Change Can Happen. Profiles in Community Leadership

Leadership comes in many forms and often goes unrecognized in our community. That’s why Central City Foundation is celebrating eight examples of extraordinary community leadership. As part of this celebration, we have asked each of our profiled leaders to share with us their thoughts on leadership, community, and their relationship with Central City Foundation.

Mary Clifford, Director of Indigenous Early Years, Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society at the Phil Bouvier Family Centre

Mary is being celebrated because of her commitment to adapting the services and programs at the Phil Bouvier Family Centre when the pandemic hit to ensure Indigenous families and community members were supported and connected. Read more about Mary Clifford

Angela Marie MacDougall, Executive Director, Battered Women’s Support Services

Angela is being celebrated because she acted immediately to reorganize services and programs when she realized the COVID-19 pandemic would present new and immediate threats to the health and safety of women and girls in our community. Read more about Angela Marie MacDougall

Steve Johnston, Executive Director, Community Impact Real Estate Society

Steve is being celebrated for his commitment to bringing together community organizations who were struggling to maintain their services and programs when the pandemic hit to collaborate and coordinate essential support for our inner city neighbours from a community-focused and community-led approach. Read more about Steve Johnston

TRRUST Collective Impact – Project Manager: Erica Mark and youth leaders

TRRUST Collective Impact is being celebrated because of their efforts to ensure youth aging out of care and the community organizations that support them  were provided opportunities to engage and advocate for their needs during the pandemic. Read more about TRRUST Collective Impact

Naved Noorani, Executive Director, Potluck Café & Catering

Naved is being celebrated because of his unwavering commitment to ensuring community members in the DTES were fed and nourished during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about Naved Noorani

Nicolas Yung, DTES SRO-Collaborative – Chinese Seniors Expertise

Nicolas is being celebrated because of his commitment to ensuring that Chinese seniors living in SROs, who were made the most vulnerable by the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent shutdown of services and supports in our inner-city community, were kept safe and connected. Read more about Nicolas Yung

Johanna Li, Manager, EMBERS Eastside Works

Johanna is being celebrated because of her unfaltering commitment during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensuring access to continued income-earning opportunities, peer work and community income supports that saved lives for those left out by government programs. Read more about Johanna Li

Caithlin Scarpelli, Director, Communications & Fund Development, Atira Women’s Resource Society

Caithlin is being celebrated because of her commitment to adapting services and programs during the pandemic to ensure women were safe, cared for and connected. We also want to recognize her extraordinary commitment to the community, showing up time and again to support her colleagues and those folks made most vulnerable during the pandemic in the Downtown Eastside. Read more about Caithlin Scarpelli