Our People

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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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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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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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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…

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Tamana Aurom

Education Program Lead

Tamana is our Education Program Lead, who brings a curious, playful, and intuitive lens to life and to her work. Along..

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Alina Emery

Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

Alina is our Volunteer Engagement Coordinator leading our team of Knowledge Philanthropists. Alina has a passion..

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Bethany Josh

Administrative Coordinator

Bethany is our Administrative Coordinator and likely your first point of contact at Vantage Point! Bethany has a passion…

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Julija Jeremic

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Curriculum Developer

Julija brings over 20 years of experience in facilitation, leadership, and research…

Board of Directors

Gordon Matchett


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Trish Kelly


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


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

Paromita Naidu, BA, MA, MHA


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

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