Improving the lives of children

Board of Directors

The Children's Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Elizabeth Demner, President

Elizabeth is a community volunteer of long standing. She has served on the boards of St. George’s and Crofton House schools, and was President of the Junior League of Greater Vancouver. She has been President of The Children’s Foundation for two years, and she is very proud of her association with this outstanding social-profit agency.

Steven Mah, Vice-President

Steven had a long and successful career at Telus where he held positions in Marketing, Sales, Project Management and Engineering. Steven brings his diverse experience as well business acumen to the board table.

Simon Chen, Treasurer

Simon is a senior manager in KPMG's tax department and has been with KPMG since 1999.

Donovan Plomp, Secretary

Donovan is a lawyer with McCarthy Tetrault and specializes in employment law.

John Ashbridge

A life-long and distinguished broadcaster, John retired from CKNW Vancouver in 2005 ending a career that spanned nearly four decades. However, John continues to have a public presence - in civic affairs, as a spokesperson for Metro Vancouver CrimeStoppers, and perhaps most notably, as the public address announcer at Vancouver Canucks and Vancouver Giants home games. The recipient of numerous lifetime achievement awards and a committed community volunteer, John brings a wealth of experience to the The Children's Foundation Board.


Barbara Constantine

Barbara Constantine is a business management and community engagement professional with a strong media background. She served as a TV host with CBC, CKVU (now Citytv), and Knowledge Network, and  produced large-scale events and projects for the City of Vancouver (Olympic and Paralympic Operations) and BC Children’s Hospital (Children’s Miracle Network Telethon). Her commitment to youth includes volunteer involvement with Big Sisters, Girl Guides, Scouts Canada, United Way and Variety Club, and she is proud that her son and daughter also volunteer with youth. Barbara is honoured to lend her skills in support of the outstanding services the Children’s Foundation provides to children and families in the Lower Mainland.

Danny Lee

Danny is an account executive with HootSuite and serves large corporate clients around the world. He is a graduate of the Sauder School of Management at UBC.

Rupi Dhaliwal

Rupinder is a dual trained nurse and is managing a specialized rehabilitation program in Surrey for the last ten years. She is also very much involved in the Indo-Canadian community to support lots of family issues, provides counseling to children, families and marriage. As well, she is a member of Soroptimist International of the tricities, a nonprofit organization for women. As a devoted wife and mother of a daughter and a son she has dedicated herself to help parents in more peaceful, democratic and none punitive ways to raise their children through radio programs, TV shows and counseling. She is also the author of the book "How to raise children" written in Punjabi.

Marsha D'Angelo

Marsha is a faculty member in the Applied Communications and Public Relations Departments of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). Prior to joining KPU, Marsha was a group account director with Cossette Communications where she led international media campaigns and provided senior communications counsel to corporate and education clients. Marsha holds an MA in history from the University of Toronto. She is a contributing writer to the recently published Fundamentals of Public Relations and Marketing Communications, is a freelance communications consultant and past recipient of UNICEF’s Dorothy McKinnon award for outstanding volunteer service. Marsha is the recipient of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Vashti Singh

Vashti has been working in Marketing and Communications for the past 15 years. She is passionate about children's issues, and about working to improve the lives of children and families and strengthen communities.

Costel Serbea

Costel has years of experience in business and military. He brings leadership and business development and marketing skills to The Children's Foundation.

Naomi Giberson

Naomi is a recent graduate with a Masters of Business (2016) from the UBC Sauder School of Business. Naomi was elected President by her fellow students and continues to conduct guest lectures for Sauder.