How do we learn to see life’s challenging moments in perspective? For many, it’s with the help of a support network—one that includes a community of positive and empathetic people, financial, housing, and food security, and access to health care and mental health resources. This support
network acts as a physical and emotional backstop when we face adversity in our lives.
But what happens if you don’t have the tools to build that network? At Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV), we help clients out of crisis and into resilience. The continuum of care is at the forefront of our mission and vision—from a client’s acute moment of need to empowering individuals and families to make more informed choices in life.
In the non-profit and social services sector, we are emerging from a challenging year during which the pandemic heightened the inequities in our communities. Yet through the difficulties, our staff, board, volunteers,
and clients have all built their resilience.
We welcomed Maria Howard as our new CEO, and look forward to her leadership in this new era as FSGV celebrates 92 years of service and approaches its centennial. On behalf of the board, we would also like to thank Karin Kirkpatrick for her tenure as CEO from January, 2017 to July, 2020.
With the support of our donors and governments, including COVID-19 relief funding, FSGV managed a modest surplus. This was the third and final year of a strategic plan, and while the pandemic created a difficult environment in which to operate, FSGV stayed true to its vision and goals.
The organization also continued to learn and listen as we expand our actions in diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion. Our programs and services were optimized to reach people where they’re at—with the health and safety of our clients, staff, and volunteers always top of mind. Positive change is on the horizon.