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.
Carl Meadows is a Registered Nurse (RN) and the Health Service Administrator for the South Okanagan region, including Penticton Hospital, Summerland Hospital, and South Okanagan General Hospital (Oliver). He holds a Master’s degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. Prior to being the President of FOH, he served in numerous capacities, both on not-for-profit boards and on nursing organizations including Board Director for the Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC). He is one of the founding members of the Foundation, which was inspired after sponsoring two gay 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.
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.
Paul Tolnai runs a small business in Vancouver manufacturing puff pastry and sausage rolls. He has been volunteering his time to help refugees for the past decade, mostly European Roma individuals. Paul has been active in the gay community since coming out in high school, most recently as the Secretary of the Dogwood Monarchist Society. He is also involved with political parties on the municipal, provincial, and federal level. Paul and his partner Sean have been together for nearly a decade and when not working or volunteering they enjoy travelling the globe and good food. He does not have a dog.
Chad Walters is from BC's Cariboo-Chilcotin region, having roots that include Secwepemc and Tsilhqot’in Nations. After living and traveling throughout BC and the world, Vancouver has become Chad's home. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work at UBC, maintaining and honouring his academic interest in the LGBT+ newcomer experience through research focussed on gay refugees navigating Canada’s refugee determination process. Diversity is an important element of his work and Chad continues to pursue this interest in his career. Chad is an active member of the LGBT+ community. He also volunteers as a step aerobics instructor and does background work in the film industry.
Chad Wilkinson is a professional biologist specializing in impact assessment and aquatic ecosystem management for the natural resources sector. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology from the University of Victoria (2002) and a Master of Science in Zoology from the UBC Fisheries Centre (2009). Chad is bilingual (English and French) and strongly identifies with the values of environmentalism, human rights, and non-violence. Chad has an interest in sustainable policy development and sits on the Social Media and Grant committees for FOH. He loves being outside.