Adam’s mother Darcy, is a successful business woman and generous volunteer who has dedicated her life to striking a balance between her commercial success, the happiness of her friends and the nurturing of her four children. As the owner of North South Travel, she navigated the growth of the business over 35 years to become one of the largest independent travel agencies in Western Canada by recruiting loyal team of dedicated travel professionals. She has been a long time board member on Vancouver’s esteemed Face the World Foundation, dedicating time and money to deserving social projects in the Vancouver community. As a mother, a friend and a mentor, Darcy is passionate about supporting those in need. She has founded Adam’s Apples to bring Adam’s effusive personality and nurturing nature to adolescents in need of guidance and support.
Katy Harandi is the mother of two children, one of whom has autism. She has devoted her time in various non-profit organizations helping families living with autism and other mental health issues. She was the YWCA 2012 Women of Distinction nominee for her contributions to our community and recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada. Katy Harandi is the co-founder and Chair of the Board at PALS Autism Society, a specialized educational program for children and young adults with autism. She is the CEO and Chair of the Board of the Canucks Autism Network, a non-profit registered charity delivering sports, social and training programs for children and adolescents living with autism across the province. Katy is a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade Women’s Leadership Circle and a member of the Sauder School of Business Women’s Leadership Council. She is also a director of the board of the Stanford University Alumni Club in BC. She received her B.A. degree from Stanford University in Computer Science and holds an MBA from the Sauder School of Business.
Head of Senior School and a founding faculty member since West Point Grey Academy’s inception in 1996, Stephen has dedicated his progressive, creative and entrepreneurial spirit to the remarkable growth of WPGA. In overseeing student, faculty and program development, he also serves on the Leadership Team and Board of Directors to develop and implement the school’s strategic initiatives. A graduate of Queen’s University, he holds bachelor’s degrees in arts and education and a Master of Education in administration. After teaching internationally at the American School Foundation of Monterrey, Stephen returned to Canada to “put down roots in beautiful BC.”
Stephen believes deeply in the potential of young people and in actively building their leadership capacity. An authentic connector, he works to forge strong relationships, developing a sense of collaboration, ownership and pride in all areas of school life. Stephen fondly recalls his many happy conversations and connections with Adam while he attended WPGA. A genuine and kind-hearted young man, Adam was friendly and generous with his smiles and laughter often taking time to ask about your day and your opinions and your dreams. And so it was that creating Adam’s Apples would both honour his memory and recognize the need for young people to take the time to connect, recognize the similarity of their challenges and be mindful in making healthy life choices.
David is delighted to sit on the Board for Adam’s Apples in honour of Adam and all the optimism that he often brought with him. Happily married with two adult children, David works as a Senior School Counsellor at West Point Grey Academy. He is convinced that adolescents who have meaningful connections are more likely to make healthy decisions as they navigate the fire swamp of their teenage years. He has coached soccer and volleyball both in school and the community for more years than he cares to count. In addition to other degrees, David completed a MA in Counselling Psychology at UBC.David is delighted to sit on the Board for Adam’s Apples in honour of Adam and all the optimism that he often brought with him.
As General Manager of North South Travel, Liz has brought her strong administrative and leadership skills to one of Western Canada’s largest independent travel management companies. Although she has spent many years in the corporate world, first as a legal assistant specializing in corporate/commercial issues and subsequently in a management role with North South Travel, Liz’s first love and educational background is in the field of social services. Originally trained at the University of Victoria as a Social Worker, Liz has balanced her corporate work life with private volunteerism at both the service provision and Board of Directors level with community services organizations including: P.I.N. Crisis Line, Chimo Crisis Line, Vernon Women’s Transition House, the Richmond Caring Place Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and Yukon.
A long time friend of the family, Liz and Adam first met when Adam was two years old. Adam’s strength lay in his ability to engage and relate to people of all ages and backgrounds and this Foundation with its emphasis on providing a point of connection for young people who may feel disenfranchised or lacking in human interaction is the perfect vehicle to honour Adam’s memory and spirit. It may seem like a simple concept, but giving people the opportunity to connect and share is a rare gift, one that Adam exemplified and one that is a fitting legacy for an exceptional young man.
Sandy is a Vancouver lawyer who has been practicing law since 1992. He is a founding partner of Grant Kovacs Norell, a Vancouver litigation boutique. Sandy’s litigation practice focuses on Insurance defence and class actions. He has been a director and president of Delta Omicron Society, a not for profit Society that provides housing to University of British Columbia students.
