Welcome to the Abbotsford Regional Page!
Meet Abbotsford Co-Regional Managers Katrina Crosby & Sandra Haukeland
Katrina was only 14 years old when she discovered she had a passion for helping others. Having a large extended family with lots of elders to love her, Katrina felt she had a lot to offer working at a Rest Home where she could genuinely engage with those residents that didn’t really have family. Her caring ways led her to be a camp counsellor and Sunday School teacher on the Sunshine Coast.
When Katrina married, she spent 18 years in Scotland where she fell in love with the small villages and sense of community, learning more about art and design in industrial weaving on an organic farm. The balance of nature and the environment helped her see there can be positive solutions to what others might see as a problem.
Now in her fifth year with Pivot Point, Katrina has found the life-work balance she has always wanted. Having started as a Behavior Interventionist and Child Care Support Worker, her career path has evolved in many areas of support programs and group activities offered at Pivot Point. Katrina has been a Lead Instructor for the Agassiz Community Classroom, as well as the Assistant Regional Manager in the region for the past two years, culminating into her next step, as the Regional Manager for the Kent/Hope region.
In her down time, Katrina enjoys spending time with her non-binary teenager and fluffy old dog enjoying the beautiful surrounding area she calls home, actively participating in a variety of outdoor activities. Along with 3 mischievous cats and glow fish. She also enjoys baking and crafting which she has shared with her students helping to develop life skills.
Sandra knew from an early age that her life would be centred on helping others.
Her greatest belief is that EVERYONE should be treated with kindness, dignity, and equality. Initially working with children in daycare centres, Sandra’s career evolved into teaching in various locations within the lower mainland. During this time, she also learned a valuable lesson; “I learned that helping/teaching others is not something that should be done to another person, it should be done with them. When this is done, then learning, growth and development becomes easy as it is done as a partnership.”
Sandra also spent time in Alberta where she worked with neuro-diverse groups, and home-school groups while tutoring neurodiverse and behaviourally challenged students, providing the extra support they required to achieve their goal to graduate.
Upon her return to BC, Sandra worked as an Executive Assistant for the Director of Health and the Manager of the Early Childhood Department and worked with a First Nations Band locally in BC.
With a BA in English Literature and Early Childhood Education and many other Educational and Crisis Intervention certifications, Sandra is excited to lead her team of professionals to ensure the individuals and families they support find their dreams and goals. Encouraging their passions and celebrating their successes.
In her downtime, Sandra enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband taking in the beautiful Fraser Valley. She also enjoys a passion for all things Chocolate!