Board

Karen Lucke

Project Manager

Board of Directors: Chair

Bio Karen holds an MBA with a specialty in Marketing and Leadership. She is a business consultant whose practice focuses on working with organizations to improve the tools and processes for capturing and retaining knowledge. She has also worked in the not-for-profit sector, delivering a business course to individuals impacted by unemployment or, in some cases, loss of their entire economic framework. Four years ago, Karen was introduced to the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society and she quickly became an engaged supporter of the programs and services the Society offers to families in the community. As a member of Board for the past four years (and this year's Board Chair), Karen is proud to see the growth and accomplishments of the Society and is excited about helping the Society continue to fulfill it's mandate to serve the families of the Mount Pleasant community and the families of immigrants and refugees with young children." 

Four Years on the Board of Directors

Favourite Quote: “Cultivate a spirit of charity; be ready to do for others more than you would expect from them if the circumstances were reversed.”

Ellen Gukova

Certified Financial Planner

Board of Directors: Treasurer

2 Years on the Board of Directors

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Lisa Corriveau

Freelance Writer

Board of Directors: Secretary

Four Years on the Board of Directors

Favourite Quote: "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." -Thomas Edison

Bernadett Askey

Interior Designer and Educator

Bio Bernadett has her Interior Design Diploma and Bachelor of Science in Interior Design Degree. Her career ranges from being a Tutor, an Educator and an Independent Designer. She also earned her Masters in Education in Adult Education from Argosy University in 2015. Presently, she resides in Vancouver with her Graphic Designer husband and two young children. In her sparetime, she also enjoys illustrating children's stories. 

Four Years on the Board of Directors

Favourite Quote: “If you teach a subject, you win, you lose; but if you teach a person, you'll win, no matter what the outcome!” -Unknown

Tillie Kwan

Architectural Design Professional

Three Years on the Board of Directors

Favourite Quote: "To create one must first question everything." -Eileen Gray

Lisa Marcos

Teacher

Four Years on the Board of Directors

Lisa has a passion for Experiential Education, which has brought her to a wide variety of teaching experiences around the globe. Her high-school Biology classes have taken place in the cloud forests of Colombia, urban parks in Taiwan, peat bogs in the Bay of Fundy and even from the deck of a tall ship during a two-year circumnavigation of the world with Class Afloat. Now at home in Mount Pleasant, she and her two young children have been busily exploring what it means to strengthen connections within the local community. As a parent who knows the value of the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society programs first-hand, Lisa has used her international and local experiences with families to help support the MPFCS on the Board of Directors since 2013.

Favourite Quote: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

Anthony Fast

Client Care Specialist

First Year on the Board of Directors

Bio Before and during university, Anthony Fast worked with families and children during his summers working at a community daycare, and helped first-year students transition to university life through his work with University of Victoria Residence Life & Education. After starting a job at Credit Counselling Society, Anthony began volunteering as a board member for the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society in 2016 to pursue his passion for creating connections and building a supportive community. One of the reasons Anthony loves living in Vancouver is for the outdoor activities available in and around the city; never discouraged by a bit of rain, Anthony enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing in his spare time

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Alexis Stoymenoff

Marketing Specialist

Bio Alexis is a nonprofit communications professional and former journalist, specializing in environmental and social justice. She is currently the Senior Communications and Engagement Specialist at West Coast Environmental Law, where she is focused on engaging people and connecting them with the knowledge and tools they need to create positive change. Before transitioning to the nonprofit sector, Alexis worked as a reporter in Vancouver covering local news, environmental and sustainability issues. As a resident of Mount Pleasant who cares deeply about cultivating community, Alexis is excited to be working with the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society as a member of the board. 

First Year on the Board of Directors

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Jessica Robinet

Family Daycare Provider

Bio Jessica has been working and supporting young children and families, in various child care settings, for 25 years.  Working with young children helps to keep her grounded in the present moment and engaged in spontaneous learning opportunities.  She has a deep respect and appreciation for her personal practice of Yoga and T'ai Chi.  These internal arts, help her to strive towards wellness and deeper personal connections with those she meets and engages with on a day to day basis. She is the proud parent of two young boys and currently operates a family childcare out of her home.  She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the MPFCS - helping to foster creative, vibrant and strong individuals, families and communities.

First Year on the Board of Directors

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Yazmin Vazquez

Primary Caregiver

Bio Yazmin is a homemaker who also serves as a Spanish Development Team contributor for ReadyRosie, an interactive early education tool that provides daily activities to do with children to help them prepare for school success. Yazmin was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. She moved to the US where she received a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Bilingual Education. Before becoming a mother, Yazmin spent 7 years doing what she was most passionate about, promote school readiness in Pre-K children from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Working as a Bilingual Teacher for a Federal program such as Head Start, she was able to build relationships with families that supported family well-being, and delivered a comprehensive early childhood education. Yazmin’s background and experience allows her to bring a multi-layered perspective to the board as a parent and advocate. Yazmin is excited to be able to have an impact in her new community through the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society board, and hopes to bring enthusiasm and a “can-do” attitude to the team. 

First Year on the Board of Directors

Favourite Quote:  "Let us become the change we seek in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi

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