The House (Community space & Main office)
604.767.1357 | email@example.com
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.
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.
Marketing and Human Resource Coordinator
Dara’s heart for Vancouver comes from growing up in an environment where love of others was central and kingdom care was key. She is a Vancouver local with several years of experience working in non-profits around our city in areas of communications’ and administration. Dara has a particular passion for supporting Vancouver’s youth and families. She is thrilled to join the vibrant Inner Hope team. She loves the strong focus on community and is very happy to be part of it. A few of things that Dara enjoys (that are not work-related) are her fiancé (Ben), her church (First Baptist, Vancouver), all things sweet, coffee, gardening, hiking, camping, and games.
Eric is great at numbers. Not so good at bios.
Eric is great at numbers. Not so good at bios.
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. 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
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!
Discipleship Case Manager
Sarah was born in Saskatchewan and spent the first 14 years on the prairies before her family moved to the big city of Dallas when she was in high school. A long and winding road took her back to Alberta where she met and married her husband, John, in 2006. The next year they moved to the Vancouver area to work with Power to Change on the UBC campus.
With the addition of their twins in 2010 and another little one in 2012, Sarah stepped back from her roles outside the home to focus on raising their kids. John and Sarah have a heart for the city and a love of the urban life so they moved their family to Gastown in the heart of Vancouver in 2011.
Through her involvement at Reality Church, Sarah learned about Inner Hope and began building relationships with the staff, volunteers, youth and participant families. She joined staff overseeing the Sunday Program and transitioned into a discipleship and case management role in 2018.
Amanda was born in Ottawa, Ontario and grew up adjacent to her reserve Akwesasne along the St. Lawrence River. In 2008 her family moved to Coquitlam, British Columbia where completed her high school and then continued her studies at Trinity Western University.
Her involvement with Inner Hope first started the summer of 2015 as the summer student internship, since then she has been committed to volunteering regularly with Youth Extreme held at New Beginnings. She would occasionally come to Reality to visit the kids and youth she had built relationships with as much as she could.
Within the last year Amanda has completed a travel studies in Ottawa with Parliament Hill, taken a mentor ship role with the boundless program, and got baptized this past Easter, April 1st, 2018! Her desire for the role as discipleship coordinator is to hopefully bridge the gap between culture and Christianity.
Danielle was born in Vancouver BC, grew up in Montreal and Toronto before finally coming back to the best city ever with her husband and three toddlers. Nothing makes her blood boil more than when people are being taken advantage of or discriminated against. She graduated with a BA in Honours Psychology from Tyndale University College and Seminary, in order to gain more insight into helping individuals heal and reach their full potential. After graduating, she briefly worked as a Youth Counselor on a Disney Cruise Ship in the Bahamas before combining her education and her faith as a Youth Pastor in Montreal. Danielle has decades of experience managing young adult staff at several different churches, summer camps and other non-formal settings. She is fluently bilingual (in French and English), has her black belt in Karate, loves going out for coffee (even though she doesn’t actually like coffee), and loves watching documentaries.
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).
hOUSING (The Home & Parental Suite)
Nate and Irene McCready
778.798.HOME (4663) | email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Irene completed her undergraduate training in Social Work from Ryerson University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. After 30 years of snow and sub-zero temperatures, she moved from Toronto to Vancouver in 2006. 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
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.
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.