Board & Committees

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The West Vancouver Foundation works with highly qualified expert leaders and advisors with a broad range of knowledge and experience. They generously volunteer their time, leadership and financial expertise on our Board of Directors and our committees. Their knowledge and dedication helps shape our work and ensures we remain connected to the community we serve.

Board Members

NANCY FARRAN  - CHAIR
NANCY FARRAN
CHAIR
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Chair, Board of Directors
Member, CEO & Board Development Committee
Member, Finance & Audit Committee
Member, Grants Committee
Member, Governance Committee

Nancy started her investing career in 1983 after graduation from UBC and has been with RBC Dominion Securities since 1996, currently as Vice-President & Wealth Advisor. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute and has her Financial Management Advisor designation.

Nancy is an active volunteer and has served the municipality of West Vancouver on the Police Board, the Financial Advisory Commission, the West Vancouver Finance and Audit Committee as well as on the Fiscal Sustainability Task Force.

Nancy serves on the Finance Committee of St. Andrews Hall, a theological college, and is an Elder, active in the life of West Vancouver Presbyterian Church.

GORDON HOLLEY - Vice Chair/Interim Treasurer
GORDON HOLLEY
VICE CHAIR/INTERIM TREASURER
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Vice-Chair, Board of Directors
Member, CEO & Board Development Committee
Interim Chair, Finance & Audit Committee
Member, Governance Committee

Gordon is the President and CEO of Humanity Financial Management Inc. As a Chartered Professional Accountant and CA for almost 25 years, Gordon loves helping individuals and organizations that are trying to make the world a better place. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia.

Gordon’s career includes positions with Smythe Ratcliffe and Ernst & Young. Gordon then spent 10 years as COO of two regional law firms. 

Gordon currently serves as a Board Director of Vantage Point and sits on the Executive Committee of non-profit CPA's. Past Board experience includes Reconciliation Canada, the Ambleside-Dundarave Business Improvement Association, the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada and the Vancouver Association of Legal Administrators (now BCLMA).

Gordon has lived in West Vancouver with his family since 1993 and was a student at Hillside Secondary between 1978-1981.

GEOFF JOPSON - Past Chair
GEOFF JOPSON
PAST CHAIR
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Past-Chair, Board of Directors
Member, CEO & Board Development Committee
Member, Governance Committee
Member, Grants Committee

Geoff is a long-time resident of the Community. He has recently retired as Superintendent of Schools in West Vancouver and is a director of the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation, a trustee of the West Vancouver Memorial Library Board and a member of the BC School Superintendents’ Association.

AUDREY SOJONKY - Director
AUDREY SOJONKY
SECRETARY
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Secretary, Board of Directors
Chair, Governance Committee

Audrey's professional career focused on educational research, administration and public policy analysis. Audrey brings organizational, planning and strategic skills to the Board. She has a long and successful record of experience and Board leadership in community service organizations; these include the West Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Public Aquarium, Vancouver Foundation, Port of Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, the Kay Meek Centre and the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation.

Audrey says "I have a strong commitment to the mission of the West Vancouver Foundation. I am thrilled to be part of this team."

MARK BALLARD - DIRECTOR
MARK BALLARD
DIRECTOR
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Member, Board of Directors


Mark is one of the top real estate agents for Remax Western Canada. He serves as a member of both the West and North Vancouver Chamber of Commerces and is a mentor to young business students at Capilano University.

CAROLYN COLECLOUGH - Director
CAROLYN COLECLOUGH
DIRECTOR
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Member, Board of Directors
Member, Governance Committee


Carolyn retired at the end of 2015 from a busy law practice in Vancouver which focused on business matters with an emphasis on succession planning, wills and estates. Carolyn has lived on the North Shore since 1975, residing the last 37 years in West Vancouver. Her two children attended West Vancouver schools and continue to live on the North Shore with their families.

Carolyn's past board experiences include the West Vancouver United Church and the Vancouver Club.

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NAOMI DENNING
DIRECTOR
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Member, Board of Directors
Chair, Youth Philanthropy Council
Co-Chair, Scholarship Committee
Member, Investment Committee
Member, Finance & Audit Committee

DAVE MASON - DIRECTOR
DAVE MASON
DIRECTOR
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Member, Board of Directors
Chair, Investment Committee
Member, Finance & Audit Committee
Member, Governance Committee

Dave is currently Director, Senior Private Wealth Management with UBS Bank (Canada) and UBS Investment Management Canada. He has been in the investment management field since 1988, working with pensions, endowments and foundations, Aboriginal trusts and private clients.

