Thrive staff are not simply supervisors, but rather mentors to your children. We are experienced and passionate about working with kids to see them reach their full potential. We take multiple training courses and seminars each year to enhance our ability to make a positive influence on your child’s life, including but not limited to the following topics:
physical, emotional, social and intellectual development for kids 10-12 years
recognizing and responding to abuse
risk assessment and risk management of outdoor activities
understanding and communicating with scout aged youth
developmentally appropriate games that develop personal growth in motor skills and confidence
healthy eating and drinking habits for outdoor active play
local environment health and safety awareness
Responding to children in crisis
Multi cultural children’s programming
Recognizing everyday teaching moments
Dealing with difficult behavior in children’s events
Plan to protect
Emotional needs of preteens
Heroes Impact Society (18 training hours) Building the following into children and Youth: self esteem, self image, confidence, self dignity, self respect, positive choices, character, resiliency, bullying, ABCs of friendship, personal purpose.
Dave is the Manager of The Bridge Thrive. Dave loves skiing and snowboarding! In his quiet time he loves to read novels and do puzzles. Hamburgers are his favourite food. He cheers for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and his favourite colour is green! His favourite kid's joke is: "A mollusk walks up to a sea cucumber and... well actually mollusks don't walk - he's really not that funny for a clown fish." Do you remember what movie it is from???
Dave loves working at Thrive because it gives him the chance to meet people, talk to them and really get to know them. His favourite thing to do at Thrive is build relationships with kids, parents and fellow staff.
Dave comes to Thrive with 5 years experience in Children's Ministry at Trinity Church, 15 years volunteer experience with children and youth, and a Masters of Divinity. His future aspiration is to change the world!
Justine loves to go for long walks and visit with friends. When she finds herself at home she enjoys sitting back and reading a book. Her favourite food is pasta...any kind of pasta. Her favourite kid’s joke is “What’s an empty jar of Cheese Whiz? Cheese was”. Her favourite colour is green. When it comes to sports her loyalties belong to the Canucks.
Justine has been a nanny for two different families and has 12 years experience teaching Sunday School. She loves the personal connection with the kids and relating to them on a personal level. In the future she could see herself jetting off to Africa to work in rehab centers for children who are rescued from child slavery.
Caleb is double-jointed in his fingers and elbows. He is passionate about magic tricks. He is passionate about friendship and takes the time to really get to know people and understand them. His favourite food is Sushi...specifically Yakisoba. Rugby is a pretty big sport at home, but he doesn't personally have a favourite. The sky blue of a super chilly day or the colour of a sunset mist would be his favourite colours. His favourite kids joke is "A little girl once said when she got older she wanted to be a box so she could crush things." Caleb enjoys board games, especially quirky or strategic ones. He considers himself kind of geeky and loves the Beatles!
Caleb worked at Gull Lake Center in 2015 for the whole summer. At Thrive he loves to watch the kids because they bring joy to his life while he is making an impact on theirs. He loves to see how even the small things we do can positively affect a child's life.
Caleb is thinking about becoming a kindergarten teacher.
Laura is passionate about singing, acting and dancing...talk about our own resident triple threat! She loves Jesus, and working with children. Her favourite food is dark chocolate. Her favourite colour is purple. The sports team she follows is the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Her favourite kid's joke is "What is invisible and smells like carrots? Bunny Farts!" Laura loves to play games with the kids here at Thrive. Laura is so excited to have moved to Kelowna to work with Thrive and the Kelowna Actor's Studio.
Laura has worked at Sunnybrae Bible Camp as a cabin leader, Saskatchewan Express teaching kids all over Saskatchewan to sing and dance. She also worked at The Calgary Bridge Foundation working with kids who were new to Canada. Laura loves working at Thrive because she gets to build relationships with children and see them grow. In the future she wants to pursue a career in musical theatre and continue to work with children.