Staff

Who’s who at Kits House

Allen SmithExecutive Director

On working at Kits House: I enjoy the blend of being amongst awesome such talent who are finding creative ways to make Kitsilano even better.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer

Favourite quote:
“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves” (or, “Only a fool goes to the land of the cannibals”)

Favourite song:
Loyal by Dave Dobbyn
allens@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 123
Allen SmithExecutive Director

On working at Kits House: I enjoy the blend of being amongst awesome such talent who are finding creative ways to make Kitsilano even better.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer

Favourite quote:
“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves” (or, “Only a fool goes to the land of the cannibals”)

Favourite song:
Loyal by Dave Dobbyn
allens@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 123
Emily PalmerDirector of Community Programs

On working at Kits House: My favourite part about working at Kits House is working under a community development model. When an idea or need in the community can be addressed in creative and collaborative ways it is very inspiring.


Favourite time of the year:
Spring

Favourite quote:
“On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur; l’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.” (“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”) – Le Petit Prince Antoine de Saint Exupery

Favourite song:
In Your Eyes — Peter Gabriel
emilyp@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 127
Emily PalmerDirector of Community Programs

On working at Kits House: My favourite part about working at Kits House is working under a community development model. When an idea or need in the community can be addressed in creative and collaborative ways it is very inspiring.


Favourite time of the year:
Spring

Favourite quote:
“On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur; l’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.” (“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”) – Le Petit Prince Antoine de Saint Exupery

Favourite song:
In Your Eyes — Peter Gabriel
emilyp@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 127
Diane PetersChildcare Coordinator

On working at Kits House: I am grateful to work with a group of people dedicated to providing positive opportunities and outcomes for the community.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer

Favourite quote:
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha

Favourite song:
Under Pressure – David Bowie & Queen
dianep@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 135
Diane PetersChildcare Coordinator

On working at Kits House: I am grateful to work with a group of people dedicated to providing positive opportunities and outcomes for the community.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer

Favourite quote:
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha

Favourite song:
Under Pressure – David Bowie & Queen
dianep@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 135
Patrick LatFacilities Manager

On working at Kits House: In another quote:“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”- Douglas Adams

Favourite time of the year:
Fall + Halloween
Favourite quote:
“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead Walk beside me… just be my friend” ? Albert Camus
Favourite song:
Tie between  1. New York State of Mind by Billy Joel and  2. You Could Be Mine by G&R
patrickl@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 126
Patrick LatFacilities Manager

On working at Kits House: In another quote:“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”- Douglas Adams

Favourite time of the year:
Fall + Halloween
Favourite quote:
“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead Walk beside me… just be my friend” ? Albert Camus
Favourite song:
Tie between  1. New York State of Mind by Billy Joel and  2. You Could Be Mine by G&R
patrickl@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 126
Trish De Luca Fund Developer & Event Coordinator

On working at Kits House: It’s such a pleasure to spend my day helping others.

Favourite time of the year:
Summer, summer, summer!
Favourite quote:
Happiness has no other prerequisite than life itself. It comes from the way you choose to live and respond to the world, not from the way the world responds back – Ralph Marston
Favourite song:
anything off the Dr Dre 2001 Album
trishd@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 133
Trish De Luca Fund Developer & Event Coordinator

On working at Kits House: It’s such a pleasure to spend my day helping others.

Favourite time of the year:
Summer, summer, summer!
Favourite quote:
Happiness has no other prerequisite than life itself. It comes from the way you choose to live and respond to the world, not from the way the world responds back – Ralph Marston
Favourite song:
anything off the Dr Dre 2001 Album
trishd@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 133
Patricia PazFamily Support Worker

On working at Kits House: A blessing.


Favourite time of the year:
Spring

Favourite song:
Beautiful by Cristina Aguilera
patriciap@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 128
Patricia PazFamily Support Worker

On working at Kits House: A blessing.


