ABOUT LIVING HOPE RANCH
Genuine change requires honesty and transparency. We choose to accept teenagers “where they are” in life, not where we want them to be. We then create a physical, emotional, spiritual and social atmosphere conducive to positive growth and change. This environment provides opportunity for the youth to develop trusting, healthy, positive, consistent, mentoring relationships, which thus allow teenagers to dream, to hope, and to believe.
Our Board is: Tami Reynolds (Secretary), Russ Swihart (Treasurer), Kristen Zilkie (Director of Communications), Dr Dave Manley, Brad Robertson, Alison Dueck, Doris Robertson and John Phipps.
Meet the Director of Communications - Kristen Zilkie
Kristen grew up on a farm just outside of Consul, Saskatchewan with her two sisters and parents. Upon graduating from high school she attended Briercrest College and Seminary in Caronport, SK. before moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue an internship at The Dream Center. She served as staff in a teen girls recovery home in downtown LA for one year before returning to her roots in southwest Saskatchewan to further pursue her passion of working with teenage girls.
Kristen is in the process of finishing her diploma in Youth Care Work from Saskatchewan Polytechnic and resides once again in Consul, Sk, where she also works part time at the local bakery, Manley Bread and Honey.
Kristen began the founding process for LHR in September of 2013; and now serves as the Director of Communication, bringing public awareness and support to the development and progress of LHR. She will engage any public questions (media, inquiries, etc.) regarding Living Hope Ranch and is available for public speaking engagements, corporate meetings, or for personal inquiries and interviews upon request.
Please feel free to contact us
or see our website for further details on Kristen’s schedule
and the development of Living Hope Ranch.
Meet the Secretary - Tami Reynolds
Tami Reynolds is a farmer’s wife, mother of two wonderful children and a teacher at Consul School. She has a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge. She started teaching in 2003. Her experience extends from Kindergarten to Grade 12 as well as working with teachers. Tami grew up in several places around the world while her Dad served in the military. She met her husband in Lethbridge while they were both going to school. Tami moved out to the farm in 2001 when she got married. She loves our community and what it represents. I believe “Girls Can Change the World” and that is why she joined the Living Hope Ranch board.
Meet Dr Dave Manley
Dave has served as Pastor of the Consul Church of God for the past 21 years. He and his wife Vicki are deeply engaged in the life of the community of Consul. Thay have raised their 3 children here and over th past 6 years have invested in the development and operation of Manley’s Bread and Honey ( Vicki’s bakery ). Dave recently completed his Doctor of Ministry Degree in Rural Development through the Saskatoon Theological Union on the University of Saskatchewan campus. He also holds a Masters Degree in Counselling through Briercrest Seminary. Dave and Vicki love rural life and are convinced that the community of Consul offers great strengths in location, culture and individual gifts, to people seeking personal healing and refuge. They are completely excited about being involved with Living Hope Ranch.
Meet Alison Dueck
Alison has been married to her husband, Mike, for 12 years and together have two amazing girls whom she has been homeschooling for the past few years. She grew up in Saskatchewan until age 10 when her family moved to Haiti where they would live and serve as missionaries for the next 5 years. Right after high school she attended International Bible College for one year. Since then she has spent many hours volunteering at churches working with youth and young adults in church service, camp, and mentorship environments. She has been employed in various places like a church, children’s home (as a foster parent with Bethany Homes for Children), and a government social agency (Wetaskiwin Parent Link Centre). Alongside her husband who is on pastoral staff at the Moose Jaw Church of God, she spends much of her time investing with young adults and young families in their church. She loves to read and sip away at a good strong cup of coffee!
Meet the Treasurer - Russ Swihart
Russ Swihart is a husband and father who has grow up in the Consul community. He has taken over his family farm that was homesteaded by his grandfather in the RM in 1909. Loving the challenges and victories that come with the occupation, he has been farming since 1990. While volunteering with Youth With A Mission in Australia Russ met his wife Avril and they chose to stay and raise their children in Consul. He volunteers with his local church in their music program and has served on boards in the community such as the Vidora Water Users Association and Diamond Willow Retreat as well as on the provincial ICDC irrigation board.
Meet Brad Robertson
Brad lives in Eastend, SK with his wife and son. He is the proud father of 3 children, and grandfather of 3 precious jewels.
Brad is the owner/operator of Robertson’s Cleaning & Services (Calgary, AB – 25 years) and Remember When Goods & Services (Eastend, SK – 8 years). He currently also works as an Emergency Medical Responder with various local ambulance services (6 years). He has attended Northwest Baptist Theological College/Seminary for two years, followed by one year at Alberta Bible College.
Volunteer work includes Program Co-ordinator for Inn From the Cold Society (an organization which helps provide shelter and food for homeless families in Calgary, AB (2 years). Brad has spent 6 years working on the streets of Vancouver, BC. with the support of this church family, connecting with ’the least of these’, providing resources and offering hope to those who could not help themselves.
Brads’ background has given him an unique perspective on troubled teens, having lived on the streets as a homeless teen himself for several years. Through the ministry of Teen Challenge, Brad became a follower of Jesus. God used good people to offer Brad hope and a future. His life was rescued and he has made it his life passion to do the same for others.
Brads’ favorite Bible verse comes from Matthew 12:20 “He will not break a bruised reed, nor put out a smoldering wick.”