Meet our Board Members
Bev Knight, Chair
Bev is an artist, teacher and alumni member at The Art Studios. It was because of her passionate belief in the program that she founded the Vancouver Recovery Through Art Society. Her love for art has been a lifelong vocation.
Ann Webborn, Vice Chair
Despite being somewhat retired from her career as an occupational therapist, Ann has worked at The Art Studios since its inception in 1992, where she teaches a beginners and intermediate printmaking class. Ann strongly believes in the benefits of making art and being part of an art community for individuals with a mental illness and/or addictions.
Asifa Hirji, Treasurer
Asifa, an Audit Senior Manager at KPMG, has eight years of audit experience with various not-for-profit and charitable organizations (NPOs). She is an active member of KPMG’s Public Sector and NPO practice group in BC.
Laura Smith, Secretary
Laura has taught mixed media at The Art Studios. Community involvement has always been an important aspect of her life, and the wonderful community of artists at The Art Studios has inspired her to contribute to this important cause.
Pearl Martin, Director
Pearl is a participant at The Art Studios where she teaches Art and Creativity. She is an expert potter as well as manager of her company, Green Tea Services.
Kerry Smith CPA, CA, Director
Kerry is a Wealth Management Consultant who has witnessed the power of The Art Studios in recovery.
Dr. Ron Gibson MD, FRCPC, DTM&H, Director
Ron is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UBC, is in private practice, as well as travels regularly to Haida Gwaii to see patients for Vancouver Coastal Health.
Cynthia Bouchard, Director
Cynthia works for the federal government as Manager of the BC Federal Council. She believes in giving back to the community and has been part of multiple fundraising campaigns. Her passion is wellness and mental health, and she believes every person can reach their full potential through hope and transformational initiatives like The Art Studios.
Annalies Camfferman, Director
Annalies is a retired psychiatric nurse dedicated to creating a vibrant arts scene in Vancouver. She is a recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Awards, an avid volunteer, and a member of The Cultch’s Board of Directors. Her support for Vancouver Recovery Through Art is a perfect combination of her interest in art and former career in mental health.
Marie-Noel Campbell, Director
Marie is a lawyer and Program Manager at Access Pro Bono, an organization that provides free legal services to individuals of limited means. She co-founded the Mental Health Program, which used to provide legal representation across B.C. to individuals certified under the Mental Health Act and now provides summary legal advice over the phone to patients detained under the MHA and their relatives.
Susan Martell, Director
Passionate about improving the organizations she has worked for in the UK and Canada, Susan is currently a senior manager at BC Hydro stewarding business process improvement. Her love of art and belief in its importance in people’s lives motivates her to support the worthy cause of Recovery Through Art and to do all that she can to see the survival and continued growth of the Art Studios.