Sarah has been Executive Director at Aunt Leah’s Society since 2016. During her almost three-decade career working with foster youth, Sarah has focused on creating programs and services designed around equity for youth in and from care and keeping moms and their children together. Starting as a support worker at Aunt Leah’s, Sarah went on to become Program Director, where she has developed several ground-breaking programs, including Aunt Leah’s Thresholds Program, a supportive housing program for moms and babies, and Aunt Leah’s Link Program, a social justice initiative for youth who have aged out of government care. The impact of her work has enabled young mothers to maintain custody of their children, thus breaking the intergenerational cycle of foster care, and has provided family-like support to youth aging out of care resulting in increased access to permanent homes, education, and financial security.
Sarah is also a founding member and current co-chair of the BC Coalition to End Youth Homelessness (BCCEYH), which was founded to develop a provincial plan to end youth homelessness in BC. The BCCEYH seeks to magnify the voices of young people with lived expertise to inform this plan.