Vantage Community Services is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer community board of dedicated professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from various areas of the private sector and human services field.
Mr. Arni Skoretz – Chair
Mr. Duane Pickle – Vice Chair
Mr. S. H. (Buck) Buchanan – Director
Ms. Jean Duckering – Director
Ms. Lynne Mulder – Director
Ms. Bev Roome – Director
Envisioning Vantage’s future and planning its direction are major elements of Robecca’s role. Her oversight of the whole organization is focused on ensuring quality care is delivered to all using Vantage’s services. Since becoming CEO in 2008, she has guided the organization through a period of change that has seen Vantage, among other initiatives, add a new mental health treatment centre and purchase an apartment building. With a degree in Sociology from the University of Calgary and a diploma in Child and Youth Care from Mount Royal University, Robecca is passionate about helping youth, families, and individuals chart a new path.
Robecca has lived in Red Deer since 2007 and is active in the community through her work with the Central Alberta Addictions Consortium and the Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families. You will often see her with passport in hand off on another travel adventure or taking in a great concert or watching her favourite sports teams.
Brian is a registered psychologist who has spent nearly four decades working with children, youth, and families. As the manager of clinical services, he leads the clinical team providing therapeutic services for both inpatient and outpatient programs. He also provides therapy for individuals and families, and conducts psychological assessments. Since starting his career at Vantage in 1988, Brian has been a leader within the organization, creating the agency’s walk-in clinic and playing an instrumental role in establishing graduate school training for students interested in learning about therapy.
In his spare time, Brian and his wife enjoy exploring new roads in particular going south for part of the winter to cycle.
Since starting her career at Vantage in 1989, Sandie has helped people of all ages envision a different future for themselves. After working as a relief worker and full-time counsellor, she is now a program manager primarily responsible for the Willow Mental Health Treatment Centre and the Equinox Connection Group Home. The position makes good use of her education, which includes a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Calgary and a Master Level Trainer certification from the Crisis Prevention Institute.
Sandie also ensures Vantage programs are operating to standards set by the Canadian Accreditation Council and Child and Family Services Authorities in Alberta.
She has lived in Red Deer most of her life and has two teenage children who keep her busy.
Sandy began her relationship with Vantage in 1993 as a social work student. She has held several roles over the years and is currently a program manager overseeing a number of agency programs. She is passionate about helping people find their place in the world especially high-risk youth.
Sandy is active in the community and sits on both the Red Deer’s Youth Homelessness Strategy Committee and the Downtown Community Development Committee. She is also an avid painter (both walls and pictures) and enjoys doing minor home renovations using her impressive collection of power tools.
Natasha is enthusiastic about discovering new ways to support clients to realize their potential. Since joining Vantage in 2000, she has helped develop both the Willow Mental Treatment Centre and the Equinox Connection Group Home.
In her current position, she oversees the day-to-day operations of Willow, located in Red Deer, which provides care for young people with mental health concerns. Natasha’s primary role is to supervise the operations within Willow treatment Centre, provide support to her staff team, and ensure efficacious services are being provided to our clients through evidence-based case management procedures. In addition, she participates in the ongoing development of this centre, as well as other areas of the agency development, such as new program development, quality assurance, and staff hiring, retention, and development.
Originally from Regina, Natasha has lived in Sylvan Lake with her family for the last 15+ years. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University and has completed her master’s of counselling at Athabasca University.
As a student in the Child & youth Care Program, you develop the knowledge and skills needed to advocate for youth and their families. You learn how to encourage them to be more resourceful and to be able to confidently use their voice. After graduating from the Child and Youth Care program in Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 2011, she was fully aware that this was something that she was extremely passionate about. After working in Ontario briefly, she moved to Alberta to pursue a full-time position with Vantage Community Services. From there, she felt like she was given the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. she started out working as a floor staff, and then made her way to team leader of the Equinox Connection Program. Through this, she has been able to showcase her strengths to a program that she feels has made a significant impact on her in who she is professionally. She is also very passionate about the arts and has been an avid Ukrainian dancer since the young age of 6. This keeps her grounded and focused when life becomes a little hectic.
When families and youth come to Vantage, they are distressed, vulnerable, and often traumatized. With a diploma in Human Services (with a Corrections Services concentration) from Nova Scotia Community College, Crystal guides clients on their healing journeys using the Circle of Courage model. She has experience working with trauma survivors and offers a calming presence to those who are struggling to cope.
As a team leader, she mentors frontline and relief staff at Willow Mental Health Treatment Centre. Crystal’s work also involves assisting the management team in the daily operations of the facility.
Crystal hails from the small town of Havre, N.S., and has lived in Alberta since 2006.
A numbers person through and through, Jan oversees the organization’s financial operations. This involves investment planning, coordinating budgets, and reporting to funders and stakeholders. By offering detailed, timely reports and advice, Jan helps the Vantage management team and their staff focus on the needs of clients.
Jan, however, doesn’t spend all of her time at a desk. Her role involves liaison with government agencies, suppliers, and financial institutions while also connecting with Vantage program supervisors to stay up-to-date on expenditures.
Jan hails from Saskatchewan and is a serious Roughriders fan, even though she’s been living in Red Deer since 1990. Jan enjoys a forgiving fairway, a downhill run, a history text and a 25 point bridge hand. Good coffee and good conversation.
With an eye for detail, Marsha takes pride in ensuring Vantage’s human resources department runs smoothly. In fact, she’s been at the helm for more than a decade, administering the organization’s payroll and benefits programs.
Marsha holds a business administration diploma with a general management major from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, as well as Payroll Compliance Practitioner certification from the Canadian Payroll Association.
Marsha grew up in Central Alberta and lived in Calgary prior to making her home in Red Deer since joining Vantage.