Board & Committees

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The West Vancouver Foundation works with many highly qualified expert leaders and advisors from across 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 with the community we serve.

Board Members

NANCY FARRAN  - CHAIR
NANCY FARRAN
CHAIR
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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. She is currently Chair of the West Vancouver Foundation.

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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Gordon Holley is the President and CEO of Humanity Financial Management, providing controllership and internal financial management services to non-profit organizations. He is a graduate of UBC and a Certified Professional Accountant.

Gordon’s early career included positions with Smythe Ratcliffe and Ernst & Young both in Vancouver. Following E&Y, he spent 10 years as COO of two regional law firms. He then went on to lead the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada before opening his own firm.

An avid volunteer, Gordon has contributed to the leadership of many professional and community organizations. In addition to his role as Vice-Chair of the West Vancouver Foundation he is also on the Board of Reconciliation Canada, Vantage Point, and the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada. Past experience includes the Ambleside-Dundarave Business Improvement Association, the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and the Vancouver Association of Legal Administrators (now BCLMA).

Gordon has lived in West Vancouver with his family since 1993 and attended West Van Hillside from 1978-1981.

GEOFF JOPSON - Past Chair
GEOFF JOPSON
PAST CHAIR
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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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Audrey's professional career focused on educational research, administration and public policy analysis; she is now retired. 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 and the Kay Meek Centre. Audrey is currently a member of the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation Board of Directors.

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

CAROLYN COLECLOUGH - Director
CAROLYN COLECLOUGH
DIRECTOR
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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.

DAVE MASON - DIRECTOR
DAVE MASON
DIRECTOR
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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 foundation, Aboriginal trusts and private clients.

Commitment to community has been an important tenant of Dave's career, having served with numerous local and National associations and not-for-profit boards including the BC SPCA - Lower Mainland and the CPBI - Pacific Chapter Council since 2007.

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

MARK BALLARD - DIRECTOR
MARK BALLARD
DIRECTOR
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PAUL ROBILLARD - DIRECTOR
PAUL ROBILLARD
DIRECTOR
close 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.
SARA MOHAMADKHANI - DIRECTOR
SARA MOHAMADKHANI
DIRECTOR
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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 Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment at Robert H. Lee Graduate School at UBC. 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.

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NAOMI DENNING
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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 Development
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The primary roles of the CEO Development Committee are to attract and retain a high performing CEO.

  • 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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Fund Development
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The purpose of the Fund Development Committee is to oversee the creation, implementation, and review of the fund development strategy for the WVF.

  • Gord Holley (Chair)
  • Elaine McHarg (Staff)
  • Susan Beck (Staff)
  • Mark Ballard
  • Nancy Farran
  • Yang Wang
  • Christopher Loat
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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
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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)
  • Brooke Campbell
  • Naomi Denning
  • Janet Ketchen
  • 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, Mulgrave
  • Pegah Abyaneh: Grade 12, Mulgrave
  • Gia Da Roza, Grade 11, WVSC
  • Yas Zareyan, Grade , WVSC
  • Naomi Denning, (Board Liaison)