Zajac Ranch Society Board of Directors
Linda Annis (Chairperson)
Executive Director, Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers (director since 2004)
Health Care Consultant (director since 2015)
TCW Associates Ltd. (director since June 2018)
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)
President, Black Dog Limited (director since 2010)
President & Founder, Velox Partnerships (director since 2014)
Howard A. Blank
President & CEO, Point Blank Entertainment (director since 2018)
TCW Associates Ltd (director since 2012)
Pace Group Communications Inc. (director since 2018)
Founder, Azuro Concepts Inc. (director since 2010)
President, Langara Fishing Adventures (director since 2019)
President, Co-Chairman & CEO, Scharfe Group of Companies (director since 2019)
Principal, Hartley PR (director since 2019)
The Mel Jr. & Marty Zajac Foundation Advisory Board
President & CEO, Keg Restaurants Ltd
President, CT Control Temp
Honourable John Reynolds, P.C.
Senior Strategic Advisor, McMillan LLP
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 Zajac began her career in the hospitality industry at the Pacific Palisades Hotel. She went on to the realm of commercial real estate and property management and moved to Arizona, where she attained her Real Estate License as well as her Commercial Pilot’s License.
In 1986 and 1987, Carmen’s two brothers, Mel Jr. and Marty, tragically passed away in separate sporting accidents. To honour their memories and create a family legacy of caring in our province her father, Mel Zajac Sr., founded the Mel Jr. & Marty Zajac Foundation. The Zajac Foundation is committed to supporting seniors, children, and persons with special needs through innovative community projects focused on developing life long skills and independence.
For over 20 years, Carmen has served as the President of the Zajac Foundation. She works closely with her father in the management of their various community initiatives, such as the Zajac Norgate House and the Zajac Ranch for Children. 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.
Carmen lives in North Vancouver with her husband and two sons.
Michaela is delighted to be a part of The Zajac Foundation! She brings with her many years of office and human resource management experience from the private sector. Contributing to an organization so passionately committed to supporting children, seniors and those with special needs, is very meaningful to her. Also central in her life are spending time with family and friends, being immersed in nature, music and travel, especially to her native country South Africa!
Graham George, CPA, CGA
Graham earned his accounting designation in 2008. Upon completing his academic goals, Graham volunteered for many events and finance-related positions in the non-profit sector in his spare time. He jumped at the opportunity to gain employment in a charity in 2015 and has enjoyed working in the sector ever since. Graham enjoys working with the Zajac Ranch because of the positive and inspirational experiences that children have at the Ranch. Aside from accounting, Graham enjoys the outdoors and regularly competes in running races (10km to full marathons).
Director of Development
Michelle started her fundraising career at UBC’s Planned Giving Department in 2001 after working in both the financial and real estate sectors. She has dedicated her career to supporting fundraising activities in the educational and social services sectors. Michelle is passionate about creating opportunities for all kids and youth, regardless of medical condition, to experience the lasting impact summer camp has on both campers and their families.
Database & Donor Relations
Guy’s background includes Database Management, Donor Relations, Payroll, Accounting and Management. His passion and dedication for non-profit comes from making a difference in peoples’ lives. Working and being around children is a natural fit which stems from a large extended family of all ages.
Vera spent her first summer off University working as a camp counsellor in the US; by the end of the summer she knew she wanted to devote her life to working in the summer camp industry. She worked at 4 different residential summer camps before combining her degree in Psychology with her camp experience and becoming the Iberian representative for one of the largest summer camp recruitment agencies. Her next adventure took her to NY where she worked as an assistant camp director at a top ranked summer camp. Upon returning to the UK, Vera implemented the North American summer camp model in a pioneer international summer camp where she spent the last 5 years as a Camp Director. Vera is incredibly excited to be part of Zajac Ranch camp and to help bring the magic of summer camps to those who need it the most.
Assistant Camp Director
A fairly new addition to Canada, Stephanie joined Zajac Ranch in August 2019. Stephanie earned her degree in Sustainable Tourism Management in Germany and as an outdoor enthusiast is excited to help provide children and young adults with the opportunity to experience all the great activities summer camp has to offer.
Sales & Registration Coordinator
Justin grew up on a Ranch in Kamloops B.C. and moved to Vancouver in 2016. He has a background in Hospitality and has many years of experience coaching horseback riding for children. He spent his childhood volunteering at a therapeutic riding club and has always dreamed of working in the non-profit sector.
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