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!

Marcey AmayaMarcey Amaya, Program Coordinator

Hola everyone! My name is Marcey Amaya, one of the program coordinators at the Fed.

I am privileged to say I was born and raised on the unceded Coast Salish lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. My first baby steps were taken in East Van, but I’ve been all over Turtle Island (North America.) My mom migrated here from Nahua lands, also known as El Salvador. I’m always looking for ways to connect with my heritage, Indigeneity and culture!

For the past several years I’ve been working in the non-profit sector, specifically with organizations that serve children, youth and young adults. Prior to my position at the Fed, I was teaching social justice and anti-oppression through an art, photography, and storytelling lens in high schools across the Lower Mainland. My work has focused on program design, curriculum development, accessibility, community engagement and facilitation. I’m continuing my learnings in anti-violence, anti-oppression and decolonization by exploring systems of change and reform.

The work I have done has always been centered around building leadership skills and capacities of youth and young people. I want to amplify youth voices and advocate for their needs during my time here at the Fed. I see myself as a magical guide on the side to the expertise and knowledge of young people.

I’m a creative person. I love art, photography, video games and playing the ukulele. You can find me in the mountains during the spring, at lakes when it’s summer, looking for amanita muscaria mushrooms in the fall, and crocheting or painting at home in the winter. I am a Fed Alumni, certified dog mom, proud Latin American woman, home cook, and a weird, introverted extrovert. Ask me about the time I got lost in the mountains, what my current favorite thing to cook is, how my garden is doing, the wonderful kingdom of mushrooms or about my dog!

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. Currently, I have the privilege of residing on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh  and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nations — known colonially as Vancouver. 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, Team Lead & 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.

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.

Vi Ho, Program Assistant

Hello! My name is Vi, and I am excited to be one of the youth interns! 

I was born, raised and am currently living on the traditional land and unceded territories of the QayQayt, xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations also known as Vancouver. During my free time I enjoy playing video games, cooking, and trying out new places with my friends!

Currently, I am in my third year of my BA in health sciences alongside minoring in counselling and human development at SFU. I am intending to go into Nursing after my BA. However, within the last year, I've had the privilege of connecting with others who have inspired me to switch to a career supporting youth. 

Bailey Ingram-Johnson, Program Assistant

Hello! My name is Bailey Ingram-Johnson, and I am happy to be one of the new Youth Interns here at the Fed.

I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and I humbly acknowledge this land as the traditional territories of many First Nations, including the Nehiyaw (Cree), Denesuliné (Dene), Nakota Sioux (Stoney), Anishinaabe (Saulteaux) and Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) people. I currently reside in Victoria, British Columbia, and I am extremely proud to be a guest here on the unceded traditional lands of the Tsawout and Tsartlip people. Although I am new to my journey working in a Youth Network, I have no shortage of passion for the task. As someone who has been in government care since I was 5 years old, I know how valuable a network of support can be and I am honoured to say that I am a part of that. When I graduated from high school and started looking at potential paths my life could take, I kept coming back to one conclusion: Ultimately, I wouldn’t feel fulfilled unless I could make a difference. I am hoping to absorb all that I can in my time at the Fed and use it to further my interests in social work, sustainability, and cultural competency.

If I am not working (my dream job) then I am likely crafting, foraging, cooking or spending time with my Fiancé, our dog, two cats, and a bearded dragon.

Priyanka Kapoor (PK), Youth Intern

Hello! My name is Priyanka Kapoor, I also go by PK (She/Her), and I have the honour to be one of the new Youth Interns at the Fed. 

I respectfully acknowledge that the city I am currently living in, Surrey, is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Salish Peoples, including the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), and Semiahma (Semiahmoo) land-based nations. 

As a former youth in care, my dream of becoming a Social Worker has been a daily thought, ever since a former MCFD social worker showed me the happiness that one can experience from helping youth.  I am currently an undergrad student at Douglas College, my plan to enter the Bachelor of Social Work program this fall has had some complications, but the goal of entering the program this fall is still hopeful.  

