A World Without Sorrow
Empowering underserved communities through accessible counselling
Moving Forward Family Services (MFFS) is a mentorship agency – providing counselling and social work practice opportunities to interns and new graduates beginning private practice. We receive funding for clinical supervision (supervisors who support interns and new graduates) and these supervisors in turn oversees an agency that has over 125 part-time counsellors, social workers and interns on post-secondary practicums, providing support to some of our most vulnerable communities. Community support also comes by way of donated space.
This unique model allows the agency to offer timely, affordable (including free for those with no income) counselling and support without being bound by restrictions based on gender, age, geography or presenting issues. It also allows MFFS to complement existing services (as opposed to competing with them for the same pools of traditional funding) thus reducing pressures on these services. MFFS is committed to building and contributing to healthy, healing communities.
Public services tend to be triage and short-term – the medical model of care. They also tend to be restrictive in who they serve (strict eligibility) and marked by waits. Private services tend to be more open and have minimal waits, but tend to be financially out of reach for many. MFFS attempts to bridge the gap between the two models – offering low cost services that are flexible and have the potential for long-term healing. Through community-based, grassroots efforts we envision a world without sorrow.
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Do You require URGENT care? Health Authorities, provincial Ministries and School Districts provide urgent and short-term care in British Columbia. Consider accessing these services if in need of urgent care: (while some services offer drop-in, if possible, try calling first as hours may change due to Covid-19) See RESOURCES page for URGENT resources
Our Board of Directors
Aman cares deeply about limiting barriers that may make counselling inaccessible to many. Providing low-barrier, accessible counselling means that any person can access mental health services no matter what they can afford to pay.
Aman received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University before joining PWC: the biggest company in the world. He deeply values family so he decided to join a family-oriented firm called Sangha Tone CPA. This firm has since merged with MNP where he is currently the Senior Manager. Aman has also been a board member at Moving Forward Family Services since June 2019.
Aman also loves to coach kids’ soccer, spend time with his family, and workout. He has two young boys and enjoys playing soccer with his eldest.
Anne Harvey believes that counselling significantly contributes to harmony and happiness in the world. Anne has personally experienced how helpful counselling can be when life gets tough. She values how Moving Forward provides this helpful experience to everyone who requests it, regardless of their financial situation.
Anne is an organization development consultant who helps organizations and companies become more effective by integrating new technology and processes.
Anne has previously volunteered with Street to Home, the United Church, and Burnaby Multicultural Society. Anne currently serves on the board of Moving Forward and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
When she is not serving the community, Anne likes to hike, lift light weights, garden, and read crime fiction. Anne also has a daughter who is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and is extremely proud of the work that she does.
Bhavraj recognizes the ethical responsibility mental health organizations have to provide accessible, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive services. When utilizing counselling services, Bhavraj has personally experienced racist counselling and knows how detrimental this can be.
Bhavraj believes that Moving Forward Family Services has the ability to change the landscape of how counselling services are provided which, in turn, can change the landscape of our community.
Having graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Bhavraj is now a Procurement Partner at the University of British Columbia. He is also a board member at Moving Forward Family Services and the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRi). The Sikh Research Institute aims to make Sikh education accessible to everyone.
Bhavraj was part of the team that co-founded Guru Nanak Free Kitchen in 2007. Guru Nanak Free Kitchen is an organization that serves disadvantaged communities across the lower mainland. At the Darpan Magazine annual gala in 2018, he was bestowed with the honour of a community award on behalf of the organization.
He enjoys staying fit by playing hockey, riding motorcycles, and spending quality time with his two-year-old daughter.
Randi Seguin “got a crash course in advocacy and the importance of outreach work” when she was a youth in care. “I myself have experienced the profound impact that finding the right counsellor can have on one’s quality of life. Moving Forward’s wide-net approach is something that is very important to me because so many people slip through the cracks and I believe that this is avoidable.”
Randi holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a Social Services Diploma from the University of the Fraser Valley. Her volunteer experience has primarily been with the Correctional Service of Canada as a facilitator for a parenting program. She also has experience in residential addiction treatment, both private and non-profit counselling agencies (including a practicum placement at Moving Forward), and in community corrections for
individuals on federal parole. While these settings were all different, one of the commonalities she marked was that finding anti-oppressive, affordable, timely, trauma-informed counselling or other mental health services was a significant challenge for people in every one of these fields.
Randi currently works in the Family Justice Services Division with the BC Public Service and is a mum of four wonderful children aged two through sixteen. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, baking, and spending time in nature.
Sukhminder Singh Virk
Sukhminder is passionate about serving on the board of directors at Moving Forward Family Services because he wants to give back to the organization that once helped him. He believes that everyone should have equal opportunity to access these life-changing mental health services.
Sukhminder is a lawyer at Soul Counsel who graduated from Kingston University. He has previously served as chair of the Board of Governors for the Justice Institute of British Columbia and has been a board member at Moving Forward Family Services for the past two years.
In his spare time, Sukhminder likes to read, write, exercise, meditate, and most importantly, spend time with his two boys.
Dr. Van Chek
Dr. Chek received his education from the Faculty of Medicine at Phnom Penh University, Cambodia. In 1970. Dr. Chek immigrated to Canada with his wife and 3 daughters in 1975 after Cambodia fell into Communist Regime. In 1980, he joined the World Relief of Canada as the head of the medical team to work in the United Nation refugee camp in Bataan Philippines. There, he provided medical care to 20,000 refugees from Cambodia, Vietnamese, and Laos. His wife, a former school teacher accompanied him to the refugee camp to provide social integration and ELS training and education to refugees.
In 1984, Dr. Chek requalified as a Physician in North America and received his License as a Physician and Surgeon in Michigan, USA along with his license in Family Practice in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Chek spent his residency in Moose Factory Federal Hospital serving the First Nations Community. Dr. Chek held a private practice as a family physician affiliated with Humber River Memorial Hospital in Western Ontario for 18 years. During those years, Dr. Chek was elected as the President of the Canadian Cambodian Association of Ontario. The Organization mission was to help Cambodian refugees and immigrants to settle in Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Chek relocated his practice from Ontario to British Columbia in 2000 where he practiced in the community of Coquitlam for 20 years. He retired in 2020, and enjoys filling his days with gardening, reading medical journals, cooking, playing musical instruments and fishing.
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