Executive Team

Karin Kirkpatrick, LLM, MBA, CPA, CMA
CEO

Karin Kirkpatrick joined Family Services of Greater Vancouver as CEO in January, 2017. She is a visionary leader bringing expertise in strategic planning, financial management, human resources, and governance. Karin comes to Family Services from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia where she is an adjunct professor in the organizational behavior and human resource division. Previous positions held include Assistant Dean of the Sauder School of Business; CEO of the Private Careers Training Institute 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 is a 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.

Lesley Anderson, BA, BEd
Director – Giving and Fund Development

Lesley Anderson has committed her career to social justice, community development, and environmental sustainability initiatives of local and national impact for over 30 years.  She is honoured to have led program and resource development at MOSAIC, YWCA, Vancity Community Foundation, Tides Canada and The Bloom Group. She currently volunteers as the B.C. representative to Canadian Women’s Foundation Violence Prevention Grants Committee and with the Inner Activist Leadership Development Project. A lifelong learner, Lesley holds undergraduate degrees from Carleton University in sociology and from UBC in adult education.

Lara Barley, BA, LLB
Director – Human Resources

Lara Barley brings 18 years’ Human Resource experience working in the health sector supporting diverse portfolio areas including acute care, mental health, and geriatric care. In her former role with Provincial Health Services Authority she was responsible for the strategic planning, management and delivery of human resource services for the organization. As a Human Resources professional and leader she is passionate about providing supportive, results-focused outcomes that enable leaders and staff to provide the very best service each day to the clients we serve. Lara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Laws degree, both from the University of Manitoba.

Lise Beauchesne, BSW, MSW, Ph.D., RSW
Director – Director, Counselling, Trauma and Victim Services

Lise Beauchesne has worked in the social work profession for 35 years in urban and rural settings, including community and hospital based mental health programs, university counselling centres, social work education, front-line practice in health care, and most recently, a Professional Practice Leader of social work within a provincial tertiary health care environment. She brings an extensive background in social work clinical practice, clinical supervision, reflective practice, mentorship, inter professional collaboration, and community relations. This is complemented by her advanced knowledge and experience in social work leadership, operations and professional management, strategic planning, and change management. Lise is passionate about collaborating with community partners and drawing upon collective wisdom of the group to learn how services can be more accessible and designed to meet an array of needs for children, youth, adults and families optimize their a quality of life. This passion is deeply rooted in her values of advocacy, social justice, and commitment to creating a more compassionate society. Lise holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Laurentian University, a Master of Social Work and a Doctorate of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Jessica Denholm, BA, MA
Vice President

Jessica Denholm has worked in the non-profit social services sector for nearly 25 years. Her work first began with dual diagnosis clients and then with youth in residential A & D settings. She came to Family Services to assist in the development and operation of the new youth detox program in 1993. She eventually moved from program management in youth services into employment services and is still currently overseeing the new Work BC Employment Services Centre contract. Jessica also has a keen interest and passion for quality improvement in social services work and is the agency’s lead in accreditation, risk management, privacy, and CQI. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Kinesiology from SFU and a Masters Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University.

Christian le Nobel, CPA, CA, BCOM
Director – Finance

Christian le Nobel comes to Family Services with extensive experience in public practice audit and assurance and the not-for-profit sector. He has worked for several years in a management capacity at PHS Community Services Society, with a primary focus on financial reporting, budgeting, contracts & agreements and planning; previously he worked for BDO Canada in its Assurance and Accounting group. Christian is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA,CA) and holds a bachelor of commerce degree from McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management.

Calum Scott, BCS
Director – Community Engagement and Marketing

Calum Scott has worked in social services with a focus on vulnerable and at-risk youth for 15 years. He believes a collaborative approach is vital for our work to truly move the needle on the issues facing today’s youth. He has chaired and participated in many different community collaborative efforts and has experienced the success that comes with grassroots community engagement. Before taking on the role of Director, Community Engagement and Marketing, Calum was FSGV’s Director of Directions Youth Services.

Karen Dickenson Smith
Director – Specialized Family Supports

Karen comes to us with an extensive background in public, private and non-profit sectors. She has deep experience and breadth in strategy and operations in the health sector. In a previous role as Director of Clinical Programs at Fraser Health Authority, Karen was responsible for development, implementation and evaluation of programs and services. She has worked in the area of strategic transformation, population and public health, including program and service areas supporting vulnerable and specialized populations and families. In her work she has specialized in the creation and implementation of sustainable service models aligned with ministry and service provision objectives. Karen holds a Master of Public Health (MPH), a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.