Being a Fed member has opened many doors for me and has allowed me to learn more about myself every day. I have had the privilege of being a Youth Activator and Program Planner for the Youth Retreats, and a Fed Ambassador at events such as the MCFD graduation ceremony. I have gained my volunteer experience at events like the Holiday Care Kit build, by making kits that are distributed all over B.C. during the Christmas holidays to former youth in care humans who all need a bit of extra love during that time of year. I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone and have hosted events such as the Talent Show held at the Youth Retreats and the Halloween Fed Family Celebrations. The Fed has made me into a strong, confident and independent person, and I can’t wait to share my knowledge with others. 

“Pink represents compassion, love, and nurturing. Let it guide your actions.” – Sophia Richards  

Muskaan Khan, Youth Intern

Hi everyone! I’m Muskaan and I’m one of the youth interns here at the Fed.  

Born and raised in Vancouver, I am grateful to live, work and play on the traditional land and unceded territories of the QayQayt, xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, also known as Vancouver.  

As an undergraduate psychology student, I am driven by the belief that understanding human nature and nurture is the key to fostering empathy and healing within our communities. Working with young people is a passion that’s deeply rooted in my heart. I’m honored to be a part of an organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people who come from all different walks of life.  

As someone deeply committed to removing the stigma and shame surrounding issues in my community, I have dedicated myself to serving as a domestic violence educator, striving to empower survivors and challenge societal norms that perpetuate silence and suffering. With my experience in working with people from diverse backgrounds, I strive to create a more equitable and harmonious society where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered as unique beings.  

Beyond my professional pursuits, my spirituality is my sanctuary. I believe my faith to be a cure for healing in a world often plagued by despair and division. In my free time, you can often find me in the kitchen, exploring new recipes and flavours. Whenever I crave tranquility, I will seek solace in nature, whether it’s reading a book in the sunset or going on a hike.  


Kate KovalevaKate Kovaleva, Communications Coordinator

Hi! My name is Kate Kovaleva (She/Her), Communications Coordinator at the Fed. I help to develop and carry out communications (writing social media posts, reports, editing, etc.) to make sure young people can learn about and access opportunities that will support them. I focus on building relationships, increasing the Fed’s visibility, and engaging our youth members, Fed alumni and alumni of care, policymakers, members of the community and other allies. 

I grew up on the traditional and unceded territories of the QayQayt, xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. I currently live and work on the unceded territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Esquimalt and Songhees) and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, also known as Victoria, BC.

I graduated from UBC with a BA in English Literature and Political Science. I have always loved storytelling and am excited to weave this passion into my work at the Fed. Prior to my role here, I worked in youth health research, helping to promote the health and well-being of youth across BC, as well as in public opinion research and marketing communications.  

I'm thrilled to be learning and connecting with others as part of a team that strives to make a positive impact on the lives of youth in and from care in BC.

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!

Leah Mair, Director of Operations

Hello! I’m Leah Mair, Director of Operations at the Fed. My pronouns are she/her and I am grateful to live, work and play on the traditional land and unceded territories of the QayQayt, xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations also known as Vancouver.

I grew up in the UK and moved to Canada in 2023. I enjoy hiking and exploring the beautiful coastlines and mountains in BC.

I hold a BA in History from Newcastle University, and an MA in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam. I have over 7 years of experience working within mental health and social services. My work has been in program design, development, and implementation; project management; and capacity building. My role at the Fed involves ensuring we have the resources and processes we need to achieve our goals.

Throughout my career I have had the pleasure of working directly with young people, who have inspired me with their strength, positivity, and passion. I feel honored to have the opportunity to work and learn together with colleagues and young people at the Fed, to help improve the lives of young people in and from care.

Athena NixsonAthena Nixson, Communications Program Assistant

Hi, I'm Athena Nixson, my pronouns are they/them/theirs, and I am a Communications Program Assistant here at the Fed.

