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! Contact a Fed staff!

Lorena BishopLorena Bishop, Executive Director

Hi, I’m Lorena Bishop, the Executive Director (ED) at the Fed. 

I grew up on the East Coast on the traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq people. On my paternal side I am of Mi’kmaq heritage and 11th generation French settler, and of British ancestry on my maternal side. I currently have the privilege of living on the unceded, traditional territory of the Kwikwetlam, Stó:lō, Qayqayt, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. 

I grew up in government care in Nova Scotia and have spent over 20 years advocating to help create a better experience for my siblings in care.  

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, as well as a certificate in Human Resources Management. I was a 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. 

As the ED, I am responsible for supporting and leading our Fed Family to make sure it meets the needs of our members based on the goals and plans we create and approve together. This involves things like supervising staff, reporting to the Board of Directors, liaising with our partners, and ensuring we have the resources we need. 

Shannon DoltonShannon Dolton, Program Coordinator

Hi everyone, I’m Shannon Dolton (She/Her), Program Coordinator at the Fed.

I have the honor of living, working and playing on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Qayqayt Nations – now known as New Westminster. I am a Lower Mainland BC girl through and through. I was born in Vancouver, raised in Burnaby and have lived in New Westminster for the past 10 years

I have had the privilege to work with youth in a variety of settings including one-to-one home support, low barrier crisis intervention and drop-in centers, and life/parenting skills development. My educational background is a combination of Child and Youth Care with Women’s Studies and Gender Relations, and I am back in school currently pursuing a degree in Psychology.

My role at the Fed is to support Membership, Volunteering and our 121 Support programs. I am consistently honored and amazed to be able to work alongside youth in and from care across BC. My work is guided by the belief that when given the space, tools and supports – young people in and from care can do anything!!!! I say this because I have seen it and continue to witness the resiliency, strength and magic of this community.

I am a Queer, intersectional feminist cat mom who likes 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 and words.

Jessy NealJessy Neal, Program Coordinator

Hey y’all, I’m Jessy Neal, a Program Coordinator at the Fed.

I am a Cree/Metis woman, and I also like to identify that I am an alumni of care. I grew up in the small rural city of Quesnel, BC, the traditional territories of the Lhtako Dene, Nazko, Lhoosk'uz Dene and ?Esdilagh peoples. I currently live and work on the traditional territories of the Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, Stolo and Katzie first nations.

I have been involved in the Fed in many different roles, ranging from youth member, volunteer, youth leader, to alumni, board member, and adult support. My current role at the Fed is coordinating the Local Development and Outreach Programs.

Youth advocacy and helping to improve the lives for children and youth in and from care has been a passion of mine since I attended my first Fed SCM (Steering Committee Meeting or Youth Retreat) when I was 14. It was my involvement with the Fed that inspired me to continue on with schooling and eventually get my Bachelor of Social Work degree. I have worked as an Indigenous Family and Cultural Connections Worker, and Youth Outreach and Empowerment Team Social worker, with my goal always being to help improve the system for youth in and from care.

When I am not working, I am usually at home playing with my little man or my dogs, playing video games, or streaming endless seasons of TV shows online.

Preeti PrasadPreeti Prasad, Administrative Coordinator

Hi! I’m Preeti Prasad, the Administrative Coordinator at the Fed.

I was born, raised and continue to have the privilege and honour of living on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, specifically the shared territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Kwantlen, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Qayqayt and Stó:lō First Nations, now known as Surrey.

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 BC 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. In my role at the Fed, I support the Fed Team in their work with young people and in delivering amazing programs. 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 BA in Criminology. When I haven’t caught the travel bug, I’m usually reading (true crime and fantasy are my favourite genres), crocheting, scrapbooking, baking, video gaming or taking my puppers on a long walk.

Stephanie ThompsonStephanie Thompson, Program & Communications Coordinator

Hi! I’m Stephanie Thompson, Program and Communications Coordinator at the Fed.

I grew up in the North in the home of the Cheslatta Carrier Nation, Lake Babine Nation, Ts’il Kaz Koh, Wet’suwet’en, Nee-Tahi-Buhn and Skin Tyee, in a little town that’s also known as Burns Lake, BC. Today I live and work in Vancouver and New Westminster, which are located on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Qayqayt Nations.

My work experience has included freelance writing and graphic design, as well as customer service jobs I worked as a student. I hold a BA in English and a Diploma in Publishing.

The ‘Program’ part of my job includes leading the production of Power Pages magazine and helping organize BC Child and Youth in Care Week. The ‘Communications’ part involves a lot of writing and editing and design, but it boils down to letting youth in and from care and their allies know who we are and what we do, and what other supports and services are out there for them. Youth in the care community can do incredible things, and I love being able to share supports and resources that can help them on their way.

Some of my favourite things are food, video games, sci-fi shows, fantasy and other books and cats.

On Special Contract:

Chris Bentzen
Graphic Design Consultant

Shannon Pawliw
Graphic Design Consultant

Ann Veerman
HR Consultant