Top 40 Under Forty: Kyle Hussey
Kyle Hussey has dedicated his life to helping others who are underrepresented and need a strong advocate in the community. This has varied in many different avenues from mental health, disability services, coaching and women’s sports within the last ten years.
In recent years his focus has been helping those with mental health problems and specifically those living with schizophrenia as I the Branch Manager of Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Online Programs for the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta.
Kyle may have a long title, but his favorite part of the day is talking to those living with the illness and seeing how society, their peers and the community can help aid in life-changing recovery. He is also overjoyed that he can help people regardless of their income. He values that working at a non-for profit organization allows him to truly help anyone who walks in the door regardless of their background, faith, race or wallet size.
A childhood tragedy turned Kyle into the man that he is today. His teenage years were spent coping with depression and suicidal thoughts. However, he was saved by the kindness of others in the community. Through teachers, coaches, and therapists, Kyle was able to see positives in himself and his life. He wanted to share that feeling with others and at that point, knew that he wanted to spend his life helping people.
That journey began by attending the U of L leading towards education. In that program, the kids that seemed to fall through the cracks really stood out to Kyle and he wanted to do something more to help them. This caused him to change his major to psychology where he could learn more about behaviors and disabilities. During school, Kyle began work for a company that helped individuals with disabilities and this shaped the career path for his future.
Kyle helped to create, coach and direct Lethbridge’s women’s adult football team The Lethbridge Steel. During a two year period, he helped launch the program, win their first game and sat on the board of directors.
Kyle lives his life by the motto “Be a voice and help those in need”. In 2018, he was selected by the International Day of Disabilities (Alberta) to receive The Supporter award. This award is given to one individual from Lethbridge each year.
Community is important to Kyle. He feels that community is what saved his life and he wants to do everything that he can to give back. He has volunteered at events such as Canada day calibrations, target hunger, casino volunteering and even talked people down from suicide watch. He also continues to volunteer his time to help people in the community with resume and job prep skills.
Kyle feels that the most important way that he engages the community is by talking to the people that he sees every day, whether it be a stranger at the grocery store, a neighbor, friend or person down on their luck. He treats everyone with love, compassion and respect because we all need each other to succeed.