I have the privilege and honour of living, working, and studying on the unceded territories of the Qayqayt, sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen), Kwikwetlem, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), Kwantlen, Stz'uminus, šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam), and Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group­—unceded land which is colonially known as New Westminster. 

I have had the privilege of working alongside youth for nearly 5 years, working at drop-in centers, shelters, and other non-profit organizations that work with youth on life skills and employability. I am so glad to be rejoining the Fed team in a new role that supports the Fed team. My passion has always been assisting young people in finding resources, stability, advocacy, community, and their own powerful voice.

I currently hold a Diploma in General Social Sciences (my focus is psychology, Indigenous studies, and gender studies), and I am in my fourth year of a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. Additionally, I am on two Youth Advisory Councils for other organizations. When I'm not working, I'm usually watching horror movies or true crime documentaries, playing video games, writing my horror movie script, getting yelled at by or cuddling with my cat Milo, or getting gothed up.

Rya OwenRya Owen, Communications Assistant

Hello! My name is Rya Owen and I’m a Communications Assistant here at the Fed!

I have lived all over the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley and am currently privileged to reside and work on the traditional unceded lands of the Coast Salish, Stó꞉lō, Stz’uminus, and Hul’qumi’num peoples, in the city of Agassiz, BC. Living in this area is a blessing as I am surrounded by lakes, mountains, and plenty of trails, parks, and wooded areas to explore. I love to hike, swim, and take photos of my travels around the Valley and Okanagan, which I visit frequently. When I’m not working, you can find me out in nature or snuggling on the couch with my pup and partner.

My role at the Fed is to help with communications efforts, including Power Pages, for all of you to enjoy! You’ll see me at events, conferences, retreats, and other activities the Fed offers. I love working to help others and support them on their own individual journeys!

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.

Kerri Ratcliff, Youth Intern

Hi, my name is Kerri Ratcliff, and I am a youth intern with the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks.  

I grew up on the ancestral and unceded homelands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim speaking peoples, also known as Burnaby. I now live on the traditional territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations also known as Surrey.

I am super passionate about working with youth who have care experience. I am going back to post-secondary to do the Child and Youth Care Diploma program. Some of the things I love to do in my free time are binge watch TV, go out to eat with friends, and go to the beach.  




Ali Sina Amini, Youth Intern

Hello! My name is Ali Sina Amini, a youth intern at the Fed.  

I am originally from Afghanistan and am currently living in the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Qayqayt Nations – now known as New Westminster.

I finished college this spring and am starting university in September at UBC in the faculty of applied science.

As someone who has care experience and felt the warmth of being supported by organizations like the Fed, it is a dream for me to be a part of the team. I like reading books, swimming, baking, and hiking. I am also a great enthusiast about the green movement.  



Dani Sunshine, Program Assistant

Hello my name is Dani, full name Daniell Sunshine, and I am a Youth Intern with the Fed.  

I want to acknowledge and thank my Indigenous ancestors and hosts for allowing me to reside on the unceded and traditional territories of the QayQayt, xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, also colonially recognized as Vancouver, BC. 

My journey began on the territories of the nêhiyawak (Cree), Anihšināpēk (Saulteaux), Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation, also colonially recognized as Regina, SK. 

I am an Anihšināpēk (Saulteaux) Interdisciplinary Poet, Public Speaker, Advocate and Facilitator. I am honoured and grateful to work through Youth Advisory Committees with the Saskatchewan’s Advocate Office and the opportunities to connect with the Adoption Council of Canada and attend panel presentations, consultation meetings and dedicating my time to showcase the inauthenticity of the child welfare system through experiences, storytelling and drawing. 

I am very passionate about this work and am very humble and grateful to be a part of the Fed and to work closely with peers and mentors and other youth and continue making a positive change for the youth and children in and out of care.  

“My soul reverberates with the vigorous flame of the matriarchs who fought for my existence”