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Our team is here to support you to acheive your full potential

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Zahra Esmail

Chief Executive Officer

Zahra has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years with experience in international development, housing..

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Maria Turnbull

Associate Executive Director

Maria Turnbull brings over 20 years of leadership experience in staff and director roles within the not-for-profit sector..

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Rowan King

Communications Manager

Rowan is the Communications Manager for Vantage Point, previously the Marketing & Communications Coordinator. He..

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Kathleen Lane

Learning & Evaluation Manager

Kathleen Lane was drawn to Vantage Point’s focus on lifting the capacity of not-for-profit organizations. As Learning Manager, she draws from her management..

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Shemin Bhatia

Executive Coordinator

Shemin brings a positive outlook, sense of curiosity, and attention to detail to Vantage Point. As a people person and continuous learner, Shemin is happy..

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Rachelle Smalldon

Operations Manager

Rachelle loves working with not-for-profit organizations to make them more efficient, effective, and impactful. She has over 12 years experience supporting..

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Shagun Bhanot, PhD, CPHR

People Manager

Shagun brings her warm energy, positive spirit, and passion for volunteerism to her role of People Manager at Vantage Point. As a Chartered Professional in..

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Joyce Lin

Sector Development Coordinator

Joyce is the Sector Development Coordinator for Vantage Point – she facilitates the foundational work involved in Vantage Point’s goals to contribute to a..

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Dorla Tune

Organizational Consultant

Dorla Tune is our Organizational Consultant who supports and strengthens our training, planning, and consulting services. Dorla has over 20 years’ experience..

JP Baker

Planning Consultant

JP is our Planning Consultant, ready to support organizations strategize the most effective ways to reach their goals. JP has extensive experience as a facilitator..

Olivia Gordon

Client and Program Delivery Coordinator

Olivia is our Client and Program Delivery Coordinator, who is the first to greet our clients interested in custom and on-site delivery opportunities. She brings..

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Dillon Dhak

Marketing & Communication Coordinator

Dillon Dhak is Vantage Point’s Marketing & Communications Coordinator. He is responsible for the design and build of the new Vantage Point…

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Samantha Kannegieter

Education & Projects Coordinator

Samantha (or Sam) is our Education and Projects Coordinator where she works with clients to support registration and delivery..

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Biao Zheng

Operations and Fund Development Coordinator

Biao is our Operations and Fund Development Coordinator, who has a passion for continually learning and tackling..

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Jenessa Ellis

Interim Sector Development Coordinator

Jenessa is our Interim Sector Development Coordinator, who has a passion for volunteering and continually pushing..

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Cherie Payne

Director of Government Relations and Sector Development

Cherie is our Director of Government Relations and Sector Development. Born and raised in Vancouver, Cherie has lived in seven cities on three continents. She is a..

Board of Directors

Gordon Matchett

Chair

Gordon Matchett is a senior leader in with over 25 years’ experience in the not-for profit and corporate sectors, and has earned a Masters of Business Administration..

Bruce Okabe

Director

Bruce has an extensive background in corporate strategy, marketing, and leadership. At TELUS Corporation he held executive positions in marketing..

Cheryle Beaumont

Vice Chair

As the Head of School at Urban Academy, New Westminster’s premier JK-Grade 12 private school, Cheryle Beaumont provides leadership and direction to help..

Azim Dahya

Director

Azim is a project manager (BSc, PMP), trainer and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) at AAD Consultants Inc. He is a leader, trainer, mentor..

Bob Wang

Treasurer

Bob Wang is currently the VP of Finance at Traction Guest, a fast-growing venture-backed startup. He’s passionate about helping teams succeed and organizations..

Robbert Visscher

Director

Robbert has a broad and varied international background, both in education and work experience as well as board experience. After finishing his Masters..

Lori Pyne

Director

Lori Pyne has worked as a socially responsible leader, facilitator and community builder. She has managed multiple projects..

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Trish Kelly

Director

Trish Kelly is a purpose-driven leader who uses a facilitative leadership style alongside an equity lens in her professional work and..

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Jennifer McKinnon

Director

Jennifer is a BCIT graduate in Human Resources and working towards her Operations Management. She is a Director..

Paromita Naidu, BA, MA, MHA

Director

After an early career in academic and nonprofit leadership, Mita has transitioned into communications..

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