About us

LIFT creates, develops, and delivers both short-term and long-term community-based programs and services that meet local needs with a progressive approach and excellent record of service. Lift Community Services provides a wide range of community services to the Powell River area that focus on employment, food security, literacy, family and parenting support, immigrant services, cultural diversity initiatives, and drop in services for underserved and underprivileged community members.

In addition to providing outreach services, LIFT operates the local Work BC centre, the Community Resource Centre, Powell River Immigrant Services, the Food Security Project, and the Family Place, as well as the nook social enterprise cafe and the Dr. Elsie Paul Literacy Centre (both located at the Powell River Public Library).

LIFT collaborates with a variety of community organizations, four levels of government, a range of ministries, and the labour and business sectors. Participation of stakeholders is welcomed and encouraged through community steering and advisory committees. The organization is incorporated as a BC Society.

LIFT is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of volunteers who represent a cross-section of the community such as health, education, social services, business, and legal sectors. The broad representation enables the Board to examine issues from different perspectives and make decisions that are based on the collective knowledge, expertise, and experience that individual board members bring to the organization.

Our Board of Directors

Marlane Christensen, President

Marlane Christensen has over 15 years of experience in community and Aboriginal engagement covering natural resources, infrastructure, and transportation projects. Ms. Christensen is a founding member and past President of the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business (ICAB), a non-profit bridging the gap in relationship building and economic development between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses and communities.
Sean Byrne
Kathryn Hawrys
Kate Hodgson
Jeremy Hopper
Sarah McClean
Craig Mracek
Mel Mundell
Doreen Point


Our Executive Director

Stuart Clark

Stuart Clark

Stuart Clark is our Executive Director. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of British Columbia and an MBA in Executive Management with a Specialization in Leadership from Royal Roads University. Stuart has a passion for helping people, groups and organizations reach their highest potential and make a positive difference in their communities.