William Brennan, B.Comn.
Manager of Communications
604.574.2964 ext. 104
William has worked in the non-profit sector since graduating from Simon Fraser with a Bachelor of Communications, minoring in Geography. Starting as the summer student for SOS BC in 2007, William has remained a part of the organization ever since, transitioning into a volunteer after that position ended. He managed all website updates and the launch of SOS BC's first e-newsletter, even while living in London! From 2008 to 2012, William was Development Coordinator at the Vancouver Symphony.
He loves travelling and recently completed a six month adventure living abroad in London, England and exploring different areas of the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the Netherlands. William has a passion for hiking, blogging, web surfing, rollerblading, TV series, and moviegoing. In the summer of 2012, he finally conquered The Lions with his sister, an unforgettable achievement. He enjoys playing video games and spending time with his younger brother who is in Grade 10. William resides in Coquitlam and supports progressive issues.
Why I love my job: “Having a stable and supportive family is so important in shaping a child's happiness and future, and being part of a charity that recreates this dynamic through the Village model for foster children is a great priviledge. Having grown up in North Vancouver and lived in the region my whole life, it's exciting to be part of the only SOS Children's Village in Canada - B.C. always blazes its own path.”
Heidi and her family immigrated to Canada in 1983. Heidi was educated in Germany in Business Administration (equivalent to a BA in Canada), and completed the Master Trade education in Fur, Leather & Textile Art. She acquired a Legal Secretary Diploma after arriving in Canada.
Heidi and her husband Reiner worked and enjoyed the Northern lifestyle for six years in the communities of Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories. They developed the standards and implemented a Canada-wide recognized apprenticeship program at Aurora College-Inuvik Campus, in the High Arctic.
Heidi has worked for the last 18 years in the not-for-profit sector. She enhanced and started social enterprises, developed business plans, and followed her passion of writing proposals. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, fishing, hunting, gardening, canning, and baking.
Why I love my job: "SOS Children’s Villages had been part of my life growing up in Germany and Austria. As a child, I am thankful to have experienced the joy of giving when we shared our Christmas gifts with the children at SOS Kinderdorf. Now the circle is closing and I have the opportunity to be part of a great team enriching the lives of vulnerable youth and children. I deeply believe in the philosophy of: Every child deserves a safe and loving home."
Development & Community Relations Coordinator
604.574.2964 ext. 103
Amanda is not unfamiliar with foster children or the social services structure, as growing up it was not uncommon to have foster children sharing in her home life. Her mother was a Child & Youth Care Worker and as Amanda began her own working career, she implemented herself into the administrative support of Nisha Family & Children’s Services surrounded by children and youth in need from Independent Living Programs, an in-house alternate school, and other various programs available within the organization.
Her understanding, compassion, and frustration of the difficulties faced with these youth kept her deeply knit into continuing working within the sector - even after 10 years when she moved to Ontario she continued her career at Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region where she assisted in implementing a new intake program. It was important to her knowing the struggles that children and families faced, that community resources and essential information were more widespread and obtainable. This project became a Resource Library that was widely embraced and used to distribute information.
Amanda has also taken on many other roles in her career that has shaped her overall skillset, which brought her to SOS BC. With over 20 years background in client services, administrative support, volunteer coordination, and project management - both in non-profit sectors and for-profit -she will be utilizing her abilities to assist SOS in their Development needs.
On a personal note, she is a prideful Aunt to well over 15 children! She volunteers at the Horse Protection Society of BC and in her spare time runs a small business whipping up natural body butters and scrubs.
Why I love my job: "I believe SOS Children’s Village BC is doing something successfully amazing that has never been done and the direction of growth is compelling. I find value in all our children and their tomorrows and I’m happy I can be just a small part of it!"