Inspire YXE
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Alyssa Esparaz

Writer & Communicator at Compassion Canada

Workshop: Compassion Generation: Discovering our Role in God’s Redeeming Story  

Poverty. Slavery. War. Depression. Bullying. Materialism. How do we make sense of all the brokenness around us? For a generation that has a full and instant view of all that goes on in the world through the screens in our pockets, it can be hard to believe God has a plan in the midst of it all. But the good news is that He is writing a beautiful story of redemption, and He is inviting each of us to be a part of it. Come join us as we examine poverty and injustice, and together discover how God is uniquely calling and equipping each of us to spread his love, hope and Good News in the midst of it all.

Bio:

Alyssa Esparaz brings her passions for youth, justice and Jesus to her role of Writer and Communicator at Compassion Canada. She is the host of Compassion’s youth curriculum, True Story: What God Wants Us To Do About Poverty. As a youth leader at her local church and a passionate voice for justice and compassion in the Canadian youth ministry community, Alyssa encourages her generation to share Christ’s love and hope with their neighbours both globally and in their own cities and communities. Her heart is to see Christians, especially young Christians, living lifestyles of shalom. She blogs at www.alyssaesparaz.ca and is a regular contributor to Love Is Moving magazine. When she’s not doing any of the above or working towards her International Development degree at the University of Toronto, Alyssa can be found cheering for the Raptors, dreaming about going on an airplane, or eating way too much ice cream.

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Amanda Chan

Youth pastor at St. John Bosco

Workshop: Share Your Story (Youth Led Workshop)

Everyone has a story. What’s yours? Our stories have influence and can inspire others, but often times we shy away from sharing them. But not anymore! Come to this workshop, listen to other youth, just like you, share their stories and gain the tools necessary to share your story confidently! 

Bio:

Amanda Chan has been working in church ministry for the past three and a half years. She is passionate about the Gospel and knows the difference that Jesus can make in the lives of those who accept his love and grace. Amanda loves people, kitties and reading inspiring books.

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Arianne Ens

Student

Workshop: Inspire Girl  

The gospel of Jesus Christ is GOOD NEWS. Not just for the shepherds on the first Christmas or the disciples who walked with Jesus. The gospel is good news for today! Jesus loves you because He loves you because He loves you because He loves you— there is nothing you can do to keep that love from finding you! And when we learn to embrace that love, to live FROM love instead of FOR it, we find that we are free to be unique, free to be ourselves, free to be creative, and free to be bold.  Come learn about how the Gospel and the reckless love of God for His children can change you and bring purpose to your life.

Bio:

Hey, I’m Arianne! I was born and raised in Mexico City where my parents were missionaries for almost twenty years. After graduating from high school in Saskatoon, I found myself at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry for two years in Redding, California. My time in Redding was wild— learning to follow Jesus wholeheartedly is not for the faint of heart! I grew so much in my identity as I learned that I am a daughter of God who is loved simply because I have a good Father, not because of anything I have done or will do. Now I’m back in Saskatoon studying to be a high school teacher at the University of Saskatchewan. While I study, I’m doing my best to love God and love others passionately because the world is desperate to be seen, known, and loved.

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Landon Doell

Workshop: Floor Hockey

Join us for some activity and exercise as we pass, shoot, and score! Come ready to run, play, and have fun. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your A-game! 🏒

Bio:

Landon has a burning desire to see the next generation realize their full God-given potential in life. He loves sports! He grew up playing hockey, baseball, and football. Each fall he helps coach football at Bedford Road Collegiate. Landon believes in combining sports and faith to best get kids and teenagers engaged in a relationship with Jesus Christ."

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Colm Leyne

Workshop: And God Said Tweet

Developing a healthy mindset and practices with social media to help you influence your community by sharing your story!

Bio:

Colm Leyne is married to his wife Sharon and they have a 9 year old daughter Jacinta, and a 4 year old son, Ezra. He is the Youth Ministry Coordinator for the Diocese of Saskatoon.

Colm has 16 years of experiences (paid and as a volunteer) in youth ministry, including 3 years working at a parish, 1 as a retreat team coordinator, and now presently at the Diocese since 2009. Colm holds a Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies and a graduate of the Diocese of Saskatoon Lay Formation program.

He dreams for all young people to go on a pilgrimage & mission by the age of 25.

