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Our Staff

Our team is dedicated to helping children and youth who face challenges at home, at school, or in the community.


Lak has been a coordinator with KidStart in the Vancouver area for more than 10 years. Laughter is important to Lak…”For me, laughter is like a cup of coffee…I need it everyday!”


Michelle is the KidStart coordinator for the Ridge Meadows area. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, is an animal lover, and has an array of various pets at home.


Erika is a coordinator with KidStart. She has been at PLEA for over 10 years and is a former KidStart volunteer mentor herself. Outside of work, you can catch her spending time with family, friends, and her two dogs.


Khesro is the KidStart coordinator for Vancouver Coastal. He started working with PLEA as a youth worker in 2014, and prior to that was a KidStart volunteer for many years. Khesro enjoys spending time with his son, fishing at local lakes and car camping in the summer with his family. Khesro finds the preventative work that is KidStart very rewarding.


Hallie has been working with PLEA for over 5 years and started out as a youth worker in the Tri-Cities. Hallie enjoys spending her free time hanging out with her dog, Archie, camping and D.I.Y projects in her home and at work.


Camila is the manager of the KidStart 6-12 Program. She’s been working at PLEA as a Program Manager for more than 15 years. Her work has always been focused on delivering high-quality, low-barrier prevention and voluntary support services for vulnerable children and youth, all in the hope that they don’t go on to need PLEA’s more intensive services later on in life. An immigrant to Canada, Camila has always believed in giving back to her community.  She has dedicated her career to providing prevention and voluntary support services to vulnerable children and youth , as well as supporting their families. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, taking advantage of the sunny outdoors, and having naps whenever she is able to!


Ethan is KidStart’s fundraiser and has been with the program since September of 2019. In his spare time he enjoys drinking coffee around Vancouver and playing board games.


Tina is the Director of Youth Services, Youth Justice and Addictions Programs. She has been with PLEA for 19 years and was once a Kidstart Coordinator in Ridge Meadows. She has been in a leadership role since 2007. In 2014, she became the Program Director of U-Turn Specialized Homes and Support Services. Outside of work, you can catch her spending time with her family, being active and watching soccer. Positivity and good energy are important to Tina. You will always find her smiling.

Our Donors

We are extremely thankful to have such incredible supporters who have donated funds to us over the years. Our donors have been vital to our success and growth as a program. Large or small, every contribution has helped provide life-changing mentorship to children across the Lower Mainland.

We truly appreciate all current and past support, here we specifically acknowledge the following who gave $500 or more this fiscal year:

  • Community Partners

  • VRCA Young Construction Leaders (YCL)

  • United Way of the Lower Mainland

  • Corporate

  • Dayhu Investments

  • First West Credit Union

  • G&F Financial

  • Josh Bath – Personal Real Estate Corporation

  • Porte Industries Ltd.

  • Vancouver Fire and Radius Security

  • Foundations

  • Ames Family Foundation
  • Andrew Mahon Foundation
  • Gordon Fund, held at the Vancouver Foundation
  • Mackay Family Fund, held at Fiera Capital Foundation

  • RBC Foundation

  • Stewart Fund, held at Vancouver Foundation

  • Volunteer for Children Fund, held at the Vancouver Foundation
  • Provincial

  • We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.

  • Municipal

  • City of Vancouver
  • Individuals

  • Ann Alexander
  • Ardyth Macquarrie

  • Donald Gordon

  • Einat Stojicevic

  • Jen Graham
  • Joan Andersen
  • Joyce Preston
  • Kevin Michael Taylor

  • Lisa Martz

  • Mike Jeffreys

  • Nancy Gordon

  • Sandra Sengara

  • Sharmani Pillay

  • Scott Campbell

  • Tim Agg
  • Tim Veresh
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