Crystal grew up in Abbotsford, B.C., but loves almost everything about her new home in Winnipeg. As a fresh graduate from high school Crystal embarked on the adventure of CMU's Outtatown discipleship program to Guatemala. Following a second year at CMU studying and playing basketball, she completed her Bachelor of Education in 2009 at the University of Manitoba with a focus in Social Studies and Physical Education. Immediately after graduating from Education she started her Post Baccalaureate in Counselling, which eventually led her into her current position as guidance counsellor. She enjoys the pursuits of summer - biking, camping and travelling to visit family in B.C. Crystal is married to Denley Thiessen and they have two children, Brooklyn and Caleb.