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Welcome to Trinity Western Parent Engagement

The Parent Engagement Team is here to serve parents as they navigate this university journey with their students. At Trinity Western, we believe you parents are an integral part of your student's educational journey. We want to connect you with great resources, prayer groups, and events so that you can share in the Trinity experience too.  

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Office Contact Information: If you have any questions please contact us at 1.888.817.3759, 604.513.2121 ext. 3319 or email

Emergency contact outside of office hours: Please call the SECURITY LINE at 1-604-513-2099

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Meet our Parent Engagement Team

Shirley Shirley Thiessen (Director of Parent Engagement)

Tel: 604-513-2121 ext. 3985     Email:

Shirley and her husband, Carey, of 28 years are Trinity parents to alum Jordan ('12), his wife Elise ('12 ) and daughter Chantel who plans to graduate in '14. Shirley Works from the Calgary office. She has been with Trinity for 5 years as a Development officer and is excited to lean into a parent-focused role as Director of Parent Engagement. "Our family loves TWU!"  Shirley is quick to proclaim, " As a parent, I am so grateful for the leadership opportunities my son and daughter have been encouraged to engage in. Each step has been formative as they learn to serve even when it is uncomfortable at first. It has proven to grow their competency and given them confidence to believe they still have untapped, God-given potential to explore."



Janice Nikkel (BC Parent Engagement Officer)

Tel: 604-513-2121 ext: 3319   Email:

Janice ('92) and her husband Peter ('92) met as history majors at Trinity Western. Their four kids, Tori, Lincoln, Virginia & Lewis, have grown up hearing mom & dad speak fondly about TWU for years. Trinity Western has indeed played a significant role in both of Peter & Janice's families. Janice was one of four sisters who attended TWU from Ontario. But the roots go even deeper on Peter's side. His Grandpa Jim Westman, was one of the visionary men who walked the grounds of Trinity over 50 years ago to pray for and determine if this was the land God had prepared for Trinity Western. Janice is thrilled to be in her new role as BC Parent Engagement Officer and looks forward to connecting parents to prayer groups, at events on and off campus, and lovin' on students.


Crystal Fontaine

Crystal Fontaine (Ontario Parent Engagement Officer)

Tel: 647-467-0273   Email:

Crystal Fontaine joined the Parent Engagement Team in March 2013. She lives in Toronto with her husband Ed and the youngest of their three sons. Crystal desires to engage with parents in the Ontario region through prayer, events and mutual encouragement as they support their TWU students on their university journey. She has seen the impact Trinity Western has had on her son, currently in his 4th year at Trinity. She has watched him grow spiritually, academically, and personally in his leadership gifts over the past few years as a student. Crystal's background is dental nursing, but her passion is overseeing her internet worship business, caring for TWU parents, and being a wife and mom. She looks forward to connecting with as many Ontario parents as she can.

TWU Parent Prayer Partners This ministry began a number of years ago with a few parents gathering to pray for their sons and daughters. The next year, Denise & Bruce Gordon challenged parents at our Parent Weekend to get involved, with 35 people responding. The following year we had 125 families praying across Canada, the US and internationally. Today, in 2013, we continue to hold high the value and commitment of our parent prayer partners and welcome you to join us in the blessing of prayer and in the privilege of making a difference in the lives and circumstances of our Trinity community.

For more information on Parent Prayer Partners and to submit a request please go to the side menu or click here:  Parent Prayer Page