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 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.
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.
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.
Elliot has been involved with ICYA since he attended drop-in and camps as a kid. His warm personality creates a welcoming environment to the youth. He is passionate to share his experiences growing up in the North End with kids going through similar circumstances. During the summer months, Elliot often serves at Gem Lake camp, and when he’s not at ICYA he’s studying for his college degree.
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!
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.
For many summers Raquel has been a strong and caring leader at Gem Lake and Bridge camps. Her welcoming and friendly personality help make kids feel cared for and accepted. While she’s not working at ICYA, Raquel is busy with her family and classes.
Aleah is working as the Children's Outreach Coordinator for Kids Drop in and Pre-Teen drop-in. She sees the joy and delight that God takes in kids and wants to be a part of that. She thinks that children have a lot to teach us about love and adventure. In her free time Aleah enjoys bike riding, reading and listening to music.
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.
Jessica interned at ICYA in 2012-2013 before being hired as summer staff. After 4 years of working on the Bridge staff team as the Teen's Outreach Coordinator she has switched over to the Community Ministry Team where she is walking alongside young women and their families. She graduated from Providence University College in 2013 with a B.A. in Youth Ministry.
Shula Mulenga was born in Zambia but calls Mozambique home because her parents have been missionaries there for over 20 years. In 2007, God placed it on her heart that one day she would work in North America with marginalized aboriginal youth. God finally opened the door for her to come to Canada in April 2014 and do what He has gifted her to do, mentoring and discipling children and youth. She spent her first two years in Canada living and working in Pikangikum First Nation Reserve, a reserve found in North Western Ontario. In 2016 Shula moved out of the reserve and spent a year in Red Lake Ontario mentoring young women, running a bible club and being an Administrator’s Assistant. Shula joined ICYA on October the 16th 2017 as a community minister.
Her favourite hobbies are, all types of needlework, photography and creative writing. She also enjoys learning new languages, listening to her eclectic collection of music and travelling.