Our Story

FamilyLife Canada has been teaching, training and equipping families for over 25 years. Here’s a quick look at what we’re all about….

Our Vision

FamilyLife Canada exists to bring help and hope to every marriage and family. We believe….

  • The family is the foundation of every community.
  • A healthy marriage is the cornerstone of a strong family.
  • The ultimate and lasting strength of every marriage and family is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our Team

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This is the FamilyLife Team, women and men from coast to coast committed to changing Canada and the world by strengthening families. Individual biographies can be found below. If you are interested in joining our team and this cause, please contact us for more information.

Our team is truly committed to bringing help and hope to marriages and families. Many of the team members raise their own salary to be able to carry out this mission. If you would like to invest in our staff, please click on the “GIVE” links below.

Neil & Sharol Josephson

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Directors of FamilyLife Canada

Sharol and Neil were married in 1978 and have two married sons with two grandsons. Together they speak at FamilyLife events.

Fun Fact:
On a sunny day, Sharol will turn to the garden and Neil to the golf course. On a rainy day, it’s books by the fire for both. But playing with the grandkids rules any day.

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Mike & Karen Woodard

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Mike – Associate Director
Karen – Online Mentor Coordinator

Mike and Karen married in 1978, they have four adult children and two grandsons. Together they speak at FamilyLife events.

Fun Fact:
While Mike bikes (across Canada), runs, and hikes Karen delights in mystery novels. Mike,“Life is an adventure!” Karen, “One adventurer is enough for any marriage!”

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Joe & Lois Balfour

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Joe – National Conference Coordinator

Joe married Lois in 1970, they live in Kelowna, BC, have four children and four grandchildren.

Fun Fact:
Our ideal day is touring the Okanagan Valley in our 64′ MGB (top down) A picnic by the lake completes this relaxing day.

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June & Neal Black

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June – Video Editor & Office Support.

June & Neal married in 1984, they live in Langley, BC and have two grown daughters. Together they work with engaged young couples.

Fun Fact:
Reading and playing games are two of the favourite household activities.

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Mindy Black

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Mindy – Events Director

Mindy lives in Langley, BC and if FamilyLife is hosting an event, most likely she will be involved.

Fun Fact:
Party planner extraordinaire, Mindy’s love for event planning shows up in many a friend’s and family’s events.

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Fay Chao

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Fay Chao _ Robert Li wedding

Fay – Chinese Ministry of FamilyLife

Bob and Fay have been married since 1974. They have two married daughters and a grandson. They live in Ottawa, ON.

Fun Fact:
A month after their wedding, Bob and Fay were notified that their marriage registration was rejected; the pastor had mixed up the paperwork. Bob and Fay had signed another couple’s form! Always read the fine print!

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Dan Degaris

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Dan _ Joy DeGaris wedding

Dan – Regional Representative: Toronto

Dan and Joy married in 1978 and live in Brampton ON. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren.

Fun Fact:
Opposites in many ways, Dan and Joy enjoy doing simple things together like watching old movies, walking, new ethnic restaurants and coffee dates.

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Braden & Kristen Hafner

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Braden – Regional Representative: Edmonton and Northern AB

Braden and Kristen married in 2008 and have a dog named Milo; they live in Edmonton, AB.

Fun Fact:
Braden is a glutton for punishment: He’s an Oilers fan. Kristen is a health nut, and she loves to eat her favourite vegetable, Chocolate!!

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Chris & Heather Harman

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Heather – Regional Representative: Maritimes

Heather and Chris have four children.

Fun Fact:
They are from Halifax.

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Grace Kim

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Philip _ Grace Kim wedding

Grace Kim – Marketing and Communications Assistant

Grace married Philip in 2000; they live in Langley, BC with their two children.

Fun Fact:
Grace has a passion for drawing and painting and loves to use her skills and abilities for Christian art and culture.

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Jimmy & Jenny Lee

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Jimmy _ Jenny Lee wedding

Jimmy – Regional Representative
Jenny – Administrative Assistant

Jimmy and Jenny married in 2007 and have two young sons; they live in Coquitlam, BC.

Fun Fact:
They like to do things like skiing and camping, but one thing they haven’t tried is dancing together: Jimmy is 6’5” tall and Jenny is 5’2”!

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Lisa Pike

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Ron _ Lisa Pike Wedding

Lisa – Communications Specialist

Lisa and her husband Ron have been married since 1999 and have three children; they live in Abbotsford, BC.

Fun Fact:
The Pikes celebrate milestone dates with “The Pike Starbucks Surprise” – an invasion of coffee, treats and family!

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Lydia Nigh

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Lydia -Regional Representative: Greater Vancouver

Lydia and her husband Gilbert have been married for over 30 years and have three amazing young adults in their family.

Fun Fact:
Being a Trinidadian-Chinese-Canadian with a Zambian experience means I’ve eaten a lot of interesting foods in my lifetime but my favourite chef is Gilbert.

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Brian Siewert

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Brian – Faith at Home Canada Director

Brian and Celia married in 1992. They have four children and live in St. Albert, AB.

Fun Fact:
We all like country music and good times.

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Beth Scholes

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Beth _ Darcy Scholes wedding

Beth – Content Manager

Beth and her husband Darcy married in 1989; they live in Abbotsford, BC with their three children.

Fun Fact:
“Surprise Ride!” If you hear these words at the Scholes’ house you have 5 minutes to get in the vehicle ready for an unknown special outing.

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Brad & Sylvia Thompson

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Brad & Sylvia Thompson wedding

Brad & Sylvia – Regional Representatives: Ontario

Brad and Sylvia married in 1983, they live in Waterloo, ON and have been gifted with two daughters, one son-in-law, and two grandsons.

Fun Fact:
Our grandchildren have become fun “play therapy” for Sylvia and enraptured model train enthusiasts, fulfilling Brad’s passion for trains with the next generation.

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Brent & Céleste Trickett

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Brent _ Celeste Trickett wedding

Brent & Céleste – Regional Representatives: Saskatchewan

Brent and Céleste married in 2000, they have four children and reside in Saskatoon, SK.

Fun Fact:
For Valentine’s Day Brent bought red headgear to enable kickboxing at home. With four young children kickboxing relieves a lot of stress.

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Rhonda Fast

Rhonda – Online Content Manager

Rhonda and her husband Earl have been married since June 1997 and have three teenagers; they live in Abbotsford, BC.

Fun Fact:
Rhonda lives in a family of creatives which means chaos rules over cleanliness every day of the week. She longs for the day that her house stays tidy and she can find the kitchen counter

 

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Elizabeth Josephson

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Elizabeth – Break Forth Event Director

Elizabeth and Brady have been married since 2008. They live in Pitt Meadows, BC.

Fun Fact:
Elizabeth is an ambitious knitter. She dreams of a log cabin with closets full of Norwegian sweaters, crackling fires and lots and lots of books.

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Join The Team

Perhaps you’d like to explore the possibility of joining this dynamic team. We’d love to talk to you about helping marriages and families where you live. See below for current openings. Contact: info@familylifecanada.com or 1-877-352-6888

Volunteer and Career Opportunities:

Regional Representative
Administrative Assistant
FamilyLife Affiliate

Our Affiliation

PTC_LOGO-WEBFamilyLife Canada is a division of Power To Change Ministries based in Langley, British Columbia. For more information visit PowerToChange.org