Alan Kwinter, Chair
Alan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1972, and has been involved in the treatment of adolescents and their families in British Columbia since 1974. He has extensive experience operating residential treatment centres, schools for troubled youth and family counselling programs in the Lower Mainland of BC. In 2004 Alan founded Hollyburn Family Services Society with the mission to serve vulnerable citizens on the North Shore. The agency has grown to offer a range of fully integrated community-based services.
David Ayriss, Co-Vice Chair
David Ayriss is a retired Portfolio Manager with over 35 years experience in the investment industry. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the CFA Institute as well as the International Foundation of Employee Benefit’s Plan. He was responsible for managing a significant number of the Leith Wheeler’s Pension accounts, as well as University and Corporate mandates. He has been a speaker at TMAC (Treasury Managers Association of Canada) as well as a major Western Canadian University.
Lynn Green, Co-Vice Chair
Lynn received a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, along with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. With this background, she has been a teacher and counsellor in elementary and secondary schools in Ontario and BC, and latterly assumed various leadership roles in the Vancouver School Board. Prior to serving as President and CEO of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, Lynn was an Associate Superintendent with the Vancouver Board of Education where she supported the work of 34 elementary and secondary schools throughout the city.
Christine Alsop, Secretary
Christine practiced law for 35 years in private practice and also as an in-house General Counsel. She has chaired a number of professional and business associations. Christine has Board experience in many and varied non-profit organizations in sectors such as community service and development, arts and theatre, education, and cultural and historical endeavors. Her professional and community history provides her with valuable experience in governance principles and practices that are fundamental to an organization’s successful and effective operations.
Robert (Bob) Tanaka, Treasurer
Bob received his Bachelor of Commerce from UBC and joined a large international accounting firm upon graduation. He received his CA in 1984 and was promoted to Senior Manager in 1987. He joined a local accounting firm as partner and helped operate the practice for twenty years. He currently provides consulting services to private companies. Bob has served on a number of community Boards including the Coquitlam Foundation, Crossroads Hospice Society and the Coquitlam Public Library. He also assists his local Church parish as a member of the finance committee.
Neil Kelly, Director at Large
Neil has a Bachelor of Science, a Masters in Business Administration, and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia since 1994. Neil is currently employed by BC Hydro where he manages a group that provides schedule, cost, risk and other support services to larger generation capital projects. Neil was previously the Treasurer for West Vancouver Family Place Society and is involved in several other community organizations.
Paul J. Tutsch, Director at Large
Paul grew up in Montreal and graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil Engineering) in 1968. Paul spent 35 years in the securities and investment industry in Canada and was a consultant to and director of a number of public and private businesses in British Columbia during 1990s. Paul is presently a Board member of the West Vancouver Arts Centre Trust, and has served on the Hollyburn Family Services Society Board since its inception in 2004.
Michael Thorne, Director at Large
Mike is an independent Certified Financial Planner and insurance specialist, with over 30 years of industry experience servicing families and small business clients. He also has extensive community volunteer experience, having served on the Boards of the Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation, the False Creek Yacht Club, the Vancouver Sea Festival, and the Molson Indy Vancouver. He is a founding member of Hollyburn Family Services Society. Mike has lived and worked on the North Shore for most of his life.
Jason Wexler, Director at Large
Jason is currently the VP of Design and Development with British Pacific Properties working on local north shore residential and commercial projects with a focus on sustainability and design. After graduating from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Architecture 1996, he moved to British Columbia in 1999. Jason and his wife Kirsten moved to the north shore in 2005 and are avid outdoor enthusiasts enjoying all of the recreational opportunities in the local mountains. He volunteers with the District of West Vancouver on the Arts Facility Advisory Committee and has volunteered in the past with the Whistler Advisory Design Panel, UDI Policy Review Committee, AIBC Mentor Program, Habitat for Humanity and the West Vancouver Modern Homes Tour.
Nancy Farran, Director at Large
Nancy has lived on the North Shore for over 40 years. She is a Vice-President & Wealth Advisor at RBC Dominion Securities in West Vancouver. Nancy has always been an active volunteer. She is currently an Elder in the Presbyterian church and chair of the West Vancouver Foundation. She has one daughter living in Victoria. Her interests include reading well and playing golf badly.
Chelsea Dill, Director at Large
Chelsea attended the University of Calgary where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies. Since then, Chelsea has lived and worked in Calgary, Dubai and now Vancouver. Chelsea currently works at Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel as Manager, Institutional Operations and Administration and also is Secretary for the Vancouver Hospice Society Board of Directors. Chelsea is communications and operations generalist with an interest in building the most effective organizations possible. For nearly 15 years, she has been helping organizations streamline workflows and enhance communications. She is also well-versed in brand management, corporate sponsorship, investor relations, change management, employee engagement, event management, and traditional and digital marketing.