Commitment to community has been an important tenet of Dave's career. He currently serves on the Kay Meek Arts Centre Board and has served with numerous local and National associations and not-for-profit boards including the BC SPCA - Lower Mainland (1990-2003) and the CPBI - Pacific Regional Council since 2007.

Dave and his wife were both born-and-bred in West Vancouver and are proud to be raising their family here.

SARA MOHAMADKHANI - DIRECTOR
SARA MOHAMADKHANI
DIRECTOR
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Member, Board of Directors
Chair, Grants Committee
Co-Chair, Scholarship Committee

Sara is a business professional and a dynamic leader with passion for social and community impact. Sara is a certified project management professional with over 10 years of experience in project management, business analysis, risk assessment, strategic partnership and stakeholder management. She is a graduate of the Sauder School of Business at UBC, and has worked in both private and public sector. Sara is currently the Executive Director of the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Sara is passionate about serving her community and giving back, and has volunteered for various not-for -profits organizations in the past and served on the board as the VP of Operations for PMI West Coast Chapter.

PAUL ROBILLARD - DIRECTOR
PAUL ROBILLARD
DIRECTOR
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Member, Board of Directors
Chair, CEO & Board Development Committee


Paul has lived in West Vancouver since 1983, raising his three children in the Caulfield area. He has been involved in a range of business activities from real estate development to industrial parts distribution. Paul is trained in communication and leadership, volunteering as a facilitator and mentor at Vantage Point and Futurpreneur Canada.


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Honorary Board Members

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Honorary Members are chosen in recognition of their exceptional role in the support of the community and they serve as ambassadors and advocates for the foundation. The Mayor of West Vancouver is always an Honorary Member of the foundation.

  • Jo-Ann Wood
  • Gerry Humphries
  • Merla Beckerman
  • Michael Smith
  • Moh Faris
  • Tom Baillie
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Committees
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CEO & Board Development
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The primary roles of the CEO & Board Development Committee is to attract and grow leadership, both at the CEO and the Board levels.

  • Paul Robillard (Chair)
  • Adine Mees (CEO)
  • Geoff Jopson
  • Gord Holley
  • Nancy Farran
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Finance & Audit Committee
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The purpose of the Finance & Audit Committee is to provide financial oversight for the organization including budgeting and financial planning, reporting and internal controls and accountability policies.  

  • Gord Holley (Chair)
  • Dave Mason
  • Nancy Farran
  • Naomi Denning
  • Susan Beck (Staff)
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Governance
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The purpose of the Governance Committee is to ensure that the Board fulfills its legal, ethical and functional responsibilities. Key responsibilities also include the recruiting and nominating Board directors, evaluating the performance of the board.

  • Audrey Sojonky (Chair)
  • Adine Mees (CEO)
  • Carolyn Coleclough
  • Fanny Patterson
  • Gord Holley
  • Geoff Jopson
  • Nancy Farran
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Grants
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The purpose of the Grants Committee is to adjudicate the grants applications that are submitted to the WVF for funding, ensuring that the generosity of donors is directed to the causes that inspire them and to the issues that matter most in West Vancouver.

  • Sara Mohamadkhani (Chair)
  • Aylin Tavakoli
  • Carol Ludvigsen
  • Fanny Patterson
  • Geoff Jopson
  • Gerry Humphries
  • Jenn Meilleur (Staff)
  • Nancy Farran
  • Philip McLeod
  • Richard Rees
  • Liisa O'Hara
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Investment
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The role of the Investment Stewardship Committee is one of strategic direction and oversight of the WVF investments.  The Investment Manager is responsible for the operational implementation and execution of the Statement of Investment Policy & Guidelines, which is developed by this Committee and approved annually by the Board.

  • Dave Mason (Chair)
  • Jim Boyd
  • Naomi Denning
  • Jonathan Stewart
  • Richard Rees
  • Elaine McHarg (Staff)
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Scholarship
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  • Sara Mohamadkhani (Co-Chair)
  • Naomi Denning (Co-Chair)
  • Carol Ludvigsen
  • Christine McDonald (Staff)
  • Helen Vanee
  • Merla Beckerman
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Youth Philanthropy Council
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The purpose of the YPC is to improve the quality of life for youth on the North Shore through granting, by encouraging community philanthropy to address changing needs.

  • Anna Edmonds: Grade 12, Mulgrave (Co-Chair)
  • Lillian Huang: Grade 12, Mulgrave (Co-Chair)
  • Alison Shang: Grade 11, Sentinel
  • Andre Zou: Grade 11, Rockridge
  • Isha Ohri: Grade 12, WVSC
  • Pegah Abyaneh: Grade 12, Mulgrave
  • Gia Da Roza, Grade 11, WVSC
  • Yas Zareyan, Grade , WVSC
  • Naomi Denning, (Board Liaison)