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 – 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 – Dave Dobbyn

allens@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 123

Diane PetersDirector of Childcare and Family Programs

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 PetersDirector of Childcare and Family Programs

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

Romy SengheraDirector of Community Programs

On working at Kits House: I love being part of a team that exudes an energetic vibe you feel when you walk in the door.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer


Favourite quote:
“There is nothing permanent except change.” and “To love, to be loved, to never forget our own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never complicate what is simple or simplify and what is complicated. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch, to try and understand. To never look away, and never, never, to forget.” – Arundhati Roy


Favourite song:
California Love – Tupac

Romy SengheraDirector of Community Programs

On working at Kits House: I love being part of a team that exudes an energetic vibe you feel when you walk in the door.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer


Favourite quote:
“There is nothing permanent except change.” and “To love, to be loved, to never forget our own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never complicate what is simple or simplify and what is complicated. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch, to try and understand. To never look away, and never, never, to forget.” – Arundhati Roy


Favourite song:
California Love – Tupac

Christa WangOperations Manager

On working at Kits House: I feel lucky to be a part of the 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 WangOperations Manager

On working at Kits House: I feel lucky to be a part of the 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

Faith GreerCommunity Services Coordinator - Coordinator 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 GreerCommunity Services Coordinator - Coordinator 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

Lili MaChildcare Educator, Bumbletree and Bumble Bear

On working at Kits House: The people around me are super nice, and it’s multicultural and a meaningful place to work.


Favourite time of the year:
Christmas


Favourite quote:
“Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen


Favourite song:
In my life – The Beatles

Lili MaChildcare Educator, Bumbletree and Bumble Bear

On working at Kits House: The people around me are super nice, and it’s multicultural and a meaningful place to work.


Favourite time of the year:
Christmas


Favourite quote:
“Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen


Favourite song:
In my life – The Beatles

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

Patricia PazFamily Programs Coordinator

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 Programs Coordinator

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

Fariba ShayanOn-Call Childcare Educator

On working at Kits House: I like working at Kits House because I can be involved in the community and I can learn a lot of things.


Favourite time of the year:
Spring


Favourite quote:
“A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new” – Albert Einstein


Favourite song:
Songs by Adele

faribas@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. nn
Fariba ShayanOn-Call Childcare Educator

On working at Kits House: I like working at Kits House because I can be involved in the community and I can learn a lot of things.


Favourite time of the year:
Spring


Favourite quote:
“A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new” – Albert Einstein


Favourite song:
Songs by Adele

faribas@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. nn

Joy LabradorEarly Childhood Educator, Bumble Bear Daycare

On working at Kits House: I get to spend my day with all the children. Kits House is a great place to work, it feels like one big family here.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer & Spring


Favourite quote:
“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” – Albert Einstein


Favourite song:
Beautiful World – Adam Crossley

Joy LabradorEarly Childhood Educator, Bumble Bear Daycare

On working at Kits House: I get to spend my day with all the children. Kits House is a great place to work, it feels like one big family here.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer & Spring


Favourite quote:
“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” – Albert Einstein


Favourite song:
Beautiful World – Adam Crossley

Angelo MoroniMens Group Facilitator

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 MoroniMens Group Facilitator

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

Monica Correal School Age Programs Coordinator

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

monicac@kitshouse.org (604) 736-3588 Ext 130
Monica Correal School Age Programs Coordinator

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

monicac@kitshouse.org (604) 736-3588 Ext 130

Ronit Reda YonaChildcare Educator, Bumbletree and Dunbar Kids Club

On working at Kits House: I have found amazing and supportive people at Kits House. I feel lucky to be a part of this multicultural community.


Favourite time of the year:
Spring & Summer


Favourite quote:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela & “A child must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead


Favourite song:
I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly

Ronit Reda YonaChildcare Educator, Bumbletree and Dunbar Kids Club

On working at Kits House: I have found amazing and supportive people at Kits House. I feel lucky to be a part of this multicultural community.


