Rebecca joined NYA as a Program Officer before being named the organizations first Program Director, now Executive Director. Building on her background in working with youth, program development and organizational management NYA has provided the perfect environment for her to play a meaningful role in a small organization with big plans and a huge heart. Through NYA Rebecca has been a part of 13 Programs with 410 Participants (she can name them), had the chance to travel all across the North and beyond, and work with the most incredibly talented, passionate and dedicated people she can imagine.
As Executive Director Rebecca oversees the day to day operations of NYA, works closely with the Board of Directors and a variety of other stakeholders, takes Participants out for ice cream and makes really pretty spreadsheets.
Nick holds a bachelor degree from Brock University. Graduating in 2006 with an Honours Degree in Business Communications, he spent the subsequent three years gaining experience working in Retail Management and Economic Development before joining NYA in 2009. Since becoming a member of the NYA team, Nick has travelled to both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories to represent NYA at events, conferences and meetings in a number of communities.
Nick is involved in program delivery and works directly with NYA’s participants throughout the program cycle. He is active in providing support to participants preparing to travel and engages with alumni in order to help them stay connected to NYA and achieve success. When not directly engaging with participants and alumni, Nick is responsible for many of NYA’s funding files and stakeholder relations. In his spare time he enjoys wood working and spending time out doors.
Kira Zanyk Davey
Kira started as a Staff Member with NYA in 2010 and appreciated the opportunity to return to the organization in January, 2012 after graduating from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Global Development Studies. She also participated in the Trent-in-Ghana Program in 2009/2010, a year-long study and work experience program, during which she completed an internship with a human rights and environmental organization.
Building on her previous experience in the non-profit sector with youth-led organizations, Kira has enjoyed working directly with NYA Participants, supporting volunteers, and coordinating host families in her role as Program Officer.
Program and Communications Officer
Nick first joined NYA as a summer student in 2015 and continued with the organization in a part-time capacity while attaining a Bachelor of Art Honours in Communication and Minor in Sociology. In 2017 Nick became a full-time staff member.
Prior to joining NYA, Nick garnered experience in youth services and program management at the Carleton University Department of Athletics where he was involved in the coordination of various youth programs, including the development and implementation of a leadership program for high school aged youth. Additionally, Nick has served as an Instructor with the Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience (S.M.I.L.E.) program at Acadia University.
Beyond being involved with program implementation and working directly with NYA’s Participants, Nick coordinates the Participants’ summer volunteer work placements and spearheads NYA’s communication initiatives – notably the organization’s online presence and social media efforts.
Penny joined NYA after more than two decades living in Iqaluit, where she worked in the Registrar’s Office at Nunavut Arctic College. Bringing her extensive experience in administration coupled with a passionate interest in student success, Penny supports NYA’s day to day administration. She feels lucky to maintain such a strong connection to the North since moving to Ottawa, where she lives with her youngest son Koby, and two pugs.