Director of Counselling, Child, Youth & Family Services
Shairose came to ACS in 2006, initially as the Manager of Counselling, Youth and Family Support Services. In her current role, she oversees more than 35 programs from high school completion for young parents to counselling for women exiting prostitution; from childcare referral and resources to Youth Resource Centre, Foundry Abbotsford, drop-in programs, counselling, and intervention efforts.
Previously, she worked 17 years at Little Mountain Neighborhood House in the capacity of Program Director and Director of Child Development Centre; she has worked as a Coordinator for the Fraser Region Aboriginal Early Childhood Network and was a consultant with the Victoria Foundation.
In addition to her role as Director, she serves on the HR, Finance, Programs and Services, Shared Leadership and Space committees within ACS. What she enjoys most about working for Abbotsford Community Services is the opportunity to develop and empower families and build others up towards a shared vision for the agency’s future.
Shairose has a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human and Social Development (Child and Youth Care concentration) from the University of Victoria. She also completed her certificate in Executive Leadership at City University.
Her numerous volunteer positions and affiliations have included and include roles with the Abbotsford Character Council, UFV Ethics Review Board, Aga Khan Ismaili Community Leadership, Safe Relationship Safe Children Steering Committee, UFV Social Work and Human Services Advisory Council, Abbotsford Child and Youth Committee, and Abbotsford Early Years.
She enjoys engaging in all levels and aspects of the community, as well as collaborative practice and partnerships.
Shairose enjoys spending her free time with her father and loves to cross border shop.