Meet our Team

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. -Phil Jackson

Jason King

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jason has over two decades of leadership experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. His background includes leading significant growth and engaging communities, particularly in challenging periods, merging visions and resources to enhance community well-being.

Jason’s experience includes an MBA with a specialization in human resources management, a Bachelor’s Degree with a Major in Biblical and Theological Studies, and a Certified Executive Business Coach (CEC) through Royal Roads University, which has provided a strong foundation for his commitment to ethical leadership and social responsibility. Jason’s approach to leading teams is servant leadership rooted in the belief that people matter, driving him to foster environments where individuals can thrive. Additionally, In December 2019, Jason was recognized as one of the Top 50 Under 50 in Fort McMurray.

Joining BGC offers an exciting avenue for Jason to leverage his past experiences toward broadening the impact of the organization’s vital services. His goal is to ensure every child and young person in our community has the opportunity to reach their full potential in a nurturing environment.

Jason’s passions outside work include quad rides with his wife, reading, and practicing jiu jitsu, where he has achieved a brown belt. These activities reflect Jason’s dedication to personal growth and well-being, mirroring his professional commitment to empowering our youth.

CAITLIN CLARKE

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Originally from Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Caitlin moved to the Wood Buffalo Region in 2018. With a desire for social change, a love of serving youth, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, Caitlin joined the BGC team as the Youth Programs Coordinator. Bringing a strong work ethic and a passion for developing people, Caitlin transitioned to the role of Director of Operations.  Caitlin thrives on building long-lasting relationships, inspiring a positive work environment, and creating programs where children and youth can be empowered, experience new opportunities, and create connections with their peers and mentors.

GRACE SMITH

CHILD AND YOUTH PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Born and raised in the Philippines, Grace made her way to Canada in 2005 before moving to the urban centre of Wood Buffalo in 2009. Shortly after she arrived in the region, Grace joined BGC Fort McMurray and has been here ever since. With a degree in Social Work, Grace has dedicated much of her time to early childhood development and recognizes that we learn as much from children as they learn from us. Grace feels very proud to be part of such an amazing group of educators that make up the team at BGC. Through her leadership of childcare programs, Grace supports the social and emotional development of each child and ensures that they all receive the best care and love they deserve.

ELEANOR SABALLAS

AURORA CHILDCARE PROGRAMS MANAGER 

Eleanor was born and raised in Fort McMurray. With a passion and love of working alongside children and youth, she gained experience working with vulnerable youth in group homes, as a part of a therapeutic behavioral team in a school setting, and in recreational settings such as summer camps and youth drop-in centres. Shortly after completing her Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree in 2021, Eleanor joined the BGC team as a Level 3 Child and Youth Worker. Eleanor’s joy of planning and implementing childcare and youth programs, along with her creativity, compassion, and commitment to the club has led her to her role as the Childcare Programs Manager for our Aurora Childcare Centre in Anzac. Eleanor looks forward to each new day, supporting the needs of families and children, creating meaningful connections, and encouraging exploration, imagination, and play to support each child’s development.

 

HANNA GAMBLIN

YOUTH PROGRAMS MANAGER

Hanna was born and raised in a small farming community in Alberta. Determined to make a difference in the lives of others, Hanna moved to Edmonton to pursue her education in Child and Youth Care. Having been in the child and youth development field for six years, Hanna’s passion for working with children and youth from diverse backgrounds has developed into a love of watching them overcome the challenges and barriers that they may face. Before joining the BGC team in 2021, Hanna had spent some time in Fort McMurray when she was a teen. Hanna looks forward to working with youth in our community and having the opportunity to learn and grow alongside them, guiding them to discover what makes them unique and special.

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