Sara Kolomejac
Youth Worker
Directions Youth Services

Family Services of Greater Vancouver makes a positive impact every year in the lives of thousands of people in the Lower Mainland, thanks to the support of our staff, volunteers, and generous individual and corporate donors.

Our 2018 – 2019 Report To The Community showcases how last year Family Services helped over 12,000 people in our community find help and hope, thanks to your generous support.

A Message From Our Board Chair And CEO

Karin Kirkpatrick

Terry Ann Boyles

We are very proud that 2018/2019 marked Family Services of Greater Vancouver’s 90th year as one of the longest-serving social services organizations in BC.

This year alone, FSGV helped over twelve thousand families, seniors, women, newcomers and youth across the Lower Mainland when they needed it most.

For that achievement, we’d like to thank our incredible staff. We could not be more proud and grateful to all 440 members of our team for their dedication to the people we serve. Day in and day out, our staff truly embody FSGVs core values.

This past year was one of change for FSGV, partly because the social services funding landscape itself is changing.

The cost of social services delivery has outpaced current public 

funding and the demand for our services continues to grow. The evolution of workplace giving means that core funding from longtime partners will be lost this year, resulting in an increased dependence on the philanthropic community’s generosity.

New government procurement policies resulted in significant changes for regional service providers, including the loss and closure of our WorkBC Employment Services Centre. Changes to the international adoption landscape resulted in the closure of our Adoption Agency.

Yet with change comes the opportunity to focus and to innovate in order to meet the growing needs of our community. We are looking ahead strategically for new and sustainable ways to ensure that FSGV can continue to provide life-changing support to people in need and in crisis for another ninety years.

We are expanding our suite of family and trauma counselling programs; building the capacity of our Caring Neighbours community-based programming growing our successful social enterprise, Family Services Employee Assistance Program (FSEAP); forging new funding partnerships; and leveraging the value of our property assets to best serve our clients and support our staff.

As always, we continue to support the recruitment, training and retention of our people—FSGV’s greatest asset—and to advocate for the people we serve With every level of government to ensure their voices and needs are heard. With your support, and that of our funding partners, community partners, staff, and the people we serve, we look forward to a productive, innovative and impactful 2019/2020 for Family Services of Greater Vancouver.

Report to the Community 2018 – 2019

View our 2018 – 2019 Report to the Community to learn more how much positive impact your support had on the over 12,000 individuals we served across the Lower Mainland last year.

From homeless youth to isolated seniors; from families in crisis to women who have experienced intimate partner violence; Family Services is there for people in need, in crisis, or with trauma. 

We are here when you and your family need us.


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