100 duck-sized horses.
Ira (or Batman) is a fun-loving part of the Saturday Drop-In team! He became involved in ICYA activities three years ago and brought with him the rein of the batman. He is discerning his future and the role he will hold (outside of protecting Winnipeg as Batman). ICYA has impacted his life through a positive job and work environment, and a place to make new friends. Ira is very active in his free time and loves to play basketball, baseball, football, and hockey. His two favourite locations in Winnipeg's North End are Whitetop and the ICYA basketball court.
Fun question: Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?
Answer: I'd take on one horse-sized duck just to eat it.
Darin has joined ICYA this year to help facilitate evening Bridge Drop-ins, as well as organize and plan for our summer programming. Darin graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts in 2013, and since then has been working in a variety of different settings. During these past several years Darin has developed a heart for people, and has a passion for making people feel welcomed and valued. He is very excited to have the opportunity to work alongside the ICYA team, and is looking forward to a fun summer connecting with youth.
Chelsea has participated in ICYA programs when she was only 7 years old. She has now joined the ICYA staff team as a Summer Bridge staff member. Chelsea contributes the ICYA community as the place that helped her break out of her shell. She used to be shy and quiet, but now she is outgoing, enthusiastic, and loves being with people. When she’s not investing her time with ICYA, you can find Chelsea cooking with her sister, playing soccer, or hanging out at the White Top. A feature Chelsea loves with her Winnipeg North End community is how people generally care for other people. Chelsea is finishing up her high School diploma, and after graduation plans to pursue God further with a Bible School education.
Chelsea has recently joined our staff team as a Summer Bridge Staff member. She is currently enrolled in R. B. Russell High School. After she graduates her future plans are to go to college for a diploma. Chelsea has been an ICYA participate for many years. She recognizes that the time spent with us has impacted her by helping stay away from wrong people and influences. In her free time, Chelsea loves to play sports, cook for friends, and even spend time cleaning! We are honoured that Chelsea says her favourite part of Winnipeg’s North End is ICYA, and we are excited she can be a part of our team!
In May 2009 Gord joined ICYA as the Wilderness Camp Director, leaving his job as general manager at Patzer Office Equipment. Before formally joining ICYA, he and his family volunteered several weeks each summer for seven years as the host family at Gem Lake Camp. Since 2007 Gord has also enjoyed volunteering at Inner City Motorsport program.
Gord and Beckie spent almost ten years with the Africa Inter Mennonite Mission, working as dorm parents for missionary kids in a remote village in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Gord says, "It is a blessing to have a position which allows us to minister together as a family."
Matthew joined our staff team as Camp Program Coordinator in spring 2011. For many years he has been volunteering at Children's Drop-in every Thursday night. Matt graduated from Steinbach Bible College with a B.A. in Youth Ministry.
Harvey Rempel joined our staff in 2006 after returning to Winnipeg from Fresno, CA where he was working on an M.A. in Intercultural Mission. His role at ICYA involves two main areas of focus: 1) Serving as a community minister by nurturing relationships with young adults and their families, walking along side them and sharing Christ as they struggle to transition into a new season of their lives. 2) Building bridges and fostering mutual relationships between the larger church community and the inner city. "My hope is that both the suburban church and the urban poor will meet, recognize Christ in each other, and be forever transformed by the experience."
Harvey first met Rhonda while she was helping run Youth For Christ's drop in for at-risk teens in Elmwood and together they are now learning what it means to raise their family in the inner city of Winnipeg's North End.
Before joining the ICYA staff team in 2009, Andrew served for eight years as a church planter and pastor of North End Community Church. Andrew and his wife Amie have lived in the North End since 2001 and enjoy building friendships with their neighbours. They are still learning how to be an incarnational presence, communicating Jesus with their lives in the neighbourhood. Now, as a community minister, Andrew is building on the experience and friendships he's gained to continue providing relationship-based support and spiritual care with youth, adults and families in the community. Andrew's work also includes speaking and writing to help people in the wider church engage with inner city issues and God's heart for 'the least of these.'
Andrew has a Bachelor of Religious Studies from Steinbach Bible College and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg. Andrew enjoys friends, coffee, music (from Robert Johnson to Radiohead), the outdoors, books (from Dave Barry to Wendell Berry), and spending time with Amie and their three daughters.
Jeremy got his first taste of the North End in 2004 and has been hooked ever since. The North End is his home. He loves visiting people in the North End, hearing their stories, hearing their hearts, seeing their strength and watching God move. Jeremy graduated from Canadian Mennonite University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Ministries. His hobbies include porch sitting, reading, basketball, and other stuff. Jeremy and his wife Teresa live in the neighborhood and love sharing hospitality with others.