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 Antemir

Director of Operations

Mindy and David were married April 2022 and live in Langley, BC. They enjoy the outdoors, spending time with people they love and cooking together. 

Fun Fact: David is slowly convincing Mindy to go on motorcycle adventures. 

Valerie Bruyere

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

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

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

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 Airdrie, Alberta. 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.

Keith & Stephanie Dillabough

Regional Representatives – Alberta

Keith and Stephanie were married in 1992 and have two adult children both walking with the Lord. Keith and Stephanie were in Pastoral Ministry for 15 years and live in Carstairs, Alberta.

Fun Fact: Stephanie and Keith met in grade 3 so they have known each other for over 40 years, so they truly are childhood sweethearts.

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.

Braden & Kristen Hafner

Regional Representatives – 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.

Rennier Hernandez

Regional Representative: Greater Vancouver

Ren and Jet married in 1994 and have 3 young adult children. They live in Richmond, BC. 

Fun Fact: Ren does all the cooking at home, while Jet is in charge of all IT and home maintenance repairs! They love to go on walks and enjoy espressos and dessert for date night.

Matt & Josie Jaggers

Regional Representatives – BC Interior

Matt and Josie were married in 2000. They have 3 boys and live in Kelowna, BC.

Fun Fact: They love summer and hot weather. Travelling to see new sights, river swimming, and camping are some of their favourite activities as a family.

Michael Jantzen

Director of Marketing and Communications

Michael and his wife Stephanie have been married for eleven years. Their blended family of four boys keeps them busy juggling life and planning adventures. 

Fun Fact: Michael moonlights as a musician on the side, usually with his guitar and harmonica. Recently, he’s been adding banjo to the mix too, which he picked up at age 39.

Jay & Gretta Kennedy

Regional Representatives – Vancouver Island

Jay and Gretta have been married 18 years and are in the throes of raising their 3 teenage children. 

Fun Fact: They met as adventure based ministry white water raft guides in Oregon and were legit friends for 4 years before falling in love. 

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”!

Morgan Turner

Regional Representative – BC

Morgan is on staff with FamilyLife and her husband, Michael, is a youth pastor. They enjoy supporting each other’s ministry journeys. 

Fun Fact: Morgan and her husband enjoy most of their quality time in the outdoors, accompanied by their dog. She loves painting, being creative, road trips, and camping.

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.

Rockey Simpson

Regional Representative: BC, Fraser Valley

Rockey and Selam were married in 2012 and have 5 kids. No grandkids yet, but they have a dog named Romeo! Selam grew up in Ethiopia and Rockey grew up in Nova Scotia.  

Fun Fact: They love traveling, shopping, having people over for dinner, and especially playing the board game Yahtzee. 

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.

Sandy & Jason Yuen

Sandy and Jason – Regional Representatives: Ontario

Jason and Sandy were married Aug 4, 2007 years but their love story started 25 years ago when they began dating in high school. They have three kids, live in Toronto, and love biking and growing their faith as a family.

Fun Fact: They enjoy a plant-based diet and experimenting with new recipes from around the world!

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