Cameray Board of Directors
Cameray Child & Family Services is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, made up of interested people from the community with various backgrounds and areas of expertise. The Board of Directors is responsible for managing the affairs of the Society, and is accountable for the agency’s governance, policy development, strategic planning, and financial management.
2017-2018 Board of Directors
Sarina Kot, Ph.D. (Co-President)
Dr. Sarina Kot has been on the board since 2004. She is a Registered Child Psychologist working in private practice in Vancouver for part of the week. For the other part of the week, she works at BC Children’s Hospital. She is an immigrant to Canada and came to Vancouver 20 years ago. She is bilingual and fluent in English and Cantonese. She also speaks Mandarin. On the Board, she brings her passion for promoting the well-being of children. Dr. Kot has participated in organizing the annual fundraising workshop and is currently part of the fundraising committee. In addition to her board work with Cameray, she is connected to Burnaby through her work projects with the Burnaby School District Settlement Workers. The program she designed for helping refugee and immigrant students deal with trauma has received the Innovation Award given by the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth in 2013.
Don Macdonald (Co-President)
Don has been on the Board since 2008. He is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Parenting Coordinator who has been counselling professionally since 2004. Working with children, families and individuals on a wide variety of issues, he combines parenting support and education with his extensive experience to help his clients reach the balance in their lives they seek. His background as a social worker in Northern BC, as an elementary and secondary school teacher and Principal in Burnaby, and as an instructor/coordinator in the Native Indian Teacher Education Program at U.B.C, provides Don with a comprehensive resource of experience to draw from.
After retiring from the Burnaby School District, Don came to begin his counselling career at Cameray in 2005 and worked as a Child and Family Counsellor for 2.5 years. He has also facilitated Neufeld attachment training with the Cameray counselling staff since moving on to private practice.
Nancy Maloney (Vice President)
Nancy has been on the Board since 1982. She recently retired as a psychology instructor at Douglas College. Previously, she worked as a clinical psychologist in a variety of settings, the last of which was Maple Ridge Mental Health Centre where she was the Child and Youth Coordinator and Acting Director. There Nancy worked with other community services providers to identify needs and create solutions.
Nancy became involved with Cameray 34 years ago, when her friend who was on the Board invited Nancy to attend an AGM. She was elected to the Board that evening. As a member of the personnel committee, Nancy participated in selection interviews for many years. She has also served as Vice-President for many terms.
Nancy notes that she is honoured to have been a small but supportive part of Cameray’s excellent work. She appreciates everyone’s commitment to our shared goals and mission.
Brian Shuster (Treasurer)
Brian has been on the Board since 1984. He is an employee of the Burnaby School District and is currently the Principal of Cascade Heights Elementary School. When Brian was a Community School Coordinator in 1983, he was asked to sit on the Board of Cameray, and he happily agreed. Brian is a Burnaby resident who is married with two grown children.
Nazarina DiSpirito (Secretary)
Nazarina has been on the Board since 2014. She is a licensed mortgage broker and has been working in the Finance industry for over 25 years.
Nazarina has been involved in many fundraising initiatives over the years including: GGMS (defibrillators) and various youth sports and school programs in Burnaby. With a marketing background and a commitment to providing excellent client service, Nazarina extends these skills to her role at Cameray.
Nazarina is married and has three adult children who have all gone through the Burnaby school system. Her family has been a part of many groups through Burnaby schools and other organizations that the children have been involved in.
As part of a huge extended Italian family, Nazarina feels very fortunate for all the wonderful family, friend and client relationships she has formed over the years. Being a Burnaby resident for over 29 years, Nazarina is happy to help a non-profit society in such an important segment of the community. Burnaby is continually growing and Nazarina believes the work that Cameray does to support our youth is extremely important to ensure they have a positive influence on our community.
Bruce has been on the Board since 1986. He is a retired psychology instructor. Prior to a serious stroke in 2007, Bruce taught at Douglas College for approximately 25 years. Bruce’s areas of specialization are social and cognitive psychology and educational technology. He served on the faculty association’s executive as an elected Vice President and was actively involved in contract negotiations.
Bruce was invited to become a Board member by his partner, Nancy Maloney. He served as President of the Board for many years, and he worked with the admin staff in building Cameray’s technology capacity.
Alex has been on the Board since January 2015. He is the District Vice President of Retail Banking for TD Canada Trust for Burnaby, New Westminster and the Tri-Cities.
Alex brings a wealth of skills to the Cameray Board, including leadership, strategic planning, and investment management. His current career involves the business development of 20 branches and approximately 430 staff.
Alex was introduced to Cameray through a Branch Manager of TD Bank in Burnaby, who has supported the agency through grants and donations. She knew Cameray was seeking business and financial-savvy Board members, and that Alex was seeking an opportunity to volunteer in the community. It was a perfect match.
Joining Our Board
Eligible candidates for a Board of Directors position should be a member of the community and/or have knowledge or experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Cultural Diversity
- Social Services
- Knowledge of the Communities Served
- Skill and experience in developing policy
- Leadership Ability
- Commitment and ability to fundraise
- Commitment and ability to connect the agency with other resources
- Community Program Development
- Counselling and Therapy