OUR TEAM

ROB SNAIR | Director

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Rob has been on staff with Greater Vancouver YFC/Youth Unlimited since 2000.  He and his wife Iona developed and direct the Lifeteams program. Before Lifeteams, Rob worked as a high school Drug and Alcohol Prevention Counsellor for 7 years.  He also has experience in group homes, drop-in centres and as a youth and family counsellor. He is a certified mentor through Coach-net International and oversees Lifeteam’s youth work placements, guides all out-trips and mission trips, and mentors the men in the program.

Rob has a Masters in Counselling from Trinity Western University and B.A. in Christian Education from Briercrest Bible College.  He and Iona are married and have three children, Kym, Eli, and Sasha.

IONA SNAIR | Associate Director/Guest Instructor

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Iona has been involved with youth work since 1986.  She has worked as a group home staff, drop-in centre director, foster parent, probation counsellor, youth services coordinator, and young adult pastor. Since 1995 she has been a youth work instructor, first at the University of the Fraser Valley, then at Columbia Bible College and now at Lifeteams.

At Lifeteams, Iona is a guest instructor and works with the staff team to plan and develop the Lifeteams curriculum. She is the head of Lifeteams Resources, training youth workers and volunteers locally and nationally through seminars and the development of tools and resources. She has a M.A. in Christian Studies from Regent College and a BA in Social Development from University of Waterloo.

BRIAN BROWN | Program Coordinator

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Brian has had the privilege of serving with Youth Unlimited since 1980. He has had the opportunity to oversee high school clubs, music/drama teams, and mission ventures for teens and young adults. He has enjoyed facilitating church/YU partnerships, training youth leaders and equipping parents. Brian has a Bachelor of Theology and a Bachelor of Christian Education from Emmanuel Bible College, as well as a Masters of Religious Education from Trinity Western University. As the Program Coordinator, Brian oversees the schedule for the year as well as instructing a variety of classes.

KRISTIE VOTH | Assistant Director

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Kristie is a small-town girl from the prairies who felt the call of God (and the mountains) to move west. While at Bible College she said she would never work with youth. Since then, Kristie has spent the majority of her time working with youth and young adults while sailing the Georgia Strait, trekking in the Himalayas, serving in downtown Calgary, hanging out at camp in (rattle-snake-infested) Osoyoos, and chatting for hours over tea and Skipbo. She’s learned to never say never because God loves to surprise us for our joy and His glory.

Kristie loves connecting with friends of all ages, exploring the outdoors, and locking eyes with Jesus. She is honoured to join the Lifeteams crew in mentoring and equipping young leaders to lean into their God-given purpose as they learn to love youth towards Jesus.

JEN HUBBARD | Academic Coordinator

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Jen has been a staff member with Youth for Christ for 16 years. She has been involved in drop-in and school ministries with both junior and senior high school students during that time, as well as in a church partnership. Jen has a BA in English Literature from Trinity Western University. She supervises the academic portion of our training, marking assignments and supporting students to succeed academically. She also mentors female students. Jen has been married to Andrew for 13 years, and is mom to Ben (10), Keegan (8) and Nate (6).

LAURA PETRILLO | Mentor

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Laura is a Lifeteams alumni from 2011. After graduation she went on staff with Vancouver Youth Unlimited, overseeing work with street-involved young people in the downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Laura is our newest staff member, joining us in 2017. She has a diploma in Counselling and is a gifted people helper. Laura mentors female students and leads the hands-on portion of our People Helping course. She is married to Sergio, who is also a Lifeteams grad.

CARISSA PLETT | Spiritual Development Coordinator

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Carissa began her youth work career in 2004 as a church youth leader and made the switch into community youth work in 2011. Regardless of her roles and titles, spiritual mentoring has always been at the foundation of her ministry. In addition to her role with Lifeteams, she serves on YFC Canada's People Development Team, supporting the spiritual growth and resiliency of youth workers across Canada. After being connected to the Lifeteams family for several years as a guest instructor, Carissa became the primary instructor of the Ministry & Spirituality course in 2019. She holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Portland Seminary of George Fox University.

CHARINA GOOD | Admin Assistant

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Charina grew up in Ontario and made her way out to Abbotsford, BC to attend the Lifeteams program. Through this experience, Charina deepened her relationship with God and grew in her passion for helping people. She saw YU’s heart for coming alongside young people to walk with them in their relationship with God and decided she needed to join the team!

In addition to her role with Lifeteams, Charina serves on YFC Canada's Partner Development Team. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies and a Diploma in Youth Work from Columbia Bible College.

AMANDA MCCRIMMON | Cook

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Amanda is a Lifeteams alumni from 2003. Since Lifeteams, she has taken what she learned and poured it into compassionately and generously caring for the people around her. Amanda is responsible for providing meals twice a week and everything students will need to prepare their own meals for the rest of the week. Amanda’s husband Dan and their four boys have all been volunteers with Lifeteams over the years and are a part of the Lifeteams family.