DSC03660_edited.jpg

2020/21 Board of Directors

Madeleine image.jpg
Madeleine image.jpg

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."

- Oscar Wilde

MADELEINE SPECK

Research Assistant

Secretary, 5th Year on the Board

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.

Tom image.jpg
Tom image.jpg

"I don't know where I'm going from here but I promise it won't be boring."

- David Bowie

TOM LINKLATER

Digital/eCommerce Manager

Treasurer, 2nd Year on the Board

Tom moved to Mount Pleasant from the UK in early 2019 and spent 18 months looking after his two pre-school children as they settled into life as Canadians, quickly becoming regulars at MPFCS. As a first-time full-time dad, the friendship, support and community offered by the Family Centre became an essential part of each week and he is pleased and proud to be able to contribute to the Society now as a member of the Board. Tom loves being outdoors and being connected to the local community so can often be found walking, golfing, fishing and tending to his local traffic circle! 

Farah Samli portrait.jpg
Farah Samli portrait.jpg

"Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming."

- Alice Walker

E. FARAH SAMLI

Chief Domestic Engineer

Director, 2nd Year on the Board

Farah and her family moved to Vancouver in 2017 and live in the False Creek/Olympic Village area. Farah earned her doctorate in Infectious Disease and has worked as a research scientist. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and every chance to be outdoors.  As the co-creator of two amazing humans, Farah currently operates as the family's Chief Domestic Engineer and has been an active member of the Mount Pleasant Family Center. Her connection with the centre has helped to fill some of the gaps inherent to parenting in the absence of extended family. She believes the centre’s support of families through connection, community and growth is both imperative and impactful in our community.

Michelle H. image .jpg
Sarah and Girls_edited.jpg

.

Sarah Chu

Marketing and Social Media Specialist

Director, 1st Year on the Board

Sarah Chu has been lucky to call Vancouver home her entire life, she grew up in False Creek and is now happily settled in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. Sarah works as a Building Manager and also manages the social media of a media company. She is the mother of 2 wonderful little girls which is her favourite and most fulfilling role. She got involved with the Mount Pleasant Family Centre about a year ago by attending drop ins with her youngest daughter. Sarah was amazed to hear all the incredible work that the Centre was doing, from parenting workshops and discussing environmental issues to aiding refugee families. Sarah is excited to continue the spread of care and warmth by volunteering as a Board Member.

IMG_0012_original.jpg

"Let us become the change we seek in the world."

- Mahatma Gandhi

YAZMIN VAZQUEZ

Freelancing Mama

Director, 5th Year on the Board

Yazmin and her husband moved to Canada in 2014 looking to raise their 1 year old by the Pacific ocean and beautiful rainforest. Her son was fortunate to attend the Centre Drop-in as one of his weekly activities with mom in his toddler years. Yazmin’s background in education and family engagement quickly made her realize how valuable the work of the MPFC was, and encouraged her to get involved and give back through the Board of Directors. Yazmin’s background and experience allows her to bring a multi-layered perspective to the board as a parent and educator.

IMG_1679.JPG

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."

- Von Goethe

JAMES DERMER

Business Owner

Director, 4th Year on the Board

James was born and raised in East Vancouver and currently lives in the Mt. Pleasant / Cedar Cottage area with his wife and their 2 small children, Ashton and Genie. He has a diploma of Small Business Entrepreneurship and works as the operations manager for his family's business. James can often be found singing songs about itsy-bitsy spiders at the MPFCS drop-in center, running laps around Trout Lake, or cycling the city with a baby chariot in tow. James also volunteers for community events as an Emergency Medical Responder and has enjoyed his years on the MPFCS Board of Directors.

MPFCS LOGO.png

"We have to be continually jumping off cliffs and developing wings on the way down."

- Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

MICHELLE ZAPIOLA

Student

Director, 5th Year on the Board

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.

IMG_2175.JPG

"A ship in a harbour is safe

But that is not what ships are built for."

John A. Shedd

PAULA O'SULLIVAN

Registered Nurse

Director, 1st Year on the Board

Paula stumbled upon the MPFC when her first born was a babe in arms and the Centre was only 15 years young. Despite her two kids now being fully blossomed adults, she has never forgotten the much needed warm welcome and generous support from the staff at the Centre. She recognizes how they continue to serve families of the community today and looks forward to being able to assist them in their good work. When she isn’t working a shift at VGH or volunteering at a music or film festival, you might just run into her on a hiking trail or a local tennis court!

MPFCS LOGO.png

.

ALDEA PALLARD

Director, 1st Year on the Board

.

Where families connect, share, learn and grow.