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Loreli Cockram

Young Parents Director

Loreli Cockram is passionate about drawing out God-given abilities and gifts in others, building community, and discovering and communicating stories of hope.

In her role as Young Parents Director, Loreli applies each of these passions to cultivate a ministry that welcomes and supports young moms and dads and their children, and accompanies them on a journey toward wholeness.

Loreli lives in Etobicoke with her husband, John-Mark, who pastors at Kingsview Free Methodist Church, and their two adult daughters, Mallory & Sophia.

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Melat Hailu

Young Parents Assistant Director

As the Young Parents Assistant Director, Melat provides encouragement and support to young moms by leading the downtown Toronto young moms support group, as well as volunteer mobilization and event-planning for the greater Young Parents ministry. Melat is passionate about building community, fostering healthy relationships and accompanying young moms on a journey towards wholeness.

Melat is married to Gedion and has two daughters, Yoanna and Mahalia. Together they worship at The Stone Church, Toronto.

Contact: mhailu@yugta.ca

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Robert Gin

Young Dads Ministry Worker

Robert has journeyed with and mentored youth for over 20 years. He is passionate about building relationships with youth to guide them towards healthier lifestyles and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As a Young Dads Ministry Worker, he will do what he thrives on – mentoring – by providing whole-person support to youth. He also trains like-minded leaders to be volunteer mentors.

Rob is a graduate from Tyndale University College and Seminary with a Master of Theological Studies. Rob and his wife Rebecca have been married for 17 years.

Contact: rgin@yugta.ca

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Emma Annesley

Young Moms Ministry Worker - Scarborough

Emma is new to our Young Parents team, but has been working in under-served communities in Toronto for over 12 years. She has several years’ experience journeying specifically with vulnerable young families in the Warden Woods (Scarborough) area. 

As Scarborough Young Moms leader, Emma supports, encourages and walks with parenting young women, ages 15-25, on their journey towards health and wholeness and an identity rooted in Christ.

Contact: eannesley@yugta.ca

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Lee Sommerfeldt

Young Moms Ministry Worker - Durham

As the Young Moms Leader in Durham, Lee provides hope and help for pregnant and parenting youth in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa and the surrounding area.

Lee brings her love and compassion for young people, her passion for parenting and her teaching experience to walk alongside young moms on their journeys of transformation.

Lee is a graduate of McGill University where she received a Bachelor of Education and met her husband Josh. They have three children, Sophie, Ben and Adam. She loves to be active and spend time with family and friends!

Contact: lsommerfeldt@yugta.ca

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Katie Ogiba

Etobicoke Young Moms Leader

Katie is the volunteer leader at our Etobicoke Young Moms Group. Katie knows first-hand the unique and sometimes isolating struggle of being a young mother, having been one herself. Having experienced the life-altering impact of God’s grace, she feels called to share this, specifically with other mothers. She is passionate about bringing back a sense of “village” to parenting and is excited to see God work in and through the lives of the women attending and leading the South Etobicoke Young Moms group.

Katie lives in Mississauga with her husband, Greg, and three sons, Owen, Ethan and Cameron. She loves to read and wander.

Contact: kogiba@yugta.ca

Sue Hayhoe

Brampton Young Moms Leader

Sue has worked as a volunteer with our Brampton Young Moms group for over 12 years. She is a passionate mother to four, and now grandma to seven!  When her own children were grown, she had an ache in her heart to continue to be a “mother” to others.  After having a friend introduce her to the Brampton Young Moms group, it just seemed like a natural fit. After some time, Sue moved to volunteer leader. 

Sue loves to bake and is an enthusiastic tennis player and golfer.  Most of all, she loves to share her faith in Jesus  and be a mentor to the young moms and other volunteers in the Brampton group.

Contact: shayhoe@yugta.ca

 

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Young Parents

95 Jonesville Cres.
North York, ON
M4A 1H2
(416) 383-1477

A Program of
Youth Unlimited
(Toronto Youth For Christ)
BN140813502RR00011