Community Board

Meet the board

John ConwayANHBC Representative

Profile: John is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to teaching and research, he served his university and profession in many ways: Director of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, Associate Dean of Arts and Science, Chair of the University Council, President of the Saskatchewan and the Canadian Psychological Associations, Editor of Canadian Psychology. After retiring, he was a consultant and senior advisor to the Government of Saskatchewan on health, education and social services. He has photographed the Saskatchewan prairie for many years and published a book of his photographs in 2005. He continues to serve his profession as the Historian for the Canadian Psychological Association, and to volunteer in the community (he is on the Board of the Compassionate Eye Foundation in Vancouver).

 

John ConwayANHBC Representative

Profile: John is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to teaching and research, he served his university and profession in many ways: Director of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, Associate Dean of Arts and Science, Chair of the University Council, President of the Saskatchewan and the Canadian Psychological Associations, Editor of Canadian Psychology. After retiring, he was a consultant and senior advisor to the Government of Saskatchewan on health, education and social services. He has photographed the Saskatchewan prairie for many years and published a book of his photographs in 2005. He continues to serve his profession as the Historian for the Canadian Psychological Association, and to volunteer in the community (he is on the Board of the Compassionate Eye Foundation in Vancouver).

 

Maya GoldsteinBoard Member

Profile: Maya is very involved in the community since graduating from UBC with an MA in Human Development, Learning and Culture with a focus on early childhood education. She is an avid cyclist who gets around the city solely by pedal power and chooses to spend most of her vacations cycle touring overseas or around BC. Combining two of her passions, cycling and education, she founded and coordinates Kids on Wheels, a non-profit program, in which young children are introduced to cycling through balance bikes, books and games. She enjoys spending time with her family cycling, hiking and skiing. Most afternoons you’d be most likely to find her at one of the playgrounds in Kits with her four-year-old son.

Maya GoldsteinBoard Member

Profile: Maya is very involved in the community since graduating from UBC with an MA in Human Development, Learning and Culture with a focus on early childhood education. She is an avid cyclist who gets around the city solely by pedal power and chooses to spend most of her vacations cycle touring overseas or around BC. Combining two of her passions, cycling and education, she founded and coordinates Kids on Wheels, a non-profit program, in which young children are introduced to cycling through balance bikes, books and games. She enjoys spending time with her family cycling, hiking and skiing. Most afternoons you’d be most likely to find her at one of the playgrounds in Kits with her four-year-old son.

Vivian SoBoard Member

Profile: Vivian is a learning specialist at Vancouver Coastal Health. With many years of experience in the non-profit health sector, where she coordinated senior programs and led many projects implementing changes to improve care and quality of services. With strong expertise in curriculum development and online learning, Vivian has a background in Communication Design and is a graduate of the Leadership program from Royal Roads University. As a strong community builder, her passion is to engage volunteers of all ages to bring their love and support to put a smile on someone! For leisure, Vivian enjoys photography, travelling and camping with her kids!

Vivian SoBoard Member

Profile: Vivian is a learning specialist at Vancouver Coastal Health. With many years of experience in the non-profit health sector, where she coordinated senior programs and led many projects implementing changes to improve care and quality of services. With strong expertise in curriculum development and online learning, Vivian has a background in Communication Design and is a graduate of the Leadership program from Royal Roads University. As a strong community builder, her passion is to engage volunteers of all ages to bring their love and support to put a smile on someone! For leisure, Vivian enjoys photography, travelling and camping with her kids!

Kyle SimunovicVice Chair

Profile: A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Kyle is an innovative and highly motivated marketing and communications leader. For almost a decade, Kyle supported senior federal government officials with organizational, policy and stakeholder engagement support. After falling in love with the west coast, Kyle relocated to Vancouver in July 2015 and is now working as a senior marketing manager with TELUS. In his spare time, Kyle loves to keep busy volunteering with a variety of community organizations, spending time at the beach, or catching up on the latest political developments. He looks forward to bringing his governance, communications and marketing experience to the table to support the important work of Kits Neighbourhood House

