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Board of Directors
Ben Wasenius, B.A., Vice President
Tina IL Marten, M.A., (PhD Candidate) Past President
Tina is very passionate about community and its social profit sector. She has volunteered extensively in the local community since the late 1990s. She has been serving on The Bridge board since 2005, currently as President. Tina also sits as a director on the provincial Board Voice society board. Her educational path began with a business degree from Sprott-Shaw-College. She then went on to earn a BA with a double major from Okanagan University College, followed by an interdisciplinary MA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She is currently working on her PhD.
Tina's award-winning academic achievements include a Pacific Century Scholarship and a nomination by the University of British Columbia to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. She has presented her work at local, national and international conferences, and co-authored several journal articles. Tina has lived with her family in the Okanagan since the mid 1980's.
Brit Vigg, C.A., Treasurer
Britt Vig is a Senior Manager at BDO Canada LLP with over fourteen years’ experience providing accounting, advisory, taxation and assurance services to many organizations and has specific training and experience with local NPO organizations, private enterprises, and local government entities and their different financial reporting requirements. Britt leads the high level discussions on accounting issues, as well as leads her team to ensure quality service is provided.
Over the past 10 years, Britt has been active in many not-for-profit organizations. She joined The Bridge Youth & Family Services in 2013 as Treasurer for the organization. She previously sat on both the Kelowna Women in Business board and the JCI Okanagan board.
Robert Levin, L.L.B., Director
Robert Levin is a personal injury and commercial litigation lawyer with Robert O. Levin Law Office. Bob is very active in his professional community. He is currently the Yale County representative to the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. branch, where he stays up to date with current legal professional issues, occasionally lobbies local MLA’s, and participates as a volunteer lawyer at the annual Pro Bono Clinic in Kelowna.
Bob believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Bob is a past president and Board member for The Bridge Youth and Family Services Society. Bob has been a Board member of The Bridge since 1984. He is a member and past president of the Okanagan Jewish Community Association, and supervised the construction of the OJCA’s current home building in Kelowna in 1992. He has also served on the Sunshine Theater Board and School District #23 Racism Free Committee.
Bob’s fitness passion is Karate. He is an instructor at the City of Kelowna Parkinson Recreation Centre for youth advanced karate.
Liz Woods, Director
Meghan Currie, Director
David McElroy, Director
Dave McElroy spent most of his working career as a senior executive in the lumber / wood products business. He recently retired from Norbord Inc, a two billion dollar Toronto-based company with assets in Canada, the US and Europe. His most recent posting was as Deputy Managing Director of Norbord Europe. He and partner Debbie lived in Stirling, Scotland for fifteen years prior to returning to Canada in 2015, at which time they moved to Kelowna. He has two sons and four grandchildren.
Dave has devoted a lot of his time to charitable organizations over past decades during which he has Chaired, and served on the Boards, of four different organizations. Three of these were non-profit societies such as The Bridge delivering social services in Victoria, Richmond and Toronto. The fourth, The Scottish Aero Club, with over 275 members, was the largest British Flying Club north of Manchester, England.
Dave’s life-long passion has been flying. He is an active pilot and flies his own Vans RV6 from Vernon Airport. In 2014 he flew a single-engine Piper Comanche around the world. This unusual achievement raised over $150,000 for two charities: SickKids Foundation of Toronto, and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance of Perth, Scotland. In 2015 he was awarded the Norton Griffiths Challenge Trophy by The Royal Aero Club in London.