Barbara Coates – Executive Director
Barbara Coates accepted the position of Executive Director at Dan’s Legacy in September,
2016, after four years with the Marketing and Communications team at Variety -
The Children’s Charity of BC. Barbara brings a 33 year background in broadcasting,
communications and public relations to her role, with experience in the private,
government and non-profit sectors. She is an active and long-time volunteer, serving on
numerous business, sports, educational, non-profit and government committees and boards
in her community of Delta. Barbara is passionate about children’s and mental health issues,
and is a past Director with the Canadian Mental Health Association (Delta). She is currently
an active mentor with Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Vancouver, and
Communications Chair with the Delta Federal Liberal Riding Association. Barbara holds a
Diploma in Broadcast Communications and a Certificate in Marketing Management/Public Relations
(Distinction) from BCIT.
Tom Littlewood - Program Director
Tom Littlewood was first brought in as a consultant with the Dan Snook Trust Foundation.
After working with the foundation’s board for four months he was hired to be their Director of
Programs and senior counsellor. Mr. Littlewood graduated from Simon Fraser University with B.A.
in Psychology in 1985. Over the next six years he completed his Masters in Psychology as well
as two years of specialized counselling programs in various universities in Canada and the USA.
He developed one of the first diversion programs for at risk youth while working as a police
counsellor. He established the original affinity card campaign while being the founding Executive
Director for the Selkirk College Foundation. Mr. Littlewood was the founder and Executive Director f
or the Sanctuary Foundation that for fifteen years provided work and life skills, counselling and the
first jobs for thousands of at risk youth in the lower mainland. For his last five years with Sanctuary he
worked with the Cuban Ministry of Education in setting up an apprenticeship program in bike mechanics
for at risk Cuban youth. Mr. Littlewood has also worked as a community counsellor for a local first
nation community and as a family support worker and counsellor for a local alternative high school.
For the last fifteen years he has managed and volunteered at a local surplus food cooperative. He is
also the manager for a bike rental company as well as owns a cycling tour company. His blog
www.cycle-therapy.ca is read by cyclists
as well as by those looking for a more holistic approach in dealing with their personal mental
Dan Snook Trust Foundation Board of Directors
Kevin J Snook - Chairman of the Board/Founder
Founder of the Dan Snook Trust Foundation and father to Dan Snook, Mr. Snook has had many
years’ experience in the culinary world, from working in 3 star Michelin restaurants to
running his own successful restaurant and pub in Canada. Kevin has also produced several books
including the award winning “A Boy after the Sea” – written as a tribute to his son Dan. The
proceeds of which fully go to support the foundation. Mr. Snook currently resides between the
culinary village of Bray on Thames in Berkshire UK and Vancouver Canada. He works as a
freelance chef, author and interior designer to a select clientele. He is also actively
involved in the Slow Food Movement and in particular, the Chefs Alliance. Mr. Snook’s
objective is to continue to help and improve the foundation and to help troubled youths
achieve a better life – he does this in the name of his son Dan and equally for the love of
his remaining boys, Christopher and Elliot.
Denise Ellis - Director/Interim Secretary
Denise has for the past 25 years run a successful conference and events company based in the UK, working for high profile corporate clients. Their events are held throughout the world and range in size from 20-2000 delegates. www.conferencecontacts.co.uk Her passion for service, travel and interior design continued when she set up Private Label Worldwide www.privatelabelww.com some 20 years ago – a travel concierge service promoting private homes, islands and resort in places such as Mustique Island, Malaysia, Seychelles and Indonesia. More recently and together with Kevin Snook and his brother Darrel a new business venture was created namely Bray cottages. A collection of 6 stunningly beautiful 500 year old cottages, which have been transformed to offer a five star cottage experience for nightly or weekly stays. www.braycottages.com. Her goal is to continue to support the businesses that have been created but to travel more. She brings energy, enthusiasm and a caring attitude towards helping and supporting such a worthwhile cause!
