Board & Staff

Jennifer Furry

President

Although a native Victorian, as I married a career naval officer, I have lived much of my life away from Victoria.  Living away from here makes you appreciate it all the more and it was important when we were posted back to Victoria that I volunteer in the community I was so happy to return to.  It is a pleasure to work with the dedicated group of volunteers and staff at Help Fill A Dream as we help support families in our communities.  It is truly an honour to work with all of you.

Jaime Adams

Vice President

I currently work for and have worked for BMO Financial Group for 17 years and and I am honoured to be a part of the Help Fill A Dream Foundation. Being involved in an organization that is able to provide hope to families in order to keep the children’s spirits high with a special “dream” by granting them some happiness throughout their illness is a very rewarding and humbling feeling. In my free time, I like to walk, hike, workout and enjoy my family and friends (dinner parties in particular). I love the sunshine, camping and beaches. I have two busy daughters and a wonderful home life with my partner, Billy. I dream of an end to childhood cancer and I’d love to spend a month in Bali, Indonesia and travelling throughout Europe.

Denyse Koo

Secretary

Having a lifelong history and career working with children and families since elementary school, I first volunteered to work with children with cerebral palsy. Since that time, I became involved with Help Fill A Dream Foundation when I was a Child Life Specialist at the Victoria General Hospital, supporting patients in the Paediatrics and the Emergency Department through the help of HFAD. Over the past 15 years, I’ve worked with the Foundation to identify the needs of inpatients, at the annual Teddy Bear’s Hospital event, and to produce a short video about children with life‑threatening medical conditions. I joined the Board of HFAD in 2005 as my dedication to children and belief to see the Foundation continue growing. Although I retired in 2013 from my career in human resources, I currently continue volunteering with HFAD and Scouts Canada and enjoy hiking daily with my dogs.

Pam Chandla

Director

As a current Vendor Relationship Manager with the BC Public Service Agency and a mother of two children, I have a great passion for helping our community through volunteerism and various fundraising initiatives. Giving back is my way to building a better, stronger community. Over the past ten years, I have led several fundraising initiatives for the provincial government while also promoting for the BC Children’s Hospital Jeans Day campaign. Today, my family actively supports Santa’s Anonymous, and the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

James Haley-Browning

Treasurer

I am currently the Treasurer of the Help Fill A Dream Foundation.  I started with HFAD in 2009 as a volunteer and in 2010 joined the Board, where I later accepted the position of Treasurer.  I work with TD Canada Trust as an Account Manager of Small Business.  Previous to this I was in hospitality and owned a couple of restaurants in the Victoria area.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and working around my house.

Erin Long

Director

I began my relationship with HFAD in the capacity of the co-founder of The Mistletoe Project whose fundraising efforts were focused on creating awareness for, and raising funds for HFAD in 2012. As an RN who has worked in Pediatrics and currently works in the NICU, I see firsthand the children and families that HFAD works with and the relief that HFAD provides for these families. The work that HFAD does is so important to our community’s children and their families and I believe makes a difference for them that is hard to put into words. I believe the community we have here to be supportive, generous, and fun-loving and I can’t imagine creating a life, and raising my family anywhere else. In my other life, I love to travel, to be physically active, and spend time with my friends and family.

Erin DaSilva

Director

I first learned of Help Fill A Dream, when my nephew became a recipient of a dream after his year of treatment for Neuroblastoma. Our family is close, and having been so intimately involved in my nephew’s journey, I truly understand the impact of the quality of life initiatives and family assistance program can have for families whose lives have just been turned upside down. The island is home for me; I was raised in Port Hardy, and after 7 years in Alberta at university and gaining work experience, I returned to the island, settling in Victoria where I have been for the past 11 years. In my professional life, I am self-employed, and help people get out of pain, through the use of Therapeutic Yoga & Ergonomics.

Tony Baldo

Director

Before my time with HFAD, I served on the executive of the Crystal Meth Society of BC and Impact Youth Substance Use Services Society. I have volunteered with various non-profit societies and associations and continue to be inspired by the many families and children I’ve met during my volunteer career. I continue to be amazed by the strength, courage and character I see in the families that are touched by the HFAD program and I am very proud to part of this organization.

Patti Falconbridge

Director

I am the middle child of a family of seven. I have three older sisters and three younger brothers. Living in this family dynamic taught me to always look out for each other. When my grandson needed assistance with a trip and a scooter Help Fill a Dream heard our call. I always said I wanted to give back to others in the same way we were helped. Being a part of this organization is like being back in that family – looking out for those that need help and for those that need to know someone cares. I am working in the Construction sector – both in the field and in administration. I love the camaraderie of hard work and good teamwork found in this career.

Kevin Greenard

Director

As a local Vancouver Island resident and current writer for the Times Colonist, my focus today is on raising my family and being active in the community, especially with HFAD. I enjoy sporting activities such as cycling and swimming with my children. But mostly, I love taking my children to the golf courses around Qualicum Beach, a childhood landmark of mine. My professional experience is in auditing financial related services; having worked in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, and United States before moving back to Victoria. To date, I have written 500 financial related articles which have been published across Canada.

Steve Pearce

Director

I was born in Victoria and have proudly only known Southern Vancouver Island as home. Volunteering one’s time to give back to the community has always been important to me. Being a past board Member of Volunteer Victoria and also actively lending my time to support North Saanich and the Peninsula Minor Hockey are some of my experiences that expresses my act of kindness and compassion from time to time. My profession is a General Commercial Insurance Broker with SeaFirst Insurance, where I continue to promote community involvement and giving, in Greater Victoria and the Gulf Islands.  I am also a partner with Teamworks Promotions, that in the past 12 years of existence has touched hundreds of community businesses, for profit and non-profit organizations and community and school teams.

Scott Wilson

Director

I am a certified financial planner specializing in Group Retirement plans with the largest financial institution in Canada. My work allowed me to travel to this beautiful Island and meet a variety of people. Working with Help Fill A Dream is important to me because of the direct impact that it has for families on the Island. In my spare time, I enjoy biking, hiking, and back country camping. Having been raised in Stratford, Ontario, I also am a rabid Shakespeare fan.

Craig Smith

Executive Director

The chance to offer real help to children and their families during their greatest time of need motivates me every day. I enjoy camping, sailing, biking and hiking all of the beautiful trails on Vancouver Island – especially in the Parksville area – dragon boating and pretending I am a master chef. I have hiked the Inca Trail in Peru to Machu Picchu. My Dream is to travel to all seven continents.

Janine Boomer

Program Manager

As the program manager, I have the exciting job of helping make children’s dreams a reality. I have lived on Vancouver Island my whole life and I am a proud mother of two. In my free time I enjoy reading a good book, walking on the beach, playing Canasta and spending time with family and friends. I hope to travel to Europe one day.

Doug Thompson

Finance Manager