An Exciting Welcome
It is our pleasure to introduce to you three passionate new board members that have joined Pacific Parkland Foundation on its mission to connect people with nature, protect parklands, and nurture nature.
Liyang Wan has embraced slowness, immersed herself in her surroundings, and recognizes that we are all part of a whole thanks to her experiences with natural systems, green spaces and landscapes. As a member of the Pacific Parklands Foundation, she hopes to do her part by protecting, enhancing, advancing, and giving back to these invaluable assets of our region. With a background in Environmental Design, Planning, Engagement, and Marketing and Communications, Liyang is interested in finding ways to connect people, places, and landscapes together by balancing social, cultural, environmental, and economic goals and factors. She is a candidate member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. After spending two years away, you are likely to find Liyang on walks across Metro Vancouver these days as she re-familiarizes herself with the region.
Smiely Khurana is the Reel Green™ Sustainability Lead at Creative BC, supporting and connecting Reel Green’s expanding community of engagement through the implementation of Reel Green’s strategic plan, deepening industry’s expertise and use of the tools, further transforming production practices through the Clean Energy municipal collaboration, and work to help industry transition to a circular economy.
With a background in film and marketing, Smiely has worked on a number of productions in positions such as producer, accounting, digital marketing and film promotion, and most recently as a sustainability coordinator. Throughout the years, Smiely’s passion and involvement in environmental sustainability has allowed her to lead discussions, workshops and keynotes in university film programs, at conferences and panels, and hosts a successful podcast focused on environmental sustainability.
Mike Jerowsky is a PhD Candidate and researcher in the UBC Geography Department. He works with local communities and land managers to create open-source environmental education materials using virtual and augmented reality. His MA was also in Geography and focussed on barriers to co-management in the Metro Vancouver Park Partnership Program. His other professional interests are in geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, and political ecology.
In his free time, Mike loves to spend as much time as he can in our regional parks. He is a past-president of the Pacific Spirit Park Society and has been working with local communities to restore urban parkland, organize citizen-lead environmental monitoring, and provide environmental education for youth since 2015.
We are incredibly grateful to have their insight and expertise on our board and look forward to seeing what we accomplish as a team.
A Heartfelt Departure
With the excitement of new board members, we also say goodbye to three incredible regional park champions as they leave the board.
Ryan Lee joined the board at our AGM in 2018. He has served on the Project and the Executive Committee during his time with us. In particular the Foundation would like to acknowledge his role in being part of the recruiting process for the Treasurer of the Board, serving great success in that role. Ryan also served on the Executive Committee when we were going through the Strategic Planning process. It was a large time commitment and Ryan was a particularly strong advocate for the Foundation becoming more diverse and representative. We believe that the boards growth will continue forward as part of Ryan’s incredible legacy at the Foundation.
Rich Hankin technically joined the board in 2007, however, this understates his influence. As a staff member of what was then the Greater Vancouver Regional District, he was a key part of conceiving the Foundation. The Foundation eagerly awaited his retirement where he could then join the board. Rich’s insight on the project committee has been invaluable and his knowledge on the history of different parks and projects are a constant source of new and important information. He has been a loyal donor and more recently brought his enthusiasm to the Fundraising Committee. Rich is one of the giants of Regional Parks and a true visionary.
David Pohl, joining in 2000, was the Foundation’s first Vice President. He became the second President when he took over from John Scott in 2008. There are too many accomplishments to address individually (just take a look at our 20 years of projects map!) but the Foundation would like to note that he has been our most successful fundraising advocate, particularly through his connections at RBC. He has been a tireless advocate and donor and both the Foundation and CTS Youth Society is thriving today because of his vision and commitment.
Ryan, Rich, and David- it has been an honour having you as irreplaceable members of our board.