Vancouver, BC, Wednesday, September 2012 – The Aboriginal Mother Centre Society (AMCS) has appointed Diane Sugars as their new Executive Director. “I’m honoured to lead an organization that is doing such important work. As the new Executive Director I look forward to building on AMCS’ long-term sustainability plans and leading the organization into the future together with the board, staff, stakeholders, and the community at large.
Prior to joining AMCS, Diane Sugars served as an independent consultant, helping non-profit organizations build their financial viability and improve their internal systems for financial growth. She brings more than 23 years of experience and education in the leadership and management of non-profit and for-profit organizations to AMCS. Her skills as a ‘people person’ have proven invaluable in building relationships with crucial stakeholders and establishing long-term financial sustainability.
During her career Sugars has applied her expertise to long-term, vision-centric strategic planning, data-driven and outcomes-based growth, and innovative development of programs and services. The focus of her career has been to improve and enrich family and child-based services, which makes her a perfect fit for AMCS, a family-centered organization.
The Aboriginal Mother Centre Society (AMCS) is an ‘under one roof’ regional care facility that provides essential services for mothers and their children including: 16 transformative suites for pregnant or early parenting mothers; a daycare centre; an infant care centre; a store offering free clothing, toys and other essential items; a commercial kitchen and dining room offering food for families plus job skill training; Mama’s Wall Street Studio – a social enterprise offering hand crafted Aboriginal products created through a skills development program; plus the Centre hosts additional programs including the Native Education Centre, meeting rooms and lounges for cultural events.
Marjorie White, AMCS President
Aboriginal Mother Centre Society
2019 Dundas Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 1J5
About Aboriginal Mother Centre Society:
Dedicated to moving at-risk mothers and children off the streets, the Aboriginal Mother Centre provides under one roof all of the support, tools and resources a mother needs to rebuild her health, self esteem and skills to regain and retain her child. The Centre, grounded in a grassroots setting, creates a healing community to nurture children and families to become vital
members of their communities.
Located in the east end of Vancouver, in a culturally sensitive environment, the Aboriginal Mother Centre Society (AMCS) began in 2002 to address the needs of the community’s Aboriginal women. With the generous support of BC Housing, AMCS underwent an extensive renovation and expansion of its facilities in 2009. The Centre re-opened its doors in December 2011 and the 28,000 sq ft expanded multi-purpose facility now offers sixteen transformational housing suites, a 25-space licensed daycare, a commercial kitchen, a large dining room, programming and office space, commercial leasing spaces and a permanent site for the Centre’s social enterprise – Mama’s Wall Street Studio.
The Aboriginal Mother Centre provides shelter, support, and programs for women and children so they may make an elusive dream of healing and family reconnection into reality, and live in a healthy self-sustaining village that supports families. With all this under one roof, the Aboriginal Mother Centre Society has the capacity to deliver on-site programming with a traditional Indigenous knowledge centred approach. This approach to spiritual, physical, and emotional health includes counselling, advocacy, education, training, and social support.
Additional information is available athttp://www.aboriginalmothercentre.ca/