These are the staff members currently working at Richmond Family Place (in alphabetic order):



Kayt Davidson
Administrative Coordinator


Kayt has worked in Administrative roles for the past six years, and currently works for Richmond Children First as well.  She attends BCIT in the evenings and online, and in her spare times enjoys spending time with friends and family.









Leann Finkelstein
Fundraising & Special Events Coordinator


Leann has over 10 years of experience working with non-profit organizations in an administrative role. Leann lives in West Richmond with her husband and 2 children. She spends most of her free time shuffling her children from activity to activity.











Darlene Hudson
Thrift Store Coordinator


Darlene has had many years of administrative and managerial experience in both non-profit and private sectors.  She is a mother of five, grandmother of twelve and great grandmother of two, who lives in West Richmond with her husband of many, many years.  Darlene loves to dance and believes her thrift store volunteers are extraordinary!








Hala Kapani
Arabic Speaking Family Support Worker
Bridging Coordinator


Hala has her ECE and certified for Holistic Expressive Play Therapy. She has training and knowledge of brain development and trauma. She is certified in NBP, MTM, HVI, and MTC. She enjoys decoration and got her diploma in Interior decorations. She enjoys writing and has been a writer for three years in the Arab Student Magazine and other B.C Arabic newspapers.










Janice Lambert
Executive Director


Janice has been a licensed Early Childhood Educator with her post basic Infant Toddler Certificate since 1981 and worked in a variety of settings during her career, the past ten years in two non-profit settings. Born and raised in England, Janice moved to Canada in 1983. Janice enjoys volunteering for an animal organization, reading and can 'Tat' (ask her and she will explain!)








Rekha Naik

Family Support Worker

Rekha is a licensed Early Childhood Educator. She is currently working on her thesis for her Masters in Leadership and Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. She has 3 adult daughters and moved to Canada in 1988. Her hobbies are reading, knitting, sewing and painting.










Henk Piket

Manager of Finance

Henk brings a wide range of business and finance experience, including banking, public accounting & audit, the not-for-profit sector, and small business. In his spare time, he is a performing folk musician with the group Fraser Union, is a serious amateur photographer, and enjoys an active lifestyle including cycling, gym workouts, running, skiing, and hiking.












Hydi Sham
Playroom Coordinator


A licensed Early Childhood Educator with over 18 years of experience, Hydi enjoys working with Lower Mainland families and children from 0 to 12 years old. She is proud of her own two children, Ricky and Winnie.  Named after Disney characters, they have most certainly grown up to be magical gems. Hydi loves and treasures her job as everyday is a new adventure. Not only can she meet new people, but learn new skills as well. Hydi believes in the importance of ensuring that children, leaders of the future, can reach their full potentials. As Senior Family Support Worker here at Richmond Family Place, she makes it her priority to help fully develop this potential early on in our children's lives.







Marlae Vermeer
Family Support Worker

Marlae has a degree in Multidisciplinary Social Sciences and a Human Services Certificate with an area of specialization in Child & Family Development.  Her interest in world cultures and passion for community development have equipped her with over 6 years of experience in offering support to children and families in diverse cultural settings, including overseas.  Marlae loves backpacking excursions, creating culinary concoctions, and genuine Indian chai with lots of cardamom!










Ruth Taverner
Parent Connections Coordinator

Ruth is the mother of 4 grown children and has worked with children and families for the last 25 years. Specializing in birth and newborn care, she has attended over 60 births supporting new parents. With an educational background in and a passion for the visual arts her pastimes mostly involve creating in a variety of media, although on a sunny day she can be found outdoors enjoying nature.