Leadership Team


The Leadership team is responsible for ensuring the management and strategic direction of the Agency and the Foundation.


Leadership Team

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Julia Staub-French, M.A., R.C.C.

Executive Director

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JULIA STAUB-FRENCH, M.A., R.C.C.

- FSNS, Executive Director


As Executive Director at Family Services of the North Shore, Julia Staub-French has overall responsibility for an Agency that has been in existence for over 60 years, has an annual operating budget of 3.1 million, and serves over 7000 people each year. Family Services of the North Shore’s 60 staff and over 300 volunteers provide Counselling, Support and Education so that individuals and families can feel better, do better, and thrive.

Julia’s leadership of the Agency is guided by her belief that her team will do their best work if they are a part of a healthy, inclusive organization that values authentic relationships. Julia held the position of Director of Clinical Programs from 2007-2012 before taking on her current role. Julia has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and is registered as a Clinical Counsellor in British Columbia and licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California. She has worked for various non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada over the past 16 years in the areas of Program Management and Development, Clinical Supervision, Training & Education, and Psychotherapy Services.



LAURIE KOHL

- FSNS, Director of Community and Provincial Programs


As Director of Community and Provincial Programs Laurie provides team leadership and strategic planning for community programming that supports families, parents, youth, seniors and people with disabilities.  Programs include: I hope family centres, Parent Education, Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention, Seniors Companioning Community Care and Christmas Bureau programs.

Laurie brings a strong background in clinical counselling, clinical supervision and program management. She has worked for many years in community non-profit organizations in the lower mainland. She was previously clinical manager for the Stopping the Violence Program at Family Services of the North Shore. The same deep passion for social justice and equality that fuelled her work in the area of violence against women extends to all her work.  Laurie strives to lead with authenticity and heart and believes people do best when they feel valued and heard.

Laurie has a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor.