Mark has served as the Board Chair since the creation of KidzFirst Canada in 2015 helping to build and develop an incredible group of volunteer Board Members who all care about empowering today's youth. He is a former, teacher, beach volleyball player, college volleyball coach and has worked in the non-profit charity sector for the past 14 years with such groups as the MS Society of Alberta, Rick Hansen Institute for Spinal Cord Injury, AIDS Vancouver, Prostate Cancer Canada, and the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Mark loves the outdoors and has a no eyed rescue from Mexico named FurgelD!
Jamie Koosman grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and went to college in Victoria, BC. He is currently finishing an MBA through the Australian Institute of Business.
Having built a career working and managing in the hospitality industry he has a true passion for people and connection. Jamie is a father of 2 beautiful boys and partner to an amazing patient woman. Growing up in the prairies have he has a strong connection to the importance of family and community and look forward to bringing that passion to KidzFirst Canada.
Matt is a founding board member of KidzFirst Canada. Matt was born and raised in Metro Vancouver and attended the University of Victoria. He has been a real estate agent in Vancouver since 2003. Matt helps families of all sizes buy and sell their homes and investment properties. Personally, Matt is a father of three and lives in the False Creek area of Vancouver. Matt is also a volunteer soccer coach and board member at Vancouver Athletic FC. As a coach and a lifelong athlete Matt has seen the benefits of teamwork and an active lifestyle to all children.
Jessica Barclay grew up in North Delta, British Columbia. She played competitive softball throughout her youth and received a scholarship to play at the University of Detroit Mercy. After a year in Detroit, Jessica returned to Vancouver and attended UBC where she was a member of the very first UBC varsity women’s softball team. She received a Bachelor of Human Kinetics in Kinesiology and Health Sciences and a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at UBC.
Since 2017, Jessica has worked as a speech-language pathologist (S-LP) with all populations (birth to adult) with a variety of communication needs. She continues to participate in recreational and semi-competitive sport. What she enjoys most about her work and personal life is the connections that she builds with others. Jessica feels that communication, connection and participation in one’s community are integral to one’s self-worth and self-identity. Further, as the youngest of four and an auntie to six, Jessica strongly values family, friendships and teamwork. She is thrilled to be able to share these values, and her passion for people as a new board member of KidzFirst Canada!
Passionate about all things health and movement, Katrina has served as a member of the KidzFirst Board for over a year. Growing up in a large family in a small-town outside of Melbourne, Australia - the importance of sport and a healthy community resonates strongly with Katrina.
Her primary goal is to teach people how to move well, regularly, without pain and have fun doing it. Katrina thrives on the opportunity to provide children with empowering experiences!
Art Green works as the motion Graphics Designer & Senior Producer of Games & events with the NHL hockey team, Vancouver Canucks.Art is an avid Painter, Photographer, Printmaker, and Owner and Operator of Road Astronaut Design.
Art Graduated with Fine Arts B.A. – University of Guelph and Advertising and Marketing at - Durham College. He is a lover of dogs, boxing and yoga. He highly recommends anyone to fit all three into one day.