OUR TEAM

Robin Bennewith
Indigenous Outreach Worker
Directions Youth Services

Karin Kirkpatrick
CEO

Karin Kirkpatrick joined Family Services as CEO in January of 2017. She is a visionary leader bringing expertise in strategic planning, financial management, human resources, and governance.

Karin was previously the CEO of the Private Careers Training Institutions Agency, a provincial crown corporation regulating the private post-secondary sector; and CEO of the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, a grant making organization supporting non-profit groups in sustainable housing projects. Karin spent six years as Assistant Dean at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and subsequently served as an adjunct faculty member in the Organizational Behaviour division.

Karin is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. Karin spent six years as provincial appointee to the Judicial Council of British Columbia, and was previously on the boards of the Vancity Community Foundation and the BC Council for International Education.

She holds a Master of Laws (LLM), International Law and Practice, from the University of Edinburgh, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Human Resource Management, from Royal Roads University, and both a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. In 2012, Karin was the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Senior Agency Leadership Team


Jessica Denholm
Vice President

Lara Barley
Director, Human Resources

Marnie Goldenberg
Director, Youth Services

Christian Le Nobel
Director, Finance

Amanda Sayfy
Director, Development

Pat Steiner
Interim Associate Director, Community Education & Financial Empowerment

Gregg Taylor
Director, Clinical Counselling Programs, President FSEAP Vancouver