We are a vibrant and motivated team that is dedicated to making a difference and helping families feel cared for, supported, and heard.
In 2017 the world conspired to bring together the perfect combination of opportunity and compassionate, committed people after years of talking and dreaming about the possibility of "more." I was blessed to be a part of that group and WCK is the result of our shared vision.
I have a strong desire to make an impact and be part of something that contributes to the greater good. For me, WCK has been an opportunity to be part of building something important that aligns with who I am. I get to work with an incredible team who shows up with their whole hearts, feel a sense of community that truly listens and responds to needs, and connect people who want to give with a meaningful cause that really makes a difference. In a world where there is so much need for support, I feel grateful to be part of an organization that asks questions, listens to the answers, and creates relevant programs that change lives.
Volunteering at a pediatric oncology camp when I was 19 absolutely changed my life. I was so inspired and in awe of the kids, and found my life's passion because of them. I am a nurse because of them, and so much of who I am is because of the many years I had the privilege of spending time with these incredible kids and their families. One thing I knew from the beginning though, was that these kids and their families deserve more. And that is why I am involved with WCK. Nothing will ever be enough for kids battling cancer and their families. But with WCK we are making it our mission to simply do more.
Family is my life. I have tried to imagine how I would feel if my daughter, niece or nephew was diagnosed with cancer. And I can’t. I simply cannot imagine. So where does that leave me? Asking what I can do, and then doing it. Offering my heart, and then giving it. WCK has given me the opportunity to help families overcome the unimaginable.
The community and connections that WCK creates is why this organization is important to me. A cancer diagnosis is devastating; to be a tiny part of the joy that can be found throughout this difficult time, is the greatest honour for me.
I can’t think of happier times in my life than when I’m spending it with my family, especially my nephews and nieces. After learning more about the incredible initiatives at WCK, I knew I had to get involved. WCK enables me to make a positive and meaningful impact for children with cancer in BC. Thank you WCK for this amazing opportunity!
WCK embodies core values that are near and dear to myself and my family. Our forever 9 year old son, Cameron, died of brain cancer in May, 2020. Throughout his two and a half year battle, our family made the choice to make lemonade from the lemons and infuse as much joy, fun and memory making we could into our days together. WCK came alongside us and brought serious fun, amazing support and people who became like family. WCK is a grassroots organization that understands the importance of basic needs, such as food for families or support for siblings and how when those needs are met, families experience less stress and more time together.
Stepping up and supporting families faced with unimaginable heartbreak definitely felt right to me. As I searched for the right new place to utilize some of my skills and experience, WCK became my obvious choice. The values, the clear purpose and unbelievably committed staff and volunteers make WCK the right choice, for me to roll up my sleeves and hopefully make a meaningful difference.
There is a need in me to challenge the status quo. When I came to realize the significant need of families dealing with childhood cancer in BC, I couldn’t help but do something. To get to give my time, energy and passion to something I feel so passionate about is an absolute gift.
I started my non-profit career over a decade ago as a student working at pediatric oncology camps, so now being part of WCK feels like I am coming home to a community I know and love. I feel so grateful to play a role in an organization that puts so much drive, passion and heart into everything they do, and makes a real difference for the children and families we support.
Connection Programs Coordinator
Simply...because having the opportunity to infuse joy, walk alongside families, and create programming inspired by the interests of our kids is unbelievably magical and a true honor. I want to spend each day embracing new adventures and challenging myself to do MORE. WCK embraces inclusivity, adventure, connection, courage, and community. I am grateful to be a part of a community that is dedicated to making sure families in BC facing childhood cancer & blood disorders feel supported and heard.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
West Coast Kids Cancer Foundation is all about listening to and learning from families who are navigating childhood cancer and blood disorders to provide support that is as meaningful and practical as possible. I am so driven to bring my whole self to this work and to be a part of a community that rises the tide of support together.
Food Programs Coordinator
Food is my love language and it's how I offer comfort, nourishment, and connection to others. I'm grateful to be a part of a community dedicated to providing practical and meaningful support to families.
Food Program Evolution Project Coordinator
It’s a joy to be able to work with an organization that lives its values. Allowing children and families to show up authentically so that they can express their needs, WCK seeks to meet the community where it is and drives to provide support in ways that will mean the most. Being able to play a part in helping WCK make a direct impact is something I feel truly grateful for.
Program Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator
"I have always had a passion for working with kids because of their easy honesty and imaginative minds. It is a privilege to work for an organization that allows me to support families who are navigating childhood cancer and volunteers who help us live up to our potential. I am excited to continue growing alongside WCK!"
She Can Program Assistant
As a childhood cancer survivor, I started attending a pediatric oncology camp when I was 8 years old. Being surrounded by a community of people that understood the realities of life with cancer changed my life for the better. I’ve experienced the immense and varied needs of oncology families and children first hand and WCK is doing such amazing work, striving everyday to address those needs, and working with families and children to create programs that families need. Being able to work for WCK is a full-circle moment for me and I am so grateful to do the same type of work that impacted me so greatly growing up.
WCK Therapeutic Recreation Intern
I am a Douglas College intern with a passion for recreation and adventure. I love to get down to a kids' level and explore the things they love alongside them. I think there is so much I can learn by seeing the world from a child-like perspective. I love WCK's mission and values and I am honored to work in such a meaningful environment that focuses on serving families in the community.
WCK Therapeutic Recreation Intern
I am excited to use what I have learned in my academic career in recreation therapy to contribute to the development of families in a supported and loving environment. The passion I have seen in the WCK team toward helping families inspires me to work hard by knowing that we are serving a valuable population.