A Way Home - The Katherine McParland Story

    Pitch Video

    Against all odds, a formerly homeless foster child uses her experience to transform the lives of at risk-youth.

    Genre: Documentary
    Target Audience: All Audiences
    Target Length: 43 minutes
    Budget: $50,000

    Created By

    Jen Spitman ,  British-Columbia

    Synopsis

    Katherine McParland was only 5 when her family escaped an abusive home. Shortly after she was apprehended by MCFD, never again returning to her parents’ care. 28 foster homes later she aged out of the system and became homeless. While sheltering in an abandoned building, she became aware that 80% of her 30 former foster siblings were also homeless. Seeing that her experience was not unique, she felt an urgent need for change and against all odds created A Way Home Kamloops, a youth homelessness initiative. Using her own experiences she transformed them into action, not only advocating for vulnerable youth, but providing safe spaces and supports for them to thrive in. Watch her story from rough beginnings to the incredible way she is changing the face of our community, nation, and world.

    Links

    News - Kamloops Wrap Force, Katherine McParland
    TRU Ted Talks Katherine McParland
    News - Kamloops Youth Homelessness Count

    The Team

    Our team from Kamloops BC, is a diverse blend of professionals and emerging filmmakers all dedicated to telling this story.