Colm is an avid sports fan, especially of the Montreal Canadians. When he manages to find time, it usually is spent around family, sports or reading a good book. He’s rumoured to have collected sticks as a kid.

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Corey O’Soup

Workshop: Shhh… Listen!! We Have Something To Say! The Power of the Youth Voice

Children and youth have a right to be safe from all forms of harm and a right to a life well-lived. Unfortunately, the issue of youth suicide is threatening the safety of youth across the country and across all demographics. It is of particular concern in northern Saskatchewan and among our Indigenous youth. Much research has been done on the topic of youth suicide, yet publications featuring the voices of youth are less prevalent. In December 2017, the Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth (ACY) released the report Shhh…LISTEN!! We Have Something To Say: Youth Voices From the North. The purpose of this project was to engage with youth in northern Saskatchewan to hear directly from them why young people in their communities may be considering suicide and what is needed to prevent these tragedies. Several themes emerged such as bullying and lack of emotional support and young people make several calls to action on what they need to help them. Their voices are honest and raw accounts of their lived experiences of what its like to be a young person today and the importance of the role of parents, caregivers, families and communities to love, support, and care for them to reach their full potential.

Bio:

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Corey O’Soup is a member of the Key First Nation and was appointed as Saskatchewan’s first Indigenous Advocate for Children and Youth on November 1, 2016. Mr. O’Soup’s commitment to empower young people to be ‘change-makers’ is evident in his life work as an educator. Through his extensive career working on behalf of children and youth, Mr. O’Soup has taught in the education system, and has worked in senior roles within both the Saskatchewan and Alberta education systems and the Federated Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN). In these roles he has held positions of teacher, superintendent and executive director and more recently served as the First Nations and Metis advisor to the Minister with the Ministry of Education in Saskatchewan. Prior to taking the role of the Advocate, Mr. O’Soup was appointed by the Premier in January 2016 as incident commander to lead the government response to the school shooting in La’Loche, Saskatchewan. 

In his current role as Saskatchewan’s Advocate, Mr. O’Soup has released a special investigation entitled, ‘When Every Second Matters’ and a special report into youth suicide from the perspective of youth from northern Saskatchewan entitled “Shhh… Listen!! We Have Something To Say! Youth Voices from the North. Capturing the voice of hundreds of youth from northern Saskatchewan, this special report is a shining display of the power of youth voice and has taken the collective wisdom, voice, and several calls to action from these youth, on the topic of suicide, regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally. Mr. O’Soup’s passion and enthusiasm to share the stories of the children and youth he encounters in his advocacy is evident in his belief that the future is bright for Saskatchewan’s young people. When not on ‘official duty’ advocating for children’s rights, Mr. O’Soup loves spending time with his wife Jacinda and their five children. 

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Dawn Kellington

Social worker

Workshop: Day By Day (Youth Led Workshop)

Join Dawn and the Day by Day youth advocates for an authentic and empowering discussion on coping with mental health challenges as a young person.  Hear the experiences of five youth and what has helped them navigate their mental health challenges. There will be time for questions and those at the workshop will take home practical information on how to cope as well as a copy of Day by Day: A Handbook for Teens.

Bio:

Dawn is a social worker passionate about youth and mental wellness. She coordinates the Survivor 101 program offered in Saskatoon high schools for students experiencing various forms of violence and mental health challenges. Dawn and the student contributors of Day by Day: A Handbook for Teens love to start conversations about youth, violence and mental health and advocate for the needs of youth. They believe that we can become stronger, grow, persevere and make a difference- day by day.

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Deloris Netmaker

Workshop: Through Truth and Reconciliation

What is this “Truth”? Why do we have to Reconcile?This workshop will educate you about a part of Canada’s history in regards to the Indigenous People’s and what happened at Residential Schools and why it’s so important for reconciliation to happen. Knowing and understanding the past will help as we move forward. The impact that Residential Schools made on the First Nation people is unspeakable but God wants to heal and restore. As we learn and gain understanding of this truth we can help in the reconciliation

Bio:

Deloris Netmaker is from Big River First Nation but currently resides in Saskatoon. She and her husband are both Pastors and Educators. She has had opportunity to sit on the Horizon Board of Governors, Saskatchewan Aboriginal Ministries, and be co-founder of Project Hope Canada. Nationally, she sits on the Aboriginal Guiding Group and through her work as an Executive Director in Education she is very much involved. She desires to help and serve in the capacity that God has placed her in. Her passion is to see unity in the body of Christ and for all to work together to further His kingdom.

