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

Diane PetersManager 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 PetersManager 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

Christa WangOperations Manager

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 WangOperations Manager

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

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.” Heraclitus 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 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.” Heraclitus 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 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

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

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 CorrealAssistant Supervisor, Kits Kids Club

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 CorrealAssistant Supervisor, Kits Kids Club

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

Amanda BarstowEarly Childhood Educator Lead, Bumble Bear Daycare
amandab@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 142
Amanda BarstowEarly Childhood Educator Lead, Bumble Bear Daycare
amandab@kitshouse.org 604-736-3588 ext. 142

Chris YuChildcare Educator, Bumbletree Assistant Supervisor, Camosun Kids Club

On working at Kits House: the people are great

Favourite time of the year: Halloween – I love to see the children dress up in different costumes.

Favourite song: itsy bitsy spider

 

Chris YuChildcare Educator, Bumbletree Assistant Supervisor, Camosun Kids Club

On working at Kits House: the people are great

Favourite time of the year: Halloween – I love to see the children dress up in different costumes.

Favourite song: itsy bitsy spider

 

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, Bumble Bear Daycare

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, Bumble Bear Daycare

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, Bumble Bear Daycare

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, Bumble Bear Daycare

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

Trista FlakChildcare Educator, Camosun Kids Club
Trista FlakChildcare Educator, Camosun Kids Club

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

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

 

My 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 By 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

 

My 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 By The Beatles

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

Iris LeungChildcare Educator, Kits Kids Club

On working at Kits House: I love being able to give back and to help educate the youth in our community. It’s a great group of dedicated people who are committed to making a difference.

My favourite time of the year: Spring/Summer

Favourite Quote: Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin

Favourite Song: Any song by Adele!

Iris LeungChildcare Educator, Kits Kids Club

On working at Kits House: I love being able to give back and to help educate the youth in our community. It’s a great group of dedicated people who are committed to making a difference.

My favourite time of the year: Spring/Summer

Favourite Quote: Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin

Favourite Song: Any song by Adele!

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.

Favorite time of the year: Winter

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

Favorite Song: Tik Tock – Kesha

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.

Favorite time of the year: Winter

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

Favorite Song: Tik Tock – Kesha

Gordana MalicChildcare Educator, Dunbar Kids club

Favourite Time of the year: Summer

Favourite Quote: “what is essential is invisible to the eye” – The Little Prince

On working at Kits House: I am happy to be 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.

Gordana MalicChildcare Educator, Dunbar Kids club

Favourite Time of the year: Summer

Favourite Quote: “what is essential is invisible to the eye” – The Little Prince

On working at Kits House: I am happy to be 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.

Ronit Reda YonaChildcare Educator, Bumbletree and Dunbar Kids Club

On working at Kits House:  Because at Kitshouse I found , so many amazing and supportive people and yes! How lucky I’m to be part of this multicultural and multi-age place.

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

And

“A Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” Margaret Mead

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

Ronit Reda YonaChildcare Educator, Bumbletree and Dunbar Kids Club

On working at Kits House:  Because at Kitshouse I found , so many amazing and supportive people and yes! How lucky I’m to be part of this multicultural and multi-age place.

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

And

“A Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” Margaret Mead

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