Kyle SimunovicVice Chair

Profile: A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Kyle is an innovative and highly motivated marketing and communications leader. For almost a decade, Kyle supported senior federal government officials with organizational, policy and stakeholder engagement support. After falling in love with the west coast, Kyle relocated to Vancouver in July 2015 and is now working as a senior marketing manager with TELUS. In his spare time, Kyle loves to keep busy volunteering with a variety of community organizations, spending time at the beach, or catching up on the latest political developments. He looks forward to bringing his governance, communications and marketing experience to the table to support the important work of Kits Neighbourhood House

Mike NeebSecretary

Profile: As a Kitsilano resident Mike has lived in Vancouver since moving from Alberta in 2015 and as a supportive housing site supervisor for Raincity Housing, Mike works in Vancouver’s downtown eastside with individuals with a history of chronic homelessness and mental health.

Mike is passionate about children’s literacy and implemented many exciting programs while working with children and youth at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. Mike has recently completed SFU’s Non-Profit Management Program and is looking forward to using those skills to support his community in new and exciting ways.  Mike is also an active cyclist, reader, and proud father to his newborn daughter Rio.

Mike NeebSecretary

Profile: As a Kitsilano resident Mike has lived in Vancouver since moving from Alberta in 2015 and as a supportive housing site supervisor for Raincity Housing, Mike works in Vancouver’s downtown eastside with individuals with a history of chronic homelessness and mental health.

Mike is passionate about children’s literacy and implemented many exciting programs while working with children and youth at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. Mike has recently completed SFU’s Non-Profit Management Program and is looking forward to using those skills to support his community in new and exciting ways.  Mike is also an active cyclist, reader, and proud father to his newborn daughter Rio.

Lisa ClementBoard Member

Profile: Lisa works as a communications and public relations professional and has over a decade of experience working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. This includes working on a large, complex energy and infrastructure projects focusing on issues management and building positive corporate reputations. Earlier in her career, Lisa held media relations roles with the Rick Hansen Foundation, Destination British Columbia and at large international sporting events like the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the 2015 Pan American Games.

Originally from Ontario, Lisa ventured to the West Coast to pursue a degree in Professional Writing at UVic and then moved to Vancouver post graduation. Lisa found her forever home in Kitsilano and firmly planted roots beachside seven years ago. Outside of her professional endeavors, she loves travelling, and spending time outside hiking the local mountains, golfing, and going to Kits beach.

Lisa ClementBoard Member

Profile: Lisa works as a communications and public relations professional and has over a decade of experience working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. This includes working on a large, complex energy and infrastructure projects focusing on issues management and building positive corporate reputations. Earlier in her career, Lisa held media relations roles with the Rick Hansen Foundation, Destination British Columbia and at large international sporting events like the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the 2015 Pan American Games.

Originally from Ontario, Lisa ventured to the West Coast to pursue a degree in Professional Writing at UVic and then moved to Vancouver post graduation. Lisa found her forever home in Kitsilano and firmly planted roots beachside seven years ago. Outside of her professional endeavors, she loves travelling, and spending time outside hiking the local mountains, golfing, and going to Kits beach.

Diana PalmerBoard Member

Profile: Diana has worked in education as a school psychologist and school administrator with the public-school system throughout her career. She has a master’s degree in education from the University of Alberta. Her volunteer experience is extensive.

She brings with her a belief that learning is lifelong and should be available to people of all ages. As a board member she is ready to work collaboratively for the benefit of the Kits community.Diana lives in Kitsilano, she enjoys painting and our local beaches.

Diana PalmerBoard Member

Profile: Diana has worked in education as a school psychologist and school administrator with the public-school system throughout her career. She has a master’s degree in education from the University of Alberta. Her volunteer experience is extensive.

She brings with her a belief that learning is lifelong and should be available to people of all ages. As a board member she is ready to work collaboratively for the benefit of the Kits community.Diana lives in Kitsilano, she enjoys painting and our local beaches.

Jenica NeamuBoard Member

Profile: With a B.A. in Romance Linguistics and a UBC Master’s Degree in Library and Information, Jenica Neamu is also a member of the Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC. Most of her work was as a librarian both as an employee and as an information business owner. Not too long ago she retired and is keen to continue learning about and from her community as well as helping and sharing some of her experience accumulated along the years.

