Our Team

We have a dynamic Board of Directors championing our cause, while helping to strengthen the organization and scale our impact.

Mary Martin

Chair

Mary has been passionate about the safety of youth for many years, starting with being involved in the start up of Kids Help Phone in Surrey. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the David Foster Foundation, advocating for families of young children going through major crisis in their lives. During her tenure as a City Councillor for the City of Surrey for 13 years, she had the opportunity in meeting Joe, and recognized immediately the significant impact that YBYG had on the many vulnerable youth. With the support of her colleagues on Council, she was able to establish funding for the program in Surrey which is ongoing today. In her downtime, Mary can be found running around with her 3 grandsons and spending time with her large family.

Joanna Angelidis

Vice President

Joanna Angelidis, an educational leader and doctoral candidate, is an inclusion, equity, and diversity advocate passionate about youth wellbeing, resiliency, and success.  Joanna has held a variety of leadership positions, including Director of Inclusive Learning, Delta School District; District Principal and Elementary Vice Principal, Surrey School Board; and teacher-leader roles at the elementary, secondary and adult levels with Simon Fraser University and Mount Saint Vincent University. Joanna’s passion for supporting at-risk youth led her to partner with Yo Bro/Yo Girl to bring an extensive array of YBYG’s strength-based, anti-drug and gang prevention initiatives to the community of Delta.  Through this partnership, Yo Bro/Yo Girl designed and implemented new and targeted YBYG initiatives that are proving to be life-changing for Delta children and youth.  Joanna’s ongoing commitment is to support the expansion of YBYG's vision of empowering youth with tools to avoid addiction, gangs, violence and criminality.   

Kevin Torvik

Kevin has been a police officer for 23 years working in patrol, drug, outlaw motorcycle gang and gang enforcement units as well as having supervisory roles in the recruiting, human resources and school liaison sections. In that time, he took a leave from policing to be a senior adviser to Canada’s Minister of National Defense. Kevin’s passion supporting youth targeted anti-drug and gang initiatives helped lead to the creation of YBYG. He first met Joe when they were both students at Templeton Secondary; little did they both know the positive impact that would result years later.

Barry Capozzi

Barry Capozzi brings over two decades of experience with the Teamsters, where he has served as a union representative and shop steward for five years. His extensive tenure has given him a deep understanding of various trades and professions, enabling him to facilitate career pathways for union members. Being instrumental in developing the YBYG-Teamsters partnership for the last three years, Barry is poised to contribute meaningfully as a member of YBYG's board of directors. Passionate about advancing YBYG's youth mentorship and employment initiatives, he aims to empower young individuals by bridging the gap between education and stable, good-earning careers with promising trajectories. His dedication to fostering opportunities aligns seamlessly with YBYG's mission and vision.

Jeremey Drosdeck

Jeremey is a consultant in the Advisory practice at Deloitte's Vancouver office where he focuses on helping finance teams optimize their people, process, and technology. His initial touch-point with YBYG began when Nick Bedford, the board chair, approached him to assist with technology issues that the organization was having. Through this work, Jeremey was introduced to Joe and the rest of the board. The dedication and energy of the team was apparent and Jeremey is humbled to part of an organization that has achieved the growth and impact that YBYG has achieved and continues to strive for.

Paulo Sarmento

Paulo has been an educator for years and the principal of two schools in the Surrey School District for eleven years. As the principal of one of YBYG’s largest and most engaged schools, he has been a strong advocate of YBYG. Paulo became involved with YBYG early on when it started in Surrey and has witnessed firsthand the impact YBYG has had on children, schools, school districts, and communities. YBYG has done remarkable work in collaboration with districts and law enforcement, continuing to be a key partner in the community. The values, mission, and vision of YBYG for creating impact with youth have always been in alignment with Paulo's own. He hopes to continue supporting YBYG in some capacity as he retires from his education career. In addition to his career in the school district and working with youth, Paulo is passionate about athletics, music, and traveling.

Justin Borsato

Justin has been teaching in Vancouver’s inner-city for over 20 years.  He is passionate about education and providing his students with opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom.  He is the first recipient of the 2012 UBC Alumni Teacher of the Year award and completed his Master of Education in urban learning.  Justin spends his time coaching basketball, soccer and hockey in addition to volunteering with the HEROs hockey program at the Britannia ice rink.  Justin is excited to be a part of the YBYG team and looks forward to having a positive impact on the youth he mentors.