Leadership & Staff

Zajac Ranch for Children

Zajac Ranch Society Board of Directors

Linda Annis (Chairperson)

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

Pamela O'Sullivan

Health Care Consultant (director since 2015)

Gary Steeves

Senior Account Manager, Parissa Labs (director since 2010)

Tom Wong

TCW Associates Ltd. (director since June 2018)

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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)

Carl Joosse

President, Black Dog Limited (director since 2010)

Jeffrey Uppal

President & Founder, Velox Partnerships (director since 2014)

Howard A. Blank

President & CEO, Point Blank Entertainment (director since 2018)

Tom Wong

TCW Associates Ltd (director since 2012)

Norman Stowe

Managing Partner

Pace Group Communications Inc. (director since 2018)

Byron Wilson

Founder, Azuro Concepts Inc. (director since 2010)

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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.

Devon Orth-Lashley
Sales and Registration Coordinator

Devon moved to British Columbia in 2012 to attend UBC and has since found a passion working in the non-profit sector. Her background includes non-profit, hospitality, administration and sales. She spent many years at summer camp in her home province of Ontario, both as a camper and staff member, so working with Zajac Ranch for Children is the perfect fit!

Ana Merino

Development Coordinator

Ana moved to Vancouver in 2013 from El Salvador to study International Relations at UBC. Her dream has always been to work at a non-profit that provides opportunities and spaces for vulnerable or marginalized communities to thrive. Ana loves reading, writing, and storytelling – all of which she gets to do working at The Zajac Foundation! She is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to an organization that changes the lives of children with medical needs in the place she now gets to call home.

Brock Sheppard

Senior Director-Ranch Operations


Brock grew up attending summer camp in Ontario and feels at home close to calm waters and sounds of the forests. Brock has worked full-time in camp management since 2011. He was the Director of Outdoor Education at the Kandalore Outdoor Centre and the Camp Director of YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth before joining the Zajac Ranch team. Brock has spent countless hours of teaching, laughing, and learning with students, campers, and guests. His love of nature and admiration of the growth that takes place in the camp environment is seen in his smile every day.