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.
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.
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!
Chris graduated from Mediation and Negotiation programs at the Justice Institute. He also previously graduated from Douglas College with a Social/ Sport Science Diploma. Chris volunteers for both Toastmasters International and the Vancouver Crisis Line. His favorite part about Facilitation is asking and receiving thought provoking questions. Chris enjoys pondering how our internal lives motivate the external lives that we live each day. When he is not working, you can find Chris playing beach volleyball, exploring the North Shore mountains, and most importantly- exploring the inside of a good coffee shop.
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 Cost 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!
Jordan began working with PLEA in August 2020. Her teaching background has taken her to work around the world from Indonesia to Turkey and back to Canada. She is passionate about education and working with young people to empower them to speak up, trust themselves and forge their own paths forward. Prior to working for PLEA, Jordan was an ESL teacher and worked in business development for nonprofit organizations.
Seham graduated with a Social Service Worker Diploma and has three years of experience working with children and youth. She has a passion for helping people help themselves! Seham has worked in foster homes and hopes to continue her pursuit of becoming a social worker. In her free time, you can find her admiring her house plants, gardening, and reading.
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!
Veronica completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a double minor in Criminology and Counselling Psychology. Veronica will graduate with her Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology in 2022 and will pursue a career as a counsellor. Veronica is very passionate about preventing sexual exploitation as she recognizes the lasting psychological impacts associated with being exploited. She intends to use the knowledge and experience gained as a presenter in her career as a counsellor. When she isn’t studying or working, Veronica enjoys playing board games and participating in scent training with her dog.