Improving the lives of children


Staff

Dennis Dandeneau, Executive Director

Dennis started in his role as Executive Director for The Children’s Foundation in March, 2012. Prior to this, he worked extensively in the field of child and family services for government and non-profit organizations. He has experience in organization development, strategic and operational planning, financial and project management, human resource development, team building, contract negotiation, continuous quality improvement and accreditation. He has worked extensively with volunteer boards of directors and committees as well as in the area of community development and strategic alliances.

Dennis currently serves as Past Chair for the Child Welfare League of Canada, and is a past board member for Realize Co-op, the Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs and the Council on Accreditation for Children and Families. He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg and a graduate degree in Applied Behavioural Science from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

“The stronger the team, the more can be accomplished. We have much to do, many people pulling in the same direction will make it all possible.” Dennis is very excited to be part of the team at The Children’s Foundation. Dennis has an open door policy and hopes that everyone feels free to contact him directly.

Helgi Remmelg, Program Director

Helgi has worked for The Children's Foundation for over 30 years.

She is currently responsible for the Family Preservation, Communities Caring for Children, Out of Care, Respite and Family Care Support programs. Helgi is also responsible for Continuous Quality Improvement, Accreditation and is the organizations Privacy Officer.

Lisa Lowe, Program Director

Lisa is an expressive art therapist who has worked at The Children’s Foundation for over 10 years. Currently, she is the Program Director at Alderwood Family Development Centre. She is passionate about team building and dynamic leadership. She is also committed to building relational, imaginative, and stronger social justice practices.

Lisa is currently responsible for Alderwood Family Development Centre, the Keyworker Program and the Education Transition Centre. Lisa is co-chair of the Health and Safety Committee.

Zdeno Rusnak, Program Director

Zdeno began his career in the social service sector in 1991 as a child and youth care counsellor. He joined The Children's Foundation in 1994 in the Surrey Family Preservation Program as a family counsellor. In 1997, Zdeno earned a master's degree at UBC in counselling psychology . Since that time, he went on to do family counselling at the Esther Irwin Home, supervise the Surrey Family Preservation Program, and supervise the Cedarwood Family Program. In 2008, he joined the management team. Zdeno is passionate about building teams, providing leadership opportunities for his colleagues, developing programs, implementing evidence-based practices, and mentoring interns.

Zdeno is currently responsible for Kennedy House Assessment Centre, the Cedarwood Family Program and Thetis. Zdeno chairs the Diversity Committee.

Stephen Hockey, Clinical Director

Stephen is a family man with a wife and two teenaged daughters. Building on years of experience working in child care and child protection, Stephen earned a clinical master’s degree at UC Berkeley in 1988, which gave him additional skills to help children and families pursuing healing and growth. As a clinician, Stephen has worked extensively in progressive psychiatry, community-based family development, and private practice. In recent years, he has particularly enjoyed providing clinical supervision, training staff, and getting involved in program development. He is most passionate about the emerging possibilities in our field as we increasingly embrace appreciative, culturally competent, and evidence-based practices.

Stephen is responsible for providing overall clinical direction for the agency as well as heading research and evaluation efforts.