Nathan realized the importance of community at a young age, being
fortunate to grow up surrounded by amazing friends and role models. Although he
did not always have the best home life, this community was always there for him
when he needed them most, able to provide him with a ray of hope through dark
times. They made him feel that the challenges of the outside world didn’t
matter, if only for a few hours. The community called themselves “a place set
apart” a phrase that has always stuck with him.
As the community grew distant over the years, Nathan reflected on
all the time they spent together and how much it meant to him. He realized that
even if his community weren’t physically close, they would always be a part of
him through the memories they made and the lessons he learned.
Nathan is excited to be working at Friends of the Children because
he believes that the best way to show appreciation for what his community did
for him, is to be a part of someone else’s community. He can’t wait to give youth
their own “place set apart,” where they feel safe to be who they are, develop
meaningful relationships, and pursue their goals.
Nathan was born and raised in Vancouver. In his free time, he
enjoys spending time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, and
playing and watching sports.