Community Board

Meet the board

John ConwayBoard Member

On volunteering at Kits House: As a new member of the board I have been impressed with the great energy and expertise of members and I look forward to contributing to the valuable programs for seniors.

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 and his partner, Heather, moved to the lower mainland four years ago. 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).

Favourite time of the year:
Winter…in Vancouver rather than Saskatoon

Favourite quote:
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. “  Dr. Seuss

Favourite song:
Nessun Dorma

John ConwayBoard Member

On volunteering at Kits House: As a new member of the board I have been impressed with the great energy and expertise of members and I look forward to contributing to the valuable programs for seniors.

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 and his partner, Heather, moved to the lower mainland four years ago. 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).

Favourite time of the year:
Winter…in Vancouver rather than Saskatoon

Favourite quote:
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. “  Dr. Seuss

Favourite song:
Nessun Dorma

Angela LowBoard Member

On volunteering at Kits House: In my involvement with Kits House I have seen how the programs, events and this beautiful space creates opportunities for people to connect and ideas to flourish. Being able to serve in this place that adds so much to the vibrancy of this community is important, and so very rewarding to me.

Profile:Angela Low’s work revolves around supporting the emotional well-being and development of children, and the adults who care for them. A consultant and workshop facilitator, she works with various family support organizations and schools in Vancouver to enhance children and adult happiness and problem solving capacities through the development of social and emotional skills. She is also a graduate student at the University of British Columbia, doing research on child development. Angela loves walks in the Pacific Spirit woods, and playing on the beach with her husband and two young daughters.

Favourite time of the year:
Spring

Favourite quote:
“Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her” Urie Bronfenbenner

Favourite song:
I will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

Angela LowBoard Member

On volunteering at Kits House: In my involvement with Kits House I have seen how the programs, events and this beautiful space creates opportunities for people to connect and ideas to flourish. Being able to serve in this place that adds so much to the vibrancy of this community is important, and so very rewarding to me.

Profile:Angela Low’s work revolves around supporting the emotional well-being and development of children, and the adults who care for them. A consultant and workshop facilitator, she works with various family support organizations and schools in Vancouver to enhance children and adult happiness and problem solving capacities through the development of social and emotional skills. She is also a graduate student at the University of British Columbia, doing research on child development. Angela loves walks in the Pacific Spirit woods, and playing on the beach with her husband and two young daughters.

Favourite time of the year:
Spring

Favourite quote:
“Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her” Urie Bronfenbenner

Favourite song:
I will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

Christina MarslandBoard Member

Profile: Christina is a recent graduate of the Marketing Management Communications program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her areas of interest are communications, event management and the not for profit sector. She also enjoys volunteering throughout the Vancouver community either at community engagement events or sporting events. When Christina isn’t working or volunteering you can find her playing slo-pitch softball, beach volleyball or watching the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Christina MarslandBoard Member

Profile: Christina is a recent graduate of the Marketing Management Communications program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her areas of interest are communications, event management and the not for profit sector. She also enjoys volunteering throughout the Vancouver community either at community engagement events or sporting events. When Christina isn’t working or volunteering you can find her playing slo-pitch softball, beach volleyball or watching the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Vivian SoBoard Member

Profile: Vivian is a learning specialist at Vancouver Coastal Health. She joins the Board with 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. She also has strong expertise in curriculum development and in 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. She joins the Board with 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. She also has strong expertise in curriculum development and in 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 SimunovicBoard Member

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 SimunovicBoard Member

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.

Margarita LuryeBoard Member

Profile: Margarita Lurye lives, works and raises her family in the Community. A UBC Sauder School of Business alumni, Margarita Lurye is a digital banking leader with over 13 years of experience in the credit union system. In her role at Central 1 Credit Union located in False Creek, she helps millions of Canadian credit union members improve their financial literacy and achieve their financial goals with the help of digital channels. Margarita has also led product strategy at HootSuite and championed digital initiatives at Coast Capital Savings. When not working, Margarita volunteers as a Class Parent at her daughter’s 1st Grade Kitsilano-area elementary school and spends evenings negotiating with her 3-year old son over bedtime stories.

Margarita LuryeBoard Member

Profile: Margarita Lurye lives, works and raises her family in the Community. A UBC Sauder School of Business alumni, Margarita Lurye is a digital banking leader with over 13 years of experience in the credit union system. In her role at Central 1 Credit Union located in False Creek, she helps millions of Canadian credit union members improve their financial literacy and achieve their financial goals with the help of digital channels. Margarita has also led product strategy at HootSuite and championed digital initiatives at Coast Capital Savings. When not working, Margarita volunteers as a Class Parent at her daughter’s 1st Grade Kitsilano-area elementary school and spends evenings negotiating with her 3-year old son over bedtime stories.

Maya GoldsteinBoard Member

Maya lives in a co-op in Kits just a few short blocks from Kits House and is very involved in the community. Maya graduated from UBC with an MA in Human Development, Learning and Culture in the Faculty of Education. Her knowledge, experience, and interests are in 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 three year old son.

Maya GoldsteinBoard Member

Maya lives in a co-op in Kits just a few short blocks from Kits House and is very involved in the community. Maya graduated from UBC with an MA in Human Development, Learning and Culture in the Faculty of Education. Her knowledge, experience, and interests are in 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 three year old son.

Kaye KrishnaBoard Member

Kaye is an urban planner and has worked in cities across North America to strengthen public service delivery, establish bold and innovative urban strategies, and increase equity, vibrancy, and resiliency of communities. Prior to becoming a planner, she worked as a management consultant for a decade, providing strategic and operational advice and management to fortune 100 companies. She has her Masters Degree in Urban Planner from New York University. Kaye is a relative newcomer to Vancouver, moving here in 2015 from New York City with her Canadian husband and quirky southern hound dog, Atlas. They live in Kitsilano and spend a lot of their free time absorbing as much of the culture and nature the city has to offer. 

Kaye KrishnaBoard Member

Kaye is an urban planner and has worked in cities across North America to strengthen public service delivery, establish bold and innovative urban strategies, and increase equity, vibrancy, and resiliency of communities. Prior to becoming a planner, she worked as a management consultant for a decade, providing strategic and operational advice and management to fortune 100 companies. She has her Masters Degree in Urban Planner from New York University. Kaye is a relative newcomer to Vancouver, moving here in 2015 from New York City with her Canadian husband and quirky southern hound dog, Atlas. They live in Kitsilano and spend a lot of their free time absorbing as much of the culture and nature the city has to offer. 

Mike NeebBoard Member

Mike is a Kitsilano resident, and has lived in Vancouver since moving from Alberta in 2015. As a supportive housing site supervisor for Raincity Housing, Mike works in Vancouver’s downtown eastside with individuals with a history of chronic homelessness. Mike is a passionate about children’s literacy, and implemented many exciting programs while working with children and youth at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. Mike is currently attending SFU’s Non-Profit Management Program.  Mike is also an active cyclist, reader, and loves to hike with his wife and dog.

Mike NeebBoard Member

Mike is a Kitsilano resident, and has lived in Vancouver since moving from Alberta in 2015. As a supportive housing site supervisor for Raincity Housing, Mike works in Vancouver’s downtown eastside with individuals with a history of chronic homelessness. Mike is a passionate about children’s literacy, and implemented many exciting programs while working with children and youth at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. Mike is currently attending SFU’s Non-Profit Management Program.  Mike is also an active cyclist, reader, and loves to hike with his wife and dog.