DirectorSheila became involved with PPPSS as a result of her personal experience and has been providing Telephone Support, Group Facilitation, and Counselling for over 15 years now. She attended a support group after the birth of her second child and found it to be an integral part of her healing. She continues to have the passion for her work as she feels strongly that a lot of her growth has been from working with the women who call in for support and access our services. Sheila brings a sense of balance to the organization and inspires goodwill and positivity amongst staff. She is proud of PPPSS for maintaining its core values and beliefs while our organization continues to grow and expand.
Counsellor & Group Facilitator; Volunteer CoordinatorGeorgie joined PPPSS in 1998. She initially worked as a Telephone Support Volunteer and then continued on to take the Group Facilitator training. Besides offering Telephone Support, facilitating Support Groups and holding community education talks, Georgie also serves as our Volunteer Coordinator. Georgie is a firm believer in people coming together for a common cause and the wondrous, productive energy and ideas that will result. She is a mom of three grown children who have been volunteering with the organization since they were little. Georgie is the “heart” of our organization as the ability to support the moms she works with by being completely present comes to her quite naturally.
Counsellor & Group FacilitatorShealagh joined PPPSS in 1998. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), has personal coaching experience, and volunteers for the Hospice Society. After spending a lot of time being silent while adapting to Motherhood, she contacted PPPSS from a brochure and called in to the support line and spoke with Sheila. She believes that the one phone call made a huge impact in her being able to get well and see a different perspective on why she was struggling. Shealagh has done trainings and workshops for PPPSS, partner sessions and presentations at mom and baby talks in the community. She is currently a relief Counsellor/ Group Facilitator. Staff count on Shealagh for her strong, stable and grounded presence in the office and in her support work.
Counsellor & Group FacilitatorLinda King has been a postpartum support counsellor/facilitator/trainer for the Pacific Post Partum Support Society for the past 20 years. Her training is in Family Support Work but her most valuable training has come from working for PPPSS and her personal experience of postpartum distress. Linda experienced postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her first and third sons. She and her husband know first hand what it’s like to go through a very difficult postpartum reaction. Linda received wonderful support from the Pacific Post Partum Support Society by attending a group and receiving telephone support. Her husband also attended a fathers’ information night. The opportunity to speak candidly with other mothers in a safe facilitated group setting contributed greatly to her eventual wellness. She continues to use the tools she learned from the group. Her own experience plus her interest in mothering, parenting and families fuels the passion she brings to her work. Staff rely on Linda to take care of them in many ways. Her thoughtfulness, in all that she does, is recognized by all and appreciated!
Counsellor & Group FacilitatorKerry joined PPPSS in 1990, responding to an ad in the newspaper for volunteers. Kerry has a background in Holistic Counseling and SHEN (Energy Bodywork). Kerry has four children and experienced some postpartum difficulty herself. She feels blessed to be a part of a Society that has such strong connections with clients and staff. Kerry currently serves as Program Coordinator, Group Facilitator and Telephone Support Counsellor. She also sees to the smooth running of the day to day office tasks. Kerry brings a sense of stability to the organization and she has often been described as grounded, calm and present in her work when she is supporting women.
Counsellor & Group FacilitatorHollie Hall joined PPPSS in 2006. Her role is providing Telephone Support, facilitating Support Groups, presenting at Mom & Baby Talks, and facilitating Partner Sessions. She had firsthand experience with perinatal depression/anxiety with each of her two children. First contact with PPPSS was in a support group, and then five years later taking the Telephone Support and Group Facilitator training. Giving back has helped in her healing process and she feels she can walk the path with the women who seek help. She feels it is a great honour to hear the stories that the women all share. A vision of Hollie’s is to have more support available for Dads who are affected by Postpartum Depression, particularly a male-led group. Hollie’s interests are travel, art, reading, and she has a great fondness for animals. Hollie has a genuine caring nature and staff appreciate that she brings her down to earth “real” self to the office everyday and to the women she supports.
Counsellor & Group FacilitatorRita joined PPPSS in 2008. She has worked at the Crisis Line in Coquitlam and Family Conflict Resolution through the Justice Institute of BC. She developed an interest in Women’s Health while working at Women’s Health Collective, and felt a connection to helping other people after participating in a PPPSS Support Group. Rita works as a Group Facilitator, Telephone Counsellor and holds Mother and Baby Talks as well. Rita brings a lot of willingness and dedication to fitting in where she is needed and is a steady, dependable and reliable staff person.
Manager of AdministrationStace joined our Society in May 2011 while she was still finding her way out of postpartum anxiety with her second daughter. She maintains the administrative functions of our office and strives to expand our reach, both in population and geography. Stace serves on the Board of Directors for Burnaby Family Place (a parent and child drop-in facility). She knows that Pacific Post Partum Support Society is exactly where she is meant to be.