Riley grew up in Mission, BC with her parents, Dave and Sharon Wiebe (also YU staff members) and her younger siblings, Rahul and Macey. Riley’s parents raised her to have a desire to follow God and serve those around her. Through her teen years, Riley was a student in Jesters Theatre, Youth Unlimited. At Jesters, Riley developed confidence on stage, positive friendships and leadership ability. Riley’s experiences with Jesters Theatre from her youth are what influenced her to give back as a YU summer worker. After graduating from MEI in 2018, Riley attended the Quest program at Columbia Bible College, where she gained an appreciation for the rich Christian community while deepening her relationship with God through outdoor adventures and personal reflections. At Quest, Riley experienced tremendous growth in her faith. Currently, Riley is attending Trinity Western University to gain her Bachelor of Education. She is taking classes to teach high school Art and English and is also interested in teaching theatre.
Riley has led at Jesters Theatre’s programs since 2014 as a student leader, and in summer 2017 she became more involved with the program as a Student Staff member. Last summer, Riley had the rewarding opportunity to mentor the grades 7-12 student leaders in how to be a servant-leader at a four-day Leadership Retreat and leadership classes during the Jesters kids’ camps.
This summer, Riley will have a similar position at Jesters as the Training Coordinator. Riley looks forward to the challenging experience of ministering to youth through theatre in the midst of this Coronavirus Pandemic. Riley hopes to create unique training experiences for student leaders throughout their unusual and difficult circumstances.
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