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!

Rebeckah BirdRebeckah Bird, Program Assistant

My name is Rebeckah Bird (They/Them), and I am a Program Assistant here at the Fed.

I am a young queer Indigenous artist living on the territory of the shíshálh Nation, also known as the Sunshine Coast, with my fiancé and two dogs. I myself was a child in care originally from a small Aboriginal town called Fort Smith (Thebacha in the Chipewyan language, which means "beside the rapids") in the southeastern portion of the Northwest Territories. Fort Smith is the main gateway to Wood Buffalo National Park and home to the Salt River First Nation and Chipewyan people.

My mother and I moved to Vancouver in 2014, but I, unfortunately, ended up on my own at 15 in the big city. Growing up I did not have the opportunity to go to elementary or high school and found myself working full time as a manager at a cafè at age 16. In 2018 I moved myself and my pets to the Sunshine Coast in my van/home to attend an adult alternative school and (finally) graduated high school with my Dogwood diploma with the grad class of 2021. I was able to do so with the help of my teachers, youth worker, AYA, and other amazing people that are part of my support system. 

I have my own small business selling my art creations and working towards furthering my education in youth worker/art therapy.

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. 

Taylor BurnettTaylor Burnett, Program Coordinator

Hello! I’m Taylor Burnett, a Program Coordinator at the Fed.

I come from Southwestern Ontario and Montreal, the traditional territory of Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak, Attawandaron and Kanien’kehà:ka peoples respectively. The ocean and mountains have lured me to the west coast, and I currently have the privilege of residing in lək̓ʷəŋən territory on Vancouver Island, also known as Victoria. Most often, I can be found rock climbing and hiking with my camera or on my couch playing video games while my body recovers.

I hold a BA from McGill University with specialties in Anthropology, Indigenous Studies, and Canadian History. I have had the privilege of working with youth within mental health advocacy, community and workplace programming, as well as frontline support services.

My work has always been focused on promoting personal and community wellness with the guiding principle of self-determination. In my role at the Fed, I work alongside young folks to develop and deliver impactful programming that supports their current needs.

Shannon DoltonShannon Dolton, Program Coordinator & Team Lead

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.

My role at the Fed is to support Membership, Volunteering,121 Support, Fed Connects, our Locals and our Internship Program. 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.

Shanti MacFrontonShanti MacFronton, Research & Development Specialist

Hello! I’m Shanti MacFronton and I’m the Research and Development Specialist at the Fed. I help design new programs and services and enhance existing ones. I worked at the Fed around 10 years ago as a Rights Education Coordinator before moving to Ontario, and I’m very excited to be back again.

I grew up (and currently live in) a small community in BC called Lund, on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish People, specifically Tla’amin Nation. I am so grateful to be back in this region, and to work, play and learn on this beautiful land.

I studied English and Communications at Simon Fraser University and have worked at youth-driven organizations for the past 15 years in various roles. I am so impressed by young peoples’ strength, passion, creativity and dedication to building a better world. I care deeply about championing young peoples’ voices and aim to work in partnership with youth, ensuring they have a seat at the decision-making table. Prior to this role, I worked in the knowledge mobilization field where I focused on ensuring that knowledge (young people’s voices, research about effective youth programs, etc.) was mobilized in the sector (shared in interesting and useful ways). Much of my work has been in program design, curriculum development, project management, media production and group/community facilitation.

I have always loved learning and working with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Some of the things that put a smile on my face outside of work include getting crafty, cooking and baking up a storm, hanging with friends and family, traveling, gardening and being outdoors. My proudest accomplishment is probably my two awesome kiddos, who keep me laughing (and on my toes) everyday!

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