2017 -18 Board of Directors

Anthony Fast

Client Care Specialist

2 Years 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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Ellen Gukova

Certified Financial Planner

Board of Directors: Treasurer

3 Years on the Board of Directors

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Lisa Corriveau

Freelance Writer

Board of Directors: Secretary

5 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

5 Years on the Board of Directors

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.

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

4 Years on the Board of Directors

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

Felicity Turner

Marketing Advisor/Primary Cargiver

1st Years on the Board of Directors

BIO Felicity is mother of two girls - 4 and 1 year old. Since moving to Vancouver in February of 2016 from Austrailia, Felicty and her familiy have come love Vancouver and the community mindedness of the people in Mount Pleasant.

Favourite Quote: "Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don't plan it, don't wait for it, just let it happen." Agent Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks.

Natacha de Jesus

Front Line Worker/Primary Caregiver

1st Year on the Board of Directors

BIO Natacha is a mental health and addictions support worker in the downtown east side and a primary caregiver of her daughter.  Natacha has an undergraduate degree in  health sciences with a primary focus on advocacy and ethics.

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Alexis Stoymenoff

Marketing Specialist

2 Years on the Board of Directors

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.

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Jessica Robinet

Family Daycare Provider

2 Years on the Board of Directors

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.

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Yazmin Vazquez

Primary Caregiver

2 Years on the Board of Directors

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.

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

Madeleine Speck

Research Assistant

2 Years on the Board of Directors

BIO Madeleine moved to Vancouver from Germany over 15 years ago and is calling Mount Pleasant her home. She works at the BC Children Hospital Research Institute in the field of immune regulation and in her spare time loves spending time with her 2 year old son and husband. Madeleine is very outdoor orientated and enjoys teaching her son all about nature. She is excited to work more with her local community by being a board member for the family center.

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Michelle Zapiola

Student

1 Year on the Board of Directors

BIO Michelle is a fourth year student at UBC studying Economics and International Relations. A former MPFCS attendee, she is thrilled to be back here once more, contributing to the wonderful community that gave her an amazing childhood.

Favourite Quote: "We have to be continually jumping off cliffs and dveloping wings on our way down." - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Satara Wolfe

 Primary Caregiver

1 Year on the Board of Directors

BIO Satara currently raises three male human beings. Previous work includes natural resources and engineering fields in office management. She grew up in a small town BC but has called Vancouver home since 2003. Being part of this board is one way she gives back to the community that supported her family when her boys were little.

Favourite Quote: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." - Tolstoy

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