family strengthening program


The Family Strengthening Program is a short-term intervention program.  The service start date commences on the day of the foundation meeting. 


The program is open to Indigenous families whose members reside in the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows area and are delivered in community or in a family home setting.


In-home support is utilized where risk is higher, or where barriers prevent the individual or family from participating in other programs.


FRIS employs 2 Family Strengthening workers that will be providing outreach services to families.

Family Strengthening Workers


Stephen Schumacher 


Roy Leather

Stephen Schumacher, GWS  

Family Strengthening Worker


He has completed his Family Community Counselling Diploma at the Native Education College, Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Degree with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) and continued with a Certificate with the Chemical Addictions program (CHAD) at NVIT.


In his career, he had worked as an ABI (Acquired Brian Injury) Community Support Worker, Mental Health Transition Worker, and Temporary Housing Program Coordinator/Housing Outreach Worker.     


Some of his hobbies includes, chess, playing tennis, bike riding, and walking.   

Roy Leathem 

Family Strengthening Worker 

Roy Leathem brings over 30 years of outreach experience to help the healing process of the homeless and those in addiction.


From the Downtown Eastside to much of the Fraser Valley, he has connected with entire communities, non-profits, and First Nations people. Being of Cree descent, he has firsthand experience of  First nations culture and traditions. 


His specialty is developing and running outreach programs as a consultant to Trinity Western University, The Salvation Army, and several Churches.  His Strength is being able to come along with people, being  understanding of needs, and developing trust to help find solutions. He now provides Family Strengthening to First Nations people through the Fraser River Indigenous society.