Staff

Barbara Coates – Executive Director

Barbara 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 was first brought in as a consultant with Dan’s Legacy, and, after working with the foundation’s board for four months, was hired to be their Director of Programs and senior counsellor. Tom 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 and established the original affinity card campaign while being the founding Executive Director for the Selkirk College Foundation. Tom was the founder and Executive Director of the Sanctuary Foundation that for fifteen years provided work and life skills programs, counselling and the first jobs for thousands of at-risk youth in Metro Vancouver. During his last five years with the Sanctuary Foundation he worked with the Cuban Ministry of Education setting up an apprenticeship program in bike mechanics for at-risk Cuban youth. Tom 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.

Amy Mildenberger – Business Coordinator/Events Manager

Amy first got involved with Dan’s Legacy as a volunteer while completing her studies at BCIT in Non-profit Management and Business Management. With a background in office and administration support, fundraising and special events, her various experience has made a significant impact in her work. Amy is an active member of the event industry and has worked as an events consultant for various charitable organizations, refining her skills and gaining valuable experience in all aspects of event planning and management. She believes in giving back to the community through volunteering, and is passionate about being involved with an organization that makes a difference in the lives of others.

Dan’s Legacy Foundation Board of Directors

Nigel Elliott – Chair

Nigel  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.

Gregg Smith CPA, CA – Secretary/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 Foundation and his continued role as Secretary/Treasurer of Dan’s Legacy.

Norma Paradis – Director

Norma 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  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.

Guyle Clark – Director

Guyle grew up in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, BC where he attended Burnaby North Secondary and later attended Simon Fraser University. Guyle attended law school at the University of British Columbia and then went on to article at a boutique personal injury law firm in Richmond, before moving on to a well-established general practice in Vancouver, followed by a downtown plaintiff only personal injury practice. Now, as a partner at Clark | Woods LLP, Guyle is focused exclusively on personal injury law. When he is not working, Guyle can be found hanging out with his wonderful wife Michelle Lane, whacking golf balls around the Vancouver Golf Club, chasing hockey pucks around 8 Rinks or the Burnaby Winter Club and tossing bowling balls down the alley at Old Orchard Lanes. After spending two years on Burnaby’s Board of Variance, Guyle was recently appointed to the Burnaby’s Parks, Recreation & Culture Commission by Mayor Derek Corrigan.