The people at The Men's Centre are dedicated to providing resources for the unique issues that face men, fathers, as well as their children and families in the 21st century.

Our aim is to promote equality, peace and tranquility in an often uncertain world.

Our Invaluable Team

Yonas Yongkind
Executive Director
Email Yonas

With a background in IT and Project Management as well as being a board member, Yonas serves us as our Executive Director. His passions include being a father, Mens work, personal growth, sailing and computer programming. Engaging with both the Centre and leading a squad for the Samurai Brotherhood, Yonas is passionate about advancing the mission and vision of the Centre.
 
 

Mark Busby
Counsellor
Email Mark

I’m lucky because there is nothing quite as rewarding or motivating as working with community-spirited organizations. I enjoy working with people, inspiring others, and love seeing strong, healthy communities as a result. I’ve been active in a variety of non-profit roles throughout my career, including board member, executive director, coach, mentor, and educator! With professional counselling skills, I appreciate the many areas in life individuals face challenges to their health and well-being. Bringing an energetic combination of experience, education and enthusiasm to my work, I’m grateful to be able to share my passion for non-profit work at the Men’s Centre.

Ipswa (Douglas) Headworth, MA. MPCC~S
Counsellor and Group Facilitator

Email Ipswa

I’m grateful to live in the unceded territory of  the Snuneymuxw People. I am grandfather to many and a practicing professional healer, trainer, community advocate and navigator for 40 years. I co-create a world of inclusion and connection by being fierce light (living and modeling  a life of vulnerability, compassion and social activism that brings transformation). I am a registered clinical counsellor and supervisor with The CPCA and a mediator. I often lead workshops, support circles, community engagement events and love leading youth and men to rites of passage.  My background is in indigenous communities, the military, alternative culture and teen peer support and families. I work with many modalities to address complex trauma, grief, human sexuality & identity, legal concerns, couples, teens, First Nations/Indigenous, Race/Ism.

When I’m not working in community I’m often skipper of our tribal canoe with my grand kids and extended community or walking with my support and guide dog Loki .. who also likes being a therapist and emotional support to who ever arrives.  I’m enjoy weekend retreats and build community housing. I am passionate about food sovereignty, cultural social justice and co-creating intentional communities, Families and relationships

Areas of Focus: Addiction / Substance Abuse, Group Therapy, Career and Employment, LGBTQ2, Marriage & Family, Mediation, Compassion Fatigue Couples / Relationship, Cross Cultural Issues / Conflict, Disabilities / Abilities, Divorce / Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug / Alcohol Addiction, End of Life Counselling, Financial / Debt, Gender Identity, Infidelity/Intimacy, Parenting / Co-Parenting Support, Racialized Violence-Racism, Stress Management, PTSD

jerry sauderJerry Sauder
Webmaster and IT Administrator

Jerry has over 20 years experience in the Information Technology Industry in a wide variety of capacities and organizations and works for us as our Webmaster and IT Administrator. He has a strong passion in supporting our community in the Non Profit Sector and in supporting the mission of the Centre.

William Singh
Office Manager and Counsellor

William Singh aims to use his life experiences to help give a guiding hand in the community.  He is the product of divorced parents, he has seen addiction in the home, and has witnessed family violence.  All while being a troubled youth coming up in the world he has had his own issues dealing with drugs and being on the wrong side of the law; these types of hardships have been channeled into a constructive drive in helping others understand what they may be going through at home or in life, and providing tools and counselling to move in a positive direction.  Now married and a father of 2, he has seen the ups and downs of family life, from custody and parent alienation, to actual family-life satisfaction. He puts effort in everyday to maintain a healthy environment in the home for his family. Working towards his Master’s in counselling with a background in psychology, William is here, at the Men’s Centre, dedicating his career to helping others understand what they may be going through is discouraging and painful, at the moment,  there is a way to a better life.

Areas of Focus: Addiction, Family Support, Emotional Support, Relationship Management Support, Domestic Violence, Trauma, Divorce and Separation, Parental Alienation.

Paola Flores
Program Manager (Seniors Reach out Program) and Counsellor

Paola Flores has more than 20 years of experience as a psychologist and social worker. She has worked with communities, families, and individuals of all ages. Her expertise includes brief interventions and long-term counselling. She also has led therapy groups for depression, anxiety, grief, relationship and domestic violence. During her years in public health, Paola led a physical rehabilitation program and coordinated a caregiver and senior support program. For the last couple of years, she has been working to support immigrants and temporary foreign workers. Paola came to our organization in April 2020. Currently, she is the coordinator for our Seniors Reach Out Program and works as a counsellor.

Areas of Focus: Mood disorders, anxiety, loss and grief, relationship management support, trauma and immigration issues, family and couples support.

Kevin Dagg
Counselling Intern

Kevin has completed VIU Counselling Skills Levels 1 & 2 and is currently a student at the Vancouver College of Counsellor Training (VCCT) where he is working towards a counselling diploma. Kevin’s goal is to be an active member serving the mental health and counselling community through training and service through the Men’s Centre. 

Areas of Focus :  Addiction treatment, Grief and Loss, Relationship Support.