Central Okanagan Family Hub - Staff
Central Okanagan Family Hub - Ruba Qumi

Ruba Qumi

Ruba is our Hub Facilitator who grew up in Jordan, the land of earth-shattering landscapes and the mesmerizing Dead Sea! Ruba studied at the University of Jordan and graduated with a Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences and Management. Just as her career was taking off as a Family Protection from Violence Program Coordinator, a handsome Ethiopian gentleman swept her off her feet, with whom she would eventually marry, move to Namibia, start her family, then be whisked away to make their home in Kelowna, BC.

When Ruba is not at the HUB she is a busy mom of two school-aged boys and supports her husband with his real estate business. Ruba is passionate about volunteering which often involves her family.

Wendy Williams

Wendy, originally from Alberta, is our Hub Coordinator and has made Kelowna her home for the past 25 years. Wendy has focused her career in the field of acquired brain injury with a specialization in cognitive rehabilitation. Wendy has extensive experience in the human service and non-profit sector with a passion for empowering others and community involvement.

Wendy is pet-parent to Lucy, a 4-year-old rescued chihuahua-terrier who is obsessed with playing fetch, no really, obsessed. When Wendy is not tossing a ball, stick or stuffy for Lucy, she can be found biking (yes Lucy in a basket) and cooking with friends. Wendy is also a cold-water enthusiast and a self-proclaimed “outstanding” dancer!

Central Okanagan Family Hub - Josee Kreese

Josee Kreese

Josee works with us part-time and is our resident social media person. Originally from Saskatchewan, Josee has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology at UBCO and is now completing her Masters of Social Work. Josee's work experience is mostly focused on mental health and supporting families and individuals.

When Josee isn't studying or teaching yoga, you can find her and her partner playing and training Pola, their Pomsky puppy!

Christine Hawkins

Christine is the KCR Family Services Manager and has the pleasure of working with the Hub team. Christine has a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) and over 20 years of experience working in local social services sectors, the last several years in Management roles. Christine has a great sense of humour and loves to hear people laugh. Her favourite day is when she can be with her 7 grandchildren - whether it’s teaching them how to cook, sharing funny stories, boating, swimming, skiing, hiking, playing board games or watching a good movie, she believes that the time we invest in children is the greatest gift we can give them.