Favourite time of the year:
Spring & Summer


Favourite quote:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela & “A child must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead


Favourite song:
I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly

Alicia SmithEarly Childhood Educator, Bumble Bear Daycare

On working at Kits House: I love the opportunity to work with families in a holistic approach, providing more than just childcare, but a place to connect with the community.


Favourite time of the year:
Winter


Favourite quote:
“Fair does not mean giving every child the same thing, it means giving every child what they need.”


Favourite song:
Tik Tok – Ke$ha

Alicia SmithEarly Childhood Educator, Bumble Bear Daycare

On working at Kits House: I love the opportunity to work with families in a holistic approach, providing more than just childcare, but a place to connect with the community.


Favourite time of the year:
Winter


Favourite quote:
“Fair does not mean giving every child the same thing, it means giving every child what they need.”


Favourite song:
Tik Tok – Ke$ha

Chris YuChildcare Educator, Youth Worker

On working at Kits House: The people are great.


Favourite time of the year:
Halloween


Favourite song:
Itsy Bitsy Spider

 

Chris YuChildcare Educator, Youth Worker

On working at Kits House: The people are great.


Favourite time of the year:
Halloween


Favourite song:
Itsy Bitsy Spider

 

Amanda BarstowEarly Childhood Education, Programs Coordinator

On working at Kits House: I like the feeling of community at Kits House.  Coming from a small town it feels like a bit of home.


Favourite time of the year:
When Spring transitions into Summer and you notice the days getting longer


Favourite quote:
“Love is patient, love is kind”


Favourite song:
Flower Power – Greta Van Fleet

amandab@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 150
Amanda BarstowEarly Childhood Education, Programs Coordinator

On working at Kits House: I like the feeling of community at Kits House.  Coming from a small town it feels like a bit of home.


Favourite time of the year:
When Spring transitions into Summer and you notice the days getting longer


Favourite quote:
“Love is patient, love is kind”


Favourite song:
Flower Power – Greta Van Fleet

amandab@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 150

Thais LopesCommunity Programmer

On working at Kits House: Friendly and pleasant environment. Love working here!


Favourite time of the year:
Spring


Favourite quote:
“Peace begins with a smile…” – Mother Teresa


Favourite song:
Stand by Me – John Lennon

thaisl@kitshouse.org 604.224.4302
Thais LopesCommunity Programmer

On working at Kits House: Friendly and pleasant environment. Love working here!


Favourite time of the year:
Spring


Favourite quote:
“Peace begins with a smile…” – Mother Teresa


Favourite song:
Stand by Me – John Lennon

thaisl@kitshouse.org 604.224.4302

Margarita ChapmanBetter at Home Coordinator

On working at Kits House:

Favourite time of the year: 

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margaritac@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 131
Margarita ChapmanBetter at Home Coordinator

On working at Kits House:

Favourite time of the year: 

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margaritac@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 131

Alisha BarsalouEarly Childhood Educator Bumble Bear Daycare

On working at Kits House: I’m very excited to be a part of this wonderful community at Kits House. Everyone is so supportive and we grow together as a team.


Favourite time of the year:
Spring


Favourite quote:
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow” – Albert Einstein


Favourite song:
Ocean – Jon Buttler Trio

Alisha BarsalouEarly Childhood Educator Bumble Bear Daycare

On working at Kits House: I’m very excited to be a part of this wonderful community at Kits House. Everyone is so supportive and we grow together as a team.


Favourite time of the year:
Spring


Favourite quote:
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow” – Albert Einstein


Favourite song:
Ocean – Jon Buttler Trio

Parnian HosseiniOn-Call Administrative Clerk

On working at Kits House: My favourite thing about Kits House is how it brings the community together. There’s always an amazing energy, and I love how many opportunities there are to get involved in the community.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer


Favourite quote:
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya


Favourite song:
Depends on what song is stuck in my head that week.