Favourite time of the year:
Spring

Favourite song:
Beautiful by Cristina Aguilera
patriciap@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 128
Natsuki AbeSeniors Programmer

On working at Kits House: I enjoy meeting and communicating with people who have different background and needs everyday. That makes me motivated to work as the face of Kits House and create a welcoming environment at the front desk. Great environment & community to work with!


Favourite time of the year:
Summer

Favourite quote:
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” –Mother Teresa

Favourite song:
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
frontdesk@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 100
Natsuki AbeSeniors Programmer

On working at Kits House: I enjoy meeting and communicating with people who have different background and needs everyday. That makes me motivated to work as the face of Kits House and create a welcoming environment at the front desk. Great environment & community to work with!


Favourite time of the year:
Summer

Favourite quote:
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” –Mother Teresa

Favourite song:
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
frontdesk@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 100
Sylvie Kruchten Better at Home Coordinator

On working at Kits House: It feels great to work at Kits House! I know that my work is meaningful and I have very supportive colleagues. Also I witness every day acts of generosity from the community, from volunteers and working together towards common goals is very lifting and energizing.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer, because I can then swim in the ocean

Favourite quote:
“We do the best we can with what we know, and when we know better, we do better.”- Maya Angelou & “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”- Sherry Anderson

Favourite song:
Jailer from Asa a Nigerian singer (sings between soul and pop music)
sylviek@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 603
Sylvie Kruchten Better at Home Coordinator

On working at Kits House: It feels great to work at Kits House! I know that my work is meaningful and I have very supportive colleagues. Also I witness every day acts of generosity from the community, from volunteers and working together towards common goals is very lifting and energizing.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer, because I can then swim in the ocean

Favourite quote:
“We do the best we can with what we know, and when we know better, we do better.”- Maya Angelou & “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”- Sherry Anderson

Favourite song:
Jailer from Asa a Nigerian singer (sings between soul and pop music)
sylviek@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 603
Monica CorrealChildcare Assistant

On working at Kits House:A great opportunity to be involved in amazing community work.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer

Favourite quote:
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do”- Steve Jobs

Favourite song:
I love Colombian music
Monica CorrealChildcare Assistant

On working at Kits House:A great opportunity to be involved in amazing community work.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer

Favourite quote:
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do”- Steve Jobs

Favourite song:
I love Colombian music
Sarah LoneWestside Food Collaborative Coordinator

On working at Kits House:


Favourite time of the year:

Favourite quote:

Favourite song:
sarahl@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 131
Sarah LoneWestside Food Collaborative Coordinator

On working at Kits House:


Favourite time of the year:

Favourite quote:

Favourite song:
sarahl@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 131
Christa WangAccounting Administator

On working at Kits House: I feel lucky to be part of Kits House team. All my coworkers are very supportive.

Favourite time of the year:
Summer
Favourite quote:
“I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.”
Favourite song:
Can’t take my eyes off you – Frankie Valli Evora
christaw@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 136
Christa WangAccounting Administator

On working at Kits House: I feel lucky to be part of Kits House team. All my coworkers are very supportive.

Favourite time of the year:
Summer
Favourite quote:
“I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.”
Favourite song:
Can’t take my eyes off you – Frankie Valli Evora
christaw@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 136
Janick HayekCoordinator of Marketing & Special Projects

On working at Kits House: My favourite part about working at Kits House is the people! Everyone from staff to volunteers to participants have been nothing but kind and helpful.

Favourite time of the year:
Summer – sun, heat, and beach volleyball!
Favourite quote:
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison
Favourite song:
Calvin Harris – Feel so Close
janickh@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 122
Janick HayekCoordinator of Marketing & Special Projects

On working at Kits House: My favourite part about working at Kits House is the people! Everyone from staff to volunteers to participants have been nothing but kind and helpful.

Favourite time of the year:
Summer – sun, heat, and beach volleyball!
Favourite quote:
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison
Favourite song:
Calvin Harris – Feel so Close
janickh@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 122
Elaine BlandSeniors Food Security Worker
elaineb@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 137
Elaine BlandSeniors Food Security Worker
elaineb@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 137
Faith GeeCoordinator of Volunteers

On working at Kits House: Every day at Kits House is an adventure. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think about how lucky I am to be part of such an amazing staff team and to work with such awesome volunteers!

