Yvonne has always been dedicated to helping Langley become an inclusive community. At age 16, she worked with representatives of the community to establish a Youth Centre in Langley, transforming a barn into a safe community centre. The barn eventually became Langley Community Services, providing Services to youth, seniors, and newcomers to Canada. Yvonne has continued to contribute to the community, working without remuneration as President of two non-profit Societies in Langley and Aldergrove. In 1989, Yvonne established New Directions to continue her vision, maintaining a focus on disadvantaged client groups. Over 24 years, her leadership established programs such as Essential Skills in the Workplace, Women’s Bridging, YES for Youth, LINC and ELSA for Newcomers to Canada, and Parole 2000. The success of New Directions is directly related to the building of teams who share Yvonne’s commitment to ethics, innovation and accountability.