Parnian HosseiniOn-Call Administrative Clerk

On working at Kits House: My favourite thing about Kits House is how it brings the community together. There’s always an amazing energy, and I love how many opportunities there are to get involved in the community.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer


Favourite quote:
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya


Favourite song:
Depends on what song is stuck in my head that week.

Gordana MalicChildcare Educator, Dunbar Kids club

On working at Kits House: I am happy to be a part of the Kits House team and share the same values. Through the childcare program I am looking forward to enriching my life by supporting families from all over the world. It will be great to know so many children, embrace their talents and grow together.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer


Favourite quote:
“What is essential is invisible to the eye” – The Little Prince

 

Gordana MalicChildcare Educator, Dunbar Kids club

On working at Kits House: I am happy to be a part of the Kits House team and share the same values. Through the childcare program I am looking forward to enriching my life by supporting families from all over the world. It will be great to know so many children, embrace their talents and grow together.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer


Favourite quote:
“What is essential is invisible to the eye” – The Little Prince

 

Huda BolbolanFamily Programs Facilitator

On working at Kits House: Kits House to me, is a new beginning.


Favourite time of the year:
Spring


Favourite quote:
“Fear is a liar, it activates the enemy”


Favourite song:
“It’s a man’s world… but it’s nothing without a woman or a girl”

hudab@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 135
Huda BolbolanFamily Programs Facilitator

On working at Kits House: Kits House to me, is a new beginning.


Favourite time of the year:
Spring


Favourite quote:
“Fear is a liar, it activates the enemy”


Favourite song:
“It’s a man’s world… but it’s nothing without a woman or a girl”

hudab@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 135

Lynn MomprevilMarketing, Communications & Events Assistant

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


Favourite quote:
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, its not.” – Dr. Seuss


Favourite song:
Vienna – Billy Joel

lynnm@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 125
Lynn MomprevilMarketing, Communications & Events Assistant

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


Favourite quote:
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, its not.” – Dr. Seuss


Favourite song:
Vienna – Billy Joel

lynnm@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 125

Aishling ConnaughtonAssistant Supervisor - Dunbar Kids Club

On working at Kits House: I am very grateful to be working in Kits House. It has given me many opportunities to work in various sectors of childcare. It offers a great community amongst all employees.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer


Favourite quote:
“We’re here for a good time not a long time”


Favourite song:
I love all 80s cheesy power ballads

Aishling ConnaughtonAssistant Supervisor - Dunbar Kids Club

On working at Kits House: I am very grateful to be working in Kits House. It has given me many opportunities to work in various sectors of childcare. It offers a great community amongst all employees.


Favourite time of the year:
Summer


Favourite quote:
“We’re here for a good time not a long time”


Favourite song:
I love all 80s cheesy power ballads

Ketty MonteclaroEarly Childhood Educator

On working at Kits House: Knowing, learning and loving my community.


Favourite time of the year:
All Four Seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer & Autumn


Favourite quote:
“Know thy self” – Socrates


Favourite song:
The Greatest Love of All

 

604-736-3588
Ketty MonteclaroEarly Childhood Educator

On working at Kits House: Knowing, learning and loving my community.


Favourite time of the year:
All Four Seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer & Autumn


Favourite quote:
“Know thy self” – Socrates


Favourite song:
The Greatest Love of All

 

604-736-3588

Joyce YangAdministrative Clerk

On working at Kits House: Everyone is super nice and I love that staff and volunteers are always willing to lend a helping hand!


Favourite time of the year:
Autumn


Favourite quote:
“Everything will be alright in the end;so, if it is not alright, it is not the end. (From the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)


Favourite song:
Home – Edward Sharps & The Magnetic Zeros

joycey@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 122
Joyce YangAdministrative Clerk

On working at Kits House: Everyone is super nice and I love that staff and volunteers are always willing to lend a helping hand!


Favourite time of the year:
Autumn


Favourite quote:
“Everything will be alright in the end;so, if it is not alright, it is not the end. (From the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)


Favourite song:
Home – Edward Sharps & The Magnetic Zeros

joycey@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 122