BC & Yukon Board of Directors

 

John-Andrew Pankiw-Petty

John-Andrew Pankiw-Petty

President and Chair, Executive Committee

J.A. is an Award Alumnus who has completed all three levels of the Award. He has volunteered on the Board since 2012 serving as Fundraising Chair and Vice-President. He also serves on the Duke of Ed National Board.  J.A. is a lawyer based in Vancouver, helping people recover from accidents and severe injuries through his law firm PPL Accident Recovery Group. JA. studied at Queen’s University and the University of Windsor where he volunteered with Community Legal Aid advocating for people who could not afford lawyers. J.A. is a pilot and earned his glider and private pilot licenses with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. He has flown historic aircraft with the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association in Windsor, Ontario and continues to fly in BC.
As President, J.A. leads the Board in developing community partnerships and raises funds to expand the Award to ensure that all youth in BC and Yukon can have the opportunity to participate and to benefit from Canada’s finest leadership development and youth-empowerment framework.  
John McNeill

John McNeill

Treasurer and Chair, Audit & Finance Committee

John received a Bachelors in Commerce with a major in accounting from the Haskayne School of Business in 2012. After graduating, he articled with an international accounting firm in Calgary. Shortly after receiving his designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant in 2015, he moved to Victoria. John is an auditor and specializes in financial statements audits of government entities.

John has chosen to volunteer with the Award because he understands how important the development of young people is. He knows that learning how to set and achieve goals is one of the most important skills a person can learn. He appreciates how the pillars of the Award can build well rounded, confident, and happy young people. John’s passion for volunteering with the Award stems from attending Award ceremonies and listening to youth share their experiences.
Glenda Ouellette

Glenda Ouellette

Secretary and Chair, Nominating & Governance Committee

Glenda Ouellette is passionate about volunteering within her profession and her community to support people in their journey to reach their unique potential​. Glenda joined the BC/Yukon Board in 2018 after several years promoting the program as a Leader where she was able to see the incredible opportunity and value The Award offers to young people​. Her two sons, Robert and Nicolas, are both recipients of the Gold Award​. As a parent and program Leader, Glenda knows first-hand the importance to mentor and support participants to complete The Award.  

Glenda has more than 25 years experience working in the insurance industry and is currently Vice President, Auto Insurance Division for HUB International in Burnaby​. After growing up in Nanaimo, BC, Glenda graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University​. She is a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional with the Insurance Institute of Canada​. Glenda has served or advised on several not-for-profit boards including the Insurance Institute of Canada, Insurance Institute of British Columbia, Fraser Valley Society for Children with Learning Disabilities, Royal Canadian Army Cadets, 2277 Seaforth Highlanders Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps and the 746 Lightning Hawk Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron. 
Kate Cockerill

Kate Cockerill

Chair, Fundraising & Marketing Committee

Kate has been an International Communications, PR & Marketing specialist in Canada, Europe, and for the past 20 years in British Columbia. Brevity is her motto. Having had the pleasure of attending a Silver Ceremony several years ago, Kate was impressed with the energy and polish of the young Award recipients. Kate believes that being able to help the Duke of Ed means helping youth participate fully in life.
Noordin Karmali

Noordin Karmali

Past President

Born in Uganda, East Africa, Noordin Karmali moved to Canada in 1973, and has called British Columbia home ever since. He began a fulfilling career working in the Hospitality Industry in 1973 at the Hotel Vancouver. He has worked at Expo 86 at the Canadian Club and at the Best Western in Vancouver. In 1993, Noordin started a new career in Health Care. Passionate about giving back to society and his community, he has volunteered with many organizations over the last 40 years. Noordin has dedicated many years of service to the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Canada - BC and Yukon Division as Director, Vice- President, President, and now serves as Past President.
Dr. David Bird

Dr. David Bird

Victoria, BC

David has lived in Victoria since 1975. He is a retired school principal, UVic graduate instructor, passionate educator, and a Duke of Ed supporter since its early days in BC. He had his Gold Award presented by H.R. Prince Philip at Holyrood Palace in Scotland. Needless to say, the Duke of Ed is near and dear to David as it encompasses all of the attributes, challenges, creative ideals, physical requisites, service components, and life-long skills that permeate an ever-increasingly diverse world. He can safely assert that his journey and experiences as a Duke of Ed Participant has strengthened his personal, physical, emotional, and intellectual capacities. Service to others, going beyond the norm, and “thinking outside the box” all find their genesis in the challenges of Duke of Ed! Why not try it for yourself? You’ll be amazed at your achievements!
Rashid Fatehali

Rashid Fatehali

North Vancouver, BC

Rashid was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. Retired, he worked 12 years as an infrastructural Civil Engineer Surveyor, mostly through the alignment of Railway and Road extensions in remote regions of East Africa and 23 years in Canada, surveying infrastructure and land. Also, he has worked in United Arab Emirate as an Infrastructure and Geographical Ariel Mapping Surveyor.

