Staff Profiles

Sharon Schmidt – Program Director

Sharon Aug 2016Sharon grew up a preacher’s kid, spent twenty years in pastoral ministry, and served the church across Canada by equipping leaders and providing resources, particularly in mission.  Despite all this good work, she felt disconnected from her community . During a summer of transition, Sharon spent time discerning who God was leading her to, and realized that it was refugees!   In the fall of 2007, she joined the Welcome Home team to welcome newly arrived refugees.

Sharon became the Program Director in 2008 and leads the team, builds the network of partnering churches and oversees the day-to-day operations of the home, while always making time to build supportive relationships with the refugees who make Welcome Home their home.

 

 Stephanie Schreuders- Program Support Coordinator

 

Steph website photoAfter starting at Welcome Home as a live-in intern in 2014, Stephanie is excited to be back as part of the Welcome Home team now as the Program Support Coordinator. Her role focuses on working with volunteers, while also providing support to the refugee residents and staff, coordinating events and the weekly house dinner. Stephanie is excited to be a part of a community that welcomes newcomers, journeying with them during this season of transition.

 

 

 

Larissa Smeltzer- Intern

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Larissa is very excited to join the Welcome Home team this year as the female intern! She is a proud prairie woman from Estevan, Saskatchewan. Growing up advocating and raising awareness for social injustice captivated her heart. As Larissa learned more about issues like human trafficking , studying social work  became a clear choice. She is a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies as well as a Bachelor of Social Work. Larissa is excited to be at Welcome Home to learn more about refugees and their experiences of transitioning to a completely new country. She feels honoured to be able to live with  people who have amazing courage, heart and bravery! Everyday she gets to experience Canada with a new perspective , everyday she gets to grow and learn just as her new friends are!

 

Gibo Shim- Intern

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After spending many rainy days living in beautiful British Columbia, Gibo ventured to Ontario for university and discovered his interest for Peace and Conflict Studies. At Welcome Home, Gibo is excited to learn about the different cultures and languages, and he is especially looking forward to trying out new foods. Gibo is grateful for the opportunity to welcome friends from around the world to Canada!

 

 

 

 Amani Amstutz- Canada Summer Jobs Intern

Amani headshotGrowing up traveling a lot, and having lived in Ethiopia for 4 years as a child, Amani has always had lots of interest in other countries and cultures.  She just completed a year-long university program called Outtatown South Africa, run out of Canadian Mennonite University, and returned in April after 3 months in South Africa.
Amani will attend University of Waterloo in the fall for Peace and Conflict Studies, and can’t think of a better way to spend her summer than as an intern for Welcome Home. She’s excited to be learning about refugees and the process they must go through to gain status in our country, as well as to build relationships with them and help make them feel as at home and comfortable as possible.