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About Us

The Heartland Youth Center is a non-profit, charitable organization made up of the BGC Stettler & District.  Annually we offer over 20 programs to approximately 350 youth ages 6 – 18 years old in the Stettler and surrounding areas.

Our Mission

Together under one Board of Directors, the Heartland Youth Center endeavors to develop and nurture the life skills of youth through community based programming with the support of families and volunteers. 

The Heartland Youth Center strives to provide youth the opportunity to participate in quality programs which focus on developing social, recreational, educational, and personal skills through positive learning experiences at the Club and in the community.

Our Mission

Board of Directors

The Heartland Youth Center is overseen by a Board of Directors. Board members are citizens of the Stettler and area community who believe in the purpose of the HYC and have a skill set which is relevant to the needs of the board.


The Board of Directors meet approximately 10 times per year to discuss strategic initiatives, program outcomes, financial management, policies, and procedures. 

Interested in joining the Board?

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Amanda Nelson

Kim Weaver


Vice Chairperson

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Ruby MacDonell

Sarah Verhoeven




Cherisse Cassidy

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Curtis Halverson


Dave Wood

Tamara Rutz



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Sherry Marshall


The Board
Our History

Our History

In January of 1983, a group of concerned community members felt there was a need for a program such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Stettler. Under the guidance of Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), a needs assessment was completed. The steering committee proceeded to research the

community to determine numbers of children who may use the program. They also educated the community to create awareness of the need and of the potential benefits of a Big Brothers and Big Sisters program. In June of 1984, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Stettler and District became an incorporated society.

As in many Big Brother and Big Sister agencies nationwide, the Stettler program encountered an ever-increasing number of children waiting to be matched with an adult volunteer. The Board was concerned about the growing number of unmatched children and explored ways of meeting the needs of the children on the waiting list. After an extensive needs assessment, the Board decided that the philosophy and program objectives of the Boys and Girls Club would best meet the needs of the children on the waiting list as well as other children in the community. In May 1988, a Boys and Girls Club Director was hired and programming began.

In 1993, the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program and the Boys and Girls Club decided to combine their efforts and form an umbrella organization which is called the Heartland Youth Center. In 2023 the Heartland Youth Center dissolved it's association with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada however we still continue to mentor. The Heartland Youth Center operates with one Board of Directors.

Our Staff

Our Staff


Winnie Bissett

Executive Director


Sara Wengryn

Program Director

Erin Ross-Lenz

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Melanie Koch

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Program Coordinator

Program Leader

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Christel Shuckburgh

Hayley Fawcett

Mentoring Coordinator

Creating Connections Coordinator


Pat Wood


Shallyn Andersen

Program Leader

RAD Summer Coordinator

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Katie Wengryn

Program Leader

Kristin Forseth

Waylon Blumhagen

Teen Summer Coordinator

Program Leader


Landlords of the Month

January: Rotary Club of Stettler

February: Canalta Hotels

March: Gary Moe Chevrolet Buick GMC
April: Gitzel & Company Professional Chartered Accountants

May: Keith's Refrigeration

June: Stettler Veterinary Clinic

July: Wells Furniture

August: JT Autobody

September: Bond-O Communications

October: The Mortgage Centre - Tana Nixon

November: Ampko Electric (2006) Inc.
December: WTS Manufacturing

Major Supporters

Auto Trust

BGC Canada

Canadian Natural Resource Limited

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation

Ember Resources


Jays Care Foundation

J.T. Autobody

Kid Sport Stettler

Kinette Club of Stettler

President's Choice Children's Charity Foundation

Rahr Melting Canada Ltd.

Rotary Club of Stettler

Soulfire Beauty Salon & Spa

Stettler Car Club


TC Energy

TD Canada Trust

Town of Stettler

Trottier Family Foundation

Troubled Monk Brewery

United Way of Central Alberta


There are many ways you can make a difference in a child's future. Your financial support helps us to continue to serve the many children, youth, and families that use our programs. 

Tax-deductible receipts can be issued for all eligible donations. 

Click below to find out how you can get involved:

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