Together We Can Inspire Change 

Meet Our Staff & Board Of Directors

 Unity is strength. When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved     
- Matty J.T. Stepanek

Our Team

Executive Director

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I grew up in BC yet have called Peace River home for many years.  I’ve enjoyed working with Stepping Up since early 2018, coming from a decade of experience, knowledge, and skills gained from a variety of helping roles.  It’s an honor to walk alongside someone on their journey to becoming a better version of themselves.

Administrative Assistant


I have lived in Peace River for most of my life. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Stepping Up team and to be involved with such a dynamic program and beautiful community. I am passionate about helping others and learning new things. As I am the first point of contact, I hope to create a warm, safe, inviting atmosphere for all clients, and I hope we can grow together. I look forward to connecting with you.

Outreach Worker/ Program Facilitator


Born and raised in Peace River, it holds a special place in my heart to be working in a community with people who’s northern spirit and challenges I can relate to. I value providing a safe comfortable environment by being a non-judgmental, caring and honest individual. I believe that services here can be as unique as those accessing it, and try my best to work with people in a way that works for them, wherever they may be in their journey. I am currently a Registered Social Worker with a Diploma in Social Work and look forward to helping all those impacted by family violence and answering any questions you may have.

Program Facilitator


I grew up in Central Alberta and currently live near Buck Lake, Alberta. I am excited to be able to join Stepping Up through Zoom. I am a Registered Professional Counsellor with over 15 years of experience working in a variety of settings. I work from a client-centered approach and believe that for change to occur there must be a genuine, nonjudgmental relationship between the client and the counsellor. I strive to empower you so you may build and draw upon your own internal resources and develop better coping skills to help deal with whatever life challenges you may encounter. Please remember this…you are worthy and can achieve anything you set your heart and mind to. I would be honored to work alongside you as you journey towards well-being.

Program Facilitator


I was born in the Peace Region and feel very fortunate to now be home again, raising my family in a place that I feel so connected to. I also consider myself very lucky to be part of the Stepping Up team and share in the amazing work being done here. I bring with me a background of over twenty years of family empowerment and a drive to share space with those seeking personal growth. Meaningful change is truly a journey, unique to everyone, and I look forward to meeting each of you from a place of integrity and understanding, wherever you may be on your path. “The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little BRAVER each time.” – Brené Brown

The Board

Nancy Bliss

VICe President
Cynthia Scratch

Ann Cassidy

Teddi Shaw

Marc Boychuk

Mitch Geunette
Dona Lemieux

Marie Laventure

Priya Sandhu

Shannon Chouinard

Michelle Reason

Our Space

In the summer of 2023, we decided to make some big changes. We were outgrowing our old space. We are now co-located with Peace Regional Restorative Justice at 9615 - 100 Street, Peace River, with street access. Come stop by for a visit! Our goal is to create a safe, warm, welcoming atmosphere for all that enter.

 Ways To Get Involved

Join Our Team
We have no positions open at this time.
Become A Board Member
Download & Print The Application Here. Email it to us or drop it off in person.
Interested in volunteering for events?
Do you want to collaborate on a workshop or event? 
Willing to donate? Click here to donate via Paypal. Also proceeds allow us to bring more programming & workshops to the community!
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Thank You To Our Community Partners


Victim Services



Northwest Alberta Child and Family Services

PR Women's Shelter

Peace Region Family Resource Network

Mental Health & Addiction

Sagitawa Friendship Society

Northern Sunrise County

Peace Regional Restorative Justice

PR Family & Community Support Services

Woodland First Nation Health Centre

KTC Tribal Council

PACE Community Support, Sexual Assualt & Trauma Centre