Leadership & Staff

Zajac Ranch for Children

Zajac Ranch Society Board of Directors

Linda Annis (Chairperson)

Executive Director, Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers (director since 2004)

Elizabeth Johnston

CrossPoint Strategies (director since 2012)

Pamela O'Sullivan

Health Care Consultant (director since 2015)

Gary Steeves

Senior Account Manager, Parissa Labs (director since 2010)

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The Mel Jr. & Marty Zajac Foundation Board of Directors

Mel Zajac (Chairman)

Founder, The Mel Jr. & Marty Zajac Foundation (director since 1997)

Dr. Mel Bruchet

Family Physician (director since 2013)

Christian Codrington

Principal, Forum HCM (director since 2015)

Carl Joosse

President, Black Dog Limited (director since 2010)

Berris Karden

CEO, ecovideo (director since 2013)

Deborah Overholt

Retired Lawyer (director since 2012)

David Rutledge

Investment Advisor, TD Waterhouse Private Investment Advice (director since 2012)

Sandra Parsons

Residential & Commercial Realtor, Re/Max Sabre Realty

Jeffrey Uppal

President & Founder, Velox Partnerships (director since 2014)

Byron Wilson

Founder, Azuro Concepts Inc. (director since 2010)

Tom Wong

TCW Associates Ltd (director since 2012)

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The Mel Jr. & Marty Zajac Foundation Advisory Board

David Aisenstat

President & CEO, Keg Restaurants Ltd

John Devita

President, CT Control Temp

Honourable John Reynolds, P.C.

Senior Strategic Advisor, McMillan LLP

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Ranch & Foundation Staff

Mel Zajac, Chairman

Mel’s present project The Zajac Ranch for Children is his most ambitious project yet. Mel’s drive, determination and devotion to his dream of creating a camp for children who otherwise would never have the opportunity to go to camp has become a reality. View a complete biography of Mel Zajac.

Carmen Zajac, President

Carmen has served as the President of The Zajac Foundation for over 15 years and as President of Zajac Ranch for Children for over 8 years. Part of Carmen’s role as President is to meet with government officials, voluntary health organizations, corporations and service groups to ensure the development of the Zajac Ranch, which provides a unique camping opportunity for children with life threatening and chronic illnesses and disabilities. She lives in North Vancouver with her husband and two sons.

Sheila Smith
Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Sheila joined The Zajac Foundation in 2008 as Executive Assistant / Office Manager with over 25 years of office administration experience in the private sector. Sheila is proud to be able to contribute to an organization which provides such a wonderful opportunity for children with medical needs to experience summer camp.

Alex Mathieson

Alex has a background in accounting roles for the not for profit sector in the Lower Mainland, and enjoys the sense of altruism that working in the charitable sector encourages. Hailing originally from Wales, his interests include kayaking, hiking and landscape painting with acrylics, and is very thankful to be living in beautiful British Columbia.

Emer Kiniry
Camp Coordinator

​Emer oversees and manages summer camp registrations and year round site rentals for Zajac Ranch for Children.

Morgen Andoff
Administrative Assistant

Morgen is responsible all front desk operations and provides administrative support for the Vancouver Office. She also manages all of Zajac Ranch's social media accounts and assists with event planning.

Sarah McGlynn
Development Coordinator

​Sarah is the primary grant writer for Zajac Ranch, and coordinates various marketing and fundraising campaigns.

Emily Brothman
Camp Director

​Emily is originally from Toronto, Ontario, and has a background in social work, working both in the medical and education filed. Emily has over 10 years experience working at camps across North America. She has a passion for working with children in all capacities, and is excited to be working full time at camp. Emily loves BC, being outdoors and of course the warm weather! She is looking forward to the summer to meet all the campers and to enjoy a great camp experience together

Suzie Rae
Assistant Camp Director

Suzie comes to Zajac from Toronto where she studied Early Childhood Education and Behaviour Science. Since the age of two she has spent just about every summer at one camp or another. Suzie has always enjoyed teaching drama and musical theatre and working with children and adults of all abilities. She is especially passionate about behaviour analysis and all things Disney. Suzie is so excited to join the team at Zajac Ranch and can't wait to have an amazing summer with all the staff and campers.

Teresa Porter
Nursing Director

Teresa has been a nurse for 20 years. For most of her career, she has worked in various departments at BC Children’s hospital. Her passion is working with kids and their families. After moving with her own family to Fort Langley, Teresa started working at Surrey Memorial Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She has been involved with summer camp since she was a kid with roles ranging from camper, counselor, camp nurse, to head nurse.