Ashley Dreger 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.
Mark has been practicing accounting in the non profit sector for more than twenty years. He has a B Com and CGA, CPA. After serving on the Hope in Shadows board, he was given the opportunity to join Megaphone’s board. Being somewhat familiar with Megaphone’s program, he decided to be part of their team. Mark is inspired to give back and contribute to his community.
Mark's interests include open water swimming, hiking and ice skating. He continually searches for ways to connect with nature in the urban environment.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
Lauren Vonic has experience volunteering, and working on the front-lines for not-for-profits that support initiatives to raise awareness about mental health, addictions, and homelessness. Lauren has spent multiple years facilitating peer support work for people who suffer with mental illness and addictions, working closely with individuals who suffer from the most severe concurrent disorders. Additionally, Lauren has worked in Fund Development as a coordinator with Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society, supporting initiatives to reduce poverty and homelessness in the community. Lauren has a Graduate Diploma in Business Administrative from SFU and an Associates of Marketing Communications Certificate from BCIT. Lauren currently works at Vancity Credit Union in an administrative support role for the Visa department. During her spare time, she likes to bake cupcakes.