MEET THE TEAM
Kim is the founder and C.E.O of Street Culture. After 15 years in the business sector, Kim was inspired to create the project for two reasons: he imagined a program that could engage the untapped labour resource of at-risk youth toward effective community and economic development, and he was motivated to ‘try something different’ after coordinating an extremely successful inner city summer arts program. It was there that Kim identified a clear need for long-term personal support and life skills development programs. Don’t let the title C.E.O throw you off; Kim spends most of his day at the front-line, engaging and supporting the youth and staff of Street Culture.
Dustin is the Executive Director of Street Culture, overseeing the agency, its numerous programs and over 100 staff. Dustin has greatly influenced SCP’s massive expansion and has developed and implemented numerous successful programs including supportive housing initiatives such as Regina’s first Peer Homes as well as Saskatchewan’s first youth shelter (Downtown Browne’s). Dustin has received the City of Regina Crime Prevention Award, sits on numerous community and national committees, was appointed to the Homelessness Partnering Strategy Community Advisory Board, is a recipient of CBC’s Future40 award and is a 2015 Governor General Leadership Alumni. Dustin’s warm, welcoming and humour-filled personality gives him the ability to create long lasting relationships with everyone he meets. It’s no surprise the success he’s had within the agency and will continue having.
DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION
Brenda is Street Culture’s longest serving member other than the founder. Her dedication and longevity to the agency is second to none. Serving as social venture extraordinaire, Brenda has been able to coordinate teams of face painters, caterers, and odd job teams throughout the community for 20 years. As current Director of Administration she oversees the nuts and bolts of the agency. In addition, Brenda is a great mom who raised her daughter who is now employed in a part of the agency and is currently mom to two young children of a former participant. Her dedication never takes time off!
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Mike started at Street Culture Project in 2007 after a chance meeting with CEO Kim Sutherland at a Face Art event in Saskatoon. Mike took a 4-year hiatus to work with another not –for –profit agency but missed us so much he returned to us in late 2011and has not strayed since. Mike is an employee that can be counted on by all that know him; he does everything in his power to help his fellow employees. Additionally Mike is a dedicated family man who is often found riding his motorcycle through the Qu’Appelle Valley or along another country road with his fellow bikers. If that’s not enough, Mike is also an incredible filmmaker with many of his creations available for viewing on YouTube.
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Chalsey was born and raised in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan. She is an extremely talented vocalist, pianist and keyboardist. Her music career led her to tour across North America for 4 years. Street Culture Project was lucky enough to secure Chalsey as an Executive Assistant in March of 2015. Her extraordinary skill set, interpersonal skills, attention to detail and outgoing personality quickly evolved her position into the Director of Human Resources. Chalsey oversees all facets of our team and has revolutionized our processes in everything she becomes involved in. She enjoys camping, traveling, music and spending time with her loved ones.
Alyssa was born and raised in Regina. Her passion and education are around supporting at-risk youth. She obtained a degree in Human Justice at the University of Regina and has been working with youth ever since. Alyssa has been a dedicated employee at Street Culture since 2014 and is consistently working alongside the youth involved in Regina Connected Youth program. Alyssa’s calm and kind approach helps the youth she works with feel safe and supported. When Alyssa is not at work supporting youth at all hours of the day or night, she is passionate about rescuing and finding safe homes for puppies through her involvement with a local dog rescue, CCRezQ’s. And if that is not enough, she travels the globe whenever she can, loves to play sports, goes cycling and wine and dines with her friends! How cool is this lady?
Braden was born in Saskatoon, but lived in various places in Saskatchewan until graduating high school in Kamsack. He is married and the father of three beautiful kids and does a fantastic job as both husband and father. He attended the University of Regina and obtained a degree in Human Justice. He has since been working with youth at Street Culture Project, spent a few years working in youth probation, and also as a counsellor at the adult correctional center. Braden is a natural at helping others; his calm demeanor and approach help the individuals he serves to feel safe and supported. He is kind, hard working, and we are proud to have him on our Street Culture team. Braden enjoys music; he is a great vocalist, and will gladly pick up the guitar and jam with his friends on
a Saturday night.
