People

Trustees

Joe Reid's picture

Joe is the Vice President of Wealth Management and Impact Investing at Vancity. Joe describes himself as a passionate cooperator who has found a home at Vancity, a financial cooperative, that strives to be a catalyst for innovating change and creating impact within our community. Joe has worked in the Wealth Management industry for over 25 years and is committed to seeing the industry change away from a focus solely on profit to one that reduces barriers to access of advice. Joe has sat on the board of the Vancity Community Foundation, has participated in the BC Cooperatives Association mentorship program which connects students interested in better understanding the values of cooperatives with a leader in the coop space, as well as being a mentor with Bringing Women Together. more

Lucille Pacey's picture

Lucille is the former President & CEO of Arts Umbrella,  Canada’s visual and performing arts institute for young people, with the mandate to provide quality art education to all children. Lucille’s extensive experience in the education and technology sectors covers more than 30 years. As Vice-President of the Open Learning Agency, she had direct operating responsibility for the Open University, Open College, Open School  and the Knowledge Network. Prior to joining Arts Umbrella she consulted with the education sector and most notably  was on contract with the Reed Midem Organization based in Paris, where she helped  launch an international market for educational services and products. more

Praveen Varshney's picture

Mr. Varshney has been a principal of Varshney Capital Corp., a Vancouver based venture capital, merchant bank and corporate advisory services firm, since 1991 and a Founding Director of Pyfera Growth Capital social impact fund.  Mr. Varshney obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in 1987 and is a FCPA, FCA. more

Ros Guggi's picture

Ros  is an award-winning journalist who worked in seven newsrooms across Canada, most recently as Deputy Editor of The Province. Projects she ran on subjects as diverse as the Downtown Eastside, aging, racism and the needs of young children were nominated four times for Canada’s National Newspaper Awards, winning twice. The project about how parents and governments can give kids a better start in life also won a Jack Webster Award.Her journalism career included stints at the Ottawa Citizen, the Kitchener-Waterloo Record and the Vancouver Sun and she was the visiting Irving Chair in Journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton for two months in 2016. more

Stephanie Korour's picture

Stephanie Korour works at Yeager Law Corporation. Her work experience has been enhanced by living and volunteering throughout Canada and around the world, including several years in England and France. Stephanie serves on the board of Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Center, and is an appointed panel member for the Employment and Assistance Appeals Tribunal. She is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including several awards from the Red Cross for her fundraising and volunteer initiatives. Stephanie holds an LL.B. from Margaret Thatcher's University of Buckingham and a B.A. from the University of British Columbia. 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

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