Board of Directors
Catherine Atyeo, President
Catherine co-founded CLICK in 2001 with Alva Jenson, a former inner city teacher and consultant at the Vancouver School Board. Catherine was a single mother for many years and raised her two sons in the inner city. She observed first-hand the struggles of working poor families, and the effects of poverty on their children’s opportunities and self-esteem.
Serving as CLICK’s president for 10 years, Catherine is passionate about making Vancouverites aware of the plight of local children living in poverty. She has seen how programs supported by CLICK make a real difference in the lives of inner city kids, and has deep admiration for the mentors and angels that touch the lives of these children every day.
Catherine has worked for almost 35 years in print and broadcast journalism, as well as in communications in the private sector and government. Her volunteer experience includes working on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside; assisting immigrants and refugees to integrate into the Lower Mainland; and serving on committees in housing cooperatives.
Catherine and her partner have four children who’ve all flown the coop but come back often. Her interests include running, hiking, gardening and choral singing. She has lived in six different Vancouver neighborhoods and loves to set off from her current residence near Main Street to explore the city on her bike.
Annie Ehman, Secretary
Annie is a Toronto native who has lived in Vancouver since 1972 and in East Vancouver since 1986. She became involved at her daughter’s inner city elementary school was a founding member of the advocacy and advisory group Vancouver Inner City Parents Group. Annie also served as chair of the parent advisory councils at both elementary and secondary levels and has been a representative and chair of the Vancouver District Parent Council.
Annie volunteered in her community in schools and neighbourhood houses, and joined the CLICK board soon after its launch. In 2002, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for her community service. Annie is a firm believer that all children deserve to have access to the support and resources that will bring out their best selves.
Mike Evans has worked at Britannia Secondary School since 1980; he was the Counseling Department Head and the Night School Administrator until 2002. Since 2002, he has worked as the Community Education Coordinator, providing out-of-school opportunities for kids, with a focus on planning special events and leading community development projects. He also regularly attends meetings of the Britannia Board of Directors.
Mike really believes in the power of sport as an agent for positive change. For the past 15 years, he has coached the Britannia Senior Girls basketball team, leading them to win the city championships for the last three years, as well as “AA” Provincial Champions in 2012.
Mike attended Washington State University on a track scholarship and competed at the national level in both track and field and rugby. Mike has won several awards for his involvement in the community including the “Caring for Kids” award as well as a Lifetime Achievement in Coaching Award.
Mike considers it a privilege to work at Britannia, and credits the fantastic kids and families as the pillars of the Britannia Community. Mike is married to Pat and the father of Kristin —a new teacher in Vancouver!
Brenda has been a long-time advocate for inner city issues, after years of involvement with the Parent Advisory Councils in Vancouver inner city schools. She currently sits on two other non-profit community boards —Hastings East Community Programs Society and the Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre, and has extensive experience in fundraising and organizing events. Together with CLICK board member, Annie Ehman, Brenda spearheaded the fundraising drive for the renovated Vancouver Technical Secondary School Auditorium.
Brenda joined the CLICK board because she understands firsthand how local neighbourhood programs can contribute so much to children’s lives, and that finding money to support these programs is often a struggle for organizers.
Brenda is a Manitoba native, small business owner, and has lived in east Vancouver for over 20 years with her husband and their two children. In 2002, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and in 2012, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her community service.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Graham manages business development for a Washington-based technology company and is chairman of an investment holding company. He spent his early years working closely with families and young adults as a personal trainer. Graham supports various charities throughout B.C. and often engages in random acts of kindness, where he surprises people in need with gift cards to grocery stores. Graham believes the practice of altruism can be very contagious and encourage others to pay it forward.
A Calgary native, Julie moved to Vancouver in 2014 to further her studies in Organizational Psychology. She currently holds four university degrees in psychology, business, French and photography and is working on her Master’s of Art in Organizational psychology at Adler University. She joined CLICK as a way to give back to the community in which she resides, and to make a difference for Vancouver’s most vulnerable population.
Julie has been a passionate volunteer since high school, working in a variety of local and international charity organizations. She believes in the power of collaboration and teamwork – by all of us working together, communities and society as a whole benefit. Her belief in teamwork inspired Julie to develop “CLICK Conversations”, which brings together CLICK board members and inner city partners to discuss how to better meet the needs of Vancouver’s inner city children and youth.
Julie currently works as an organizational development consultant at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel. On the side she is an avid traveler, art enthusiast and food lover.
Pauline Gardikiotis, Vice President
Pauline has been practicing law for 15 years and is currently working from the Dolden Wallace Folik office in Vancouver. Aside from her work with CLICK, Pauline is a board member of the Hastings East Community Programs Society which supports community programming for the Templeton hub of elementary schools. She is also a member of Hastings Elementary School PAC and is actively involved in her three sons’ school and day care.
