Mark Mahl KidzFirst Canada

Mark Mahl

Board Chair

Mark has helped youth reach their full potential for over 30 years, as a teacher, coach, mentor and program director. Mark was a Board Member with the Kiwanis Club of Vancouver and currently works in Development, helping others realize their goals. Mark moved to Vancouver five years ago from Edmonton where he was the Director at the MS Society of Alberta to take a position as the Director of the Rick Hansen Institute for Spinal Cord Injury. Recently, mark assisted a number of non profit charities over the years reach their fundraising goals. Mark believes in the power of youth and their potential empowerment of their own futures!

Heather Johnston KidzFirst Canada Board Member

Heather Johnson

Board Member

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”.

Ashley Smith KidzFirst Canada Board Member

Ashley Smith

Vice Chair

Growing up in Surrey, Ashley witnessed first hand that most kids are vulnerable and at risk of not realizing their potential if they do not have an engaged support system in parallel with personal interests and some form of an active lifestyle. She was fortunate to have found sport in soccer, and an interest in music and theatre to keep her busy and driven to grow. As she got older, she lost touch with (and lost) many good friends to gang and drug lifestyles. Ashley is passionate about supporting communities and organizations that help prevent kids from falling through the cracks, and that work to encourage our youth to recognize the value they hold, and to simply have fun and enjoy life. Today, Ashley works as a residential REALTOR® with Royal LePage Sussex Klein Group in Vancouver and serves as a Director at the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.

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Stephen Kelly

Board Member

Stephen was born and raised in Scotland and moved to Vancouver in late 2012, to lead an operational turnaround in a North Vancouver based factory. Throughout his extensive managerial career Stephen has had the privilege of travelling extensively around the globe. Stephen feels passionate about social justice and equality in access to social programs, education and elimination of hunger, poverty and social exclusion. He has been appalled at times at the poverty and deprivation of children that he has witnessed. He feels strongly about holding hope for the less privileged children in our society here in Canada and helping them achieve their aspirations.

Matt Collinge KidzFirst Canada

Matt Collinge


Matt has been a real estate agent in Vancouver, BC. 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. He coaches youth soccer at Vancouver Athletic FC, and as a lifelong athlete Matt has seen the value of teamwork and an active lifestyle to kids of all ages.

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Megan Van Keulan

Board Member

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.