Krista Gerty (she/her/hers) has almost 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and fundraising, corporate communications and community relations. She is inspired by Megaphone’s work and grateful to be part of its board. She has a passion for social justice, which led her to her current work in social innovation, systems change, and collaboration among nonprofits and government. Krista is currently Director, Community Development with Foundry. While she feels she is always learning, her formal education includes a BA from UBC and an MA in community development from UVic. Krista is a settler on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-waututh Nations, in what is now called East Vancouver. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors.
Kevin Hollett (he/him/his) is a longtime Megaphone supporter. He started as a volunteer in 2008 shortly after Megaphone launched and was editor-in-chief from 2010-2014. Now he's a regular reader, monthly donor, and proud board member. Kevin is a communications professional whose work has focused on public health and social justice. His experience includes working with international organizations and community-level non-profits, where he has developed campaign, advocacy, and media strategies. Currently, he's an associate director at the BC Centre on Substance Use, where he oversees the organization's communications and stakeholder engagement work. Previously he was the director of communications for Pivot Legal Society, a non-profit organization that uses the law to address the root causes of poverty and social exclusion. Prior to that he managed communications and media relations for the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Kevin loves dogs.
Laura Hudson (she/her/hers) is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) with 7 years financial experience. She moved to Vancouver in March 2020 from London, UK. Her background in London was across retail and investment banking and more recently she has moved into the non-profit space and is currently Finance Manager at the Vancouver Foundation. Outside of work she loves to spend her time in nature and spends a lot of time hiking and skiing. She is enjoying exploring the beautiful province of BC.
Adeline Huynh (she, her, hers) – is a social work educated equity, diversity and inclusion strategist and facilitator. She is passionate about socialjustice work on both an interpersonal and systemic level, which led her from frontline social work in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to her current role as the CEO & Principal of the commons, a diversity and inclusion strategy firm. She has worked in large public sector organizations and with private sector businesses to bring about culture shift. Her organizational change leadership is characterized by a passion for EDI, a deep knowledge of current trends and best practices, a collaborative style, and the ability to synthesis complex data into meaningful stories that align with the vision and values of organizations and their people. Adeline holds a Master of Social Work degree from UBC and is a certified PROSCI Change Management practitioner. When she is not guiding organizations towards systemic change, she is chasing her toddler through parks and joining impromptu dance parties in her living room.
Ryan Wai Shing Lai
Ryan Lai 黎韋成 (He/Him) previously worked for Megaphone as an intern Vendor Coordinator, and as the Hope in Shadows Coordinator. The internship in Megaphone introduced him to the nonprofit sector in the Vancouver East community 6 years ago; he has since managed a supportive employment program in John Howard Society that served previously incarcerated individuals, acted as a Constituent Assistant for the Vancouver East Member of Parliament, and is currently a graduate student in the SFU Urban Studies Program. Ryan truly believes in the mission and values of Megaphone, and is extremely grateful and excited to be a part of the organization again. He hopes that his experience providing direct support for Megaphone vendors and other marginalized community members can be of value to the Megaphone team.
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!
Stefania Seccia joined the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness in 2018 following a ten-year career in journalism with an intention to see the end of homelessness in her lifetime. For the decade spent as a reporter and editor, she explored housing crisis issues concerning the nation’s most vulnerable with a special focus in her hometown Vancouver and the Downtown Eastside. In that time, she researched and wrote ground-breaking stories diving into social justice issues. Above all else, Stefania believes we can solve the homelessness crisis and create a sustainable and just society where everyone has a locking door, warm bed, and roof over their head.
Marco Sotres (he/his) is a settler on the unceded and ancestral land of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a BA in Political Science and Religious Studies, both from UBC. As a caseworker with Member of Parliament Don Davies, he advocates for constituents to ensure everyone has the services they are entitled to. Previously Marco has worked with youth, empowering them to attend post-secondary programs of their choice, and building lasting relationships that exist to this day. He is the child of a mixed race Mexican-Canadian family, and spends his life between cultures, always learning valuable lessons in displacement, identity, and belonging. Marco is passionate about low barrier supports and equitable, public access to services and spaces. In the evenings you can find him running the seawall, dancing some salsa, or forever trying to finish the pile of books on his bedside.
Pascal Thompson holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA) alongside a diploma in Financial Management, Advanced Accounting and has over 15 years of experience in accounting and wealth management. Pascal works at T.E. Wealth, a trusted name in comprehensive financial planning and independent wealth management solutions, where he helps clients meet their short and long-term goals. Pascal is a resident of Crosstown, eager to lend his skills towards making the community stronger and more inclusive. Pascal is an avid skier, dancer, hiker and camper, embracing all that BC has to offer.
Esther Tung is a communications and PR professional. Previously, she has worked with nonprofits, social enterprises, and socially innovative businesses at Yulu, a PR agency. Now, Esther is a communications manager at Vancouver Foundation, leading on content and social media.
Candice Vallantin is a development producer and filmmaker with experience in journalism, the non-profit sector, and corporate communications. She’s passionate about crafting stories that build connections, incite change, and nurture new perspectives. She currently works for Omnifilm Entertainment, where she develops ideas for documentary TV series to pitch to broadcasters throughout North America. Growing up in East Vancouver, Candice has always appreciated how Megaphone magazine sparks unexpected conversations between vendors and customers with each new issue. She is grateful for the opportunity to support this organization in its mission to offer regular income and dignified work to low-income people, and to amplify marginalized voices through writing workshops, the Speaker's Bureau, and Voices of The Street.