I'm a failed scientist who got an internship covering crime and breaking news for the metro desk of the New York Times and never looked back. After that I moved to Toronto to work for the Globe and Mail, where my investigative and beat reporting won awards. After covering education for several years I was recruited to work as a senior policy advisor to the Premier of Ontario. I've volunteered in various capacities and served on boards, and think it's the best way to get to know your community. That's one of the reasons why, when my family moved across the country to White Rock, I was humbled and excited to be invited to join the board of Alexandra Neighbourhood House.
Holly Kovach has worked in the Financial Services Industry for 40 years, the last 39 with Vancouver City Savings Credit Union. Holly is currently Community Branch Manager at the Semihamoo Community Branch. Holly has volunteered with many non-profit organizations including Vibrant Victoria, CEDCO, Fraser Valley Disabilities Association and James Cameron School for Children with Learning Disabilities. She is passionate about Social Justice, Financial Literacy and addressing the needs of the Elderly and Youth. Holly is a proud resident of White Rock, and believes strongly in shopping local.
They/them pronouns. Resident nerd at the Youth Space. If you have questions about youth led initiatives, anti-oppression or are in need of cute stickers, let's chat! Look for the kid with the purple backpack. I'm currently super into puzzle marathons + taro milk tea + world history + beekeeping + astrology (pisces sun, capricorn moon anyone?) Interests are subject to change in two weeks - I'm always stoked to learn new things!!
Derek got involved with Alex House in 2013 following the Longhouse Extreme Makeover when he and his colleagues at Investors Group volunteered the weekend to get their hands dirty and help revitalize the Longhouse building for years to come. Derek has lived in the lower mainland his entire life, growing up in Richmond, and spending the last 10 years in Cloverdale with his family. He currently works as a Financial Planner at Investors Group locally.
Annika is a senior HR professional with a passion for making connections and exploring possibilities. Before moving into HR consulting, Annika was the Director, Talent Management at Vancity. As a member of the ANH Board, she has led the development of Board attraction, recruitment and selection tools and diversity and inclusion awareness and education. Serving multiple terms on the Board has given Annika an added connection to the community and a deeper understanding of the mission, vision, purpose and impact of neighbourhood houses. When she is not working or volunteering, Annika enjoys being active and outside – especially spending time with her family at White Rock beach.
Cheri had a career in the airline industry, was a partner in a family run sales agency and worked as a fund-raiser for a prominent cancer centre in Toronto. Recently she completed her social work degree and is now focused on advocating for those most in need in our community. In her spare time, she loves everything sporty, spending time with family and friends and travelling with her husband Stuart to unexplored places.
Rableen is a Patient Engagement Specialist with the BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre. Rableen has over 7 years experience in community outreach and stakeholder engagement with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Red Cross. She combines her experience in non-profit management with a Masters in Health Care Leadership from Royal Roads University. In addition to being a member on this community board, she is passionate about empowering future health leaders and is part of the executive committee at Emerging Health Leaders – Vancouver Chapter. Rableen lives in Vancouver with her husband and loves to travel, hike and do yoga
Navneet is an Early Childhood Educator. She has held various positions in the field. She recently moved to BC and is planning to open up a non profit child care organization. Before moving to BC, she worked as a Child Care Consultant with Association of Alberta Alberta Accreditation in Early Learning and Care Services. She supported over 400 child care programs across the province. Navneet is passionate about child care and believes that every child should receive quality education. Navneet has previously served on the board in Ontario and looks forward to support the community by being invited to Alexandra Neighbourhood House. She lives with her husband and two children in White Rock and loves to travel with them.
Laurel Tien is a Faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Dean at SelfDesign Graduate Institute in Washington State and a PhD candidate in the Transformative Studies program at California Institute of Integral Studies. One of her research and practice interests continues to be supporting individuals, families and communities in creating transformational spaces.
Adam works as the Lead Technical Sales Engineer for a global AV integration firm located in Burnaby, and is also co-owner of South Surrey's Little Greens Farm. Adam is able to assist ANH with his knowledge of construction standards and technology which will help ANH navigate the constantly changing community landscape in which we live. In his downtime, Adam enjoys woodworking, hiking, and spending as much time outdoors as possible with his wife and two kids.