Public Engagement Manager, David Suzuki Foundation, Vancouver
Lynda Gerty is an accomplished not-for-profit leader, certified executive coach and co-author of The Abundant Not-for-Profit
. A skilled communicator, Lynda is excited to contribute her governance expertise and ability to engage and align talented people to the ArtStarts board. Currently the Public Engagement Manager at the David Suzuki Foundation, Lynda has a background in non-profit capacity building, community organizing, visual arts and electoral politics. On the weekends, you'll find her painting in her studio, working in her community garden, devouring novels and spending time with the 12 children in her life.
Assistant Superintendent, School District 60 Peace River North, Fort St. John
Stephen Petrucci is Assistant Superintendent in School District 60 Peace River North, based in Fort St. John. He is a French Immersion teacher by training and has worked at several schools in the district. One of his favourite postings was as VP and Principal of Ecole Central Elementary School of the Arts where the arts and languages were the main focus. He continues to oversee and advocate for arts programs at the district level. He plays a bit of guitar, loves to travel and spend time with his family.
Director, Financial Planning and Analysis, BC Lottery Corporation, Vancouver
Abigail Ma is the Interim Director, Financial Planning and Analysis at BCLC. In this role, she manages teams representing both Decision Support and Business Planning capacities, to evaluate new business initiatives, coordinate budgeting and perform forecasting activities for the corporation. Previously, she was a Senior Manager in KPMG's Transaction Services group, providing financial due diligence for mergers and acquisitions advisory. Abigail holds the Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designations, and received a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with honours, from the University of British Columbia. Abigail is also an Advisor for the 180th Pacific Coast Scout Group, a local Scouts Canada group providing leadership and management development opportunities for youth aged 18-26.
Founder and Artist of Pebble Star Productions Inc., Vancouver
Will Stroet is an award-winning bilingual children's musician and former elementary school teacher. After five years of teaching music at Tennyson Elementary in Vancouver, Will decided to pursue his other passion of writing and performing kids' music in English and French. Along with his wife and manager, Will founded Pebble Star Productions Inc., a children's entertainment company dedicated to producing educational and engaging music, videos and live performances that inspire kids to be healthy, active and engaged members of our community. Will is on the ArtStarts' touring roster and is also the star of Will's Jams
, a series of musical videos for kids, airing on Kids' CBC television weekday mornings.
Senior HR Business Partner, Fortinet Technologies Inc., Vancouver
Gary currently works as a Senior HR Business Partner at Fortinet Technologies Inc. He partners with leaders to fuel the potential of teams and then align the company's culture and people practices to drive organizational success. Gary is passionate about holistic and integrative approaches to education, and believes that meaningful learning happens as a result of building deep relationships and innovating change through those relationships.
Director of Elementary Instruction, School District 71 Comox Valley, Courtenay
Allan Douglas has worked in public education for 39 years as a teacher, principal and currently the Director of Elementary Instruction for School District 71 Comox Valley. Allan has always been interested in the arts and has attended the ArtStarts Showcase for many years (going back to Edmonds Elementary in Burnaby). Allan has made a significant contribution on the Board and is proud to have participated in some incredible growth and change in the organization during this time.
Retired Principal, School District 73 Kamloops/Thompson, Kamloops
Parm is a recently retired principal from SD73 (Kamloops/Thompson). In her 35 years as an educator, she has been a strong advocate for the arts. She chaired the District Young Artists' Conference, organized the District Elementary Art Show and is still organizing the District Young People's Concerts. Parm has attended many ArtStarts Showcases and highly values the work of the organization. Parm has experience as a director and chair on a number of boards, but being a director on the board of ArtStarts speaks to her beliefs regarding the importance of the arts in children's lives. In retirement, she is indulging her love of the arts by returning to painting and continuing to ensure that students have opportunities to attend eclectic and multicultural performances.
Senior Financial Analyst, Powerex, Vancouver
Wilson Cheung is a Senior Financial Analyst at Powerex, the energy-trading arm of BC Hydro. In this role, he is responsible for developing, analyzing and preparing/reviewing complex models, financial information and forecasts to assistant management and traders in understanding our business results. Prior to Powerex, he was a Manager at KPMG LLP’s Corporate Taxation group, providing planning, provision and compliance services. Wilson is a Chartered Accountant/Chartered Professional Accountant and was one of 50 writers who placed on the 2010 UFE Honour Roll. He has also completed all three levels of the CICA In-Depth Tax course. Wilson believes that art fosters creativity and long-term development in youth and is excited to support ArtStarts’ mission and vision.
Corporate Controller, Cardiome Pharma Corp, Vancouver
Mia Lok is the Corporate Controller at Cardiome Pharma Corp in Vancouver, BC. In this role, she is responsible for managing the company’s corporate and financial reporting activities and supporting Executive Management and the Audit Committee in meeting their risk management and corporate compliance requirements. Mia previously worked at Deloitte LLP as a Manager in the Audit and Assurance practice. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Joint Major in Accounting and Economics from Simon Fraser University. Mia believes that the arts are an integral part of providing a well-rounded foundation for young people and is very happy to be part of an organization which enables such valuable opportunities in arts education.
Lawyer, BC Ministry of Justice, Vancouver
Tina Parbhakar is a lawyer with the BC Ministry of Justice who has a growing focus on children's law. She is also interested in public administration, gender relations and community engagement. She recently worked in Kampala, through the Canadian Bar Association, on a project entitled Supporting Access to Justice for Children and Youth in East Africa. She has previously worked in Kampala with the Madrasa Early Childhood Programme Uganda on early childhood development and in Delhi with Participatory Research in Asia on violence against women in politics. She is a member of Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, Rotary International and the City of North Vancouver's Social Planning Advisory Committee. Through supporting ArtStarts, Tina wants to see a greater focus on the role of creative activities and opportunities in the development of healthy and happy children, adults and societies.
Tom Demeo — On Leave
Assistant Superintendent, School District 71 Comox Valley, Courtenay
Throughout his years in education Tom Demeo has been an active supporter of the arts in schools. Over the years he has witnessed firsthand how the arts have positively impacted both students and the greater community. He has watched students gain confidence, poise and a sense of belonging as a result of their involvement in arts programs. Tom is extremely happy to serve on the ArtStarts board and looks forward to contributing to this vibrant and dynamic organization.