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!
Megan Van Keulan
Megan hails from a small town near Niagara Falls, Ontario. As a sporting enthusiast, Megan grew up participating in many sports—but fell in love with the sport of figure skating. For 15 years, she dedicated her life to the sport. When she was not training, you would find her teaching and sharing her passion with children at the local Learn-to-Skate programs. After high school, Megan decided to take a Fitness and Health Promotions Diploma Program at Humber College and then continued on to study Kinesiology at Guelph-Humber University. During her time at Humber/Guelph-Humber, she was a member of the Humber Hawks Varsity Cross Country Running team. While Megan was a Varsity Athlete, she was actively involved in the Hawks Have Heart Community Service Project. Megan’s focus for this Project was to spearhead the Girl’s Physical Activity Initiative which joined forces with the local high schools in the area. The idea was to help teach the at-risk teen girls about positive body image, nutrition, and the importance of sport and activity to build confidence through group discussion and participation in learning new sports such as rugby, softball and volleyball, as well as participating in fitness and spin classes.
As an adventure seeker, Megan made the trek across the country to beautiful British Columbia in early 2016. She is a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Level 10 Fitness on the North Shore. She works with people of all ages, but enjoys contributing to the development of youth.
Heather has over 10 years of experience as an Organizational Manager and Human Resources Professional with expertise in organizational behavior and corporate culture.
She is passionate about creating inspiring working environments to help employees achieve their maximum potential while enjoying daily life at the office.
Her people first approach has always been her driving force within each organization she has had opportunity to work with. It is this passion for people that drew Heather to the KidzFirst campaign.
“It is all about beginnings. Just like the right beginning makes an impact when starting a new job, beginnings and new experiences are extremely significant for young children. I am honored to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to giving our youth every opportunity available to help them be successful in their futures”.
Vancouver born and locally raised, I have so much passion for this beautiful city and its people.
After studying business and having a wonderful 12 year career, I followed my heart and went to film school in 2009. I have spent almost a decade now working as a visual effects artist in the film industry.
My latest professional venture has me opening my own video production house and I am excited for what is to come!
As an original founding member of KFC, I am beyond excited to be back on the board and giving back. I can’t imagine a better group of people to be aligned with as we all use our diverse strengths and networks to give the the best opportunities and experiences to the youth in our society. Let’s get to work!
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.
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!
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.