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.
Lynne Mulder – Chair
Kay Kenny – Vice Chair
Bev Roome – Treasurer
Pamela Taylor – Director
Dax Williams – Director
Denis Huot – 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 ALIGN Association of Community Services. 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.
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 Aurora Group Home 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.
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 Program Supervisor, she mentors frontline and relief staff at Solstice Group Home. 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.
Born in Winnipeg, Tanya relocated to Alberta in 2001 and now calls Red Deer home.
Tanya joined the Vantage team in 2010 with over 15 years’ experience in administrative roles. Tanya’s role is focused on supporting the CEO, but she has a hand in many facets of the agency’s operations. From big-picture elements such as the organization’s strategic direction to day-to-day operations like IT and staff supervision, Tanya helps keep everything running smoothly.
In her off hours, Tanya can be found volunteering for a local cat rescue. She also enjoys spending time with her young son and multiple furry family members.
Ditya grew up in a city named Amritsar, Punjab in India. After completing her Bachelors of Commerce degree from India, she decided to move to Canada for further education. She grew to complete her Business Accounting diploma in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She grew fond of Saskatchewan and lived there for 5 years in Humboldt before moving to Red Deer, Alberta. You will find Ditya enjoying Red Deer’s trail system and spending time with her family and cat. Ditya is proud of what we do to help our local community, and of her small contribution to help this organization achieve it’s goals.
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.
Embracing her creative mind, Morgan takes charge of our marketing and coordinating for the organization. She wants to grab every opportunity to raise awareness of Vantage and create fresh new ideas for fundraising for the organization.
Morgan started her education at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology with a diploma in Digital Graphic Communications and finished with her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication with Royal Roads University.
Morgan is passionate about being involved in the community through and loves establishing relationships for the organization.
Since graduating from Red Deer College’s Social Work program, Stephanie spent the majority of her career working with youth. She started working with Vantage Community Services as a Family Support Worker in 2014, providing support to the youth and their families. Later she transitioned into her current role as the Program Supervisor position in 2019.
Stephanie currently resides in the Red Deer area, where she raised her son and daughter in Blackfalds. On her spare time, she enjoys working out, playing sports, and travelling.
Kristy grew up in rural Alberta, and had some big dreams of making an impact in her community. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Calgary through Red Deer College started at Vantage in 2014 as a Youth and Family Counsellor and then moved in to Family Support while she completed her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology Degree. She went into her Masters of Counselling, where she interned at Vantage on the side as well as working full-time as Family Support. From there, she became a Therapist with Vantage in 2017 and became Clinical Supervisor in October 2022. She is constantly growing and evolving to make a difference in our agency, her clients and within herself.
In her spare time, Kristy likes to spend quality time with her partner and their dog, Harley, work out at the gym, and enjoy all the sights that beautiful Vancouver has to offer.