Board of Directors




Heather_Dale.jpgHeather Dale

Heather Dale is a lawyer who questions the status quo, supports politics and cultures that reclaim the history and agency of those subordinated by power structures. She believes in proportional representation, smiling at dogs and live music.  





Ashley Curammeng

Ashley is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA CA) with over ten years of accounting and finance experience. Currently, Ashley works at Vancity Credit Union, a values-based financial co-operative, helping develop healthy communities that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. Between her time at Vancity and her previous experience as an auditor, she has extensive experience preparing financial statements and budgets, and reviewing internal controls. After being a reader and customer of Megaphone and Hope in Shadows for years, she was proud to join the Board in 2017 to further support Megaphone’s mission. Ashley loves watching terrible action movies, trying every pie she sees (except for any pie that has raisins because why would you do that to a perfectly good pie?), and collecting Christmas ornaments. She can be found walking around Vancouver smiling at every dog she sees. Or at a pie shop.



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Shila is an outreach social worker in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, passionate about social and economic justice. Prior to her current role, she has worked in emergency shelters, political organizing, and education. A graduate of University of British Columbia’s School of Social Work, Shila earned a distinguished scholarship for community leadership in her final year. She brings a wealth of experience in health care & government system navigation, crisis intervention, community building, and advocacy. Rooted in her upbringing in Indonesia, where the phrase “Have you eaten?” is a greeting, she deeply believes in the power of sharing food and laughter in fostering connection. 




Ashley Dreger

Ashley is a social worker and has been working with non-profit organizations for the past 15 years. She has worked with organizations in Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia and spent five years working on an executive team to grow a small non-profit organization into a thriving social enterprise. She loves seeing how all the parts of an organization work together and has experience working in many areas including front-line services, volunteer management, donation processing, human resources, and administration. Ashley is passionate about capacity building, Indigenous rights, and the healing power of the creative arts. She also enjoys a good book, a good laugh, and a good walk in the woods.




Laura Mannix

Laura Mannix is an advocate committed to promoting social justice and building communities rooted in equity, relationship and compassion. A first generation Arab-Australian, her lived experience growing up mixed race in a bi-cultural family on the territory of the Boon Wurrung peoples has provided a valuable foundation for the intent of her work as Director of Community Development at DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, working with its Refugee, Settlement and Community Programs, convening the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership and working with the team at Megaphone as a Board Member. Prior to immigrating to Canada, Laura worked internationally with asylum seekers in detention and in human rights advocacy and impact campaigning. Laura contributes to community building advisories and committees throughout B.C, volunteers in her neighbourhood of East Vancouver and continues to try to master her Meme's Molokhia (very unsuccessfully!). 



Ravi Patel

Ravi Patel moved to Vancouver in April 2018 from London, UK. He is hugely inspired by the mission of Street Corner Media Foundation and is grateful to become a board member in order to give back to the local Vancouver community around him. Ravi has spent his career working at the intersection of social impact, technology and business. He started his career as an analyst at an education impact investment fund. He then joined an education technology startup as a Product Manager, helping teachers to automate administrative tasks in the classroom. In 2016, he switched industries and became the COO of Engaged Tracking, an organization that helps investors decarbonize their investment portfolios and build socially responsible investments. Currently, Ravi is a Product Manager at Thinkific, an education technology company that helps people create their own online courses. After work, Ravi is an active community builder for Men of Colour, creating brave spaces where they can show up and build emotional depth together. You can also find him in a dance studio practicing bachata and hip hop, and he is always keen to meet people who can help him improve his rusty Spanish and French skills as well!



Jo Shin

Jo Shin (she/her) has been a Megaphone Magazine board member since 2014. She's seen the organization grow from strength-to-strength and is proud of the award-winning organization's commitment to vendors, community and poverty reduction.

Professionally, Jo is a User Researcher who works with companies and designers to empower people – as technology users, consumers and citizens. Jo brings her professional and social justice work together as a Co-Founder/Co-Organizer of TechInColour, a community organization working to provide equitable access to opportunities in tech for racialized tech workers in BC.



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