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Program Advisory Committee

KPU extends thanks to the members of the Program Advisory Committee. This committee meets twice a year, to assist with curriculum and program information.

Program Advisory Committee

Andrea SealeAndrea Seale

Executive Director, BC & Yukon Division, Canadian Cancer Society

Andrea Seale takes on a new role in January 2018 as the new Executive Director, BC & Yukon Division, Canadian Cancer Society.  Andrea has spent her career building organizations that make the world more compassionate, healthy and just. This Executive Director position follows from her position as Deputy CEO, David Suzuki Foundation. She joined the David Suzuki Foundation in 2010, following a decade of consulting with Blueprint Fundraising and Communications where she worked with leading non-profit organizations to build loyal communities of supporters and communicate campaigns with flair.  She has taught non-profit management, communications and donor development to hundreds of organizations. As a volunteer, she has served on the board of Vancity Community Foundation, Modo (a pioneering car sharing co-operative), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Angie VickayousAngie Vickaryous

HR Manager, Tides Canada

Angie Vickaryous has been responsible for the HR function at Tides Canada since 2009. She has 17 years of experience providing HR leadership in the non-profit, high technology, and manufacturing sectors. Angie has worked with organizations to build their HR function from the ground up; she now helps Tides Canada to design, improve, administer, and promote best practices in all areas of HR such as drafting and administering HR policies and procedures, performance management, health and safety, compensation and benefits, employee engagement, and recruitment and retention. She was a founding board member of Green Teams of Canada, and was also a member of the HR Council for the Non-profit Sector’s Project Advisory Committee whose mandate was to create a series of HR Management Standards by developing training resources to build the capacity of managers in small and mid-sized non-profits to implement sound HR management practices.

As a mom to two school-aged children, Angie is honoured to support the very important working being carried out by employees and volunteers across Canada who are helping to make our planet, and the communities on it, sustainable and enjoyable for generations to come.

Arthur PaulArthur Paul

Director of Health Programs, Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC

Arthur Paul has been the Director of Health Programs at the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC since 2015.  He has been working at NCCABC for over twenty years, serving as the Regional Director prior to moving into the position of Director of Health Programs.  As an expert in the field of justice and community, he also has ties to community-based land stewardship efforts.  His experience in the non-profit sector is extensive, and he has also previously served as the Executive Director of the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Center.

Bruce PassmoreBruce Passmore

Executive Director, CPAWS (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society)

Born in the Unceded territory of the Tsartlip Nation on southern Vancouver Island and raised exploring the lands and waters of the Salish Sea, Bruce has always had a strong connection to the natural world. This led him to complete a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph and to work as a biologist on numerous initiatives, including the Eastern Slopes Grizzly Project, the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park, and the extension of the wolf conservation boundary of Algonquin Provincial Park. He has also completed a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, focusing his participatory action research on the reconstruction of violence-effected communities.  He has worked in senior roles for over 20 years in the NGO sector both in Canada and internationally.  Bruce volunteers on numerous barrier reduction projects and initiatives, including coaching Para-Nordic skiers. He is thrilled to link his many passions and experiences as part of CPAWS-BC, and to be a member of an incredible team of dedicated folks who are protecting the planet.

Cristina CatagiuCristina Catargiu

KPU Alumni

Cristina Catargiu has a BA in Entrepreneurial Leadership from KPU, alongside the Certificate in NGO and Non-profit Studies. This bridging of the School of Business and the Faculty of Arts is one of the core strengths of the NGO and Non-profit Studies program. Cristina values entrepreneurship when it rightly blends the need for making money with the want to meaningfully impact society, and appreciates the human role in the society from a business and non-business perspective.

Elizabeth SpechtElizabeth Specht

Executive Director, Cerebral Palsy Association of BC

In 2019, takes up a new role as Executive Director of the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC.  She has three decades of investment in the community and charitable sector. Previously, as Executive Director of Volunteer Richmond and the Richmond Community Foundation, she was responsible for the development of mission-driven innovative and sustainable programs; raising the necessary resources for both short-term and long-term funding initiatives and programs.  Elizabeth provided the leadership for the transformation of the two organizations, and the development of Richmond Cares Richmond Gives. Prior to her work in Richmond, Elizabeth served as the General Manager of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver.

She is a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Recipient, and has also received Women of the Year Business Excellence Award. Volunteer Richmond won the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Association of the Year, during her tenure, and she also served as Past Chair and Director of Volunteer Canada and Past Managing Director of Volunteer BC.

Jeska Slater - RevisedJeska Slater

Social Enterprise Coordinator, Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association (FRAFCA)

Jeska Slater is one of the Youth Coordinators at FRAFCA.  She is a Nehiyah iskwew (Cree woman) whose family is from Ochekwi Sipi (Fisher River Cree Nation) in Manitoba. Jeska has been working with youth for 8 years; her work combines traditional teachings and value systems with contemporary art like hip hop, graffiti and other unique elements to engage young people. Her training includes Aboriginal Child and Youth Care Counseling, Trauma Informed Practice and Culture as Treatment.

Jeska heads up FRAFCA’S Surrey Indigenous Youth Advisory Committee, which is a youth group that focuses on arts and culture as a means of developing a positive self-identity. This work enables its participants to be advocates, leaders and facilitators in their community.

As a Community Animator, Jeska is also involved in the Skookum Lab, which is a social innovation project established by the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee.  The activities centre on Indigenous wisdom, to discover root causes of Indigenous child and youth poverty in Surrey.  She is, additionally, a celebrated artist, and her artwork was included in Surrey Cares Community Foundation’s Vital Signs 2018 First Peoples Report.  Jeska wishes to honour her ancestry by empowering First Nations youth and highlighting the concept of Intergenerational Resilience, or the passing down of gifts, culture and personal wellness.

