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
Sandra PetrozziManager of Family & Seniors Programs

On working at Kits House: Kits House is like a home away from home. Every day I’m inspired by the incredible gifts and affection shared by our volunteers, community members and staff. It’s a great place to work!


Favourite time of the year:
Summer and pretty much anytime the sun comes out!

Favourite quote:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” – Margaret Mead

Favourite song:
I love to dance so I enjoy anything with a good rhythm like Juan Luis Guerra, Celia Cruz, and many others.
sandrap@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 125
Sandra PetrozziManager of Family & Seniors Programs

On working at Kits House: Kits House is like a home away from home. Every day I’m inspired by the incredible gifts and affection shared by our volunteers, community members and staff. It’s a great place to work!


Favourite time of the year:
Summer and pretty much anytime the sun comes out!

Favourite quote:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” – Margaret Mead

Favourite song:
I love to dance so I enjoy anything with a good rhythm like Juan Luis Guerra, Celia Cruz, and many others.
sandrap@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 125
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
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 AbeFront Desk & Administration Worker

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 AbeFront Desk & Administration Worker

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:

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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
Cathy MacKinnonRentals/ Administrative Assistant

On working at Kits House:I love working at Kits House and lending my support to this stellar group of dedicated, passionate and community spirited people. I look forward to many happy years at Kits House!


Favourite time of the year:
Spring and Fall

Favourite quote:
“I felt bad because I had no shoes; then I met a man with no feet” If ever I think I should feel less than overjoyed to be alive, this helps to put things in perspective.

Favourite song:
Way too many list. I love all kinds of music![/one_half_last

cathym@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 110
Cathy MacKinnonRentals/ Administrative Assistant

On working at Kits House:I love working at Kits House and lending my support to this stellar group of dedicated, passionate and community spirited people. I look forward to many happy years at Kits House!


Favourite time of the year:
Spring and Fall

Favourite quote:
“I felt bad because I had no shoes; then I met a man with no feet” If ever I think I should feel less than overjoyed to be alive, this helps to put things in perspective.

Favourite song:
Way too many list. I love all kinds of music![/one_half_last

cathym@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 110
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
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
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

Sarah JacobsSeniors Programmer

On working at Kits House: There is an energy at Kits House, a vibrancy and warmth that I fell so lucky to be a part of.

Favourite time of the year:
Summer
Favourite quote:
From a Gujarati Poet’s couplet of a prayer: “Whenever and wherever I get happiness let everyone be in my thought”
Favourite song:
Leonard Cohen “Hey that’s no way to say goodbye”
sarahj@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 605
Sarah JacobsSeniors Programmer

On working at Kits House: There is an energy at Kits House, a vibrancy and warmth that I fell so lucky to be a part of.

Favourite time of the year:
Summer
Favourite quote:
From a Gujarati Poet’s couplet of a prayer: “Whenever and wherever I get happiness let everyone be in my thought”
Favourite song:
Leonard Cohen “Hey that’s no way to say goodbye”
sarahj@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 605
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
Faith GreerCoordinator 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 GreerCoordinator 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
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
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
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
Chris YuChildcare Assistant
Chris YuChildcare Assistant
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