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.
Process and Administrative Coordinator
Wendy is a born and raised Calgarian with several years of diverse career experience, including corporate travel agent, reservations call center manager, payroll and human resources assistant, and entrepreneur. She has also dabbled as a dog walker and a receptionist at a yoga studio! As a volunteer with Soup Sisters and Soroptimist International, she learned about Highbanks Society and was captured by the idea of the program. When she saw the posting for the position, her intuition told her that this was the place for her!
The role of the Process and Administrative Coordinator provides governance, strategic and operations administrative support to the Executive Director, Board of Directors and staff. This encompasses Office Management, Executive Director & Governance Administration, Building Management, and Volunteer Engagement, with a healthy dose of fun and compassion! Wendy is passionate about building productive relationships with stakeholders, team members, clients and the community.
When not at Highbanks, Wendy enjoys yoga, the Calgary music scene, traveling with her husband, and walks with her rescue dog Lola. She is thrilled to be a part of Highbanks’ community and is looking forward to being a part of the growth model.
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.
Family Support Program Lead
Shannon is a passionate and motivated Community Development Professional specializing in bringing value to clients and fostering positive relationships. Shannon has worked in the non-profit sector since 2012 and has successfully created community partnerships, establishing safe non-judgemental inclusive living and learning environments.
Shannon’s most recent experience includes service to our most vulnerable families through Housing and Community Development at CUPS Calgary and in her role as an Indigenous Home Visitor specializing in parenting supports and connecting her clients to their traditional Indigenous Culture and Ceremony at Miskanawah.
Along with extensive training, Shannon brings a wealth of lived experience to her new role at Highbanks. Shannon is a living example of resilience through previously experienced homelessness to becoming a professional in the Calgary homeless sector creating and providing social services for young Mothers and their children.
Shannon is a proud member of the Metis Nations of Alberta and has incorporated cultural practices and ceremony into her daily practice, offering unique approaches to creating community and resolving conflict.
When not at Highbanks, you will find her enjoying time in her craft room quilting with her daughters. As a family, they volunteer to provide loving comfort to those afflicted with cancer by creating and providing quilts to patients. Shannon enjoys time with her family camping, travelling, and walking with her two dogs Loki and Zeus. Shannon and her husband of 22 years, Cory, have two accomplished daughters pursuing their educational goals in Nursing and Apprenticeship Hair Design.
Meghan de Silva
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