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Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, an Indigenous Canadian judge, lawyer and advocate for children and Indigenous restorative justice, has joined University of British Columbia as the inaugural director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and as a professor with the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Turpel-Lafond, or Aki-kwe, is Cree and Scottish with kinship ties in First Nations in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. She is recognized internationally for her pioneering work as B.C.’s first Representative for Children and Youth. Turpel-Lafond was a Saskatchewan Provincial Court judge for 20 years (1998-2018), has served as a mediator and negotiator on land claims and Indigenous and human rights matters and has worked in public law litigation.
Vancity credit union members have elected Teresa Conway, Jan O’Brien and Bill Chan to the board of directors, each for a three-year term. Conway, a chartered accountant with a strong financial background and knowledge base in strategy, finance and risk management, and a Vancity member for 25 years, has been re-elected for her third term. O’Brien, a former journalist with experience in financial management, governance, labour relations and advocacy in the community and not-for-profit sectors, and a Vancity member for 40 years, has been re-elected for her fourth term. Chan, senior vice-president and CFO at Encorp Pacific, branded as Return-It, has been a Vancity member for 39 years and has been elected for his first term.
Rochelle Steiner has been appointed associate director and chief curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, effective June 1. Steiner has more than 20 years of experience in the visual arts; she has organized over 60 major art exhibitions and large-scale public art projects in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Most recently she co-curated Access+Ability at New York’s Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Steiner has held senior positions in museums and public institutions internationally including director of the Public Art Fund, New York; chief curator, Serpentine Gallery, London; and associate curator of contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Steiner has been professor of critical studies at the Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California since 2010, and also served as dean of the Roski School from 2010-12.
Berlin-based producer Misha Aster and Winnipeg-based music and marketing executive Neil Middleton have been appointed vice-president, artistic planning and production, and vice-president, marketing and sales, respectively, at Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Aster is a Canadian-born producer, director, writer and educator; he has previously worked for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tyrolean State Opera and the American Repertory Theatre, among other companies, and most recently served as executive producer at Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music. Middleton is currently vice-president of marketing and sponsorship for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, where he has served for the past four years; he has experience as a strategic analyst for Gravity Ltd., a digital-first marketing agency, and in development with Soundstreams Canada.
Mark Fattedad, partner at Jarislowsky Fraser Global Investment Management, recently retired from the Down Syndrome Research Foundation’s (DSRF) board after 10 years of service. Two new members have been appointed to the board for two-year terms: Sally Greenwood, vice-president, communications and societal engagement, at Genome BC, and Bridget Noonan, partner, Clearline CPA and Clearline Consulting.
Harry Chew, Sonny Chew and Trent Hunter have tendered their resignations as directors of Dragonfly Capital Corp. Harry Chew has also resigned as president, CEO and CFO. As a result, Martin Bajic, Kent Deuters and Gregory Galanis have been appointed as directors of Dragonfly. Deuters has been appointed president and CEO and Bajic has been appointed CFO.
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IA Financial Group donated $12,500 to YWCA Metro Vancouver. The funds will support Welcome to My Life, an after-school program designed to promote healthy choices and self-awareness among girls in Grade 7.
Coast Capital Savings donated $8,000 to Science World British Columbia through its Community Investment Grants for Youth. The grant will support high school students as they pursue their interests in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields through the Future Science Leaders program and its 2018 expansion into the Fraser Valley.
The Province of British Columbia donated a $173,000 grant to Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. These funds will help the organization match vulnerable girls with supportive mentors through its one-to-one mentoring program.
Attendees of the #IWANT2BE event donated $350,000 to One Girl Can, a Vancouver-based organization founded by Lotte Davis, CEO and co-founder of AG Hair, that gives girls in Africa the funds to attend school. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will fund 95 high school and 85 university scholarships for girls in Kenya and Uganda. •