Community Board

Meet the board

Michael WeberCo-Chair

Profile: Michael is a business lawyer who works in downtown, Vancouver at a dynamic business and entertainment law firm (Michael, Evrensel & Pawar LLP). As a practicing lawyer, he is able to assist Kits House in its risk management and conflict resolution processes. In a prior life, Michael and his spouse lived in Taiwan as English teachers. He enjoys all things sport and is very physically active. Michael, his spouse, Sheryl, and his newborn son, Noah, live in Kitsilano.

Michael WeberCo-Chair

Profile: Michael is a business lawyer who works in downtown, Vancouver at a dynamic business and entertainment law firm (Michael, Evrensel & Pawar LLP). As a practicing lawyer, he is able to assist Kits House in its risk management and conflict resolution processes. In a prior life, Michael and his spouse lived in Taiwan as English teachers. He enjoys all things sport and is very physically active. Michael, his spouse, Sheryl, and his newborn son, Noah, live in Kitsilano.

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.

Christopher LimBoard Member

Profile: Christopher is the Manager of Accounting at Raymond James Ltd, one of Canada’s largest independent wealth management and investment brokerage firms. His experience is focused on for profit and non-profit financial reporting and governance. Prior to joining Raymond James Ltd, he was an auditor with Deloitte & Touche LLP in the financial services practice. In his spare time, Christopher is an avid hiker and rock climber.

Christopher LimBoard Member

Profile: Christopher is the Manager of Accounting at Raymond James Ltd, one of Canada’s largest independent wealth management and investment brokerage firms. His experience is focused on for profit and non-profit financial reporting and governance. Prior to joining Raymond James Ltd, he was an auditor with Deloitte & Touche LLP in the financial services practice. In his spare time, Christopher is an avid hiker and rock climber.

Terry VanderkruykCo-chair

Profile: Terry has had an extensive business career, mainly in the life sciences sector.  He lives in Kitsilano with his wife, Zena and has two grown daughters. When not involved growing a business he can usually be found hiking, cycling, playing sports or exploring the road less traveled with Zena.

Terry VanderkruykCo-chair

Profile: Terry has had an extensive business career, mainly in the life sciences sector.  He lives in Kitsilano with his wife, Zena and has two grown daughters. When not involved growing a business he can usually be found hiking, cycling, playing sports or exploring the road less traveled with Zena.

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!

Kate FitzPatrickBoard Member

Profile: Kate is a proactive HR professional with proven track record of partnering with business leaders to support and achieve business goals. She has hands-on experience overseeing organization-wide succession programs and a demonstrated ability to advise leaders in workforce planning, succession development, performance management, labour relations and application of collective agreements in a union environment. Kate has extensive project management experience on service transformation and change management initiatives. Kate holds a Master’s Degree in Communications.

Kate FitzPatrickBoard Member

Profile: Kate is a proactive HR professional with proven track record of partnering with business leaders to support and achieve business goals. She has hands-on experience overseeing organization-wide succession programs and a demonstrated ability to advise leaders in workforce planning, succession development, performance management, labour relations and application of collective agreements in a union environment. Kate has extensive project management experience on service transformation and change management initiatives. Kate holds a Master’s Degree in Communications.

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.