Our Team


“I like Family Place because it has a casual style. The staff is really friendly and they have a nice way with the kids,” parent participant.

Eastside Family Place’s team is a diverse, multicultural group composed of experienced and professionally-trained social workers, teachers, early-childhood educators and family-resource practitioners. We are a small, dedicated staff consisting of full-time, part-time and casual employees, with parent group contractors and workshop facilitators providing specialized programs and resources. The following is a list of current staff and board members. We welcome your inquiries. Please contact us via telephone or email by using our contact form.

Staff Members

Anda Gavala, Office Manager.

Arlene English, Family Support Worker- Drop In Centre Lead. 

Brenda Lohrenz, Executive Director.

Gaye Ferguson, Family Support Worker – Programs. 

Gisele McClain, Family Support Worker – Childminding. 

Mamata Mohapatra, Family Support Worker – Drop-In Centre.

Sharon Mah, Drop-In Centre, 

Board of Directors

As a registered non-profit organization, the Eastside Family Place Society is governed by an elected board of directors who all generously volunteer their time and expertise.

Matthew Pedley, Co-Chair

Brianne Sanders, Co-Chair

Bryan Milks, Treasurer

Carolyn Gleeson, Secretary

Hillary Connelly, Member

Lucy French, Member

Michelle Lui, Member

Gerry Prins, Member

Sara Watt, Member                                                                      

Employment Opportunities

As a small organization, we have limited employment opportunities. We currently do not have any openings but we do invite you to check back occasionally.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are very grateful to all the volunteers who make valuable contributions to Eastside Family Place on a daily basis: from sweeping the floor to cooking a hot meal, volunteers are integral to ESFP and indispensable. If you have a skill or a particular interest relevant to our programs, or if you have some extra time that you would like to give back to the community, please talk to us! We welcome your support and can help you find a meaningful volunteer opportunity. Please visit our Volunteer page for further information.