LarissaLarissa Petrillo

KPU Faculty, Anthropology

Larissa Petrillo received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia (2001). She has worked extensively with interdisciplinary teaching teams at UBC, and is now a long-term faculty member of the Anthropology Department at KPU. After her engagement with the Learning Exchange at UBC, in its initial years, she has continued to develop service learning practices in her own classes and in the learning community, more generally. She is passionate about training undergraduate students to work in the non-profit sector and sees this work as part of a much greater effort at affecting social change. Her central research interests are in social and cultural change, cross-cultural communication, research ethics, indigenous knowledge, and community-based conservation. She has worked with Native communities in both Canada and the United States, and has collaborated with Melda and Lupe Trejo, in publishing Being Lakota: Identity and Tradition on Pine Ridge Reservation (2007).

Neda Shadbakht

Neda Shadbakht

Regional Engagement Associate for British Columbia, Aga Khan Foundation

Based in Vancouver, Neda Shadbakht is Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s Regional Engagement Associate for British Columbia. Her key role is to build relationships with corporate stakeholders in Vancouver and Victoria, as well as supporting “corporate engagement” in the World Partnership Walk and Golf fundraising campaigns that occur each year in Vancouver and Victoria.

Neda has a Masters of Science in International Development from the University of Birmingham, U.K. along with an undergraduate degree in History from Simon Fraser University. Her experience in community development and capacity building at the grassroots level came from her travels and work in Brazil, China, and East Africa. She also has experience working with the Inter-Council Network of Canada and volunteering with a number of non-profit organizations prior to starting work with the Aga Khan Foundation Canada.

Neelam SahotaNeelam Sahota

Chief Executive Officer, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

Neelam Sahota is the CEO of DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, which is the longest immigrant serving organization in the Fraser Valley. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and brings years of financial management experience to DIVERSEcity having served as the Director of Finance prior to her appointment. Neelam has had extensive experience in both the corporate and the government sectors in her career. She is an active community volunteer holding board director positions in several advisory councils and boards. Her passion lies with creating community impact through resource connections, innovative economic drivers and values-based community partnerships. She recently lead DIVERSEcity’s capital project resulting in the construction of the DIVERSEcity Community Campus in Surrey, BC. Her recent achievements netted her the Surrey Board of Trade Women in Business Award in the Non-profit Leader category.

Njeri KontulahtiNjeri Kontulahti

Manager Community Investment, Vancity

Njeri (Jeri) Kontulahti is a Community Investment Portfolio Manager with Vancity, Canada's largest credit union, where she has worked since 1996. Her job involves developing and deepening connections with community groups and businesses to build their capacity and create impact. She has developed and managed financial products, services and policies that support people with low incomes and newcomers to build assets, including home ownership and access to credit. Njeri has a deep commitment to the cooperative movement in Canada and has served as a volunteer facilitator for the Canadian Cooperative Association's Women's Mentorship Program in Ottawa for several years. This program brings women from credit unions all over the developing world to learn about credit union operations in Canada. Njeri is also Vice President of the Abbotsford Community Services board, one of the largest community services organisations in British Columbia. She is a founding Director of a non-profit known as Daughters of Hope, whose main aim is to raise funds for an education fund for children living at an orphanage in rural Kenya. Njeri is also very involved in volunteer work in her community and church.

Roslyn HendersonRoslyn Henderson

Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley

Roslyn Henderson recently became Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley. She has spent most of her professional career working for Big Brothers Big Sisters, first joining Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton in 2007 where she coordinated an innovative program that provided wrap-around services to City Centre Schools. After moving to BC in 2012 with her husband and daughter, Roslyn was fortunate to be able to join the Big Brothers Big Sisters team in Langley. She believes in the power of mentorship and has a passion for developing stronger communities and supporting children and youth.

Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, Roslyn worked for the University of Alberta’s Community University Partnership, on a research project investigating how best to coordinate services for low-income families. She also attended the University of Alberta, completing her Masters in Special Education in 2008.

Roxanne WisemanRoxanne Wiseman

Director of Quality and Innovation, Community Living Society

Roxanne Wiseman has been working supporting families with a variety of individualized needs for over 20 years. She has worked across Canada and as far away as South America with organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society, Trillium Childhood Cancer Foundation, YMCA, CUSO, and locally within the community living sector. Roxanne values all her work experiences, especially those that pertain to her role with the CLS. She has worked as frontline community support staff both residentially, in vocational day centers and communities, and as a manager of residential homes and vocational centers. These experiences have given Roxanne a great appreciation of the work involved in supporting people to live meaningful lives and have valuable experiences as full citizens in their community. Roxanne is a strong advocate for Person Centered Active Supports (PCAS) and is a CLS PCAS trainer.

In her role as Director of Quality and Innovation, Roxanne is responsible for the continued successful accreditation of the CLS, and oversees and ensures excellent services are provided to all of the supported individuals.

KPU would like to thank the following members for serving on the Program Advisory Committee:

  • Denzil Muncherji, NGO and Nonprofit Studies alumni; Life Without Limits Programs
  • Ed Gavsie, CEO, Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives
  • Jacques Bérubé, National Director, Membership Accountability, United Way Canada + Peer Reviewer, Standards Program, Imagine Canada 
  • Karen Young, Executive Director, Surrey Cares Community Foundation
  • Kirst Kober, alumni member
  • Marilyn Herrmann, former Executive Director, Surrey Food Bank
  • Mary Reeves, former Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley