Our BoardCommitted Volunteers Serving Our Community
We are privileged to have a number of distinguished members from our community serve on our board. They are drawn from various professions and occupations and represent the diversity of our vibrant North Shore community.
Mike joined KPMG Enterprise in January 2006 and, prior to that, was employed by one of the Big Five Canadian banks for over 20 years serving in various postings in Commercial Banking throughout the Lower Mainland. He has significant experience in the manufacturing and distribution sectors with a strong presence in the food processing sector both from his banking background and now with KPMG. Mike also has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector with various business, community and sporting groups including Past Chair of Richmond Chamber of Commerce and North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Past Director and member of the Executive Committee of the BC Chamber and President of the North Shore Girls Fastpitch Association. Mike and his wife Shelley and their four children have made North Vancouver their home since 1990.
Aaron joined the board in 2010 and was born and raised in North Vancouver and continues to reside there with his family. He is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in public practice for the past ten years with Rolfe Benson LLP. He manages both private company and not-for-profit organizations focusing on quality control, income tax and estate matters.
Shirley joined the NSCF in 2013 and has resided on the North Shore for more than 40 years. A recent retiree, she dedicated her career and volunteer experience towards improving the well-being of children, both locally and internationally. As a Handsworth Secondary School teacher, an instigator of the Red Cross Family Support Program at BC Children’s Hospital and latterly a 20-year Director of UNICEF Canada, Shirley has been a strong advocate in advancing childrens development and potential. In this capacity, she travelled internationally to monitor UNICEF programme delivery in Africa and Nepal. A committed volunteer, Shirley has sat on numerous Boards including Canuck Place Hospice, The Vancouver Club, Collingwood School, The Elizabeth Fry Society and was a founding member of Camp Goodtimes, a Camp for Children with Cancer. Her interests include golf, kayaking, a Sunshine Coast garden and 2 adored grandchildren.
Robert O. Fawcett
A Director since November 2014, Robert grew up in West Vancouver and has lived in North Vancouver since 1994. He is the Executive Officer of the Real Estate Council of British Columbia. Associated with his work, he has served as the President of the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials and Chair of the Canadian Real Estate Regulators Group. In the volunteer world, he has served as a Governor of BCIT, President of the Western Institute of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and as a Director of the Vancouver Club. When not working, Robert and his wife Tina like to spend time in the Okanagan and travel.
Kay has lived in West Vancouver since 1990. She is a lawyer who practices in the areas of wills and estates and family law, and has a lengthy history of volunteering with a range of not-for-profit groups, both at the board and service levels, with a particular interest in mental health and access to justice.
David joined the North Shore Community Foundation in 2007 and has been a North Shore resident for almost 40 years. He has had a long and varied career as a senior executive in businesses based on the North Shore including Versatile Pacific Shipyards, Vancouver Wharves and Navigata Communications. He has also served as president of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and has been a member of the DNV Community Services Advisory Committee.
Jan has lived and worked in the Seymour community of North Vancouver since 1976. For the past twenty-three years she was the owner/operator of Windridge Park Preschool, located in Ron Andrews Recreation Centre. Her interest in quality early childhood education led her to be involved in several community associations. She served as President of the Early Childhood Educators of BC – North Shore Branch, served as a member and Chair of the District of North Vancouver’s Childcare Grants Committee, and was also a member of the advisory committee to School District 44’s Early Learning Foundations Program. Her other passion is the arts. She served on the board and was president of the Seymour Art Gallery and served as a representative to the arts programs at Parkgate Community Centre and past chair of the Centennial Theatre Society.
Najeeb is a partner of Vancouver based labour and employment law firm Roper Greyell. His legal career also includes having served as Vice-Chair of the BC Labour Relations Board. Najeeb has extensive knowledge of the health sector, as he held several senior positions with the Health Employers Association of British Columbia. He was previously a member of and Chair of the Board of the North Shore Multicultural Society and is currently also a member of the West Vancouver Community Centre Society Board. Najeeb and his wife, Shelina Neallani, live in North Vancouver with their two daughters and enjoy hiking the North Shore mountains with their dog, Harry.
Elizabeth has been a director of the NSCF since 2011. Born and educated in New Zealand, Elizabeth has lived on the North Shore for over 30 years and raised her family here. Now retired from a career in management with BC Hydro, she is a full-time artist working out of her home studio. She has served as Director of the BC Hydro Professional Employees Society, Chair of the North Vancouver Community Arts Council, President Capilano Tennis Club and for six years a Commissioner on the North Vancouver Recreation Commission. Her interest include tennis, hiking, cooking, music and theatre.
Alex grew up near Mount Seymour and has lived in North Vancouver for most of his life. He now lives in the Lower Lonsdale area and works at Vancity where he is Co-ordinator and Community Champion. In that role, he meets with his peers each month to share relevant news and to help plan Vancity’s North Shore community events for the year. In his spare time, he enjoys drumming in a local rock band and hiking as much as possible.
David is vice-president of Yellow Point Equity Partners, a mid-market western Canadian private equity firm. In that capacity, he sits on the board of several companies and endeavours to support their management teams and overall growth. Since 2015, David has lived in the central Lonsdale area and on the weekends can be found enjoying North Vancouver’s scenic and active lifestyle with his wife and young children.
Spending most of his youth in North Vancouver, Chris joined our board in 2016. He is a CEO and Risk Manager who sits on the Executive Teams of Reliance Insurance Agencies and Pacific Marine Underwriting Managers. He began his insurance career working with his father at Reliance in 1995 where he handled auto and homeowner clients. To gain a better understanding of how insurance companies function, in 1997 Chris began working at a leading Canadian insurance company as a commercial underwriter and claims adjustor. To further broaden his experience, in 2000 Chris moved to New York and worked with one of the largest insurance brokers in the world. He moved back to Canada in 2005 and now makes his home in West Vancouver with his wife and their dog, Griffin.
Tim works as an Assistant Vice President, Business Banking with HSBC Bank Canada where he manages a diverse group of Account Managers and multiple, varied portfolios of commercial clients operating across British Columbia and overseas. Tim is a corporate banking professional with over 17 years of experience in the financial industry. During this time, he has worked with both public and private companies ranging from a single owner/operator to many thousands of staff and revenues of up to $10 billion. Prior to joining HSBC in 2001, Tim worked for a commercial lending and consulting firm focused on a wide range of industries. Tim is a member of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and volunteers with Junior Achievement of British Columbia. He enjoys all aspects of outdoor activity, and has two young children.
Stephanie has been a resident of the North Shore for over 25 years. She is a passionate realtor, active community member and proud mother. Stephanie is not only committed to meeting the needs of her clients, but also to strengthening neighbourhoods as a whole through her involvement with charitable organizations and community groups. Her belief in the importance of giving back to the community and being socially responsible lead her to become involved with not only the North Shore Community Foundation, but organizations such as the HAVE Café, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Lynn Valley Community Association and the non-profit Deep Cove Rowing Club. Stephanie’s proudest achievement is her happy and healthy family.