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Kim Leary, Executive Director

After 15 years as a frustrated accountant, Kim decided to take a year off, go to college and just read some books. Somewhere between her first and second class, she looked up at the professor and thought, “I could do this! ” At that moment, the first seeds of a career in education began to germinate and Kim thought that maybe she would be

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Dianne Rice, Founding Chair

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

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Della McLaughlin, Chair

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

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Karen Carlson, Vice Chair

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,

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Linda Holland, Treasurer

A former Chartered Accountant, Linda worked for 20 years in public practice and various industry positions before retiring in 2000 to spend more time with her young family.  She served on the Board of the Crisis Centre of Vancouver for several years and, in September 2016, joined the Vancouver Homework Club Society as Treasurer.  Married with 3 grown children, Linda is a self-improvement junkie,

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Allison Laing, Secretary

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

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Kathi Fugman

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.


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