Jane (Taylor) Lee, MA, CCC
Jane has worked with civilian and military individuals and families for 22 years, assisting them with challenges ranging from separation and divorce, communication, intimacy, parenting, anger management and domestic violence, to coping with and managing symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Jane has researched, designed and facilitated couples workshops addressing anger management and violence prevention, parenting, intimacy, depression, grief, and loss. As a child specialist for 22 years and an experienced divorce coach, she understands the complexities of relationships and the stressors that can end them. It is through this unique combination of experience and dedication that Jane helps individuals, couples and their families to manage traumatic and stressful events and create opportunities for transformative healing. Jane coordinated Caught in the Middle at the agency from 2001 until 2003 and then served on our Board of Directors for six years. She has facilitated parent groups and has been on the team of co-facilitators for the Parenting After Separation workshops since 2002. Jane earned a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois, and provides clinical supervision to Master’s students and mental health professionals. Jane celebrates ethnic, cultural, and spiritual diversity in her work. As well, Jane has over 15 years experience working with EAP providers and strongly believes these services are of paramount importance to individuals and families navigating the emotions and challenges of complex family and work dynamics. In May 2018 Jane took over the position of Executive Director. Jane is looking forward to expanding existing programs and services and support to our clients and the broader community.
Pam Rudy, BEd
Pam has been a central pillar of this agency since December 1986 when it was known as Divorce Lifeline and throughout its history as Separation and Divorce Resource Centre and BC Families in Transition. Pam has a B.Ed. from the University of Victoria and a Certificate in Volunteer Management from Camosun College. Beginning in 1988, she has served as a legal advocate responsible for the agency’s Legal Support Services program which is largely funded by the Law Foundation of British Columbia. She enhances her professional training by attending advocacy conferences sponsored by the Law Foundation of BC. She provides clients and the public with information about legal rights, responsibilities, and options; assists clients in preparing for lawyer interviews; assists self-represented litigants appearing at Provincial Family Court; as well as provides other forms of practical and emotional support. Additionally, Pam was the agency's acting executive director for two periods of 18 months each. Since 2007 she has trained and supervised several other advocates in the Legal Advocacy & Support Services program.
David McCoy, MA, RN
David retired from health care administration in 2013 having worked in a variety of health care areas. He joined the agency as a volunteer in May, 2014 and currently works as a legal advocate providing clients with information about legal rights, responsibilities and options as well as attending family court and assisting with court preparation. Over his career David has led or contributed to local, regional and provincial committees focused on improving health systems and care. A Registered Nurse, David has an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences and an MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University and has presented at both provincial and national health care venues.
Roy Asselstine, MA
Roy joined the organization mid-2014 as a volunteer in the legal support services group. He is a qualified Civil Mediator and Facilitator with an MA in Conflict Management from Royal Roads University. Roy has attended family court program, assisting people with preparation for family court. Over his 25 year career in telecommunications, he has managed and worked with people from Canada to New Zealand to Singapore. This diverse background has given him extensive experience in dealing with conflict across many cultures. Assisting people through the trying time of divorce and family upheaval is rewarding to him.
Crystal Buchan, BA, LLB
Crystal has an exclusively family practice, and has always focused on resolving disputes out of court. She began her professional practice in 1992. She was one of the original twelve members who established the Victoria Family Law Group and has served on the group’s Executive for a number of years. She is currently the group’s Co-chair. A Family Law Mediator since 1997, she has an active mediation practice and has completed Advanced Civil Mediation Training. She actively practices yoga, reads widely, and cooks for her vegetarian family.
Ava Razavi, MA, RCC, CCC (on leave until January 2019)
Ava joined us as an intern in 2010, working with children and families as well as facilitating the Caught in the Middle program while completing her Masters degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria. The multicultural approach to counselling was the focus of her Master of Arts thesis where she examined the relationship between ethnomusicology and modern-day counselling. She also completed a practicum at Bridges for Women Society where she worked on empowering women who have been impacted by trauma and abuse. Upon completion of her degree, Ava joined Family Services of Greater Victoria as a member of the staff. She is passionate about upgrading her counselling skills with the most up-to-date tools and techniques and is currently concentrating on expressive art and play techniques when working with children.
