staff & contractors
Respite House Parent
Andrea grew up on the far side of Abbotsford, surrounded by younger siblings and farm animals. After graduating high school and taking a gap year to volunteer at a kid’s camp on Quadra Island and tour South America with YWAM, she went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Human Services certificate at Trinity Western University. Through her practicum, work, and volunteer experiences Andrea has worked with children and youth from all different walks of life, including running lunch programs for street children in Peru, serving in orphanages in Bolivia, coaching literacy skills with recently immigrated children, participating in mentorship programs, managing an Out-of-School Care, and managing a large drop-in program in a local inner city school. Through all these experiences Andrea has come to realize that she is passionate about providing stability and mentorship in young peoples’ day-to-day lives and being a source of support and genuine care. After years of moving around the Lower Mainland Andrea settled in East Vancouver in June 2015, and has since fallen in love with the vibrant community around her. Andrea loves the ocean, starry nights, good books, hot chocolate, late night conversations, and adventures.
Ben (& Deirdre) Stevens
Mentor Couple (The Parental Suite)
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Originally from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Deirdre moved to Langley, BC in 2004 to attend Trinity Western University (TWU), where she took completed their Human Services program. A watershed time for Deirdre was in 2007 when she went on an internship to Nansana, Uganda with a community development organization. It was here in East Africa that Deirdre realized she wanted to continue to learn how to serve while living in community. Since 2009 Deirdre has served at a variety of community organizations alongside women and youth, both in Colorado and British Columbia.
Ben was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal where his parents served for over 15 years. His family moved to Three Hills, Alberta in 1999 where Ben attended Prairie High School and fell in love with hockey and snowboarding. He served in leadership positions in high school, and later at Trinity Western University. Some of his fondest memories are from his summers staffing at Camp Qwanoes. Ben has spent many years in the world of construction, first residential and later industrial, and thoroughly enjoys building things. He recently returned to post-secondary, and is completing a degree in Civil Engineering at UBC.
Deirdre and Ben first met as freshmen students at TWU. They were married in 2012, and have spent time living in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. Together they love to travel, enjoy hiking and camping, and are happiest when surrounded by good friends and great coffee. They were Inner Hope's first House Parent Couple, and now, with the birth of their first child, are serving as a Mentor Couple in the new Parental Suite.
Director of Programs
778.558.5385 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana has lived in the same East Van apartment since 2006, and just last year she learned how to use the kitchen – as it turns out, cooking is a useful thing! An alumna of Trinity Western University, she has an impressive track record in fundraising, marketing, and administrative leadership. Her management background spans the not-for-profit, corporate, higher education, and performing arts sectors. A passion for social justice runs deep in Diana’s veins – coming on board with Inner Hope was, in her words, the best decision she made in 2016. When she’s not in the office, you’ll often find her on the stage as a singer, actor, and public speaker (though not usually at the same time). She is also the proud Director of Media Relations for Nettle’s Tale, a Vancouver-based swimwear company that empowers women to love their bodies, support local charities, and celebrate our remarkable Canadian landscape. She loves poetry, prayer, photo-walks through Gastown, any kind of dessert, and she’s more likely to sit through an opera than a sports game.
Post-Secondary Coordinator and Community Support Coordinator
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Hope was born in Vancouver, BC and lived in several cities including White Rock, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Surrey before settling in New Westminster. After graduating high school, Hope spent six months in South Africa and Japan attending a YWAM Discipleship Training School. After returning she had a desire to work in community development and serving people that are forgotten and vulnerable within society, specifically with a heart for youth. Hope attended The University of the Fraser Valley and University of Calgary to obtain her Bachelor’s of Arts in Global Development Studies where she gained knowledge and understanding of the complex issues surrounding community development and the importance of people and relationships within a supportive community. During this time she worked as a youth leader with Young life, a youth worker at a shelter, and a shelter worker at the Salvation Army. A door opened and Hope also had the opportunity to work in a Calgary High School as a Success Coach to help youth identify and overcome their barriers to being successful in school. With her heart for community development and youth she is now very excited to be a part of the Inner Hope community as the Post-Secondary Coordinator. When Hope isn’t at Inner Hope (and confusing everyone by her name) she can be found walking her dog, hiking a mountain, enjoying coffee on the beach, or spending time with friends and family.
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Jenny moved to East Vancouver in 1994, the day after writing her last grade 12 exam in order to intern at New Beginnings Baptist Church. During the next 5 years, Jenny developed youth programs at New Beginnings as well as a volunteer team, called Youth Extreme, at Trinity Western University where she earned her B.A. After working as a full-time youth worker, she returned to university to earn her teaching degree. Since 2003 she has developed an afterschool program in the downtown eastside while working at Union Gospel Mission, taught for two years in Driftpile (a Cree community in Northern Alberta) and taught part-time in the Surrey School District from 2006 – 2011. As the Executive Director of Inner Hope, Jenny enjoys the challenge of organizational development as well as spending time mentoring youth. She loves to read, play tennis, visit with family and friends and cheer youth on at their sports games.
