Welcome to our new ED, Lorena Bishop

Lorena Bishop

The Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks is excited to announce that Lorena Bishop will take over as Executive Director. Lorena brings over 15 years of experience in the youth service sector including three years of experience (2009-2012) at the Fed as a Program Manager and interim Executive Director. Lorena has most recently been working as an Independent Consultant in Halifax and was also the Director of Operations for the HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development. Lorena has a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, as well as a certificate in Human Resources Management. Lorena has been the recipient of the Child Welfare League of Canada’s Leadership Award and helped support and advocate for the creation of BC Child and Youth in Care Week.

The Executive Director is the leader of the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks. We are delighted that we have found a person who deeply understands the issues for youth in and from care and has a provincial perspective on services and issues. Lorena Bishop will lead the organization in current projects and in the development of a new strategic plan.  She will be responsible for policy and administration, including planning, organizing, coordinating, and managing the operation of the FBCYICN programs and services. This is a full-time position working with a progressive agency made up five staff, youth members from across the province and alumni – youth who have transitioned out of care. The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors and will liaise with provincial Ministries, funders and community agencies across the province.

Lorena recognizes the complexity of working with youth. In her cover letter, she wrote that she “has a passion for improving the lives of young people in and from care, which comes from [her] experience working with and growing up in the child welfare system.” Lorena’s personal interests are varied and in her free time she enjoys yoga, crafting, hiking and reading.

Staff, youth and community partners can expect to see Lorena around the Fed office starting part time October 3, 2018, with her moving into her role full time October 17, 2018. Lorena will be at our October SCM and we are excited to create opportunities for youth to connect with her over the weekend.

Once we have Lorena set up with email and contact information, we will post it and let everyone know how best to get in contact with her.

Thank you to the youth, alumni, staff and board members that were a part of the Executive Director Selection Committee and thank you to all the candidates that applied for this role.