Meet our caring and hard working team of Directors:
Amy Staheli – Board Director and Co-Chair
Amy is a certified Child Life Specialist and a full-time Mom to two amazing kiddos. She is proud to call Kelowna home and happy to be a part of such a giving and tight-knit community.
Her passion for helping others has placed her in a variety of roles, including Coordinator with Western Canada Summer Games and event coordinator with the Weekend to End Breast Cancer where she was intimately involved with people who were dealing with the disease. Amy has also facilitated many bereavement support groups for parents and siblings. She was a committee member with Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association as well as, several Child Life Conferences in the United States.
Amy trained and worked in Portland Oregon at the Legacy Emanuel Hospital, as well as, in Phoenix, Arizona. We are so excited that she is now bringing her dedication and expertise in Child Life services, to our foundation and our community.
Hannah Chan – Board Director
Hannah holds a B.A. in Psychology specializing in Child Development, specifically on Abnormal Child Development Psychology from University of British Columbia Okanagan and has a rich theoretical and empirical knowledge in child mental health and everything that concerns early childhood development. Hannah’s passions align with the foundation’s mandate as she strives to learn about and train in the most effective and up-to-date forms of child therapy; particularly in the areas of Autism and Special needs. Hannah is a Behavior interventionist and family consultant and has hundreds of glowing references from families that swear she loves their children as much as they do.
Ivan Ho – Board Treasurer
“Ivan loves supporting people and creating meaningful relationships. After completing his Bachelor of Education in Toronto, Ivan is pursuing his Master of Education at The University of British Columbia. He started working within higher education and aims to provide the best university experience for students through community-focused supports. Ivan has experience in creating regional conferences in North America and served on the Board of Directors. He is no stranger to charity work and currently coordinates the volunteers with the organization ‘Paws it Forward’. Ivan aims to create impact by being actively involved in many areas of his community.”
Lynne Brown – Board Director
Lynne is a career educator having taught several different grade levels in both the Alberta and BC public school systems, as well as college classes. The most rewarding years of her teaching career were spent with students having special needs which prompted Lynne to earn a Masters of Education degree in Special Education. After several years of collaborating with community service providers to create the best possible program for the students in her special education classes, Lynne completed the requirements to become a practicing Educational Psychologist. Keeping up with current research and a passion for learning led to a PhD program, for which she has completed all coursework. She has previous board experience and is the owner of Oak Learning Center which is also the site of our foundation.
Vicky Wallace – Board Director and Co-Chair
‘Vicky is compelled to leave a place better than how she found it….not that she is planning on leaving Kelowna anytime soon. Vicky was previously a resident of New Westminster, BC for 3 years. At that time, she was a stay at home mom with two young babies, and also managed to put on several large community events including ‘Day of Dance at Pier Park’ and ‘Grade 9 Health and Wellness Day.’ She was also on the Board for the Neighborhood Learning Center in Quayquayt Elementary School.
Vicky has a wealth of multi-cultural program development experience, including supporting foster children in Ireland and Uganda, as well as, providing family support for Aboriginal Head Start Preschools in East Van and Play therapy for refugee children at Edmonds School. It is very important to Vicky to conduct research first and hear from lots of voices to get a real understanding of what a community needs.’