Stephen joined the HSABC team in September 2019 as the Executive Director. He has spent decades working collaboratively with local and provincial partners to design innovative solutions to reducing homelessness, poverty and isolation.
Stephen is the Co-Chair for the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, a member of the Metro Vancouver Reaching Home Community Advisory Board and a member of the Seniors Housing Lab design team.
Stephen completed an Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurialism from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in 2016, and the United Way of the Lower Mainland’s Public Policy Institute in 2011. He is also a guest lecturer at Simon Fraser University within the Faculty of Health Sciences and The Beedie School of Business.
Membership and Training Coordinator
Jim began with SNBC in 2012 and will be familiar to many of our members. Jim has overcome significant obstacles in his personal life and we are honoured to have him be part of the team. Jim started using alcohol at the age of ten to cope with a violent childhood and his criminal life began at age of twelve. Jim ran away from home at fifteen to the Downtown East-side of Vancouver and streets of Calgary. Seven years of drugs, alcohol, gang life, prison time and homelessness took its toll and at twenty-two, Jim had a drug induced heart attack, was pronounced dead in a hospital, only to come back to life. Jim attributes this near-death experience as his impetus for his change.
Jim began his clean time in 1977 and remains clean to present, became a counsellor (26 years) and public speaker (30 years to present), and counselled over 600 people who had experienced trauma, addiction and homelessness. He has shared his story with quarter of a million school children, incarcerated youth as well as unique university students most who where in training to be Police Officers, Prison Guards, Social Workers. Jim talks about the perils caused by trauma that lead to addiction, crime and homelessness!! After retiring from counselling, Jim joined SNBC now HSABC.
Project and Program
Zharkyn completed her Master’s Degree in Political Science at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests lie primarily in the area of good governance and development. Zharkyn has previously worked in the non-profit sector implementing projects advocating access to healthcare, education, employment, and other social services for the marginalized groups in Central Asia.
HIFIS Trainer and Coordinator
Prior to joining the HSABC team, Kayla completed her Master’s of Political Science at SFU with a particular focus on minority representation and local politics. Having grown up in the Lower Mainland, Kayla has taken an interest in how intersecting issues such as affordability, public policy, and political sentiment have contributed to the current housing situation, along with innovative solutions to address it. Kayla has spent time working in the provincial government, including with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions.