Our Invaluable Team
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.
Joining The Men’s Centre from a Healthcare IT and corporate background, I am excited by this opportunity to serve at the community level. With broad experience in project management and client services, I have worked across Canada and internationally, in both public healthcare and private sector roles. My co-workers appreciate my ‘get things done’ approach along with my organizational and problem solving skills. I love working with teams and building strong relationships centered around common goals.
It is my pleasure to be working with The Men’s Centre, and my passion to serve clients as we work to build and strengthen our services within the community.
Jonathon van der Goes, M.A.
Counselling Program Coordinator
Jonathon van der Goes is our Counselling Programs Coordinator and a long-term volunteer and has worked directly with men and women dealing with various issues ranging from divorce/separation, parental alienation, and domestic violence. Jonathon also provides mediation services and administers our DNA Testing Program.
Areas of focus: Addiction, Anxiety and Depression, Domestic Violence, Fathering Support, FMEP, MCFD, Trauma, Parental Alienation, Fathering Support, Supervised Access.
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.
Life is meant to be an expression of our greatest calling. I help men align with their gifts, their passions and their purpose. And then we work to create a strategy to take them where they are meant to be. In this way, success finds them, and they create meaning for themselves and those they care about.
Cresswell is a Master Coach dedicated to helping his clients. For the past 16 years, he has coached and consulted in SE Asia, China and North America. Cresswell’s work as a coach draws on his own unusually diverse background as an award winning Professional Planner, business owner, international inspirational speaker, pilot, sailor and author. Cresswell has just returned to Vancouver after a ten-year adventure working and sailing around the world.
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.
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.