Our Staff

Fed staff members are responsible for maintaining and overseeing our programs and services.  They must be knowledgeable and passionate about young people and are deeply committed to meaningful youth-engagement.

Please connect with any of our staff team if you have any questions about the Fed!


Shannon Dolton - Engagement Coordinator

Staff nameI am so excited to be joining the Fed family as the Engagement Coordinator. I am passionate about working with youth and look forward to building youth involvement and connection at the Fed. I know when given access to tools and support youth can achieve anything they desire.

My educational background is a combination of Child and Youth Care work with Women’s Studies and Gender Relations. I have had the opportunity to work with children and youth in a variety of settings including 1 to 1 home support, low barriers crisis intervention, and life/parenting skills development.

I like to think of myself as a grown up with a healthy balance of childlike whimsy and a touch of 80-year-old grandma. I am an avid tea-drinker, reader, unicorn collector and believe in the power of Wonder Woman. I am an intersectional feminist with strong ties to the body acceptance community and a strong advocate for the rights of all LGBTQI2S+ people.

I look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone!

Email Me
O: 604-527-7762 ext 109

Gabby Hillis - Manager, Indigenous Programs

Staff nameI am thrilled to be joining the Fed as Program Manager for Aboriginal Youth Programs. As a former youth from care myself, I have experienced what a lot of Indigenous people have and are facing today, from trauma and loss, to poverty. I have been fortunate to take those experiences and become a strong, single, Indigenous mother, eager to help strengthen, support and advocate for youth in and from care.

I hold a B.A. in Psychology with Honours and my past experience working with Indigenous peoples includes Early Child Development, teaching Hip-Hop and collaborating with local community organizations.

My world revolves around my 2-year-old son; when we’re not attached at the hip, I enjoy making espresso drinks, dancing, singing and making jewelry.

Email Me
O: 604-527-7762 ext 113



Jeff O'Neill - Local Development Coordinator

JeffI am very excited to be joining the Fed as the Local Development Coordinator. I have had a lot of experience working with youth in and from care and I have always had a strong passion to help youth in and from care reach their full potential.

I hold a B.A. in Child and Youth Care and my past experience working with youth in care involves working in youth centres, after hours outreach, safe houses, and one-to-one work.

I will be welcoming my first child soon and I am a devoted Canucks and sports fan. I am looking forward to getting into our communities to find a way we can best serve the young people who access our services. 

Email Me
O:604-527-7762 ext 104

Preeti Prasad - Administrative Coordinator


Hi! I’m Preeti Prasad the Administrative Coordinator at the Fed. I’m super excited to be joining the Fed team!

I’ve worked with young people in several different capacities over the years. I’ve supported youth in building employability and life skills. I have traveled across B.C. in a research capacity, listening and documenting the stories and experiences young people have shared with me. I have also worked with a youth council in developing by youth-for youth projects and initiatives. What continually guides my work is an understanding that, everything I do in whatever role I take on is in the best interest and to the benefit of the young people I work and interact with.

I hold a Diploma in Youth Justice and a B.A. in Criminology. When I haven’t caught the travel bug, I’m usually reading (true crime and fantasy are my favourite genres), crocheting, scrapbooking or baking.

Email Me

O: (604) 527-7762 ext. 101

Stephanie Thompson - Communications Coordinator


I’ve been with the Fed for the last couple of months covering administration, but I am very excited to be moving into the Communications Coordinator position. I grew up in Burns Lake, BC where I spent most of my time reading (there wasn’t much else to do). I moved to Vancouver in 2007, and after serving and bartending for a few years I decided to run with my passion for stories. I got a degree in English, and later a diploma in Publishing. My work experience has ranged from customer service to working with seniors to writing, editing, and web design.

I’m a pretty huge nerd, and can often be spotted on my couch watching Star Trek, Studio Ghibli movies, or anything by Joss Whedon.

I’ve always believed in the power of knowledge and storytelling. I look forward to using my writing, editing and design skills to provide valuable information and resources to youth, and in turn helping share the stories they want to tell.

Email Me

O: 604-527-7762 ext. 112



Ian Mass - Interim Executive Director

Ian is a long-time supporter of the Fed and has been a leader and advocate in this sector for many years. Formerly the Executive Director at Pacfic Community Resources, Executive Director of the Vancity Community Foundation, Deputy Child and Youth Advocate for BC, a program Director with Family Services, and a team leader and child protection social worker and street worker with MCFD. In addition to his extensive expierence, Ian was involved as an adult advisor during the Federation's formative years.

Email me

O: 604 527 7762 ext 114


On Special Contract:

Chris Bentzen
Graphic Design Consultant

Shannon Pawliw
Graphic Design Consultant

Helen Roberts
Organizational Development Consultant

Denise Turner
Board Development Consultant

Ann Veerman
HR Consultant