His passion ​for wilderness environment started at age 12 when Rashid joined the Scouts organization. In 1982 in Canada, he ​pursued his commitment to youth development, and in 1986, he started the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with the Ismaili community in the Lower Mainland as the Group Unit Leader.  In 1997, he was an elected member of the Duke of Ed Board of Directors of the British Columbia & Yukon Division. In addition, he has been a dedicated community volunteer since 1972. He continues to spend majority of time working with Duke of Ed youth, his wife Habiba, his two grown up and married boys, and his granddaughter.
Benjamin Lee

Benjamin Lee

Vancouver, BC

Benjamin is a past Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award recipient and resides in Vancouver, BC. As a former Award Participant, Benjamin truly appreciates the value that the Award brings in enriching the lives of youth in the local community, and is grateful for the opportunities that the Award has created for him.  Benjamin is currently a director and a member of the Executive Committee of the BC & Yukon Division.

Benjamin Lee is a long-standing member of the Vancouver legal community, currently in the role of Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at TimberWest Forest Corp. Prior to that, he worked as senior corporate counsel at Goldcorp Inc. and as a lawyer at the law firm of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. Benjamin is a graduate of McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Honours) and of the University of Ottawa, where he received a Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Benjamin has also served as Adjunct Professor at the UBC Law School.
Randall Mang

Randall Mang

Sidney, BC

Randall Mang is the Founder & President of RandallAnthony Communications (RAC), a Sidney, BC-based content marketing and communications design firm. Over the past 18 years RAC has established itself as the leading supplier of custom content to The Globe and Mail, for which RAC produces over 100 print and digital special features annually. Among its key clients RAC also proudly serve HSBC Bank (Canada) as its content agency, and provides services ranging from content strategy, development and creative design to digital and social media amplification to esteemed brands and organizations including Export Development Canada, Novo Nordisk, Express Scripts Canada, the Canadian Dermatology Association and others.  

Randall and his wife Louise are proud parents of six children and three grand children. Among their charitable contributions, the Mang family is a longtime and involved supporter of WE Charity, and are proud to call its founders Marc and Craig Kielburger friends. On a ME to WE trip to Kenya in 2014 their daughter Nayah Mang was introduced to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. As a result of that and other inspiring events, Nayah last year served as a Duke Ambassador for the BC and Yukon region, and is currently pursuing her Gold award. The Mang’s also contribute annually to Coast Mental Health (Vancouver), the Canadian Cancer Society and other worthy causes. 
Jonas Melin

Jonas Melin

Surrey, BC

Jonas Melin has more than 28 years of extensive experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining the hospitality division of Pinnacle International, he held several roles in the lodging industry. As Franchise Service Director and National Sales Manager for the country’s largest hotel franchisor, Choice Hotels Canada, he contributed to the growth of the lodging franchisor for ten years and led quality assurance reviews and developed property improvement plans for hotels across western Canada. More recently, Jonas held the position of Vice President of Operations and Strategic Growth for the British Columbia based Braemar Hospitality Group of Hotels and as General Manager of Newdale Holdings’ Inn at FalseCreek in downtown Vancouver.

