our team

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camila jimenez (she/her)

program manager

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.

 

Camila is the program manager for Children of the Street, which provides more than 25,000 children and youth each year with the information and tools they need to keep themselves and their peers safe from sexual exploitation.  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.

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maura fitzpatrick (she/her)

fundraising specialist

Maura Fitzpatrick works to raise the funds needed to provide Children of the Street’s free programs and services.  With almost 30 years of fundraising experience, Maura 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. 

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camila ho (she/her)

program facilitator, TCO²

Camilla completed her BA in International Studies at Simon Fraser University, specializing in culture, society, and comparative world politics. In conjunction with a Dialogue Minor, she also holds a Social Justice Certificate from SFU. Camilla has experience working with children and youth as a tutor, youth worker, and summer program organizer. Her passion for facilitation work, community engagement and social justice initiatives led her to learn about the work Children of the Street does to raise awareness on the issue of sexual exploitation and human trafficking of youth in BC. Inspired by the idea of arts for social change, she believes dialogue and conversation are spaces for learning and challenging your own perceptions. Camilla describes herself as an adventure-seeker and always curious. When not working, she enjoys woodworking, roller skating, and hiking!

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courtney liem (she/her)

program facilitator, safer space & redefining masculinity

Courtney completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts from SFU in Theatre Performance with a Minor in History. Throughout her BFA 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!

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kayla lynn heska (she/her)

workshop presenter, TCO²

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.

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simran dass (she/her)

workshop presenter, TCO²

Simran completed her BA in Psychology at Simon Fraser University, with a focus in cognitive and developmental psychology. Her experience working with youth comes from 4 years of volunteering with a cadet program that helps youth build leadership skills. In addition, Simran worked for a youth wellness program, where she focused on educating youth about mental health issues and developing coping skills. Her passion for working with young people led her to learn about Children of the Street and it’s educational programs. She is excited to be a part of the team and looks forward to educating kids about exploitation so they can keep themselves safe. When not working, Simran enjoys being outdoors, whether it’s hiking, biking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and so much more.

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sukhpal sahota (she/her)

workshop presenter, TCO²

Sukhpal has been working with PLEA since the beginning of 2020. She received her BA in Psychology from KPU and is currently pursuing a certificate in Family Mediation at the JIBC. She has over 2 years of experience working directly with at risk youth, and 4 years of experience volunteering at a crisis line. Sukhpal is driven by a desire to help youth understand exploitation as well as provide the necessary tools so that they can keep themselves safe. She loves sports including football and hockey and was a competitive dancer for over 5 years!