My name is Ashley Jordan and I have been a part of the Sunrise House team since September 2016. My educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Education. Currently, I am working on my Masters of Counselling degree at Athabasca University and am on pace to finish in December 2018. I am originally from the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia where I worked as a substitute teacher and coached a junior high basketball team. I loved coaching these girls because I was their grade five student teacher the year prior. I made the decision to move from Nova Scotia to Grande Prairie, Alberta in October 2012 to pursue a career as a childcare counsellor in a behavioral group home. During this time, I developed a passion in supporting high-risk youth to overcome challenges that impede them to reach their potential in becoming independent self-sustaining adults.
My role at the Sunrise House is to support youth to achieve independence and navigate the housing process with the other community Housing First agencies. I work with clients from ages 15-24 to provide wrap-around services as they transition from youth to adulthood. I am privileged to work with such a diverse group of clients who have shown me the challenges that exist with addiction, mental health, homelessness and transiency. I love being a part of the Sunrise House staff and have appreciated the opportunities and support that I have received from this agency, as well as collaborating with other professionals within the Housing First community. As a team, we strive to empower our clients and support them to overcome the barriers that impede their lives.