About Us


Diane Elliot-Buckley

Executive Director

Diane has over 20 years’ leadership experience and has been involved in Family Places for nearly 15 years, as a parent, a volunteer, a board member and now Executive Director. Diane holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Victoria.

In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of West Side Family Place, Diane also works with other community service providers to maintain a strong network of support for young families.

Diane is the proud mother of two teenagers, and she strongly believes that the love and support of the nurturing community allows families to thrive.

Eva Svensson

Family Support Coordinator

Eva grew up in Sweden and moved to Canada after completing a degree in education. She settled in Vancouver, trained in Montessori and worked in a preschool for eight years.

With her partner, she raised three daughters in delightful mayhem, welcoming twin newborns when her eldest was just 26-months old. Having experienced first-hand how isolating it can be to raise children as an immigrant and without a natural ‘attachment village,’ Eva decided to focus her professional work on supporting families with young children.

After completing a diploma in counselling, she joined WSFP in 2005. Eva facilitates the drop-in program and is also certified to facilitate a variety of parenting programs such as Nobody’s Perfect, Circle of Security and the Neufeld workshops. Eva is deeply committed to supporting parents bringing up healthy and happy children.

Sue Ellen Elman

Playroom Coordinator

Sue Ellen has been with WSFP since 2012. She has her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education degree from Capilano University as well as Infant-Toddler Care and Special Needs citations from Douglas College. Sue Ellen has been in the early childhood education field since 2006.

Sue Ellen co-facilitates the Outdoor Play, Mama and Papa Goose, Monthly Field Trips and Little Chefs programs. For our virtual programming, she created Art and Food Tutorials and facilitated our virtual Circle Time. She is trained as a facilitator for Circle of Security Parenting Program and as a Kids Yoga Teacher from Kidding Around Yoga.

Sue Ellen loves nature and the outdoors and always tries to infuse that in her programming at WSFP. Her other passion is to travel with her husband for food, photography and in search of good hiking trails – she has had some fantastic and inspiring conversations with many of the families at WSFP from these interests.

Salena Wong

Office Administrator

Salena was born and raised in Victoria. She studied Psychology at the University of Victoria and moved to Vancouver. She first started as a Playroom Volunteer at Family Place in 2013.

Salena enjoys baking and cooking. For her nieces and nephews’ birthdays, she would make themed birthday cakes to celebrate with them.

Salena can usually be found in the office but will sometimes facilitate Outdoor Play, Mama and Papa Goose, and Little Chefs at WSFP. You can watch Salena’s Art and Cooking Tutorials via our social media channels.