Meet The Haven’s Board of Directors. This dedicated group of volunteers are responsible for leading the organization by providing guidance and support to the leadership team.
Are you seeking a meaningful way to give back to The Haven? Are you interested in joining this collaborative, engaged, and respectful team? We’re currently seeking new members with specific expertise to help guide our not-for-profit, charitable organization. Learn more here.
Catherine Lord, Chair is a senior strategist for global technology firms and a former co-founder of several start-ups. She holds a BSc. in Health Information Science from the University of Victoria and has served on non-profit boards in B.C. since 1992. Catherine is also Vice-Chair of the Garth Homer Society Board in Victoria, B.C. to support adults with developmental disabilities to live fulfilling lives as artists, volunteers and employees and through every stage of life. Catherine and her two sons have attended Haven programs since 2001including KITS/Youth Leadership. She served on the Haven Board from 2010-2014 and is delighted to be back to assist with transformation.
Tony Ollivier, Vice Chair has held global product, sales & marketing positions in the high tech industry including Xerox, Apple, Microsoft and IBM and has a background in project management. He’s also a published author through Pandamoon Publishing. Tony first came to the Haven in 1988, attended many programs and watched his two children grow up while they attended Kids in the Spotlight and became leaders in the program. He’s excited about contributing to the board of directors as the Haven reinvents itself.
Wen-Shwu Lee grew up in Taiwan with her Taiwanese mother and Chinese father. In 2001 she immigrated to Canada and is now a citizen of Canada as well as her native Taiwan. Wen-Shwu speaks fluent English, Taiwanese, and Mandarin. Her experience as an immigrant to Canada has largely been positive and yet she has experienced being stereotyped and seen as “less” as a result. In reading Robin D’Angelo’s book, White Fragility, Wen-Shwu came to understand these hurtful incidents as part of systemic racism in Canada – and herself as part of that system. Wen-Shwu is passionate about expanding her intercultural understanding as a way to learn and grow..
Wen-Shwu has studied in Taiwan, the United States and Canada, earning an EMBA, an MBA, in business as well as a B.A. in Fine Arts. She more recently earned a Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University and a Diploma in Counselling from the Haven where she often leads programs.
Wen-Shwu integrates coaching, counselling and creativity in heart-brain leadership development programs she has offered to individuals in China and Canada as well as to corporations as diverse as Hewlett-Packard, Taiwan and the Industrial Bank Shanghai, China. Wen-Shwu brings her wealth of lived experience and her understanding of what it is to be an immigrant and a visible minority in a predominantly White culture to her work at the Haven.
Wen-Shwu is honoured to have been invited to serve on the Haven Board and she wants to help re-invent the Haven as a more inclusive, diverse and co-creative organization.
Jamison Schulz-Franco is currently studying Sport Media at Ryerson University, in the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Huron-wendat (Wyandot) and Mississaugas of the New Credit territory, while minoring in business essentials. He has over 15 years of experience at the Haven, as a participant and an intern in both Kids in the Spotlight and Teens Alive. Through his final year of University and beyond, Jamison plans to bring his knowledge of social media to the board, while collaborating to create the most inclusive business approach possible. As a mixed-race individual, Jamison is a strong advocate for racial equality, and hopes to help draw in more participants of diverse backgrounds.
Olivia Stille is a senior Product Manager at a BC tech company, who strives to deeply understand people and problems, creating solutions and products that help. Olivia loves asking questions, prioritizing and getting things done (in a way that’s fun instead of annoying). No longer excited by her previous corporate life managing IT projects & cell phone launches, Olivia hopes to use her business and tech skills for creating good in the world.
Olivia has long been exploring her path of personal growth as a yogi, a meditator and a wonderfully flawed human. The Haven has supported Olivia in this exploration and now she hopes to give back by joining the Haven’s Board of Directors.
A hiker, skier, aspiring-sailor and vegetable gardener, among so many other things, Olivia can usually be found exploring the mountains around Nelson, BC with her partner Andre & their fur-baby Sidney.
Cathy McNally BSc, DipC is passionate about people and possibility. Growing up in a mix of cultures, with a background in business and teams, Cathy is curious about the gift of differences, and is committed to connection and understanding. Associated with The Haven since 1989, Cathy believes that “living well, together” is necessary, urgent, and possible.
Cathy adds: What I have witnessed at The Haven is a profound opportunity to hold space for connection and true dialogue. Much healing and aliveness has come from open conversations across difference. Given the current situation on our planet, I believe there has never been a more important time for Haven to step forward and take an active part in co-creating a just, equitable, and relational world. It will take work, and constant commitment to transparency, simplicity, inclusion, and wholeness. I am committed to this work both personally and professionally. I am choosing to return to the Board to support this direction and give back to this community that I love.
Carrie Ng was born in Hong Kong and raised in Northern Saskatchewan. Having experienced this dramatic cultural change at a young age, along with moving in between different areas of Canada and Hong Kong as an adult, she understands the value of finding groundedness regardless of your surroundings. In addition to this, she is a strong believer of public education; from directing the Legal Information Clinic while at law school, to providing volunteer services through various avenues throughout her legal career, including mentorship for junior lawyers and pro-bono services.
Due to insights garnered during this pandemic, Carrie is currently taking a break from her legal practice and focusing her energies on building internal and external connections, belonging, and community. As the Haven has been transformative in her well-being and instrumental in her improved quality of life, she looks forward to being involved on the Board, and hopes that her desires for groundedness, access to education and justice, will positively contribute to the Haven community.
Friends of the Haven Foundation Board
- DeWitt (Bud) Baldwin
- Andrew Bing, Chair
- Bryan Croeni