Jonas’s Board service experience includes serving as the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors at Tourism Vancouver and Chairman of the Hotel Association of Vancouver. Jonas currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Tourism Coalition of Vancouver and as a Trustee for the Greater Vancouver Hotel Employers Association Healthcare plan. He is also an adviser to Capilano University, Faculty of Global and Community Study's School of Tourism. Jonas is also a Duke of Ed Gold Achiever and volunteered with the Gold Award Society Alumni association with the BC & Yukon Division in several capacities including President.
Gerald W. Pash

Gerald W. Pash

Victoria, BC

Gerald Pash has been associated with the Duke of Ed Award for more than 30 years. He most recently served as a Citizenship Judge, retiring in 2018. Previously, he had a 27-year career in radio broadcasting, following which he worked for the Department of National Defence for 22 years as a Public Affairs Officer at the Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters, in Victoria, B.C. In his civilian occupations and as a Canadian Forces Reservist, he has received several awards in recognition of his commitment to active, engaged citizenship involving health, education, law enforcement, families, women, youth, veterans, heritage, culture, arts, and commerce. For 13 years, he volunteered as an Auxiliary RCMP Constable and served for 25 years in the Canadian Forces Reserve in the Public Affairs Branch and as a Cadet Instructor. An Aide de Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of B.C., he retired at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. The BC Association of Broadcasters named him “Broadcaster Citizen of the Year,” and he was Penticton “Citizen of the Year.” A member of Rotary for 49 years, he is a Paul Harris Fellow. Nationally, he is an Officer of the Order of St. John, and he holds the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, the Canadian Forces Decoration, and the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation.
Alamin Pirani

Alamin Pirani

Vancouver, BC

Alamin Pirani emigrated from Kenya in 1978 and lived in Calgary, Alberta before moving to Burnaby and Coquitlam, British Columbia in 1993. Alamin has been working for Scouts Canada for almost 30 years, recently as an Executive Director for the BC/Yukon Councils for the past 15 years. He is now on the Executive Staff team of the World Scout Jamboree 2019, where almost 45,000 Scouts from 160 countries will come together in West Virginia, USA for 12 days to experience new adventures, cultures, and friendships.

Alamin has been a Duke of Ed Board member since 2006, and is a Gold Award Alumni from Kenya. This included a 3-week experience at the Outward Bound Mountain School ​which included ascending Mt. Kilimanjaro over a 7-day expedition. He has hiked the Juan de Fuca Trail with his daughter and her Venturer Scout Company, while completing her Gold Award expedition and Queen’s Venturer Award.

He has travelled through Europe having taken Scouts to various international events in England, France, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey while enjoying, experiencing, and learning about new cultures and traditions. His other passions include hiking, biking, swimming, reading, and watching movies with a mix of drama, fantasy and adventure!

Alamin is a strong proponent of the Award, and is passionate about working with youth, helping them to develop into capable, confident, and well-rounded individuals to better prepare for success in the world. He continues to ensure that they have fun youth-led adventures discovering new things and experiences they would not discover elsewhere.
The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC

The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC

Honorary Patron

The Honourable Janet Austin was sworn-in as the 30th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia on April 24, 2018. Prior to this appointment, she spent 15 years as Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Metro Vancouver, one of the province’s largest and most diversified non-profits. There she oversaw operations delivering services to tens of thousands of people annually at more than 40 locations.
Under Her Honour’s leadership, the reach and scope of services offered by the YWCA increased significantly and flourished under the social enterprise model she championed. Using solutions-oriented and collaborative advocacy, she positioned the YWCA as a leading voice on women’s equality. She fostered relationships with non-profits, business communities and all levels of government to contribute to policy changes at the federal and provincial levels to improve the lives of women, children and families.
Her Honour has actively volunteered for many organizations in commitment to helping improve the lives of others. She has served on the boards of TransLink, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the Canadian Paediatric Society, the Council for Early Child Development, the Women’s Health Research Institute, MOSAIC and the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. She has been a long-time volunteer with United Way of the Lower Mainland and has served on the BC Provincial Advisory Council on Social Entrepreneurship, the City of Vancouver Healthy City for All Leadership Council and the Organizing Committee for the National Retreat for Women.
Her Honour is Chancellor of the Order of British Columbia and was invested as a Member of the Order in 2016. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Other awards and honours include the Business in Vancouver (BIV) CEO of the Year in the non-profit category, BIV Influential Woman in Business Award, the Vancouver Board of Trade Community Leadership Award and Wendy MacDonald Diversity Champion Award, the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, the Big Sisters Big Heart Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Raised in Calgary, Alberta, Her Honour is a graduate of English from the University of Calgary. She spent her early career in public sector roles in Calgary, working in regional planning and public consultation and communications for the Alberta government. She eventually moved to British Columbia, where she began working with BC Housing and discovered her passion and aptitude for public office. Prior to joining the YWCA, Janet served as Executive Director of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.

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