Amanda Schaffner
Development & Community Relations Coordinator

Amanda is not unfamiliar with foster children or the social services structure, as growing up it was not uncommon to have foster children sharing in her home life. Her mother was a Child & Youth Care Worker and as Amanda began her own working career, she implemented herself into the administrative support of Nisha Family & Children’s Services surrounded by children and youth in need from Independent Living Programs, an in-house alternate school, and other various programs available within the organization.

Her understanding, compassion, and frustration of the difficulties faced with these youth kept her deeply knit into continuing working within the sector – even after 10 years when she moved to Ontario she continued her career at Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region where she assisted in implementing a new intake program. It was important to her knowing the struggles that children and families faced, that community resources and essential information were more widespread and obtainable. This project became a Resource Library that was widely embraced and used to distribute information.

Amanda has also taken on many other roles in her career that has shaped her overall skillset, which brought her to SOS BC. With over 20 years background in client services, administrative support, volunteer coordination, and project management – both in non-profit sectors and for-profit – she will be utilizing her abilities to assist SOS in their Development needs.

On a personal note, she is a prideful Aunt to well over 15 children! She volunteers at the Horse Protection Society of BC and in her spare time runs a small business whipping up natural body butters and scrubs.

Why I love my job: “I believe SOS Children’s Village BC is doing something successfully amazing that has never been done and the direction of growth is compelling. I find value in all our children and their tomorrows and I’m happy I can be just a small part of it!”