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Javen Ibias

Security Officer

Workshop: Floor Hockey

Join us for some activity and exercise as we pass, shoot, and score! Come ready to run, play, and have fun. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your A-game! 🏒

Bio:

Javen's love for health, sports and recreation has always been a passion for him. He is engaged to his fiancee Hannah and together share the passion for health and fitness. Last year they had both competed for their first Powerlifting Competition and made it to Westerns.

Javen has a Therapeutic Recreation background and has worked as a Personal Trainer for the past 5 years. He is now currently working for the Saskatchewan Health Authority as a Security Officer and is fulfilling his dream as a Police Officer to help provide the safety of our community. Javen is thrilled to help support and motivate youth through health, sports, and recreation. 

He is excited to meet new faces in hopes to inspire each and everyone of their capabilities as an individual and what it's like to work as a team.

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Josh Singh

Spiritual Development Pastor at Elim Church

Workshop: Leader Workshop

Josh is passionate to see the next generation embrace their unique purpose on this planet and develop a mindset of resiliency. Josh believes every difficult situation can be considered an opportunity, and is dedicated to helping people discover their own voice and passions so they can better live out God's purposes. Josh is featured in the Inspire YXE Course film, and will also explain the benefits of going through the course and workbook. You don't want to miss this workshop - it could change your life!

Bio:

Josh Singh is the son of a Punjabi father and French Canadian mother. He is a husband and dad to three amazing kids. He is the Spiritual Development Pastor at Elim Church in Saskatoon and is an ADHD advocate who was diagnosed with the disorder as an adult. He is going to bring an dynamic workshop to Inspire YXE 2019!

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Leanne Muchinsky

Teacher & Artist

Workshop: Watercolor Painting  

Leanne will spend time with a small group of youth sharing a simple exercise in watercolour in meditating on “words.” Words are significant to life; in the beginning, the Divine spoke the universe into being. People have words spoken over them to encourage growth, transform essence, and cultivate peace. Participants in this workshop will choose a verse, phrase, or word that is significant to them and learn the skills to paint a 5”x7” reminder of the words they can meditate on during the season they are walking through. Youth will go home with the art piece they complete, the brush they used, and a small palette of paint to keep creating at home.

Bio:

Leanne is trained as an artist and a teacher and currently is a practising professional artist. Faith in Christ has always been the foundation of her life and she has always cultivated her relationship with the Divine through creativity. Leanne enjoys learning and teaching art so much because she can share with all who are hungry how she connects with the world and the one who created it.

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Rick Langlais

CEO of Hands On Outreach Development Centre Inc.

Workshop: The Greatness of God

Prepare to be deeply touched by this compelling and unforgettable story of a man who experienced firsthand the raw ugliness of abuse, addiction and violence. But God had other plans for Rick Langlais. Through a personal encounter with God, Rick was transformed into a champion of love and hope for the inner-city street people. Now Rick believes that every person, no matter how deeply entrenched in a cycle of despair, is a person of immeasurable value in God’s eyes. Rick has dedicated his life to spreading this message both in word and in deed.

Bio:

Rick Langlais experienced firsthand the ugliness of abuse, addiction and violence. Through a personal encounter with God, Rick was transformed into a champion of love and hope for the inner-city street people. Rick is the founder and CEO of Hands On Outreach Development Centre Inc.

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Tracey Bert

Cree and Saulteaux from Red Pheasant First Nation - Treaty 6 Territory

Workshop: Indigenous Beading 101 

Whether you're a beginner, ready to learn the basics, or an experienced beader, this workshop provides you with the information you need to know to learn how to bead Indigenous Style.

Bio:

Tracey has beaded for over 10 years and enjoys working on projects for her family. She is married to her husband Mike of 13 years and has 2 children. Her interests are beading, travelling, crafting, watching her kids sporting events and visiting with family and friends.

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Greg & Chantel Denie

Hip hop artists/ motivational speakers

Workshop: Hip Hop Dance

Turn up the music, we are ready to dance! This is a fun class that will introduce you to hip hop movement and grooves. There are a variety of hip-hop styles including breaking, popping, locking and old school. In this session we will be teaching a few foundational hip hop moves and be putting them together in a short combination.

Please wear comfortable, loose clothing and shoes.