Gregg Smith CPA, CA – Treasurer
After graduation from Simon Fraser University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in accounting, Gregg joined Wolrige Mahon Chartered Accountants where he worked until his retirement at the end of 2014. During that time Gregg became a senior partner in the assurance group, professional standards group and chaired the real estate group but also worked with numerous not for profit clients and assisted in the set up of a number of private charitable foundations. It was this interest that led him to be involved with the start up of the Dan Snook Trust Foundation and his continued role as treasurer of Dan's Legacy.
Norma Paradis - Director
Norma Paradis has a strong belief and commitment to social responsibility, both corporately and privately. As a longtime volunteer, her focus has always been on the compromised of our society. With her background as a business owner in the finance and investment field and her commitment to Dan’s Legacy’s philosophy she is a valued addition to our board.
Lynn Power - Director
Lynn Power brings over 20 years experience in the field of Addictions and Mental Health to her role as a Director on the Board of Dan’s Legacy. She has worked with diverse groups of clientele in aboriginal communities as a Family Strengthening Worker, High Risk
Youth Family Worker, Case Manager, Cultural Educator, Facilitator, Supervisor and Alcohol & Drug Counsellor. She is knowledgeable of the history of the relationship between Aboriginal people and the Canadian government, including colonization, oppression, the legacy of Residential Schools and inter-generational effects including trauma. Originally from the Fisher River First Nation in Manitoba, Ms. Power has been on the Red Road of Recovery for 20 years, follows the teachings of the elders of the Coast Salish people, and is mother to a son and daughter engaged in careers in the Plumbing and Pipefitting industry. She is currently a graduate student the University of British Columbia in the MEd, Administration and Leadership program, and enjoys helping to facilitate program development in the fields of addiction, mental health, complex trauma and crisis intervention.
Chris Snook - Director
Dan's brother Christopher, fully supports the charity and actively involve himself in various aspects of the work.
Janice Tomich – Director
With a long history of mentoring youth and being of service in her community, Janice Tomich
is pleased to roll up her sleeves to help create awareness for Dan’s Legacy. With a personal
understanding of the need for our traumatized youth to be supported, Janice is committed to being
part of the team who will make the Dan’s Legacy Rural Recovery Centre happen and optimistically
looks forward to ribbon cutting day when the doors finally open. Janice is the principal of Calculated
Presentations, a communication firm that helps professionals and executives improve their communication
skills, create winning presentations, and deliver powerful messages to boards, investors, employees,
or the marketplace. Janice also works with TED and TEDx speakers, preparing them to share their
“Ideas Worth Spreading”. As a founding member of TEDxKids@BC and an instructor at Langara College,
she is inspired by the stories everyone has, many that are simply waiting to be told.
Nigel Elliott – Director
Nigel Elliott is a public affairs professional specializing in public policy, issues management and stakeholder engagement. A former researcher with the B.C. Government Caucus and staffer for British Columbia’s Minister of Education, he has a strong understanding of government operations and B.C.’s political landscape. Nigel has worked in corporate communications at a Crown Corporation and on several major public infrastructure projects. Nigel is also a visual artist, and a strong believer in community service; he currently volunteers at a weekly drop-in centre for male and trans sex workers. Nigel brings to Dan’s Legacy extensive experience in public and government relations and a passion for working with at-risk communities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University and a Certificate in Graphic Design from BCIT.
Amy Mildenberger brings much administrative experience to her volunteer work and is currently completing her studies at BCIT in Non-profit Management. Her goal has always been to work for an organization that makes a difference in the lives of others.
As a contract service provider and volunteer, Lea brings a wealth of technical, creative
and business experience support to the team. She has always had a soft spot for youth, especially those who do not fit into society’s version of the norm. While her children were teens her household always had extra youth for short or long periods of time when they needed support. Now she contents herself with volunteering for youth focused organizations.