We're always keen to hear from people who'd like to get involved. Whether you'd like to apply to join the board or volunteer on a committee, get in touch.
During the year the board has the authority to replace or add executives at its discretion. Executives on the Board of Directors agree to the following:
Blair was born in small town BC, the eldest of 3 boys. He was naturally curious, and encouraged to be an entrepreneur and philanthropist from a very young age. He loved the independence that earning money created. His early fundraising helped those less fortunate believing that life is a team effort.
Blair was first licensed as a Realtor® in Toronto in 1981 where he lived for 3 short years, moving to Vancouver in 1982. He has been an award-winning Realtor every year since 2005.Blair’s clients are always amazed at the depth of his knowledge, attention to detail, and his passion for people. Blair is always amazed at how lessons learned during childhood permeate everyday life as an adult.
Gina Best is business coach. She launched and grew a multi-million dollar mortgage brokerage in British Columbia, Canada. She knows how to build a business, run a business, and grow a business.
Gina believes a business can only be as successful as the person at the helm is happy. And it is hard to be happy when you’re neck deep in business mayhem. She knows, because she built her business at the expense of herself for a long time.
She thought she had it all. She owned a successful mortgage brokerage, had two great, thriving kids, a nice home, a loving husband, kind friends. However, she was miserable. “IS THIS IT?!” she belted out? She wanted more out of her career, her business, her friendships, her marriage, her life.
So, she leapt (it was really scary) and made some changes. BIG changes. It was terrifying and exhilarating. She locked in on what she loved most in the world and made that happen. Now, she does the same for other entrepreneurs who are at the same junction.
Craig is the owner/operator of an interior/exterior painting company. Originally from Williams Lake, BC, Craig got his start in painting while studying business at university as a way to pay for school. He ran a successful summer painting business for 5 summers while completing his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from SFU. After completing his degree in 2009 he bought another painting company and has been running it full-time since then. Craig enjoys a good night out on the town and is always game to try a new restaurant or lounge.
The Board welcomes Kendall to our team. The principal of Kendall Ansell Interiors leads her own award-winning design team. Kendall’s inclusive approach and knowledge of classical design and construction lends to her unique ability to create homes and offices with substance and style that turn her clients’ design dreams into reality.
One of their favourite quotes is: "The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them." Come meet Kendall at one of our events or contact her with an idea of something new.
Douglas is an Assistant Branch Manager for Vancity Savings Credit Union. Born and raised in Langley BC, Douglas grew up on a small farm and still loves spending time outside with his Husband and dogs. Summers are spent gardening and entertaining friends at the farm while winter is skiing or looking for opportunities to travel to warm destinations. Douglas’s farming roots have motivated him to learn more about food security and food access. This has lead him to build relationships with community partners who are involved in food security, and also a seat on the steering committee with Burnaby Food First.
Why move away when you have all this beauty in your back yard? Thomas, a born and raised Vancouverite got his start in the accounting profession shortly after graduating from Langara with his diploma in Accounting. Not one to be idle, Thomas recently completed his Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Queens Continuing Distance Education program while working full time. His next challenge is obtaining his CPA designation.
Losing a number of family members far too early in their lives, Thomas began looking into all natural products to help support his own health and wellness goals. This lead him to start his own company Quayside Wellness in partnership with a well know health and wellness product provider. That partnership grew in 2017 as the company he partnered with merged with another company to allow a larger product base. Quayside Wellness is able to offer health and wellness products that range from Core Supplements, Fitness Supplements, Essential Oils, and all natural beauty products. Thomas loves to try new restaurants, traveling to his bucket list destinations, and spending time with friends over a good meal or cup of Java.
Ryan has been with Vancity for over seven years and a member of the GLBA for a majority of that time. He has held a myriad of positions throughout the organization and has learned what it means to run a business that's also accountable to a membership base. From Vancity, he brings to the GLBA his experience in sales, finance, and community leadership.
He and his partner also recently launched PING.ca. It's a lifestyle website that focuses exclusively on the GLBT community. Through PINQ.ca he has gained both entrepreneurial experience and a greater sense of the power of online media. PINQ.ca partners with many organizations in the GLBT community and Ryan has had the good fortune to witness all of the extraordinary work that they do.
Isabelle is founder and creative director of Seven25., a consultancy that focuses on not-for-profit and social profit organizations. Isabelle has been helping to accelerate the impact of social enterprises through design for the past 20 years.