People

Trustees

Mary McNeil's picture

Mary McNeil is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.  A retired Member of BC's Legislative Assembly, Mary was Minister of State for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver/Whistler. She also served as Minister for Children and Family Development, where her responsibilities included oversight of Child Protection and Family Development; Adoption; Foster Care; Early Childhood Development and Child Care; Child and Youth Mental Health; Youth Justice & Youth Services and Special Needs Children & Youth. more

Maureen Dockendorf's picture

Maureen Dockendorf is the newly appointed BC Superintendent of Early Years. This is a new joint position shared between the Provincial Office for the Early Years and the Ministry of Education and will have a strong focus of working with school districts to strengthen and build upon their work in the early years. This work will further support efforts under the BC Early Years Strategy. more

Howard Harowitz's picture

Howard is currently working as an independent management consultant. His area of expertise is in strategic planning and implementation and leadership development.  He has assisted numerous organizations in transforming and aligning governance and operational structures for increased success and sustainability.  more

Gloria Macarenko's picture

Long time CBC News host Gloria Macarenko takes the host seat on B.C. Almanac connecting British Columbians through conversation. She also hosts The Story from Here, a national Radio One show that brings Canadians the most lively and intriguing interviews from across the country.  Gloria is also on CBC Television, hosting Our Vancouver, a current affairs television show.   more

Terry Wong's picture

Terry Wong, CFA, is Vice President, Treasury at VanCity Savings Credit Union. He holds a BBA in Finance and Economics, which he completed at Simon Fraser University. Since 2014, he has worked on the Dalai Lama Center's Finance and Audit Committee, and joined the Board of Trustees in 2015. In his community work, Terry works for economic empowerment, especially through the education of children. more

Bruce Beairsto's picture

Bruce was a secondary educator in the Richmond School District for 37 years, teaching Science, Math and Computer Science before moving into the district office half-way through his career.  He held a variety of positions over the next 20 years, including responsibility for curriculum and for special education, retiring as Superintendent in 2010.  more

Victor Chan's picture

Victor Chan has known the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, and in 2005, they co-founded the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. The Dalai Lama and Victor Chan also co-authored the Wisdom of Compassion: Stories of Remarkable Encounters and Timeless Insights (Riverhead, January 2013). more

Team

Fiona Douglas-Crampton's picture

Fiona has a very diverse background and her experience includes careers as a Gaming Investigator, Stay-at-home Mom, Sales & Marketing professional, and Non-Profit CEO. Her most recent roles have been as CEO of the Minerva Foundation from 2011 – 2013, Acting Director of Fund Development at YWCA Metro Vancouver, and prior to that, as the Director of Membership Marketing Vancouver Board of Trade.  more

Kareen Hudson's picture

Kareen draws from an extensive career within the BC not-for-profit, education and health sectors. Her role as founder and manager of the RSVP Program, an award winning and widely utilized Social Emotional Learning program in Vancouver schools, gave her first hand exposure to the tremendous value of educating children’s hearts. Kareen is a founding board member at Stand Tall Education Center, a primary school in Kampala, Uganda, and also maintains a private counselling and consulting practice in Vancouver called Seedlings. more

Gemma Holland's picture

Gemma has had a longstanding interest in children’s issues and worked for many years as a psychology researcher in the area of online child exploitation. She has taught psychology and child development at universities in Ireland and has an MA in Public Policy.  She is committed to volunteering with local advocacy and community organizations, which aim to make the world a better place for our children.  more