Our team is passionate about preventing the sexual exploitation of children and youth. Some members have decades of experience in the issue. Others bring a youthful energy that’s so important when engaging a young audience.
Camila is a national leader on the issue of child and youth sexual exploitation, having worked for more than 16 years on preventing children, youth, and families from being affected by this crime and supporting them when it does. Complimenting her work on the prevention of this issue, she has dedicated much of her career to running voluntary support services for youth in a variety of communities who are being sexually exploited.
She is a sought-after speaker, and has been called on to present at provincial, federal, and international conferences, forums, and events. A mom of two small children herself, Camila understands the concerns of parents, and uses her in-depth knowledge of the issue to teach them how to keep their kids safe, both online and in real life.
Maura works to raise the funds needed to provide Children of the Street’s free programs and services. With almost 30 years of fundraising experience, she enjoys working with individuals, community groups, businesses, and foundations to help them learn more about child/youth sexual exploitation and how they can help keep kids safe from this crime.
Courtney completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts from SFU in Theatre Performance with a Minor in History. Throughout her studies, Courtney worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC and the Kidsafe Project Society, facilitating educational and recreational programs for inner-city youth. Upon completion of her BFA, Courtney returned to school and completed her Child and Youth Care Counselling Diploma at Douglas College. Courtney has over 8 years’ experience working directly with at-risk youth in Vancouver and Burnaby. When she’s not working, Courtney can be found spending time with her dog Mini, travelling the world (13 countries and counting!), and stock piling yarn for her next big crochet project!
Kayla Completed her BA in Child and Youth Care counseling with a Child Protection Specialization in June of 2021 at Douglas College. She has been working directly with at-risk youth for 7 years through several different programs. When Kayla is not working, she enjoys kayaking and spending time with her dogs.
Stephanie completed her Bachelor of Arts from KPU with an Honours in Criminology and a Minor in Counselling. She wrote her honours thesis paper researching participant perceptions of a female focused anti-gang youth program. During her studies, Stephanie completed a practicum with the YWCA Youth Education team, facilitating programs to help prepare grade 7 youth to enter high school. After graduating, she continued to facilitate these programs virtually throughout the pandemic. Through these experiences, Stephanie developed a passion for youth work, youth education, and social justice initiatives. When she is not working, Stephanie can be found spending time with her many pets, endlessly scrolling on her phone, or trying various new arts and crafts projects.
Neely was born and raised in Israel and moved to BC in 2016 to explore new opportunities. Neely holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Sociology, and a Master’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Tel Aviv University. For over 10 years, Neely has worked in fundraising and development roles in the not-for-profit sector. She is passionate about working with the community to prevent the sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of children & youth and raising awareness of this issue.
Children of the Street is dedicated to preventing the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children and youth in British Columbia. We achieve this goal through education strategies, public awareness initiatives, and family support. Children of the Street is a program of PLEA Community Services Society of BC.
We acknowledge that we work, live and play on the unseeded territories of the Kwiketlem, Tseil-Waututh, Sto:lo and Qayqayt peoples.