KidSafe’s volunteer Board of Directors oversees the strategic, financial and operational sustainability of the organization and is comprised of business and community leaders, advisors and other professionals.
Co-Chair & Treasurer
Co-Chair & Treasurer
Jonathan Wong is a Manager at KPMG LLP in the Vancouver audit practice and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He joined the Kidsafe Board of Directors in 2012 and is excited to utilize his skill set to help children and to give back to the community.
Professionally, Jonathan has a broad range of experience assisting clients ranging from large financial institutions to non-profit foundations, including participation as an external advisor on various boards, audit, finance and risk committees.
Jonathan actively volunteers as an external advisor to ENP (Enterprising Non-Profits), providing assistance on financial analysis and risk management related matters to social enterprises across Canada.
Zoe Grams is a Communications Specialist who works with not-for-profits, arts organizations, and publishing houses with a view to creating long-lasting awareness, dialogue, and positive social change. She is delighted to sit on KidSafe’s Board of Directors and chair the Marketing & Communications Committee.
With an agency background and experience working in both the United Kingdom and Canada, Zoe has provided marketing, PR, and copywriting services to organizations such as UBC, The Transplantation Society, UNICEF, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and D&M Publishers. She writes about politics and performing arts for a variety of publication, and teaches Writing for the Web at Capilano University.
With an MA in Philosophy from the University of Glasgow, Zoe strongly believes in the power of education to achieve social justice. As such, KidSafe’s work teaching and nourishing vulnerable children in our society is of great interest
Carla Alexander is an Instructor and Coordinator in the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies at Douglas College. As a social worker, she worked with children, youth, families and communities in family support and community development for over 10 years in the non profit sector in the Lower Mainland. Areas of practice and research include family work, children and youth work, community development, settlement, intimate partner violence, social worker-client relationship, collaborative practice, and social work education.
Carla has been a member of the Kidsafe Program Committee for nearly 5 years and is inspired by the love and commitment the Kidsafe staff share with the children as well as the smiles, friendship, and spirit of living that the children bring to the program and staff. Carla has a Masters and PhD in Social Work, and is a Registered Social Worker in BC. Currently, Carla is a member of the Tri-Cities Best Practice Committee.
Outside of work, Carla enjoys cooking, swimming, photography, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Teri Christopher joined KidSafe’s board in 2016. She is also a member of KidSafe’s Fundraising Committee and Co-chair of KidSafe’s Golf Committee. A graduate of UBC and Ryerson, she is a professional event manager through TLC Fundraising Event Management and has been responsible for organizing a number of significant events. Teri is also a Director of the Mary and Gordon Christopher Foundation, which has been a strong supporter of KidSafe for many years.
Kris is a Human Resources professional with a background in the core disciplines of Business Partnership, Talent Acquisition and Management, Employment Relations, Total Rewards, Learning and Development, Engagement and Strategy.
His recent experience includes HR Leader at Allnorth Consultants Ltd, a people and client focused Technical Consulting firm. Throughout his career, Kris has developed strong partnerships with the business and developed sound strategy for success for the organization as well as employee.
Kris holds a BSc from The University of Saskatchewan, a CHRP designation, and is currently completing an Executive Certificate in Human Resources Leadership at UBC Sauder Executive Education.
In Kris’ spare time, he likes to hike, jog, bicycle, ski, golf and spend time outdoors with his wife, dog and friends.
James is a lawyer and partner with Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP. He joined the Kidsafe Board in September 2014 after serving on the Golf Committee. James is the Chair of the Fundraising Committee.
James’ litigation practice is focused on commercial and business disputes. He contributes to the legal profession as an author and editor of several legal publications, as well as serving as a faculty member for continuing legal education courses. Prior to practising law, he was the law clerk to the former Chief Justice of British Columbia, the Honourable Allan McEachern.
James views the best part of volunteering with KidSafe as getting to meet the kids through the year at KidSafe events. The children’s natural humour and curiousity never fail to remind him why all of this is so worthwhile.
Outside of work, James enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, as well as cycling, squash, and following the ups and downs of FC Barcelona.
Krystyna Niziolek is a Vancouver principal presently at Sir James Douglas Elementary School. She has been in education for the past 35 years and is proud to say that she has taught every grade level from Kindergarten to grade 7. Krystyna has a background in Fine Arts and continues to teach in various educational settings promoting the arts and children’s creativity as a vehicle for self-expression.
In addition, Krystyna is also a board member of Catching the Spirit Youth Society, an environmental stewardship organization committed to providing free camping weekends in 4 regional parks in the lower mainland for students aged 12 to 18. She believes strongly that children need opportunities to be in nature to foster environmental understanding and social learning.
Inspector Howard Tran
Inspector Howard Tran
Howard joined the Vancouver Police Department in 1997 and has worked in a wide variety of assignments including as a patrol constable, Recruiting Unit, Major Crime Section, Professional Standards Section and the Mental Health Unit. Currently, he is the Inspector in charge of the Youth Services Section and the Mental Health Portfolio with oversight for the VPD’s youth and mental health programs. These include partnerships with the VSB with the School Liaison Program and Vancouver Coastal Health with Car 87 and the Assertive Community Treatment and Assertive Outreach Teams.
Along with KidSafe, Howard also serves on a number of boards related to his work with youth and mental health, such as, the Pulling Together Canoe Society, the Community Legal Assistance Society and the UBC Institute of Mental Health.
Howard is also on a number of advisory councils and steering committees, most notably: co-chair of “Project Link” – VPD-VCH Steering Committee on Mental Health, the Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addiction, the BC Alliance on Mental Health and Addiction, the Vancouver Collective Impact Project on Mental Health and Addiction, Advisory Council to the BC Representative for Children and Youth, and the Inter-Ministry Committee on Youth Justice.
Eileen Vanderburgh is a lawyer and partner in the law firm Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP. She joined the Kidsafe Board in January 2014.
In her litigation and administrative law practice she has acted for and advised a wide range of clients including school boards, health authorities, regulatory bodies, local governments, non-profit societies, minor sports associations, corporations and individuals. She has particular experience in information and privacy, human rights, and risk management issues relating to sport and other programs for children and youth. She is happy to have the opportunity to apply her skills and experience to help KidSafe deliver its invaluable programs to Vancouver’s most vulnerable children.
Eileen is also a Governor of the Law Foundation of British Columbia, a foundation that provides grants to organizations providing services to enhance access to justice for disadvantaged groups and communities in B.C., as well as to organizations working in public legal education, legal research and law reform.
Kory Wilson, BSc., LL.B, is Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach both nations are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation. She is a mum and a member of the We Wai Kai Nation.
Currently, Kory is the Executive Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She is a member of the BC Law Society and the founder of Right 2 Learn. Kory has 20 years experience in Post-Secondary education. She has taught a wide variety of courses at various post-secondary institutions and they arrange from law, Aboriginal and Canadian studies, community development and good governance. Kory’s passion and research is in ensuring success for Aboriginal Learners and other multi-barriered learners. She has a deep commitment to education, both within the institutions and in the community, and she has dedicated her working life to ensuring that Aboriginal learners and other marginalized learners succeed.
Mary Wilson is a Program Manager at Telus and brings over 15 years experience in global project and program management. Professionally, Mary is skilled in organizing and coordinating the development of strategic plans, the design and implementation of complex, high risk, organization-wide change initiatives, and change sustainment and improvement processes. The mother of two young children, Mary joined the Kidsafe Board of Directors in 2017 and is excited to utilize her skills and experience to help children and to give back to the community.