Andrew is a Communications and Government Relations specialist currently training in Project Management. His interests range from community activism, political organizing, and event planning around LGBT+ Refugees and Newcomers. In helping a gay couple flee Syria to make their first steps in a free country, he realized the difference a small group of committed individuals can make. This lead him to Burma where he volunteered to assist internally displaced persons (IDPs) seeking asylum from the Burmese Army. He brings passion and drive to the Foundation and wants to help grow its fundraising capabilities, strengthen relationships with government, and deepen its community network.
Nardia is newly appointed to the Board of Directors of FOH as of July 22, 2015 during it first AGM. She has been a nurse for over 10 years and works as a Care Manager for a residential care provider. Prior to her career in nursing, Nardia worked as a community developer for a non-profit organization integrating and connecting marginalized youth to the community. Nardia identifies as an activist and strongly believes in equal rights. She feel privileged to be part of FOH as it grows, inspires others, and fosters beneficial change for LGBT+ immigrants.
Aleksandra Djordjevic is a human rights activist from Serbia. She received her Master of Law from UBC where she researched international human rights laws and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity expression (SOGIE) in the post-conflict societies of the Balkans. Upon graduating from the Faculty of Law in Niš, Serbia in 2009, Aleks previously worked on human rights and transitional justice in Belgrade with the Youth Initiative for Human Rights. She was also a legal intern at the United Nation’s International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. During her free time, she stalks hummingbirds in Stanley Park.
Blaine Lambert, CPA, CMA has a Bachelor of Commerce with an accounting concentration for UBC. Born in the Yukon, his enthusiasm for the north led him to build a travel agency specializing in B.C., Yukon, and Alaska. He recently sold the agency and manages it as a branch for Merit Travel Group. His passion for the outdoors include hiking, running, and he recently began cycling to work. 'I have been very fortunate to visit so many wonderful places and really appreciate what each destination has to offer in regards to history, architecture, and culture. No matter how amazing the trip, I always love coming home to this wonderful country of Canada. We take for granted the freedoms and opportunities afforded to us.'
Carl Meadows is a Registered Nurse (RN) and Health Service Administrator for the South Okanagan region, including hospitals in Penticton, Summerland, and the South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver. Holding a Master’s degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University, he served in numerous capacities prior to being the President of FOH, both on not-for-profit boards and on nursing organizations including Board Director for the Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC). He is the principal founder of the Foundation, inspired by co-sponsoring two LGBT+ Syrian Refugees in 2013. In 2014, he was recognized with a Pride Legacy award for volunteering. He lives in Penticton with his husband Les and their Boston terrier named Ted.
Laurel brings over 25 years of administrative experience to the Board. Currently working for a local life insurance broker, she enjoys the paperwork side of the business. Laurel recently passed her LLQP which qualifies her to work as an Advisor on life insurance and living benefits for disability and critical illness needs. The story of a young man’s journey to Vancouver inspired Laurel to join the Foundation. She hopes that the LGBT+ Refugees and Newcomers will feel acceptance and love upon arrival in our great country, without fear of persecution because of whom they love. Living in the West End with her husband Rob, she is Mom to 2 grown children, enjoys the outdoors, the NFL, and dogs! (Of which there are plenty in the WE) …and family. Always Family.
Eka Nasution was born in North Sumatra, Indonesia and lives in Vancouver. With a Master's degree in Project Management from Lyon and Strasbourg, France, Eka's work in international development aid involves several development projects in Southeast Asia. Back in Jakarta, Eka was involved with few LGBT+ organizations as a volunteer, including Q! Film Festival. He was a professeur for Institut Français d'Indonesia and a junior lecturer in the Universitas Indonesia. He looks forward to rendering his skills as a volunteer Board Director for the Foundation of Hope. His hobby includes diving and spending quality time at home with his hubby, Rainer, and his cat, Ghost.
Kay is a lawyer in Vancouver providing legal representation in all areas of immigration law, with a particular focus on refugee law and serving the LGBTQ* community. Kay received a law degree from the University of Windsor in Ontario and was selected as valedictorian of their graduating class. Prior to law school, Kay received a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia and a Diploma in the Business of Outdoor Adventure from Algonquin College in Pembroke, Ontario. Kay holds dual citizenship with Canada and South Africa. When not in the office or working a case, Kay can be found playing guitar or reading a book.
Chad Wilkinson is a professional biologist specializing in resource ecology and environmental management. He obtained a Master of Science (Zoology) from the UBC Fisheries Centre, and holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours/Major) in Biology and Environmental Studies from UVic. Chad identifies with the values of environmentalism, human rights, intergenerational equity, and non-violence. An original LGBT+ Refugee co-sponosr and co-founder of the Foundation, Chad is outdoor enthusiast and dedicated yogi with interests in design, architecture, and sustainable policy development. He is an avid skier and snowboarder.