Favourite time of the year:
Ski Season!
Favourite quote:
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth
Favourite song:
Anything accoustic
faithg@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 124
Faith GeeCoordinator of Volunteers

On working at Kits House: Every day at Kits House is an adventure. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think about how lucky I am to be part of such an amazing staff team and to work with such awesome volunteers!

Favourite time of the year:
Ski Season!
Favourite quote:
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth
Favourite song:
Anything accoustic
faithg@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 124
Naho OmuraEarly Childhood Educator

On working at Kits House:

I am so excited about being a part of the team at Kits House!! I would like to challenge new things to learn more and discover myself through meeting and connecting with new people in this new community!!


Favourite time of the year:
Summer

Favourite quote:
“A happy life is not built upon the goal of perfection, but balance.”

Favourite song:

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

Naho OmuraEarly Childhood Educator

On working at Kits House:

I am so excited about being a part of the team at Kits House!! I would like to challenge new things to learn more and discover myself through meeting and connecting with new people in this new community!!


Favourite time of the year:
Summer

Favourite quote:
“A happy life is not built upon the goal of perfection, but balance.”

Favourite song:

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

Joy LabradorEarly Childhood Educator

On working at Kits House: I get to spend my day with children. A great place to work. It is one big family here.

Favourite time of the year:
Summer and Spring
Favourite quote:
Out of clutter, find simplicity. ” by Albert Einstein
Favourite song:
Beautiful world – by Adam Crossley Evora
Joy LabradorEarly Childhood Educator

On working at Kits House: I get to spend my day with children. A great place to work. It is one big family here.

Favourite time of the year:
Summer and Spring
Favourite quote:
Out of clutter, find simplicity. ” by Albert Einstein
Favourite song:
Beautiful world – by Adam Crossley Evora
Derik HyattSeniors Program Coordinator

On working at Kits House: It is an honour and a privilege to work alongside such fantastic co-workers and volunteers in an effort to better serve the community.  I am thankful!

Favourite time of the year:
Summer/Fall
Favourite quote:
“So, uh, you still haven’t figured out what riding waves is all about, have you? It’s a state of mind. It’s that place where you lose yourself and find yourself.” – Patrick Swayze as Bodhi (Point Break, 1991)
Favourite song:
Who Can It Be Now? – Men At Work (1981)
derikh@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 602
Derik HyattSeniors Program Coordinator

On working at Kits House: It is an honour and a privilege to work alongside such fantastic co-workers and volunteers in an effort to better serve the community.  I am thankful!

Favourite time of the year:
Summer/Fall
Favourite quote:
“So, uh, you still haven’t figured out what riding waves is all about, have you? It’s a state of mind. It’s that place where you lose yourself and find yourself.” – Patrick Swayze as Bodhi (Point Break, 1991)
Favourite song:
Who Can It Be Now? – Men At Work (1981)
derikh@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 602
Margaret AlalaSteeves Manor Resource Centre Coordinator

On working at Kits House: A wonderful opportunity to do meaningful work with a helpful and supportive team

Favourite time of the year:
Summer
Favourite quote:
”Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain Start with doubt. Start with hands Shaking. Start with voice trembling But start. Start and don’t stop. Start Where you are with what you have Just…….start”- Ijeoma Umebinyuo
Favourite song:
Rotcha Scribida by Cesaria Evora
Margaret AlalaSteeves Manor Resource Centre Coordinator

On working at Kits House: A wonderful opportunity to do meaningful work with a helpful and supportive team

Favourite time of the year:
Summer
Favourite quote:
”Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain Start with doubt. Start with hands Shaking. Start with voice trembling But start. Start and don’t stop. Start Where you are with what you have Just…….start”- Ijeoma Umebinyuo
Favourite song:
Rotcha Scribida by Cesaria Evora
Erika Infante PizarroFamily Programs Facilitator
erikai@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 134
Erika Infante PizarroFamily Programs Facilitator
erikai@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 134
Joanna GowerAdministrative Clerk

On working at Kits House: I love the fact that we get to connect with so many amazing volunteers and community members every day, I am learning so much from them.

