Krista Flint has spent 25 years in the field of asset-based community development and non-profit culture. She is a mom, an advocate, a writer, and a thankful participant in the non-profit community in Canada. She has served as Executive Director at The Canadian Down Syndrome Society and at Calgary Alternative Support Services, and as Manager of Social Marketing at The Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre.
Krista has extensive experience in curriculum creation and facilitation and has created models and workshops for training in the areas of Social Marketing, Social Justice, New Parent Training, and the Power Differential Evidenced in Paid Service Delivery Models.
Krista has worked with non-profit organizations across North America to help them create strategic plans, conceptualize civic and economic goals, and has become innately successful uncovering and illuminating the social capital that exists in human service when combined with a compelling narrative. She is widely published in the non-profit and mainstream literature, and is a founding member of The Belonging Initiative, a pan-Canadian initiative, which seeks to eliminate isolation and loneliness in the lives of Canadians who are often marginalized and face systemic barriers to an authentic community life.
Krista has 3 “grownish” boys Oliver, Simon and Charlie – she believes they are the most creative thing she has ever done. She loves watching them blossom into citizens who understand their responsibility to each other, to their communities and to the world at large.
Stephanie is a born and raised Calgarian who has spent many years studying, working and volunteering abroad including Belize, Jamaica, Germany, the US and Korea. She has a Social Science degree with minors in TESOL, Dance and Theology. She is also a Certified Nutritional Practitioner.
Stephanie has worked in several social services agencies over the past decade working with a variety of clients. She is dedicated to personal growth, health, education, connection and living an engaged, authentic, whole-hearted life. The intimate, committed community of Highbanks captured Stephanie’s heart in 2010 when she moved back to Calgary from Korea, and she has been there ever since.
Stephanie plans, coordinates and facilities the programs at Highbanks and works one on one with Highbanks residents to support them in reaching their goals.
When not at Highbanks, Stephanie continues to study, writes, dances, hikes, practices yoga, and travels as much as possible. She is thrilled to be a part of Highbanks’ community of thriving women pursuing their dreams.
Social Worker Lead
Melissa recently graduated from Bow Valley College’s Social Work Diploma program. After completing her final practicum at Highbanks Society she is excited to be joining the team as a Registered Social Worker.
Melissa was born and raised in Calgary and enjoys exploring the many festivals and events around the city with her husband and two daughters.
Working with families has always been a passion of Melissa’s and after going through school with two young children herself she understands many of the barriers to completing education that the residents face. Melissa believes in strength based practices and empowering her clients. As a social worker she is hoping to provide helpful and meaningful support to the residents and aid them in achieving their educational, parenting, and personal goals.
Lauren completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Alberta and recently finished her Masters of Counselling degree at the University of Calgary. Her passion and interest in resiliency and child development allowed her to co-author a book-chapter with a professor on developmental trajectories. She has worked many jobs in the social services field including Alpha House, Wood’s Homes and recently finished her counselling practicum at Foothills Academy. In addition Lauren started Clean Living in 2015, a cleaning service dedicated to safe and environmentally friendly supplies.
Lauren’s belief in resilience and desire to make a difference brought her to Highbanks in 2017 and her love for the community and the residents has kept her here since. On top of monthly childcare, building maintenance, planning and facilitating community events, Lauren devotes a lot of her time to connecting with the families. She is dedicated to ensuring Highbanks remains a safe, accepting and loving community!
She is passionate about living life to the fullest and she puts her heart into everything. Lauren is dedicated to her own self-growth and feels immense satisfaction when helping others and making meaningful connections with others. Lauren is a huge animal lover and if you’re ever in the community, you’ll be sure to see her two furry friends or our resident guard dogs- Jack and Ty. When Lauren isn’t working or spending time at Highbanks, you can find her meditating, brushing up on the latest nutrition/psychology research, practicing yoga or spending time with her friends and family.
I now feel safe where I am. I have never known what that truly feels like until now. I have come to realize that I am worth it and my child is counting on me.
~ Highbanks Client
It feels good to have my own place. This makes me feel less like a teen mom, more like a real mom. The independence I get here means I am supporting my son and I have help achieving my goals.
~ Highbanks Client