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Our Team

Board of Directors 2023 / 2024

Candace Olson


Ryan Kwan


Sarah Corley

Secretary / Treasurer

Shane Storie

Past President

Alec MacIsaac


Mandeep Rai


Kaeden Merasty


Sudhir Sandhu


Brandy Kowal


Caroline Christie


Kerri Irvin-Ross

Chief Executive Officer

Our Leadership Team

Kerri Irvin-Ross, Chief Executive Officer

Diane Ward, Chief Operating Officer

Dheeraj Sharma, Chief Financial Officer
Robbyn Rempel, Director of Human Resources
Jennifer Scott, Director, Northern Operations

Youth Council

The Link’s Youth Council is an opportunity for young people involved with our programming to help build a strong, inclusive and diverse community, support others and ground our organization’s work by ensuring that the voices of youth are incorporated through our organization.

In February 2021, members of the Council had the opportunity to attend a naming ceremony with Chris Harper, a former knowledge keeper at The Link. Chris and the youth participated in a smudge, tobacco offering, feather dusting and storytelling. When this was finished, Chris went to the riverbank to give the group’s offerings to the land. He felt the strength of the North winds across his face, nearly knocking him over. He saw the presence of Thunderbirds watching over the Council members.

Traditional teachings explain that the North wind is the strongest and fiercest wind that we experience. The Council also believe that as youth, they possess a strong and fierce energy that allows their voices to unsettle and resonate with others. Like the winds, they also have the capacity to be gentle when necessary.

We will share news of our most recent members soon.