Brandi studied Criminology for two years and four years of Justice Studies between the University of Regina and St. Thomas University in New Brunswick. She started with Street Culture in 2014 and became the coordinator of the Youth Transition Unit (YTU) in 2015. In 2016 Brandi also took on a Housing First program titled Youth Supported Housing Operations and Resource Education (Y-SHORE). In her downtime, Brandi enjoys spending time with her husband, cats and crocheting.
Jade was raised in the small town of Morse where she lived until her acceptance to University brought her to Regina and eventually to Street Culture. Her ability to connect with people on a genuine level is evident and was quickly recognized at the Street Culture Project. Jade continues to demonstrate her leadership abilities daily in coordinating community events be it in the interest of disadvantaged youth, mental health awareness, or homelessness. This, with her drive and passion to create change in her community and the lives of those less fortunate, quickly propelled her to advance to her current position. Jade’s charisma and coordination abilities have linked Street Culture to the community, private businesses and social-cause initiatives that have not only brought in resources and funds to support disadvantaged youth but also connected them to their community and the community to them. When Jade isn’t at work or attending community events, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time her little Chihuahua.
PRACTICUM & COMMUNITY
Jamie obtained her Youth Care Worker diploma from SIAST in 2009. Jamie joined the Street Culture team in 2012 as a caseworker at Downtown Browne’s youth shelter. During her time there Jamie embraced the culture and philosophies of SCP while practicing a strength based and youth centered focus. In 2014, through her dedication, hard work and positive energy, Jamie created and evolved the Practicum/Volunteer program to the one Street Culture has today. Jamie works with the students and volunteers to determine their skill set and learning objectives, linking them to appropriate program within the agency to allow for the best learning opportunities. In her downtime, Jamie enjoys experiencing nature and listening to live music.
Lannah was born in Saskatoon and raised in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Graduating from High School in 2011, she moved to Regina in 2012 to pursue a degree in Social Work. She worked at Street Culture Project and a children’s emergency transition shelter while attending school; completing her degree in 2016. Lannah pursued a Social Work career after overcoming several challenges as a youth, she utilises life experience, strengths-based and anti-oppressive practice to empower youth to make positive changes in their lives. In her downtime, she enjoys spending time outdoors, writing and painting
Matt was born and raised in Regina. In 2001, he graduated from Winston Knoll and in 2016, he graduated from the Youth Care Work program with great distinction. Matt was hired at Street Culture as a mentor in 2015, and during this time he also took many opportunities gain experience in other areas of the agency such as Housing, Soup in the Park and Pit Stop. Matt’s passion, drive and dedication could not be overlooked and in 2017, Matt was awarded the role of YTU Coordinator, where he supports his team to create programming that emphasizes youth engagement and is organic in nature. Matt believes that if you build and maintain healthy relationships, you will be successful no matter what you do. In his downtime, Matt enjoys playing sports, reading, spending time with those he cares about most and his Staffordshire terrier Rumples.
Nathan came to Street Culture Project in 2012, as a practicum student completing his Youth Care Worker Diploma. After completing his practicum, he was offered a position and we couldn’t be happier that he accepted. Nathan is easily one of the most reliable, hardworking and well-respected individuals Street Culture employs. His peers and the youth he works alongside at Downtown Browne’s Emergency Youth Shelter gravitate to Nathan for his humour, advice and general positive nature. Taking full advantage of the animal friendly policy Street Culture encourages, Nathan brings his spunky dog named Frankie to work with him everyday and helps to bring a smile to anyone who meets him.
Sarah grew up in Regina, graduating with a degree in Social Work in 2011. She joined the Street Culture team in 2014. Allowing her supportive, adaptable and ambitious attitude to shine, it was not long before she was offered the position of Mentorship Coordinator. As a Coordinator, she places high emphasis on providing a safe and nurturing environment for youth to grow through positive role modeling, matching youth to like-minded mentors. In her downtime, Sarah enjoys going to the gym and playing rec sports.