Dr. Bob Jacobs was born in New York City and, although he's an Australian citizen, he still has quite an accent! Dr. Bob started out his career as a basketball coach and high school teacher. He increasingly found his counselling skills with young people were far better than his skills at coaching winning teams, and found himself pursuing a career as a clinical psychologist.
Dr. Bob began practicing as a therapist in 1981, after many years working in this field he decided to pursue law as a second career. The decision to become a lawyer was motivated by a desire to be an even stronger advocate for young people, and to use the legal system to bring about individual change and change in public policy.
Dr. Bob has been providing psychology and mediation services through The Parenting Centre since 2009 and recently earned his legal principal's certificate in order to establish his own law firm, Change Law. Change Law exists so Dr. Bob can offer his services free of charge to children, or victims of human rights violations.
Despite having a very successful career, Dr. Bob's greatest personal life experience was raising two of his three children as a single parent. Parenting is Dr. Bob's personal focus as well as his professional focus.
Dr. Bob is a big sports fan, following mostly American sports (football, baseball and basketball). He is also an avid scuba diver and his diving has taken him to many amazing places in the world.
Favorite Food – Peaches
Favorite Bev – Pepsi Max
Favorite Performers – Archie Roach, and Phil Ochs
Favorite Song - Native Born by Archie Roach
Favorite Colour – Maroon
Favorite Memory – My son being born 45 minutes before my own birthday
Nina and Vela joined The Parenting Centre family in November 2018. Originally, Nina is from Denmark but is now a citizen of Australia and have been here since 2012. Nina is married to Tom and together they have Vela, a fun, happy, adventurous toddler. They also have two cute kelpies, Travis and Isabelle.
When not at work Nina and Vela can be found baking and cooking Vegan goods, practising yoga, at markets or at opshops.
Favorite Food – Pancakes - both of us!
Favorite Beverage – Soy Flat White / Boobie
Favorite Band - Lucas Graham / Mum's singing
Favorite Colour – Black / Black
Favorite Memory – Vela smiling / Everyday is a new favourite memory for a toddler
Rochana has come to join The Parenting Centre family in February 2018, as their Office Manager. A local girl at heart has spent a few years calling beautiful British Columbia her home and has now moved back with her husband, Sean and pupper, Dallas.
When not at work Rochana can be found practising yoga, climbing mountains and running on the beach with her boys.
Favorite Food – Nannie's Perogies
Favorite Beverage – A glass of bubbles
Favorite Band– Matt Corby
Favorite Colour – Aqua
Favorite Memory – Jumping off the pier with my husband after exchanging our vows
Dallas is the most loveable lab. He was born in December of 2016 in the snowy Okanagan, B.C.
Dallas is responsible for meeting and greeting, giving kisses, getting tummy rubs, fetching the ball and making everyone smile. In Dallas's spare time he enjoys swimming in the ocean or any amount of water, playing with the ball constantly and running with his humans.
Favorite Food – Salmon
Favorite Beverage – Pupaccino
Favorite Band – City and Colour (namesake)
Favorite Memory – Slinding down the ski hill on his belly as a pup