A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Meade
Our Board of Directors
Karen Greenland - Chair
I have lived in Port Coquitlam for 32 years. I am married and have 3 grown daughters and two grandchildren. I was a high school teacher for 5 years, but retired to stay at home with our children. As they grew, I worried about what other support systems besides family were there for them in our community.
I believe, as a society, that we do not honour our youth enough or celebrate their passages of growing. We need to listen to their voices, include them more in daily community and nurture their independence.
I have held many Executive positions in the school PACs and co- chaired DPAC. I sat on the Board of a local Community Development Agency for many years and still remain connected with them. As our communities change, I stay involved so I can be informed and be part of a group of impassioned people who know the importance of a healthy community and healthy youth. PoCoMo Youth Services way of reaching out to youth and accepting them for who and where they are resonates with me. We take youth seriously and build our activities with their needs as the most important consideration; not what we think they need.
Tom Lewis - Vice Chair
My name is Tom Lewis; I've been working with business owners, their employees and families for almost 20 years.
As a victim of bullying in my teenage years, I have become very empathetic to youth at risk. Many youth PoCoMo serves face similar challenges and i am proud to be part of an organization that response to the needs and challenges of youth through the development of innovative programs that honour all youth.
Kena Campbell - Secretary
My career background is accounting. I work full time as a consultant for Sage Timberline Office Software. Originally was from the Baltimore, Maryland. Then lived in Oregon for 15 years and moved to Canada in 2004 to work for a business partner of Sage Timberline Office. I became a Canadian citizen in 2009.
Why Pocomo? "All kids have great potential to add value to the world and organizations such as Pocomo can hopefully help kids realize how important they are and how they can make a difference."
Kathy Tsonis - Treasurer
I have a career of 20 years in the financial services industry, which includes working at RBC since 2005, has prepared me for this role. My professional experience is enhanced by a post-secondary education, which includes Accounting from BCIT.I am committed to continually building upon my expertise so that I can provide you with the most up-to-date tools and research the industry offers. I also completed CSC.
Shadrin Brooks - Member at Large
I joined the PoCoMo board of directors in 2010. As a lawyer, I feel a responsibility to help protect the interests of those who are most vulnerable in our society. As a newcomer to the Tri-Cities area, I wanted to get involved in the local community. PoCoMo presented me with the opportunity to do both, in a dynamic organization that supports and empowers marginalized youth, many of whom are at-risk. Raised in Vancouver, I am a partner at BTM Lawyers LLP, a leading Tri-Cities law firm with strong ties to the community, and a long history of public service. I enjoy a broad civil litigation practice, with a primary focus on personal injury and commercial litigation.
Carolyn Cooper-McOuatt - Member at Large
Carolyn has joined PoCoMo to be a part of the solution to support the vulnerable young people who need our help. She is a mother of 2 teens and has an intimate understanding of what the youth are facing. She has a purposeful passion for business development and contributing to her community. Her desire is to inspire business leaders to step with conviction to lead and build bigger dreams for their businesses and for our youth by paying it forward and supporting them with their time, energy or resources. Carolyn’s purposeful direction is clear and meaningful with goals linked to strong intentions. She invites more businesses to step up, show up and speak up and get on board with PoCoMo with an open heart and open mind to make a difference!
Fred Soofi - Member at Large
I immigrated to Canada in the early 1970’s as a youth, with no family in Canada, had to work to support myself while attending university in Saskatchewan. I have been a restaurateur for the past 35 years, (currently Pasta Polo and Club Ilia) and have worked with First Nations youths and youths of different cultures and backgrounds; I understand the challenges and opportunities of young people today.
In my opinion, PoCoMo Youth Services Society is a very unique organization and does an admirable job of providing outreach support and services to youths in the Tri Cities, and now in Langley area. I am proud to be part of this organization and hope to contribute to the growth of the services which PoCoMo is providing. I believe in working with and investing in our youth by engaging them in ongoing discussions to identify social issues and create viable solutions.
Mary Michaels- Member at Large
My name is Mary Michaels and I am employed by Alliance Printing as a sales and marketing consultant. I grew up in Montreal Quebec, worked at the Montreal Star in their advertising department, when they shut down their operation I decided to move to BC. and continue my career in printing and marketing. I attended various courses and held a lot of positions to achieve the experience I now have in this industry.
I have lived most of my life in the Metro Vancouver area, with the vast majority of years (including my pre-teens and teen life) spent right here in our Tri-Cities community. It’s my home.
I now have the privilege of pastoring the Cornerstone Seventh-day Adventist Community church in Coquitlam. I love vision setting and strategic planning, and hope to contribute those things as a member of the board.
As a pastor for the past 7 years, I have seen what families and youth can go through today. There are many pressures.
PoCoMo is a pressure relief valve. Reaching out the way that we do provides a level of care that is difficult for many to access. I am moved by the compassion that I see in the leaders and staff at PoCoMo and long for a deeper and more sustained impact in our community
I am married to a wonderful wife, Vesna, and have two amazing sons, Logan 4, and Nolan 2. I love reading, guitar and snowboarding.
- Fin Donnelly –MP New Westminster / Coquitlam & Port Moody
- Ted Kuntz - Psychotherapist/Author
- Douglas Horne - MLA Coquitlam/Burke Mountain
- Greg Moore - Mayor of Port Coquitlam
- Richard Stewart - Mayor of Coquitlam
- Mike Clay - Mayor of Port Moody
- Peter Fassbender - Mayor of Langley
Honorary Lifetime Member
- Diane Thorne MLA