Her husband, Trevor Stokes, is a teacher at Britannia Secondary and runs the Streetfront Alternative program. Hearing about his work with inner city youth is what brought Pauline to CLICK seven years ago. “I have seen firsthand through Trevor’s program, how one small opportunity can change the entire course of a young person’s life and break the cycle.”
Shane MacArthur, Treasurer
He works at a public practice accounting firm in downtown Vancouver and enjoys the variety and challenges that come with the range of clients he has in public practice.
In his spare time Shane likes to run the seawall or catch a movie. He’s also a big Canucks fan.
Shane was inspired to join the CLICK team because growing up in south Vancouver he attended school with economically disadvantaged students. He saw that they didn’t have the same life opportunities as he did and wants to work to change that situation through CLICK.
A native of Vancouver, Jaclyn has seen firsthand how the city has grown and evolved into one of the greatest places to live. What she has also seen is how child poverty can get lost amongst rapid development and real estate expansion.
Jaclyn joined CLICK in 2015 at the invitation of a friend and has never looked back. Combining her background in finance and a desire to leave something better than when she found it, Jaclyn believes that as part of the CLICK team she can make a difference in the lives of generations to come.
A resident of downtown Vancouver, Jaclyn is an avid reader. She also possesses an adventurous culinary streak and can often be found exploring new parts of the world through her kitchen and palate.
Janey was born and raised in East Vancouver in a working poor family of seven children. She has been at a teacher in Vancouver for over 20 years. For the past 18 years, she has been teaching at Thunderbird Elementary, an inner city, East Side school in Vancouver, which is across the street from the largest social housing project in the province. Janey has presented educational workshops across B.C, coaches multiple sports teams at her school each year and has mentored hundreds of teachers (and student teachers) who have visited her classroom.Over the years she has also facilitated workshops at her school to help raise money to buy much needed resources and a new primary playground for her school. Janey was a mentor with the YWCA for five years, working with at-risk female high school students. She serves on the Social Justice and Solidarity Committee with the Vancouver Elementary School Teacher’s Association and has also been a panelist on several anti-poverty forums where she spoke about the effects of child poverty.
Janey joined the CLICK Board as she would like to further make a positive difference in the lives of inner city kids and youth. In January 2012, Janey received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her significant and meaningful contributions to the community and teaching profession. In November 2013, Janey was awarded the Prime Ministers Award for Teaching Excellence in Ottawa. It is a national award and the highest honour in teaching which honours outstanding and innovative teachers across Canada. In September 2015, Janey was also the recipient of the UBC Faculty of Education’s “Top 100 Alumni Award” for her dedication, positive impact and expertise as a community leader in her professional area. Janey has been an avid Vancouver Canucks hockey fan since elementary school, and she shares this passion in her classroom to creatively help teach her students important life skills such as teamwork, communication, fairness and social responsibility. She currently lives in Burnaby with her husband and two young children.
Cynthia immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong in 1993 and has been involved in inner city school issues ever since. When her son entered Kindergarten at Strathcona Elementary School, she became involved in the Parent Advisory Council, and soon took on the role of chairperson. When her child moved into high school, Cynthia continued her leadership as the chair of the Britannia Secondary Parent Advisory Council.
Cynthia was a founding member of Vancouver Inner City Parents Group. She also sat on the Vancouver School Board’s ESL and Inner City Advisory Committees, and was a Parent Advocate for the Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council. In 2002, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for her community service.
Cynthia joined CLICK to support its mission and contribute to the lives of inner city children and youths. She continues her involvement with school-aged children in her role as a Supervision Aide at Elsie Roy School in downtown Vancouver.
Elisabeth (Liz) Sadowski
Born and raised in Vancouver, Liz works as a lawyer at Murray Jamieson. Liz practices general civil litigation, with an emphasis on insurance defence and personal injury litigation (including acting on behalf of injured individuals).
Liz’s interest in inner city youth began as early as secondary school when she took part in a mentorship program at Thunderbird Elementary and has continued since. Prior to attending law school and shortly thereafter, Liz also worked for the Legal Services Society (legal aid) in Vancouver and assisted low-income clients in obtaining legal advice and representation.
Liz feels that by being part of the CLICK team she can help raise awareness about the issue of child poverty in BC.
Elaine’s whole career and volunteer life has been advocating and working for inner city kids and their families. She was a family support worker, including at Grandview Elementary where inner city students face multiple challenges. She also worked for the Surrey School District on a joint project between the district and the RCMP to work with youth who were showing gang-like behavior. Elaine is someone who sees a need and works with impressive determination to change things for the better. She saw that low-income families could not afford dental care for their kids so she worked with the UBC Faculty of Dentistry to create a free dental clinic for inner city kids at Florence Nightingale School. She has been a consultant with Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver and a vice president on the board of Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre. She has also been a Block Watch captain for over 20 years, working closely with the Vancouver Police Department. As Elaine says: “My passion is to give back and help in a way that will make a positive difference in the lives of inner city kids.”