THE HOUSE (COMMUNITY SPACE & MAIN OFFICE)
604.767.1357 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
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.
Development 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 the 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 husband (Ben), her church (First Baptist, Vancouver), all things sweet, coffee, gardening, hiking, camping, and games.
778.895.HOPE (4673) | firstname.lastname@example.org
Abi is passionate about extending mercy and working for justice. She loves to work with and alongside people, equipping and encouraging to allow all people to realize their full God given potential. She loves to be out in nature; whether hiking, spending time on the water or skiing down a mountain, she is in her element. She also loves dogs, because they are the best, and can't wait to hopefully get a puppy soon!!
778.882.LIFE (5433) | email@example.com
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).
778.680.POST (7678) | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam grew up in Ontario and moved to Surrey, BC, for Bible College, spending her summers filing different roles at Keats Camps. Sam spent 7 months in Thailand doing missionary work. She then returned to a very busy few months where she completed her B.A. in Church Ministries, majoring in Intercultural Studies, and married Jonathan Hers.
Sam and Jonathan arrived in Vancouver with a love for the city and quickly became a part of Every Nation Vancouver's Church family.
Sam comes to us with a wealth of experience from her position as Program Director at Keats Camps and is excited for the opportunity to focus on relationships in the Post-Secondary Program. She enjoys learning, exploring, good talks, good laughs, and good movies.
HOUSING (THE HOME)
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
Respite Support Worker
Nicole was one of Inner Hope's first Boundless Youth Mentors in 2010 and nearly a decade later finds herself back with the organization in the role of Respite Support Worker for The Home. She is a quality youth worker with incredible experience working with young people and their families all over East Vancouver. She is currently completing her Bachelor's Degree in Child and Youth Counselling and hopes to pursue a career in education and teaching.
Nicole lives with eleven other people, six of whom are children, and none of whom share her DNA. She is an annoyingly proud godmother who will show off pictures of her godson any chance she can get. She enjoys escape rooms, tea out of ceramic mugs, and as a child she asked Santa for snow every Christmas. People have described Nicole as someone who would make a "brilliant lawyer but a terrible judge". Nicole is sweet, kind, and gentle but don't let that fool you, she is tough and resilient too and once walked on a broken foot for a week before getting it checked out. At the end of the day Nicole is the real deal and considers it pure joy to be a part of the Inner Hope community.