Our Team

OUR TEAM.

The mission of Connections Community Services is to work with people to strengthen the pathways and tools they need for improved well-being, opportunities for development, and human connection

We will work towards a better tomorrow by connecting our community and supporting our children, youth and families to thrive and reach for their dreams.

Sue Street

INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sue has worked in not for profit for the majority of her career. Sue has fundraised for a variety of organizations in the lower mainland and her experience has crossed many sectors – the arts, education, and community service. Joining Connections last June has been a wonderful opportunity for Sue to work in the same community where she lives. She works with a devoted team of people who are a source of inspiration. When not at work, Sue spends time with her daughter, her dog and cat and her extended family and friends.

Monica Parelker

MANAGER OF PEOPLE AND PROGRAMS

Monica began working with Connections in June 2020 as an Employment Counsellor. She also worked as a Youth-From-Care Counsellor and is now working as the Manager of People and Programs. Monica has many years of experience in counselling, research, and teaching both in the United States and Canada. Outside of work, Monica enjoys nature walks with her husband, listening to music, and boating.

Jane Reed

Coordinator, Children’s Programs

Jane has been with Connections for over 25 years, working in various capacities with children and youth. Currently, she oversees our four before and after school programs located in Richmond and West Vancouver. Before coming to Connections, Jane worked in many youth-oriented settings, both residential and nonresidential, in Ontario, Alberta and BC. Outside of work she enjoys volunteering, travelling and sports (both as a participant and as a fan).

Anisha Sarana

Coordinator, Employment Programs

Anisha has been with Connections for over 2 years. She started off as a Resource Advisor then Employment Counsellor for the Skills Link Program and is currently overseeing the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Youth Works Program. Prior to Connections, Anisha was a Front-Line Mental Health and Outreach Worker for at-risk youth with a focus on employment and education. She has always had a passion for helping youth and believes in creating an empowered and prepared workforce.

Daniel Suen

Coordinator, Youth Program

Daniel has many years of front-line experience in providing supportive counseling to at-risk youth, immigrant youth, and/or youth with multiple barriers. With his dedication and passion for serving the community, Daniel has received the “Best Quality Clients’ Service Award” and also received awards for “Outstanding Contribution” to youth programs. Daniel’s goal is to provide encouragement and motivate youth to make realistic and successful academic and career decisions and promote personal development and positive community engagement. He is known to easily connect with people due to his contagious enthusiasm and his passion for helping others thrive!