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Board of Directors

Ann's Retirement Party (5)

Bev and Ann


Bev Knight, Chairperson

Bev is an artist, teacher and alumni member at The Art Studios.  It was because of her passionate belief in the program that she founded the Vancouver Recovery Through Art Society.  Her love for art has been a life-long vocation.

Ann Webborn, Vice Chair

Occupational Therapist.  Despite being somewhat retired, Ann has worked at The Art Studios since its inception in 1992 where she teaches a beginners and intermediate printmaking.  Ann strongly believes in the benefits of making art and being part of an art community for individuals with a mental illness and/or addictions.

Asifa Hirji, Treasurer

Asifa is an Audit Senior Manager at KPMG with eight years of audit experience with various not-for-profit and charitable organizations (NPO). She is an active member of KPMG’s Public Sector and NPO practice group in BC,

Laura Smith, Secretary

Laura has taught mixed media at The Art Studios. Community involvement has always been an important aspect in her life. The wonderful community of artists at The Art Studios has inspired her to contribute to such an important cause.

Pearl Martin, Director

Pearl is a participant at The Art Studios where she teaches Art and Creativity. She is an expert potter as well as manager of her company, Green Tea Services.

Kerry Smith CPA, CA, Director

Kerry is a Wealth Management Consultant who has witnessed the power of The Art Studios in recovery.

Dr. Ron Gibson MD, FRCPC, DTM&H, Director

Ron is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UBC, is in private practice, as well as travels regularity to Haida Gwaii to see patients for Vancouver Coastal Health.

Cynthia Bouchard, Director

Cynthia works for Courts Administration Services as Director, Management Services. She believes in giving back to the community and has been part of multiple fundraising campaigns.  She has a passion for wellness and mental health, and believes that each and everyone can reach their full potential through hope and transformational initiatives like The Art Studios.

Annalies Camfferman, Director

Annalies is a retired psychiatric nurse dedicated to creating a vibrant arts scene in Vancouver. She is a recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Awards, an avid volunteer, and a member of the Cultch’s Board of Directors. Her support for Vancouver Recovery Through Art is a perfect combination of her interest in art and former career in mental health.

Marie-Noel Campbell, Director

Marie a lawyer and Program Manager at Access Pro Bono, a legal charitable organization that provides free legal services to individuals of limited means. She has co-founded the Mental Health Program, which used to provide legal representation across B.C. to individuals certified under the Mental Health Act, and now provides summary legal advice over the phone to patients detained under the MHA and their relatives.

Susan Martell, Director

Passionate about improving the organizations she has worked for in the UK and Canada, Susan is currently a senior manager in BC Hydro stewarding business process improvement. Her love of art, and belief in its importance in people’s lives has brought her to lend her support to the worthy cause of Recovery Through Art – to do all that she can to see the survival and continued growth of the Art Studios.