The Founders Behind the Vision.
Justina Gendy, BA: Criminal Justice
I was born and raised here in Calgary, Alberta. I finished my undergrad at Mount Royal University with a BA in Criminal Justice. I am extremely passionate about youth and share an almost, if not completely, equal passion for the Justice System. I have worked with youth in various capacities over the last 7 years and have loved every single moment! I wanted to be a part of AMF because I want to be a part of something revolutionary for our youth. I want to see something fresh and new being done with our youth within the Justice System. I am so excited to be a part of this organization and to see what comes of it!
Nicarla Ellis, BA: Psychology/Criminology
I am originally from Labrador City, NL and moved to Calgary in 2011 to be near the mountains. I am a compassionate and energetic being, and have been described by my peers as a go-getter. My educational background is in psychology and criminology and I have several years of experience working with young people from many paths of life. I felt driven to create something different for young people involved in the justice system after years of watching youth caught in a revolving door. My aim is to bring a reality to the word rehabilitation and help young people retire from criminal activity and end their involvement with the justice system for good.
Terra Buschmann, BA: Psychology
Originally from Saskatchewan, I ventured to Alberta to discover my passion: working with adolescents. After a few years of counselling and mentoring youth, I chose to obtain my BA in Psychology alongside my work. My heart is to see adolescents thrive. Through rapport and relationship, youth need to feel empathy, compassion and authenticity. My ability to show that I understand another’s life, without having experienced it, is a continual goal of mine. Through AMF, I strive to grow as an advocate for change, which assists at-risk youth within our community to adapt, grow and set goals for what is needed within their circumstances. The justice system, in respect to youth, is a place this is needed. Through our team, I am excited to see gaps within this community’s needs filled and youth feeling a positive control over their lives.
Our board consists of seven members from different paths of life.
Co-Chair/Secretary: Nicarla Ellis, BA: Psychology/Criminology
Co-Chair: Terra Buschmann, BA: Psychology
Vice-Chair: Justina Gendy, BA: Criminal Justice
Treasurer: Amber Halpenny, Correctional Studies Diploma/Homeless Population Socialization Certificate
Director: Debbie Hyman, MEd, RN
Director:Leslie Ortlieb, BHSc: Addictions Counselling
Director: Renita Bartlett, Justice Diploma