Favourite time of the year: Every season that is not winter.

Favourite quote: “Look well of to-day – for it is the Life or Life. In its brief course lie all the variations and realities of your life – the bliss of growth, the glory of action, the splendor of beauty. For yesterday is but a dream, and To-morrow a vision. But To-day well lived makes every Yesterday a dream of happiness, and every To-morrow a vision of hope.”

– M Wylie Blanchet

Favourite song: The Old Revolution by Leonard Cohen

joannag@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588
Joanna GowerAdministrative Clerk

On working at Kits House: I love the fact that we get to connect with so many amazing volunteers and community members every day, I am learning so much from them.

Favourite time of the year: Every season that is not winter.

Favourite quote: “Look well of to-day – for it is the Life or Life. In its brief course lie all the variations and realities of your life – the bliss of growth, the glory of action, the splendor of beauty. For yesterday is but a dream, and To-morrow a vision. But To-day well lived makes every Yesterday a dream of happiness, and every To-morrow a vision of hope.”

– M Wylie Blanchet

Favourite song: The Old Revolution by Leonard Cohen

joannag@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588
Amanda BarstowEarly Childhood Educator Lead
amandab@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 142
Amanda BarstowEarly Childhood Educator Lead
amandab@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 142
Angelo MoroniDunbar Kids Club Assistant Supervisor

On working at Kits House: I have been given the opportunity to be part of a community that I do not live in and realize that we all have similar needs and joys.


Favourite quote:
“Stop, look, listem. You don’t know what you’re missin’-M.C. Lyte”

Favourite song:
I have many favourite songs, depends on my mood
Angelo MoroniDunbar Kids Club Assistant Supervisor

On working at Kits House: I have been given the opportunity to be part of a community that I do not live in and realize that we all have similar needs and joys.


Favourite quote:
“Stop, look, listem. You don’t know what you’re missin’-M.C. Lyte”

Favourite song:
I have many favourite songs, depends on my mood
Chris YuChildcare Assistant
Chris YuChildcare Assistant
Tamara LingCommunity Event Coordinator

On working at Kits House: My favourite part of working at Kits House is how friendly and supportive everyone is here. The positivity and laughter all around the house is contagious!

Favourite time of the year: Spring

Favourite quote: “Many people will walk in and out of your life but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Favourite song: Happy by Pharrell Williams

tamaraL@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 125
Tamara LingCommunity Event Coordinator

On working at Kits House: My favourite part of working at Kits House is how friendly and supportive everyone is here. The positivity and laughter all around the house is contagious!

Favourite time of the year: Spring

Favourite quote: “Many people will walk in and out of your life but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Favourite song: Happy by Pharrell Williams

tamaraL@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 125
Mario GarchitorenaAdministrative Clerk

On working at Kits House:  The best part of being here is that every day I’m surrounded by wonderful people!  Working at a place where the community is supportive and actively involved makes every day exciting!  I hope to share lots of laughs and smiles with everyone.  If you see me at the front desk please feel free to say “hi!” 🙂

Favourite time of the year: Summer

Favourite quote: “What more could I say?  I wouldn’t be here today if the old school didn’t pave the way” – Tupac Shakur

Favourite song: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime

mariog@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588
Mario GarchitorenaAdministrative Clerk

On working at Kits House:  The best part of being here is that every day I’m surrounded by wonderful people!  Working at a place where the community is supportive and actively involved makes every day exciting!  I hope to share lots of laughs and smiles with everyone.  If you see me at the front desk please feel free to say “hi!” 🙂

Favourite time of the year: Summer

Favourite quote: “What more could I say?  I wouldn’t be here today if the old school didn’t pave the way” – Tupac Shakur

Favourite song: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime

mariog@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588