Kids On Track is a community organization with a passion to offer hope, direction and support to children, youth and parents. We are purposeful in focusing on those families whose socioeconomic situations have made it difficult for them to access opportunities needed for optimal development of their young people. By using the vehicle of recreational and educational activities, children cultivate enriching relationships with positive role models and are encouraged in their character development. We strive to support young people in developing the interpersonal skills needed to succeed socially with their peers, families, and authority figures. It is our hope that youth will be empowered to make healthy lifestyle choices and become positive, responsible, contributing citizens.
Kids On Track started in September of 1992. On October 31, 1995 Kids On Track was officially registered as a non-profit society in the province of Alberta. In August of 1996 we recieved our charitable status with the Government of Canada. This longevity has created credibility with families and other service providers such as schools, police and social workers. Our long-term commitment to at-risk families builds trust and provides stability for children and youth.
|Linda Roussel is the founder and director of Kids On Track, an organization with a seventeen year track record of outstanding ministry to urban kids in Edmonton. She was a community health nurse for over 25 years and has a one year specialization in multicultural health services. Linda has extensive experience in connecting with parents of at risk children and a passion for helping children and youth become all they can be.|
Kristy Chaisson is the Program Director of Kids On Track. She has an education background is in psychology and sociology (BA), and has worked in the past with at risk youth, under aged prostitutes and drug addicts in Edmonton. She volunteered with Kids On Track for over 14 years before coming on board with them full time (She was a kid in the KOT program herself!) She also is a Character Connex presenter, High 5 Trained and a Physical Literacy trainer. She is also a Treasure Hunter with Kids of Hope and a trained KidLead presenter. She is also a blacklight geek! Her passion for kids is tangible and she has a vision to see kids make positive life choices and be empowered to change their world. She is a mom of two fantastic and busy boys with her husband Craig who volunteers with Kids On Track.
|Marlene Reed is our Administrative Assistant at Kids On Track. She has had children in the Kids On Track programs since 2006 and has seen the positive impact in their lives firsthand. She can be found in the office 4 days a week. Anything you need, she’ll help you find the answer! One of her favorite quotes- "Procedure is the element that separates us from the wicked forces of chaos"- Buzz Lightyear|
|Franc Grove is a wonderful new addition to the Kids On Track team. He is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Advertising and Public Relations program and he is taking on the challenge of Fund Development and Volunteer Manager. We are excited about the energy and experience Franc is bringing to the team.|
|Aaron Lea- We are so excited to bring Aaron on staff to assist with our Character Clubs, Shift Youth, and LITE programs. You'll be seeing him a lot more around the office!|
Our Character Club leaders are committed to the children in the clubs, encouraging them in their character development and offering support and mentroship. We are so proud of them and all they do for the kids!
2016-2017 Club Leaders:
Kristy (Buttercup) - Director
Ormsby (Mondays)- Oceans, Owl, Echo
Belmead (Mondays)- Queenie, Piglette, Cocoa
Inglewood (Tuesdays)- Queenie, Owl, Cocoa
Callingwood (Tuesdays)- Arrow, Echo, Tigger, Bubblebee
Youngstown (Wednesdays)- Oceans, Queenie, Owl
Mayfield (Wednesdays)- Arrow, Cocoa, Echo
Glendale (Thursdays)- Queenie, Cocoa, Bubblebee
Sherwood (Thursdays)- Arrow, Echo
Brightview (Thursdays)- Piglette, Owl
Thorncliffe (Thursdays)- Queenie, Cocoa, Owl
Aldergrove (Thursdays)- Arrow, Echo, Piglette, Bubblebee
St. Martha (Fridays)- Oceans, Tigger, Queenie
Program Support Staff & Key Volunteers
HomeBuilders Coordinator: Linda
Shift Youth: Aaron, Craig, Allisha, Brad, May, Ashley, Keith, Randi.
Parent's Cafe: Linda & Dave
Shift Youth Chat: Gisela
Active Families: Mallorie, Maureen
Family Fun Night Clubhouse: Ian, Kristy, Adrienne, Ashley, Alison, Bob, Allisha, Brad, Keith, Laura.
Thank you to a host of other volunteers who make our programs the success they are! We couldn't do it without you!If you would like to contact any of our program staff, please contact our offices at 780-481-2942