About FamilyLife Canada

FamilyLife Canada has been bringing help and hope to marriages and families for over 30 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

This is the FamilyLife Canada 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

Directors of FamilyLife Canada

Sharol and Neil were married in 1978 and have two married sons and four grandchildren. 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.

Mike & Karen Woodard

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!”

Joe & Lois Balfour

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.

June & Neal Black

June – Video Editor & Office Support
Neal – Leadership Development 

June & Neal married in 1984, they live in Langley, BC and have two children and one granddaughter. Together they also work with engaged couples.

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

Mindy Black

Director of Operations

Mindy lives in Langley, BC and loves being “Aunty” to her niece and many of her friend’s kids as well.

Fun Fact: Mindy’s love for event planning and relationship building shows up in many a friend’s and family’s events.

Valerie Bruyere

Valerie – Regional Representative: Ontario & Quebec

Valerie and Allan married in 2008 and have three children and four grandchildren. They live in Ottawa, ON.

Fun Fact: Val did not know Al was of Filipino ethnicity when they first met and she almost ran away thinking he was the wrong date. They still giggle to this day, wondering how was it possible to miss this on his on-line profile?

Fay Chao

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!

Jerry & Dorothy Chee

Jerry & Dorothy – Regional Representatives: Ontario

Jerry and Dorothy have been married since 1984 and have one grandson and three adult children. They live in Unionville, ON.

Fun Fact: On their one year dating anniversary Jerry freaked Dorothy out with his gift of a pair of baby shoes.

Sheldon & Valerie Dean

Sheldon & Valerie – Regional Representatives: Saskatchewan

Sheldon and Valerie married in 2001 and they live in Regina, Sk with their 3 children, a dog and a cat.

Fun Fact: In the summer you will find the Dean’s either on a surf board, sitting around a fire or at a Bible camp. In the winter you won’t find them…because they are hiding from the cold (they live in Saskatchewan).

Dan Degaris

Dan – Director of Development, Indigenous Ministry

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.

Bob & Denise Dobson

Bob & Denise – Blended Family Ministry

Bob and Denise married in 2012 and live in Langley, BC. They are a blended family and together have 5 married children and 8 grandchildren.

Fun Fact: They like to travel abroad but love family time at the lake in beautiful BC. They enjoy time with their grandkids, their Portuguese Water dog, and playing board games.

Lorne Giesbrecht

Administration Assistant for HomeBuilders

Lorne and Joan married in 1982 and have adult daughters and two grandsons. They reside in Delta, BC.

Fun Fact: Life is rarely boring in their household. Their 12 year old Maltese Poodle, Sasy, keeps life interesting.

Tom & Caramel Gray

Tom & Caramel – Regional Representatives

Tom and Caramel live in the Ottawa Valley “Cottage Country”. They have eleven children and are anticipating their first grandchild.

Fun Fact: They enjoy Date Nights and Family Nights, reading and laughing. Tom loves socializing and Caramel loves quiet contemplation.

Braden & Kristen Hafner

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!!

Heather Harman

Regional Representative: Maritimes

Heather and Chris have four children.

Fun Fact: They are from Halifax.

Grace Kim

Graphic Designer

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.

Sandra Laarz

Administrative Assistant

Sandra married Dale in 1990; they live in Cloverdale, BC and have two children.

Fun Fact: Their idea of fun is packing up the trailer and camping in various areas of beautiful BC.

Steven & Amie Latta

Steven & Amie – Regional Representatives: Ontario

Steven and Amie were married in 2011 and have two young daughters. They serve in ministry together.

Fun Fact: Steven and Amie became seminary students and parents at the same time. Steven is balding and Amie’s hair is naturally white.

Angela & Edmund Lau

Angela – Chinese Ministry Representatives

Edmund and Angela married in 1979. They have two married sons and six grandchildren. They live in Calgary, AB.

Fun Fact: Edmund and Angela enjoy serving together as a team, not only in ministry, but also in caring for their children’s families. They love biking, camping, and playing with their grandchildren.

Jimmy & Jenny Lee

Jenny – Assistant Office Administrator

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”!

Lydia Nigh

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.

Shireen & Che Spencer

Shireen – Regional Representatives: ON

Che and Shireen married in June 2003. They have 2 wonderful boys.

Fun Fact: Che and the boys love to swim and ski but Shireen doesn’t like to do either! She enjoys watching them and everyone stays happy!

Brent & Céleste Trickett

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.

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

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Our Affiliation

FamilyLife Canada is a division of Power To Change Ministries based in Langley, British Columbia. For more information visit p2c.com