DirectorSheila became involved with PPPSS as a result of her personal experience and has been providing Telephone Support, Group Facilitation, and Counselling for over 20 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; Outreach & 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) and has personal coaching experience, and is training in Menopausal Support. 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 Pacific Post Partum Support Society for thirty 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 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. Her thoughtfulness, in all that she does, is recognized by all and appreciated!
Counsellor, Group Facilitator, & Program CoordinatorKerry 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 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.
Anna ChambersAnna has a BA in Education and has taught elementary and high school students for over 20 years. She became involved with Pacific Post Partum Support Society in 2010 and her passion has been working with new mothers and parents dealing with perinatal mental health issues. She now works as a postpartum support group facilitator, telephone support counsellor and outreach educator. Anna lives in Surrey with her two teenage children.
Counsellor & Group FacilitatorAndrea suffered from postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her first child. After a very dark year she finally reached out to PPPSS and joined a support group. That group changed the trajectory of her life. Not only did it provide a place for healing and much needed emotional support, it also set her on a path to joining PPPSS as a volunteer and in 2019 becoming a Telephone Support Counsellor and Group Facilitator on staff. Andrea has a particular interest in art and literature and frequently turns to these as resources for helping parents to create meaningful narratives about their experiences. She holds an MA in English literature from the University of British Columbia and finds that her lifelong love of literature and her regular use of journaling and story-telling as a part of her own healing process has been a great asset in her work as a postpartum counsellor. Andrea has found a true home with PPPSS and is so grateful to provide support and care for those navigating their own journeys into parenthood.
Counsellor & Group FacilitatorLeah joined PPPSS in 2018. She experienced Postpartum Anxiety after the birth of her now 8 year old daughter. She reached out to PPPSS and spoke with Sheila on the phone. Through that call she knew that she was not alone, and that there was a kind and warm group of women who were there for support. She soon after went into a support group with Shealagh as her facilitator. She credits the support she received with PPPSS as one of the greatest contributions to her recovery. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration in Human Resources Management, and spent time working in that field, before realizing that her purpose was to support parents going through pregnancy, postpartum, and the early years of motherhood.
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 is a Parks, Recreation, and Culture Commissioner for the City of Burnaby, and 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.