Anita Irani – President
Anita joined the board in 2006. She has a long history of working with children and youth. She believes that the success they experience later on in life is in large part dependent on the support they receive – both academic and personal – in their formative years. Anita lives in Richmond and is committed to improving the lives of Richmond children and youth.
Jag Madan – Treasurer
Jag started with RYSA in 2009. He has volunteered with Special Olympics, Paralympics and elite athletes in sports such as baseball, ice hockey, lacrosse and track & field. He has also volunteered with the United Way and has mentored students to achieve their best and contribute to society in a meaningful way. Jag is inspired by the fact that kids are our future and have so much potential to develop their skills and knowledge when an environment that promotes learning and development is provided.
Heather Kulyk McDonald – Director
Heather Kulyk McDonald practiced law in British Columbia for thirty-seven years, including thirty years as an administrative tribunal decision-maker on tribunals involved in labour relations, workers’ compensation, freedom of information/privacy and professional regulatory issues. Many of her decisions are published as noteworthy precedents in labour relations and workers’ compensation reporter series. She is also the co-author of Workers’ Compensation in British Columbia, a comprehensive legal textbook available from LexisNexis Canada. She is a member of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals and formerly one of their instructors. Ms. McDonald is currently a legal member of the province’s Mental Health Review Board, chairing panels deciding reviews of detention orders under the Mental Health Act. In addition to her experience in human rights issues she has an extensive background in occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation assessment (insurance). She currently also acts as a part-time consultant assisting employers and their lawyers in these areas. Ms. McDonald has been active in community service as a member and Chair of the Richmond Family & Youth Court Committee (2015-2019) and a member of the board of directors of Connections Community Services Society (2018-2019) She enjoys running and volunteering with the Forever Young Club, and singing with other sopranos in the Richmond Orchestra and Chorus. She is also a published writer of fiction and non- fiction, an important part of her life.
Ms. Samina Tajwar – Director
Ms. Samina Tajwar is a certified Project Management Professional and holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia, as well as an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo. Samina has spent the last 10 years with Mitacs Inc.,where she managed a strategic partnership with the Government of British Columbia to pilot a program integrating academic research and evidence-informed policy-making at the provincial level. Prior to that, she was the Director of Integrated Business Planning at Mitacs, where she led the executive team through a three-year project integrating and streamlining the organization’s business systems.
Jerry Huang – Director
Mr. Huang is an experienced finance and capital markets professional in the natural resources, banking & tech space. He has extensive experience in corporate development and investor relations roles with mining and resource companies globally. He has over 10 years of public companies experience, executing on strategic and financing initiatives for junior companies on joint ventures, financings, and deals over $90M to date. Previously he worked with CIBC in Financial Advisory roles managing high networth portfolios. He graduated with Masters of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia jointly with Jiaotong University in Shanghai. He has also completed the Chartered Professional Accountant PEP program. He has been on the board of RYSA since 2011, having other volunteering experience with Pearson hospital, Marpole Community Center, and helping raise $50K for scholarships for Kwantlen University College.
Pam Khinda – Director
Pam Khinda is the Senior Program Coordinator and a term faculty at Vancouver Community College (VCC). She has an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Post-Secondary from Simon Fraser University, Online/eLearning Instruction certificate and Provincial Instructor Diploma from VCC and is a certified MBTI facilitator. In addition, Pam is a term instructor in SFU’s Career Development Practitioner Certificate training and is a Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) through BCCDA (British Columbia Career Development Association). Pam has extensive experience in teaching, project development, implementation and management, proposal writing, curriculum development and career counselling/case management.
Prior to joining VCC, Pam worked at Connections Community Services Society (CCSS) as the Manager of Youth Programs for 3 years during which she managed a variety of employment, children’s and youth programs. Pam is excited to have re-joined CCSS and is looking forward to serving the organization and the community as a board member. Pam describes herself as a perpetual student who loves to learn new things and spend time with her family and friends. She enjoys biking, hiking, gardening and reading mystery novels.
Mursal Khyabani – Director
Mursal Khyabani is the Manager of Business Development at the UBC Sauder School of Business and has worked at UBC since 2015. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UBC and has been working in the career development space for over 10 years. Her work spans developing a career readiness model, building strategic industry partnerships and driving equity and inclusion in the workplace. She is also a Certified Emotional Intelligence coach and has taken coursework in human resources, project management and strategic planning. Prior to joining UBC, Mursal worked at Connections Community Services for 3 years as a Program Coordinator/Employment Counsellor for the JobOptionsBC and Urban Older Workers Programs. She is thrilled for the opportunity to continue serving her community and the organization in her capacity as a board member. In her spare time, Mursal enjoys travelling, reading, listening to podcasts and practicing calligraphy.
We are also currently accepting new nominations for board member recruitment. Please fill out the “Nomination Form” and email or fax it back to us if you are interested in becoming a board of CCSS.