Robin Bennewith
Indigenous Outreach Worker
Directions Youth Services

Simone Plusa
Executive Assistant to the CEO

As an administrative professional, Simone brings over 20 years of expertise to the agency, having worked in a wide range of sectors including health care, recruitment, software, service, and government.  Since joining Family Services in 2017, she has been passionate about supporting the senior team and the agency in its work with the most vulnerable in our community. 

As Executive Assistant, she has been able to use her past experience in project management, events coordination, and office management to ensure the CEO and FSGV’s Board of Directors have all they need to succeed in their endeavors.  This being her first position with a not-for-profit, she continues to be inspired by work of the staff around her, and the resiliency shown by the clients they serve. 

Being a lover of the arts, Simone is also trained in fashion and textile design, and is a certified Sommelier. 

Senior Leadership Team

Maria Howard
Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Bryson
Program Director, Social Impact

Claire Ens, FSGV

Claire Ens
Program Director, Youth Services

Ariane Fleischmann
Director, Communications & Advocacy

Cheryl Melder
Program Director, Family, Trauma & Victim Supports

Christian Le Nobel
Chief Financial Officer

Simone Plusa
Executive and Board Liaison

Carolyn Rhodes
Director, Human Resources