Her interests revolve around vulnerable categories of people with a focus on seniors’ issues and is an active participant in the “West End Seniors Community Planning Table.” She loves walking, travelling, painting and listening to music. “Life is a challenge, meet it! Life is a dream, realize it! Life is a game, play it! Life is love, enjoy it!” – Sathya Sai Baba

Jenica NeamuBoard Member

Profile: With a B.A. in Romance Linguistics and a UBC Master’s Degree in Library and Information, Jenica Neamu is also a member of the Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC. Most of her work was as a librarian both as an employee and as an information business owner. Not too long ago she retired and is keen to continue learning about and from her community as well as helping and sharing some of her experience accumulated along the years.

Her interests revolve around vulnerable categories of people with a focus on seniors’ issues and is an active participant in the “West End Seniors Community Planning Table.” She loves walking, travelling, painting and listening to music. “Life is a challenge, meet it! Life is a dream, realize it! Life is a game, play it! Life is love, enjoy it!” – Sathya Sai Baba

Kelly AllisonBoard Member

Profile: Kelly is currently a faculty member at the UBC School of Social Work. She has a BA in psychology from the University of Guelph and an MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University with a clinical concentration with Individuals, families and groups. Kelly’s career includes working in a community children’s mental health clinic, working for the Ministry for Children and Family Development in child protection family preservation program.

Most of her career has been in health care social work at BC’s Children’s hospital. Kelly loves running in the trails or riding her bike to around Vancouver. She and her family have lived in Kitsilano for over 14 years.

Kelly AllisonBoard Member

Profile: Kelly is currently a faculty member at the UBC School of Social Work. She has a BA in psychology from the University of Guelph and an MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University with a clinical concentration with Individuals, families and groups. Kelly’s career includes working in a community children’s mental health clinic, working for the Ministry for Children and Family Development in child protection family preservation program.

Most of her career has been in health care social work at BC’s Children’s hospital. Kelly loves running in the trails or riding her bike to around Vancouver. She and her family have lived in Kitsilano for over 14 years.

Adriana SmetzerBoard Member

Profile: Living in Kitsilano since 2011, Adriana and her husband are raising their two young boys and first became involved with Kits House through Bumbletree daycare and other children’s programs.

Holding a B.Sc in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from UVic and an M.Sc in Migration Studies from UPF in Barcelona Adriana is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. Adriana has worked in the city’s non-profit sector since 2013, primarily as a Legal Advocate for caregivers and other migrant workers at the Migrant Workers Centre.

Adriana loves to explore the neighbourhood’s many parks and beaches through the eyes of her curious and adventurous sons and is looking forward to serving her neighbourhood as a community board member.

Adriana SmetzerBoard Member

Profile: Living in Kitsilano since 2011, Adriana and her husband are raising their two young boys and first became involved with Kits House through Bumbletree daycare and other children’s programs.

Holding a B.Sc in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from UVic and an M.Sc in Migration Studies from UPF in Barcelona Adriana is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. Adriana has worked in the city’s non-profit sector since 2013, primarily as a Legal Advocate for caregivers and other migrant workers at the Migrant Workers Centre.

Adriana loves to explore the neighbourhood’s many parks and beaches through the eyes of her curious and adventurous sons and is looking forward to serving her neighbourhood as a community board member.

Christine SotteauBoard Member

Profile: Christine brings vast experience to the board including non-profit governance and leadership. As well as being fluent in French, Christine is a communications expert and spent time as a journalist.

Christine is fully involved in the Westside Seniors hub where she has helped make improvements for seniors on the Westside. She is also actively chairing the Kits House Seniors Advisory committee.

Christine SotteauBoard Member

Profile: Christine brings vast experience to the board including non-profit governance and leadership. As well as being fluent in French, Christine is a communications expert and spent time as a journalist.

Christine is fully involved in the Westside Seniors hub where she has helped make improvements for seniors on the Westside. She is also actively chairing the Kits House Seniors Advisory committee.