Our Board of Directors
…believes that education improves lives
MBSPF has an eight member Canadian Board of Directors keenly committed to improving educational conditions in the villages of Myanmar.
Roger is the founder of MBSPF. He retired as Senior Vice President of Teck Corporation in 2006 and since then has served on the boards of a financial institution and a green energy company. He visited Myanmar for the first time in 2009 and wanted to find a way to help the children. He now visits annually, overseeing the much needed construction and renovation of schools throughout the country, especially in rural areas. He believes the practice of generosity makes us all happier.
Sharon is a retired teacher and psychotherapist who now spends her time meditating, painting and travelling. Her trips to Myanmar have opened her heart to the need for schools for Burmese children. She is particularly interested in the education of girls and the empowerment of impoverished communities.
Leslie is the executive director of MBSPF and manages the administration of the charity. She has a background in social anthropology and spent many years performing volunteer work for the Vancouver Waldorf School. She is convinced that building schools for children and increasing the levels of literacy in Myanmar are crucial to the reduction of poverty in the country.
Andrew is currently an executive with a major Canadian mining company which requires extensive travel throughout the world. In traveling through developing countries, he has seen firsthand the effects that a lack of education has on people’s lives. The opportunity to help provide access to education to children in Myanmar through MBSPF is a critical long-term step in helping their communities to improve health and reduce poverty.
Mike is a retired senior executive of a Canadian mining company. During a long career, Mike had the opportunity to live and work in many parts of the world. It is very clear that access to education is a great tool for helping to lift people out of poverty, and the work that Myanmar/Burma Schools is doing provides an immediate improvement in that access. Mike and his wife Jane live in Vancouver.
Susan has a background in Early Childhood and Special Needs Education. She is honoured and grateful to be part of MBSPF, an organization that makes such a positive difference in the lives of the children of Myanmar through education. Susan is currently enjoying a fulfilling career as a first-time grandma.
Ian is retired from the paint and coatings industry and now operates his own consulting business. Ian has traveled throughout the world and experienced many third world countries suffering from poverty and illness. He loves being part of a charity dedicated to improving the lifestyle of the children of Myanmar.
Meg recently retired as Program Head of BCIT’s Nonprofit and Fundraising Management Programs, and previously was chief development officer at SFU and the University of Alberta. Meg is an ardent believer in the power of philanthropy and is inspired by the impact of village schools in Myanmar.