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Joanne Griffiths

President & Co-Founder

What do you love most about Vancouver?

I love Vancouver because of the diversity and richness of culture that its inhabitants bring to it. 

What inspired you to start Backpack Buddies? 

After meeting with an outreach worker at one of the inner city schools of Vancouver and learning of the dire need for food over weekends for some of the children,  we launched Backpack Buddies to help fill that gap. 

What inspires you? 

What inspires me the most about working with Backpack Buddies is the generosity of the people who give so freely of their time and energy to help us feed the kids in our program.  

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Emily-Anne King

Vice President & Co-Founder

What do you love about Vancouver?

I love the people, the diversity, and the scenery. It truly is the most beautiful place on earth!

What inspired you to start  Backpack Buddies?

I was inspired  by conversations my mom (Jo Slow as she is fondly known in the community) and I had with teachers at inner city schools. They expressed to us the need for weekend food for the children attending their schools. Once the issue of weekend hunger came to our attention, we knew we had to do something! 

What inspires you?

I am inspired daily by the community we work with, our schools, teachers, donors, but most of all  by the children we support. 

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Samantha Tennant

Board Member

What do you love about Vancouver?

I love the West Coast lifestyle; how you can ski, swim, golf or hike all on the same weekend! 

Why have you joined the Backpack Buddies Board? 

To be a part of an inspiring and talented group of people in pursuit of making a positive impact on the lives of children in our community 

What inspires you?

My family, my community, and my country inspire me.

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Hannah
Bernard

Board Member

What do you love most about Vancouver?

The accessibility to the outdoors, the water and activities. I also love how the air is always fresh.

Why have you joined the Backpack Buddies Board? 

Being apart of an organization that is on the ground doing real work and change is unbeatable. I dare you to attend one recipient school drop off day and not join the team! 

What inspires you? 

I love the innovation that Backpack Buddies represents. Filling the need and also giving donor kids context of what is really happening in the world.

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Geoff
Pedlow

Board Member

 

 

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Leigh Kjekstad

Board Member

What do you love most about Vancouver?

It's home and it has everything to offer: the great outdoors where you can enjoy sand and snow in the same day.

Why have you joined the Backpack Buddies Board? 

Kids don't have enough food to eat! I see the need in our community and want to be part of finding a solution to the problem.

What inspires you? 

Kindness.

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Brian
Paes-Braga

Board Member

What do you love most about Vancouver?

Vancouver is home. It's a place that grounds me after travelling non stop around the world. The clean, brisk, fresh air gets me every time I land back in Vancouver as well as looking across at the tall mountains from sea level... No city like it 

Why have you joined the Backpack Buddies Board? 

When Emily-anne told me almost 5 years ago that kids in our city were not able to stay awake during class on Monday morning because they had zero nutrition over the weekend it really hit me that there is a true risk of a lost generation of uneducated, unfocused children. I wanted to help change this. In addition to this, BPB's unique model of having more privileged kids be part of this process and learn about childhood hunger in their community brings a real life sense of responsibility and conversation to the privileged community at such an important time in a child's development. 

What inspires you? 

Building companies and causes, growing, motivating and expanding people's abilities and ambition, helping people be everything they can be, making a true positive impact on everyone I meet and lead by example.

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Beth
McCracken

Board Member

What do you love most about Vancouver?

I love the fact that after a trip to another country, I return to Vancouver wondering why I travel; we have amazing scenery and a multi culture community right here in our own city.

Why have you joined the Backpack Buddies Board? 

I joined the Board because the youth are our future leaders and they need to learn how to receive and how to give back in order to be more productive citizens.

What inspires you? 

I am inspired by the open, caring and accepting minds of children.

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Denise
Salmon

Board Member

What do you love most about Vancouver?

I love the outdoors, close proximity to the beaches and the mountains and the fact that I can spend time outdoors every day of the year with my dog Rocky!

Why have you joined the Backpack Buddies Board? 

I’ve supported child hunger causes that fill the need during school hours but never on the weekends or holidays. I had the opportunity to present BackPack Buddies to my office, REMAX Masters Realty in West Vancouver, we now have 9 offices throughout the Lower Mainland and all our offices fundraise for Backpack Buddies. I’m happy I can help make sure kids eat at all times now!

What inspires you? 

The simplicity and, in contrast, the complexity of nature which in turn makes me look at how we as humans react and interact with it. Being part of this movement and 'reconnection' with the basic need fills me with joy.  

We can’t forget about the incredible support and dedication of our community partners and sponsors. Without them, we simply could not do the work we do!