Familiar face leading youth initiative

Theatre veteran Lisa Aasebo is Cranbrook’s new youth liaison.

Lisa Aasebo

Lisa Aasebo

A fresh new face is taking the reins of youth events in Cranbrook.

Lisa Aasebo began work last week as Youth Liaison for the Cranbrook Project.

The role, funded by Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Directed Youth Funds, will see Lisa report to a youth committee and a group of stakeholders in youth issues.

“I truly believe youth are our biggest natural resource,” Lisa said. “I get way more out of them than I feel I’m giving to them.”

Now Lisa will work with the youth community to create six fun events throughout the next 12 months, starting with a kick-off celebration in September.

She will discover which places are youth friendly and which are not, as well as getting in touch with youth service providers.

“The kids I meet here blow my mind; they are so welcoming and good to each other,” Lisa said.

She plans to organize a variety of events, from fun activities to workshops on getting involved in the community.

“We’re trying to hit all different demographics and make sure there is something for everybody,” Lisa said.

Originally from Vancouver, Lisa has been in and out of the East Kootenay for the past six years.

After training in theatre at Capilano University, Lisa began performing at Fort Steele Heritage Town. She spent another year with Kimberley Summer Theatre, before returning to Fort Steele to run its theatre program.

What’s more, she has been working with youth for the past 15 years in the lower mainland through positions with the Boys and Girls Club, recreation centre programs and the YMCA.

“It was hard to hire for this position because we had a lot of amazing applications,” said Dana Osiowy, a member of the Project Advisory Committee. “Lisa had the values of our team down: opening up opportunities for young people, making sure projects are youth led, and being in touch with a network of young people.”

Now Lisa is looking forward to hearing some great ideas from Cranbrook’s youth community.

“I’m fortunate to have worked with a lot of young people through Fort Steele and other opportunities I’ve had to meet kids. Now I’m excited to meet more of them,” Lisa said.

The Cranbrook Project will have a booth set up this weekend at the Sam Steele Days fairgrounds.

“People are welcome to stop by and start leaving ideas, and I’ll get to meet them,” Lisa said.