Youth Ministry Regional Liaisons

In an effort to increase the amount of support to Youth Ministers throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto, we have assembled a team of Regional Liaisons. It is our hope that these youth ministers, all with many years of experience, will be able to significantly enhance the existing support that I and the entire OCY team provide on an ongoing basis.


Maria Espinoza

Maria is the full-time youth minister at St. Patrick's Parish in Mississauga. Growing up at St. Pat’s, she attended youth group on Saturday nights and loved being a part of a faith community. After encountering Christ at 16 on a retreat, Maria knew that her vocation was to serve young people and tell them about Jesus. Since then, she’s been ministering to the youth at St. Patrick's for the better part of 18 years. Maria likes wearing all black, clean fonts and lukewarm coffee.

Maria is the Regional Liaison for parishes in the Toronto core area including downtown, North York, and Scarborough. She can be reached by email here.


Courtney Strom

Courtney has been involved in youth ministry at Nativity of Our Lord Parish since the very beginning 9+ years ago, attending and leading EDGE and Lifeteen before saying “yes” to serve as their Youth Minister.

Courtney is the Regional Liaison for parishes in the West end including Etobicoke, Mississauga, and Brampton. She can be reached by email here.


Dave McKendrick

Dave has been involved in youth ministry at St. Paul the Apostle Parish since the beginning back in 2007. First as a volunteer and now as Youth Minister, leading EDGE and Life Teen groups, running school retreats at the church, confirmation preparation and serving the parish family.

Dave is the Regional Liaison for parishes in the Northern part of the archdiocese including Barrie, Orillia, and Midland. He can be reached by email here.


Shelly Coish

Shelly has been involved in youth ministry for over 10 years, and is currently the Youth Minister at St Isaac Jogues Parish in Pickering. She truly embraced her faith while preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, and through her experience with a music ministry team at her home parish. After a co-op placement with her parish Youth Minister, she furthered her training with the Youth Ministry certificate course at St Michael’s College, as well as the advanced theology of Youth Ministry studies course with Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Shelly is the Regional Liaison for parishes in the East including Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and Pickering. She can be reached by email here.


James Sullivan

James is a full-time youth minister at Blessed Trinity Parish in North York. After Growing up in Edge and Lifeteen he wanted to pursue a career as a track athlete, but God called him to the vocations of matrimony, fatherhood and the mission of Youth Ministry. Through Totus Tuus and various other ministry jobs over the last 5 years he has done work in 10+ parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto while completing a degree in Religion from York University.

James is the Regional Liaison for York and North York. He can be reached by email here.

About the Author, John MacMullen is the Associate Director of Youth Ministry at the OCY and can be reached at 416-599-7676