We have a dynamic Board of Directors championing our cause, while helping to strengthen the organization and scale our impact.
Nick has a passion for reaching our community's most marginalized and at-risk youth. Following up a long career in investment banking that took him from London to Frankfurt, Zurich to Tokyo, Nick eventually made his way to Vancouver. Through Social Venture Partners, Nick found the Odd Squad and was inspired to get involved with violence prevention programs for youth. The Odd Squad led him to meet Joe Calendino while YBYG was in its infancy and Nick has been instrumental in growing the organization ever since.
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.
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.
Kevin has been in operations management for over 25 years. He has worked for companies such as Molson Coors Canada, Federal Express and a multitude of trans modal freight companies during which he has been successful in streamlining processes and introducing continuous improvement systems in the effort to reduce waste and cost. He has helped innovative companies grow and be successful in new markets. Kevin believes strongly in YBYG's mission to provide young people across Metro Vancouver with safe, stable places to belong and connect with peers and mentors.
You could say that Gary was always destined to be a part of YBYG. Gary has been an educator for over 40 years. From teaching English at Templeton Secondary School to being a counsellor, in administration and now the Director of International Baccalaureate Educator Programs at the University of British Columbia, Gary has always advocated and supported our city's most at-risk youth. In the 1970's and 80's, Gary was Joe Calendino's high school counsellor. When Joe began YBYG, he knew that Gary had to be a part of it. Today, they work together on writing Joe's book and forging relationships with school districts across the Lower Mainland.
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.
Navshina is the newest member of our Board of Directors but has been involved with our team since YBYG first took root in the Surrey School District in 2007. As the Vice Principal at Guilford Park Secondary School and the Director of Education at the Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre, Navshina's passion is providing mentorship and leadership opportunities to at-risk youth. When she's not in schools, you can find Navshina running, with her two children, or running after her two children!
Brandon has been a police officer for the last 15 years in various capacities from Patrol duties, Gang Enforcement, Organized Crime and Homicide Detective roles. Brandon has been actively involved in physical fitness and sports his whole life.
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.