About Us

Our Staff

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

Jo Rosenke

Bio coming soon!

DJ Raskovic

DJ is the KidStart coordinator for the Tri-Cities area. She starting working with PLEA as a youth worker in 2017. She enjoys engaging with children and youth to help maximize their potential and success in life. Her hobbies include reading and spending time outdoors.

Kevin

Kevin is the coordinator for KidStart Fraser and has been with the program for more than 35 years! When not at work, you can find him coaching rugby or spending time with his family.

Lak

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!”

Erika

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.

Michelle

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.

Mike

Mike has been a program director with PLEA since 2008. Following a teaching career in the UK, Mike joined PLEA as a one-to-one DARE worker in 1988 and became a program manager in 1998. In addition to KidStart, Mike is responsible for PLEA’s Youth Justice programs for the Vancouver Coastal region, Tri-Cities Youth Services, Ridge Meadows Youth Services, Onyx and Children of the Street.

Ethan

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.

Our Donors

We are extremely thankful to have such incredible supporters who have donated funds to us over the years. These supports have been vital to our success and growth as a program. Whether it is small or large contribution, every dollar has helped provide lifechanging mentorship to children aged 6-12 living across the Lower Mainland. We truly appreciate all current and past support, and on this wall 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

  • Foundation

  • 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

  • Mike Jeffreys

  • Sandra Sengara

  • Sharmani Pillay

  • Scott Campbell

  • Tim Agg
  • Tim Veresh
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