The first time that Sandy met Adam he knew he had met someone who was unique and genuine. Sandy and Adam shared some fun experiences together and through their friendship, Adam touched Sandy’s heart. Adam’s contagious enthusiasm and warm smile is a memory that will always bring a smile to Sandy’s face. Adam’s life was much too short but Sandy believes that if we can harness Adam’s memory to help change one life with Adam’s Apples, it will be a success.
Adam’s brother, Sean works at Ernst & Young as a Chartered Accountant and is serving on the board of Adam’s Apples to connect with adolescents and families who are working through difficult times and looking to make health lifestyle choices. Sean graduated from Magee high school before attending the University of Arizona where he graduated magnum cum laude at the Eller School of Business. Sean’s academic and business success is reflective of hard work and dedication; qualities developed in a hockey career that resulted in a national Junior championship and receiving academic all American status in playing intercollegiate hockey at the University of Arizona. Sean is a member of Marine Drive Golf club and is an avid golfer.
Dr. Leslie Blake
Leslie has worked in the helping professions for over 30 years, first as a critical care nurse in several large teaching hospitals, and currently as a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology ; and a Master of Arts and PhD in Clinical Psychology. Leslie has a wide range of clinical counselling experience, including working with students at UBC-Counselling Services; assessment and counselling with individuals with trauma and chronic pain, and, most recently in a private practice setting working with transgender youth and adults. She is also adjunct faculty in the Doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Adler University.
Leslie has been a volunteer counsellor and outreach educator for AIDS Vancouver Island, Planned Parenthood, and the Crisis Centre of Greater Vancouver. She has also held a variety of roles in the Parent Volunteer Group at West Point Grey Academy, and served as a Board of Director with BC Women’s Hospital Foundation. Leslie and her husband Peter, have two teenage daughters and are passionate about supporting and empowering youth.
Peter is an accomplished business leader who enjoyed a successful career with Ritchie Bros Auctioneers as both its Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer during his 23 years at the company. Following his retirement, he joined WesternOne Inc and currently serves as the company’s CEO. His earlier career was spent primarily with KPMG as a Chartered Accountant and in 2013 was awarded a fellowship as a FCPA, FCA. In 2012, he received the BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award.
He currently serves on the board of Junior Achievement of BC and West Point Grey Academy, and as a cabinet member for the BC Business Laureates Hall of Fame Gala. His past philanthropic involvement includes board positions at BCIT Foundation and BC Women’s Hospital Foundation.
Peter and his wife, Dr. Leslie Blake, have 2 teenage daughters and are passionate about supporting and empowering youth.
Beth is a partner at Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP specializing in construction litigation, project procurement and professional liability defence. She is recognized by her peers as a leading practitioner in both construction and insurance, and contributes to her profession by authoring chapters for continuing legal education practice manuals and mentoring young lawyers. Beth also is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Arbutus Club. While Beth’s time with Adam was brief, she was struck by his warmth, quick smile and generous spirit. As a mother of two, she understands the importance of giving children the opportunity to connect, to be heard and to be valued. Beth is honoured to be part of Adam’s Apples, and knows it will make a difference in the lives of many.
Dr. Muffy Greenaway MD, FRPC(C) is the Founder and Director of three story clinic and is a Psychiatrist with over 10 years of experience assessing and treating conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Psychosis, and Complex Pain. She is the past Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry at BC Children’s Hospital and the past Undergraduate Medical Director of Child Psychiatry (UBC). Dr. Greenaway holds an appointment as a Clinical Instructor at UBC in the Department of Medicine while maintaining an active presence at BC Children’s Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry.
Cheryl Simpson brings 30 years of marketing, advertising, public relations and internet technology experience to the board. She attended Mount Royal University and studied Public Relations. She began her career at Baker Lovick Advertising, in Calgary, and became the Manager of Broadcast Production.
Vancouver Beckoned and she moved to engage in client services at Vrlak Robinson Hayhurst Communications (later BBDO) where she worked to become a Senior Account Director. A creative spirit, she developed multiple strategic campaigns for retail, corporate and government accounts. She eventually moved to a startup software development company, MAKE technologies, and gained extensive knowledge in software applications and an enduring love for technology.
Cheryl has chaired the Family teams for the JDRF Walk for the Cure and was a fierce advocate in a successful drive for the Provincial funding of insulin pumps for children in British Columbia.
Cheryl has been a close family friend to Adam’s family for decades and is proud to lend her expertise to assist Adam’s Apples to pay tribute to a fine young man.
Cheryl is married to Steve and they are proud parents of two wonderful daughters.