Homelessness Services Association of BC announces new Executive Director

August 21st, 2019

The Homelessness Services Association of BC (HSABC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen D’Souza as the Executive Director of the organization as of September 16, 2019.

For the past fourteen years, Stephen has served as Executive Director of Burnaby Community Services, Burnaby Meals on Wheels and Burnaby Seniors Outreach Services Society—leading the strategic and daily operations of these three local charitable societies.

In this role, Stephen worked collaboratively with local and regional partners to design innovative solutions to reducing poverty and isolation. He is a former member of the BC Minister’s Poverty Reduction Advisory Forum, and is currently serving as the Co-Chairperson for the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, a Director on the Board for the Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby, a member of the Healthy Aging Provincial Reference Group for the United Way of the Lower Mainland, and as a member of the Burnaby Board of Trade’s Social Development Committee he chaired their Housing Taskforce.

“We are very excited about Stephen’s vision for addressing poverty and ending homelessness in our communities,” stated HSABC Board of Directors’ Chair Randy Benson. “Based on his dedication, expertise, and qualifications, Stephen is the right person to lead HSABC at this time, and on behalf of our members, Board of Directors, and staff, we welcome him to the organization.”

Stephen holds a Bachelors of Arts and Science degree from Concordia University. He was also part of the first cohort of the United Way of the Lower Mainland’s Public Policy Institute, and is a graduate of the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurialism at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

“I am excited to be joining such an accomplished Association at a critical time in our Province,” said Stephen D’Souza. “The Board of Directors and staff of HSABC have shared with me their optimism for the road ahead; and I am eager to contribute my knowledge and experience to the journey. Thank you for the incredible opportunity to become part of this remarkable team and help shape the future of homelessness services in BC.”