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Board of Directors

Meet our experienced Board of Directors who are passionate about feeding hungry children across BC.

Geoff Pedlow


Geoff is a business lawyer at the Vancouver office of a major international law firm practicing in the areas of corporate and technology law. He advises entrepreneurs, start-ups and venture-backed technology companies, from ideation through business organization, capital raising and exit. In 2015 Geoff started attending Backpack Buddies events and eventually became more involved with the organization’s legal needs and governance. Geoff finds it immeasurably rewarding to play a part in filling the weekend hunger gap for children across the city.

Annika Lofstrand 

Board Member

Annika is a partner in Leda HR, a local consulting firm that specializes in human-centered people or Human Resource (HR) practices that support welcoming, inclusive, and equitable workplace cultures. Before starting Leda HR, she led the equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) strategy as the Director, Talent Management at Vancity Credit Union. She was a longstanding member of the Board for Alexandra Neighbourhood House, led the EDI subcommittee of the Board, and volunteered her time to support HR for the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC (ANHBC). Annika felt a connection with the Backpack Buddies story and the impact they have by providing meals to children who otherwise would not have access to the food they need to learn and grow.

Shari Gale

Board Member

Shari, a seasoned Operations Executive, brings more than two decades of expertise in the telecommunications sector. Her extensive experience in spearheading transformative initiatives has consistently yielded significant enhancements in customer satisfaction, business performance, and team development. She also demonstrated her leadership as the sub-committee chair on the TELUS Vancouver and Coastal Community Board for four years. Dedicated to community service, Shari has actively engaged in global volunteer efforts, including her recent involvement with Backpack Buddies, where she contributes her time to pack bags in the warehouse.

Vishad Deeplaul

Board Member

Vishad Deeplaul (he/him/his), the first Senior Manager for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED), for the City of Burnaby and is a true advocate for change; lending his voice to support many marginalized groups in South Africa, the country where he was born, raised and from which he immigrated from almost seven years ago, together with his husband, Dr. Irshad Abdulla and son Zrav. His focus is primarily on fostering respect and understanding in the workplace and driving towards fair, equitable treatment for all.

Deeplaul’s experience with non-profit organizations includes his work and volunterrism at United Way, Backpack Buddies, The Peoples Pantry, Tri-Cities United, and PAC Chair for Summit Middle, his son’s school; celebrating communities that we live, work and play in. His contagious enthusiam and zest for life has been widely recognized as the recipient of the City of Coquitlam Spirit Award 2020, Port Coquitlam Volunteer of the Year 2020; as well as nominations for British Columbia Medal of Good Citizenship Award 2020 and the Tri-Cities Chamber Awards for both Community Spirit and Business Excellence in 2020 and again in 2021. He was also a finalist in the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards in 2023 and is one of the recipients of the current BC Medal of Good Citizenship.

Justin Dhesi 

Board Member

Coming Soon.

Patti Schom-Moffatt

Board Member

Thinking differently about public relations, communications, and community engagement informed Patti’s launch of Karyo Communications 40 years ago – a company she started independently, grew into the largest PR firm in British Columbia, and sold to Edelman in 2008, the largest PR firm in the world.

Patti left Edelman in 2015 to return to her roots as an independent consultant with her firm, PSM Ventures Inc. A practitioner first, Patti has gained extensive experience as a communications strategist, helping clients tell their stories in the corporate and non-profit sectors. She has led large teams on complex, integrated communications assignments, and specializes in issues, crisis and reputation management.

Community Impact Reports

We want you to know the impact of every dollar you give and invite you to explore our recent community impact reports.


Financial Reports

Below you’ll find our most recent financial statements as well as some of the most frequently asked questions about our finances.

2022/23 Financial Statements


2021/22 Financial Statements


2020/21 Financial Statements


2019/20 Financial Statements


2018/19 Financial Statements


2017/18 Financial Statements


2016/17 Financial Statements


2015/16 Financial Statements


2014/15 Financial Statements



Financial FAQs

Want to learn more about our financials? Explore our FAQ below to discover how we approach fiscal responsibility, transparency and sustainability.

  1. We believe it is possible for every child in BC to have enough food to eat.
  2. We believe that when we promise to provide food for a child, they can count on us for as long as they need us.

These two principles guide the use of every dollar we raise. It means that we manage every dollar with great care. We invest in the health of our organization so that good people stay with us for the long term and we have a stable organization that families can count on to be here for years to come. It means that we invest in fundraising and the care of our donors so that we can continually grow to reach more and more children. We make sure to speak for children that cannot speak for themselves, encouraging governments, large companies, and our communities to support the most vulnerable children. It means we must keep reserve funds on hand so that we can keep our promise to children to support them, as long as they need us, no matter what unexpected financial storms arise. We make sure that every dollar provides food security for children in our program today and helps us reach more children across BC every year.

We make sure every dollar helps to get food into the hands of BC’s most vulnerable children.

  • 85% is directed to programs
  • 10% is directed to fundraising
  • 5% is directed to administration

* Based on our 2021/22 financial statements

Families, companies, foundations, and government have stepped up to help vulnerable children have enough to eat. We are grateful for all our generous supporters.

  • 42% of our funding comes from grants;
  • 57% of our funding comes from individuals and companies;
  • 1% of our funding comes from other income sources.

* Based on our 2021/22 financial statements

Children in the Backpack Buddies program live in food-insecure families – they do not have enough food to eat and struggle with the devastating and lifelong impacts of hunger and nutritional deprivation. When Backpack Buddies steps in, we offer our promise that we will be there for them, providing a source of food every weekend that they can count on as long as they need us. Keeping this promise means establishing financial stability in our organization to weather financial fluctuations that could otherwise threaten our ability to support children counting on us.

Our goal is to hold a cash reserve equivalent to 12 months of the cost of food for our program and 6 months of operating expenses, ensuring that children in our program will not be affected by fluctuations in donations from month to month.

Today, there are nearly 160,000 children in BC who are going hungry. One day, we hope to be able help them all.

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