In 2001, as an Area Counsellor for the Vancouver School Board, Dianne began a homework club in the local community centre. Over the years it grew in numbers and so it moved to Britannia Secondary School, the local high school where many of the attendees were entering Grade 8. Over the ensuing years it grew into a very successful club that provided tutoring opportunities
Della McLaughlin assumed the Chair in 2016 after working with the Homework Club in developing the Inspirational Speaker Series. Della was captured by the commitment of the Club members and the dedication of the staff. Della is a Marketing Executive with 30 years of experience in recreation, hospitality and the beverage industries. Della has been involved with numerous community and global organisations including Evergreen
Karen is a teacher-librarian at Collingwood School in West Vancouver. She first read about the Homework Club in the Vancouver Sun and with three friends was inspired to work with the Club. Initially, the group of four created a speaker series, provided bus passes, found a new social media resource, and facilitated a trip to Grouse Mountain for the students. Looking for further involvement,
Barb Rogers is a Chartered Professional Accountant with 35 years of experience in public practice and in wealth management industry. She joined the board of the Vancouver Homework Club Society as Treasurer in October, 2018. Married with two grown children, Barb is also an avid skier and cyclist.
Allison Laing has worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community for almost 15 years with a focus on social justice, harm reduction, low barrier employment, and most recently, mental health and addictions research. After years of working with marginalised people, she appreciates that community needs to be built and nurtured, and is looking forward to contributing in whichever way she can to this programme that
Kathi’s background is in pediatric nursing and more recently in the field of anti-aging medicine. Her initial involvement with Homework Cub was in initiating and organizing The Speaker Series. She joined the Board in 2016 and is inspired by the engagement and motivation of the students to learn, to grow, and to graduate.
Anna has lived in East Vancouver for the past decade and joined the Homework Club Board of Directors in 2019, though her connection to the organization extends back twenty years when her mother Dianne founded the club. Anna’s interest in community development grew throughout her travels as a member of the Canadian Badminton Team, where she spent over a decade visiting urban and rural
Jen joined the board in 2020 as a former East Vancouver resident and longtime supporter of the Homework Club. Her work experience began in arts & entertainment, working for Canadian music industry pioneers Paul Mercs and Sam Feldman and later joining the Vancouver Organizing Committee of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2008 as part of the Cultural Olympiad team. After the games, she turned her focus
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