Renato is a leadership consultant and podcast host. He works with clients interested in performance coaching and communications. Previously, he was a newsroom director and general manager at Rogers Sports and Media. His career at OMNI Television and Citytv spanned 32-years in three provinces.
He was drawn to the BC Schizophrenia Society Foundation by its goal of helping families through fundraising for BCSS programs and stewardship of designated research donations.
Jeff currently works with Boston Scientific helping to facilitate pacemaker implants. Previously he has worked as a pharmaceutical representative focusing on new treatments and supporting programs that help psychiatric patients, and the staff working to help them, thrive.
He supports BCSSF by drawing attention to the importance of research to find new and better ways to bring hope to those living with schizophrenia. Jeff is currently working towards Doctor of Psychology through California Southern University.
Elaine brings more than 20 years experience in leadership roles with not-for-profit organizations with a regional and international focus. Making a difference in building a better world has been important throughout her career. Her past roles have been varied, and included management roles with international and Canadian non-government organizations. Elaine is currently the Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Southeast BC, and is based in the West Kootenays.
She hopes that her organizational development and management experience can support BCSSF in achieving ongoing and increased success in raising funds to support critically needed supportive programming and research for schizophrenia.
Prior to becoming a family caregiver, Joanne was a Certified Public Accountant and worked as Director of Finance at an international high-tech product design and manufacturing company in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2015, she moved to BC to provide full time care and support for her aging parents and her sister with schizophrenia. As an inexperienced caregiver, Joanne received much needed support from community mental health organizations, including BC Schizophrenia Society.
Joanne is passionate about increasing the awareness about serious mental illnesses and improving the mental health literacy of the general public.
Bob is an experienced musician, performer, educator, arts administrator, and entrepreneur with 40 years of experience in Canada and the US. He brings a unique approach to building capacity and connections within the music and arts community. Bob is extremely passionate about the ability of the arts to bring us together.
Bob’s son, Brisbin, was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 19 years old and passed away at the age of 23.
Margareta is a strategic communicator and public policy advocate. She is the Director of Research at Resource Works, a Vancouver-based non-profit in the natural resources space. Through her professional and volunteer work, she is passionate about creating meaningful change in the areas of poverty reduction, gender equality, and innovation policy.
As a child of a person with schizophrenia, Margareta is familiar with the experiences of families served by the BC Schizophrenia Society — and she knows well the difference in the lives of people with schizophrenia and their loved ones that is made by compassionate, accessible services.
Bob is a human resources professional with experience in health care, logistics, and hospitality sectors. His work has included employment with two mental health organizations. He has enjoyed volunteering in youth sports and with philanthropic efforts.
He is a proponent of employees assistance programs and, through experiences with suffering employees and family members, recognizes mental heath and mental illnesses as major contributor to employment loss.
Guelda is a wife and mother of three children. She has worked as an administrative assistant for 15 years and now runs two home based businesses, as well as a networking group for women in business.
She serves on the BCSS Foundation board to help support families like hers who have a loved one that has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. Her son was diagnosed in 2013, and she has been fundraising for BCSS since 2015.
Chris was one of the founding partners and CEO of Rack Attack Products Ltd. In 2017, Chris retired as the CEO and joined the board of the BCSSF.
Chris’s younger brother, Dave, was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 17; which eventually led Chris to join BCSSF. With 1 in 100 people afflicted with schizophrenia, which results in more chronic hospital beds than any other illness; it was clear that this charity deserved his focus.