778.895.HOPE (4673) | email@example.com
Born in Taiwan, Ken immigrated to Vancouver in the mid-1970s. Growing up in Burnaby, his formative church years were spent at Vancouver Chinese Alliance Church, later transitioning to University Hill United Church and University Chapel. SInce 2003 Ken and his family has been active members at Tenth Church. Educated in Geology at UBC and later in GIS at BCIT, Ken's professional background includes work in the public, private, and ministry sectors ranging from mapping analytics, transportation planning and project management. He is excited to utilize his diverse marketplace skills and to find synergies that improve processes in the workplace. When Ken isn’t at Inner Hope, he works as a professional counsellor in the Mt. Pleasant and Fairview neighbourhoods. Ken is an avid car guy, enjoys tennis, photography, cooking, and just spending quality time with family and friends
778.882.LIFE (5433) | firstname.lastname@example.org
Born and raised in Vancouver, Mark has been involved in the Inner Hope community before it was even established. He first met Carla and Jenny in 2001 and started attending New Beginnings, becoming a part of that community. Since then, Inner Hope has been a home base for him, and he's lived in The Home, volunteered and interned with Inner Hope, and worked as House Respite as well. He has seen firsthand how relationships through Inner Hope can impact and transform lives. Mark earned his B.A. at Trinity Western University, and, after getting married, moved up to Redstone Reserve to join his wife, where he taught P.E.. He has since made a home in Vancouver with his wife and two children, and has been an invested community member with Reality Church. Mark is thrilled to be returning to Inner Hope in a leadership capacity, and is looking forward to building rapport and community with those involved both past and present. When he's not at Inner Hope, Mark enjoys playing softball and spending time with his family, including family trips to Science World and Costco (for hot dogs).
Nate and Irene McCready
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After 30 years or so years of snow and sub-zero temperatures, Irene moved from Toronto to Vancouver in 2006. She completed her undergraduate training in Social Work from Ryerson University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. Irene has worked in a variety of community and hospital settings with adults and youth experiencing mental illness, addiction and homelessness.
Originally from Red Deer Alberta, Nate grew up across Western Canada. With a diploma in Addictions Counseling, Nate has experience working with street-entrenched youth and was instrumental in helping many youth find restoration from addiction, violence and homelessness. He is a regular speaker on addiction with Youth for Christ’s Life Teams program.
Nate and Irene met over 10 years ago when they both worked in Youth Addictions at Vancouver Coastal Health, but it wasn’t until 2012 that they became close friends. One snowy winter evening in 2013 they admitted they were actually in love, and they got married the following summer (with many friends wondering why it took so darn long). Nate and Irene have long been committed to serving others, and hold Christ at the centre of all they do, both professionally and personally. They both feel incredibly privileged to be part of Inner Hope
Rosa has been working for Inner Hope as our housekeeper since 2015, but has been a deeply committed member of our community for long before that. Well-loved by all of us who know her, Rosa is upbeat, enthusiastic, and hard-working, with a laugh that lights up our office! She is proud mom and loves to spend time with her family, and Inner Hope is blessed to have her as a part of our team!
Sarah was born in Saskatchewan and spent the first 14 years on the prairies before relocating with her family to the big city of Dallas. A long and winding road took her back to Alberta where she met and married her husband, John, in 2006. They joined staff with Power to Change (then Campus Crusade for Christ) and moved to the Vancouver area to serve on the campus of UBC, with Sarah taking a role in web editing and content for the internet ministry, TruthMedia. With the addition of their twins in 2010 and another little one in 2012, Sarah has stepped back from her roles outside the home to focus on raising children for the past six years. John and Sarah have a heart for the city and moved their family into the heart of downtown Vancouver to raise their children in Gastown. Their love for their neighbourhood has grown and they are passionate about knowing their neighbours and working for the flourishing of their city. Through her involvement at Reality Church, Sarah learned about Inner Hope and began building relationships with the staff, volunteers, youth and families. Her love and investment in the children Inner Hope serves grew as she taught Sunday school each week. Now, as a new season has begun she's excited to take on this new role in building into the next generation.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Walter is all over the map. Literally and figuratively. He was born in Africa to an Argentinian Mom and an Icelandic Dad, and was then raised in Langley, a quaint (though somewhat uneventful) middle ground. Shortly after graduating from Trinity Western University he decided he hadn't had enough traipsing around the globe, and flew off to Bethlehem. From there he created Peace Parcels, a store dedicated to selling Christmas Tree ornaments made from tear-gas canisters. Now, he's recently married, settled in Vancouver, and using the marketing skills he learnt at home and abroad to help inspire Canadians transform the lives of East Vancouver's youth.