The Bowen Island Community Foundation’s success relies on a hardworking, passionate, and stable Board of Directors who collectively offer a range of relevant skills and knowledge to the Foundation’s mission and strategy. Our approach to recruiting and electing new Board members from our local community is open and transparent.
David Podmore, O.B.C., Chair
Widely recognized as one of Vancouver’s most influential contributors to the real estate industry, David Podmore has been in the business for more than 40 years. David brought years of planning and development experience to the table when he co-founded Concert with Jack Poole in 1989. Today, David serves as Concert’s Chairman; Chief Executive Officer of Concert Real Estate Corporation and Concert Infrastructure FT Inc. David is often recognized for his tireless efforts to give back to the community, both professionally and personally. David is immediate past Chair of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. David has served as Chair of the BC Pavilion Corporation, Chair of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Foundation, President of the Urban Development Institute (Pacific Region), President of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association, member of the BC Progress Board and spent eight years as a director of the Canadian Tourism Commission. David holds a Bachelor’s Degree specializing in community planning from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s Degree (Earth Sciences) specializing in urban planning from the University of Alberta. He is a Registered Professional Planner (MCIP), a Professional Member of the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia (RIBC) and the Real Estate Institute of Canada (FRI).
Holly Graff, Vice Chair
Moving to Bowen from the US in 2003, Holly found something here that she didn’t know she was looking for – a caring and connected community. An added bonus was meeting her husband, artist David Graff. Holly brings more than two decades’ worth of experience in strategic communications – from Washington, DC with a full range consulting services firm specializing in executive education for senior government officials from developing countries, to media management on a major motion picture documentary release. She is currently a communications consultant for an independent boutique life insurance firm in Vancouver. Other recent endeavours include investor relations for a $10 million software start-up for global relief supply chain management. Throughout this time, she has consistently written for thought leaders about emerging multifunctional business issues that shape the global environment. Numerous articles, books and op-ed pieces published in the Huffington Post, LA Times, CNN, Harvard Business Review and University Presses. A Canadian resident, Holly was born in the United States, and grew up in South Africa.
Neil Boyd, Director
Neil Boyd has been a full-time resident of Bowen Island for 35 years, and was a member of Bowen’s council and its Metro Vancouver representative from 2002 to 2005. He is a Professor and the Director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, educated in psychology at the University of Western Ontario and in law at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is the author of seven books, many government reports and academic articles, and is a frequent media commentator on subjects related to law and criminology, most notably violence and drug policy. His most recent book, A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the Fight for its Future, was co-authored with Senator Larry Campbell and Vancouver journalist Lori Culbert. The book was short-listed for Canada’s Donner Prize, and was the winner of the George Ryga Award for social awareness in literature.
Henry Campbell, Director
An Albertan by birth but a West Coaster by heart, Henry has been visiting Bowen since the early 1990s and was thrilled to move to the island with his wife, Eleanor, in 2015. A practicing lawyer since 2009, Henry works remotely for an Edmonton-based law firm. He is a board member of Vancouver’s Jump Current Performance Society and a judge for the Brenda Strathern “Late Bloomers’” Writing Prize . In his spare time he derives great joy from creative writing and riding his motorcycle (though not at the same time).
Joanne Gassman, Director
Joanne is now retired after 39 years with Bank of Montreal where her last position was Senior Vice-President, Personal and Commercial Banking for British Columbia and Yukon. Joanne and her life partner, Bruce, have lived part-time on Bowen since 1991 and since retiring love living here full-time as both are nature lovers and avid gardeners. In addition to extensive leadership experience in the financial services industry, Joanne has been involved in a number of advisory and charitable boards and currently serves as Board Chair for the Bill Reid Foundation, Chair of the IAP Council-Vancouver for CARE Canada and is a Director on the Streetohome board. Joanne holds an MBA from Dalhousie University.
Jennifer Hall, Director
Jennifer joined the Board in 2014. She moved to Bowen in 2004 in search of a connected community and access to nature after having lived in large cities in Asia. She loves living on Bowen and is an active volunteer. She is also an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends her free time exploring Bowen’s woods and waters – hiking with her dogs Sherpa and Guinness and kayaking with her husband Peter. Jennifer brings to the Foundation extensive project management and communications expertise gained through both local and international experience. She has worked in Japan, for the Japanese Government, and in Thailand for the country’s leading advertising agency. In Canada, Jennifer has worked as a communications and strategic planning consultant for non-profit and government clients, and as the Professional Development Director for an education publisher. She currently works as a member of the development and communications team for a social service non-profit in Vancouver. She holds a BA from McGill and an MA in International Leadership from SFU.
Sheree Johnson, Director
Sheree’s story has taken her from her childhood in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to her current home on Bowen Island where she has lived with her husband, Edward, since 2001. Now retired, Sheree is a dedicated volunteer on Bowen. She enjoyed a broad 30+ year career in marketing, sales, finance, and strategy development. She has been an international speaker, author and consultant. Sheree played a critical role in building three successful market research companies. She has worked with clients in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, and Asia. Specific engagements have included: defining market scope; positioning and communications strategy; developing business plans for strategy alignment and implementation; evaluating and designing customer satisfaction measurement and customer loyalty programs; defining balanced scorecard measurement systems; designing, developing and delivering custom workshops for change management and leadership development. Sheree has a BA in German Literature and a MBA in Finance from Indiana University. In her spare time, Sheree loves to hike, garden, cook and travel with her husband and their dog in their 1991 Westfalia van.
Larry Lunn, Director
Larry is a graduate of the University of Alberta and a CFA charter holder. He currently along with his wife, Maureen, lives on Bowen Island, where they have owned property since 2000. Larry founded Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. in 1982. He is currently the Chairman of the Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group Ltd., Co-Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Vancouver Art Gallery as well as Chair of the Finance Audit committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Larry is also a director of the Bowen Island Community Foundation and Ecotrust Canada. Larry was formerly a Director of the Connor, Clark & Lunn Foundation, a Director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, a counselor for the University of British Columbia Portfolio Management Foundation, a counselor for Simon Fraser Global Asset & Wealth Management Business Council and a past member of Simon Fraser’s Beedie School of Business Dean’s External Advisory Board.
Jennifer Pardee, Director
Jennifer is pleased to begin her second term as a Director with the BICF having joined the Board in April 2015. Given her 34 year career as an educator (teacher and then administrator), her passion for working with youth has been a great way to give back to the community serving on the Bowen Island Community Foundation. As the former principal at BICS, she hopes to continue to provide the Board with a unique perspective based on her experiences working with families in the Bowen community. She has a B.Ed and MA degree from UBC. Jen and her husband Tim have been full time residents on Bowen since 2009. She has three grown children who love to come and visit. Her entire family enjoys an active lifestyle in the outdoors and she can often be found hiking, cycling and kayaking around beautiful Bowen Island or puttering in the garden. She is loving retired life on Bowen Island and is enjoying the opportunity to give back to the community through her volunteer work with the BICF.
Soren Hammerberg, Past Chair, Director
Soren and his wife Elizabeth live full time on Bowen Island. Soren brings to the Community Foundation an extensive legal and philanthropic background. He founded Hammerberg Lawyers LLP, a prominent BC insurance litigation firm. He also served as a Governor of the Trial Lawyers Association, frequently lectured at Continuing Legal Education and UBC Law School, and serves as a mentor at Thompson Rivers University Law School. Soren’s law firm has worked closely with numerous charities, in particular Education Without Borders. Soren and Elizabeth have three sons and are enjoying a growing family of grandchildren.