Barbara Green, MA
Barbara has worked in human services for over 30 years, both in Canada and in Europe. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA in Human and Social Development and from Royal Roads University with an MA in Leadership and Training. She is also a certified Addictions Counsellor. For most of her professional life she has served as a counsellor and group facilitator, and her clients have included children in care, youth at risk, inmates in maximum security institutions, families in crisis, and individuals. Her first love is working with parents on topics including step-parenting, conflict management, and personal development. Barbara has been an enthusiastic facilitator at Family Services of Greater Victoria for the past 10 years as a facilitator for the Caught in the Middle and Parenting with a New Partner programs.
John Ricker, MA, RCC
John joined Family Services of Greater Victoria as an intern in September 2007, initially working with adults and couples, later working with children and youth, as well as providing program coordination. He completed his Master's degree in Counselling at Bastyr University in Seattle, focusing on systemic approaches to family therapy. Concurrently, he fulfilled a practicum at Citizen's Counselling Centre in Victoria, and pursued further studies in somatic experiencing and integrated body psychotherapy. He has taught yoga and meditation for many years, and has also lived and worked in diverse parts of the world, including New Zealand, Peru, and both the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
Lionel Zelniker, MA, MSW
Lionel graduated from McGill University in 1970 with a Master of Social Work degree, specializing in group-work practice. Since then he has served in a wide variety of family-service organizations, both in Canada and abroad. His major responsibilities have included individual and family therapy, group therapy, management, and supervision of professional social-work and child-care staff. In the last 16 years he has worked in private practice, specializing in group therapy and providing various types of counselling, as well as training professional staff at various agencies in group-work methods and supervising graduate-level practicum students. He has served as a contractor with Family Services of Greater Victoria for 11 years, facilitating Parenting After Separation, Evolutions, and Caught in the Middle, as well as training new facilitators. Lionel currently co-facilitates the Parenting After Separation program.
Luciana Daghum, MA, CCC
Luciana has maintained and deepened her passion for working with children and assisting families since she began counselling in 2000. Luciana strives to facilitate personal growth and healing in a non-directive way, in a manner that is empathetic, warm, and accepting. She sees children as an essential component of a healthy family dynamic and strives to help them through their problems, anxieties, fears, and uncertainties by way of play, art, and sandplay therapy techniques. Luciana is committed to affirming the potential and inner strength that her clients possess to help them make positive changes in their lives. She has worked at Family Services of Greater Victoria from 2011 to 2013 as a child and family counsellor. She returned in 2016 to coordinate the Caught in the Middle program, work as a child counsellor, and support children and families navigating through family changes.
Yuko Kawasumi, MA, RCC
Yuko initially joined Family Services of Greater Victoria as a first response volunteer in the summer of 2013. She started her practicum at FSGV in September 2015. She completed her Master's degree in Counselling at the Victoria campus of the City University of Seattle in 2016. Yuko has worked with adults, children, and youth as a counsellor. Currently, she is a facilitator for the Caught in a Middle program. Yuko also co-facilitates the Parenting After Separation course.
Amira Rose Abdel-Malek, MA (in Progress)
Amira is currently completing her practicum to become a Registered Clinical Counsellor with Family Services of Greater Victoria. She will be working with children, youth and families individually and in the Caught in the Middle program. Amira is also working on a Master’s thesis with the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria where she also completed her undergraduate degree with distinction. Amira has over 10 years of experience working with children, youth and families from many backgrounds, ages, abilities and contexts, including after school care (Little Mountain, Fairfield), settlement agencies (Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees), inclusion and outreach (Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion), and many community programs (Shelbourne Community Kitchen, UVic Family Centre). Amira is passionate about providing a welcoming and flexible environment with plenty of opportunities for creative exploration and expression. Amira’s thesis focuses on the experiences of youth and young adults who have significant caring roles in their families. Amira’s career goals are to become a registered counsellor and to continue to work collaboratively and creatively with children, youth, and families.
Deanna Leippi, MA (in progress)
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Julia Dillon, MA (in Progress)
Julia has been working with children and youth for over ten years. She is passionate about bringing storytelling, emotional literacy, and creativity into practice, and believes in honouring the strengths, experiences, and expressions of children. From 2016-17, Julia participated in the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House Volunteer Counsellor training program and has been counselling adults at ENH regularly since. She has also worked with people with diverse abilities individually and in group settings. At present, she is an MA Candidate in Child and Youth Care at UVIC, where her thesis study focuses on experiences of shame and guilt during childhood. She is co-facilitating the Caught in the Middle program at FSGV.