Sara Dubois-Phillips

Executive Director

A senior communications and fundraising specialist with over 25 years’ experience in the non-profit, corporate and media sectors, Sara has worked in New York, Washington, D.C. and Vancouver. She has a proven track record in event creation and production in the non-profit sector, and as Director of Marketing and Communications for Canuck Place she established The Canuck Place Adventure Challenge and the Gift of Time. Sara has a background in Broadcast Journalism and began her career in radio as a newscaster for BVLD in Smithers. She is passionate about children’s causes and has worked tirelessly both personally and professionally to improve and enhance the lives of children in need with organizations such as BC Children’s Hospital, Lift the Children, BC Kidney Foundation, The Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders, Pacific Autism Family Centre, the Vancouver Aquarium and Arts Umbrella.


Cathy Hunt

Director of Grants & Special Events

Cathy first became involved with the CKNW Kids’ Fund as a reporter with the radio station, following her graduation from BCIT. She left the radio business to become a music teacher and raise her family, but continued to volunteer and fundraise every year for the charity. In 2006, Cathy returned to CKNW full-time to join the Kids’ Fund team and is currently Director of Grants and Special Events. She oversees the allocation of our funding to special needs families and organizations, and coordinates the annual Kids’ Fund Picnic at Playland for 3,000 special needs children.


Michelle McLean

Finance & Administrative Coordinator

Michelle joined the CKNW Kids’ Fund team in October 2014. Previously, she was the Marketing & Business Development Coordinator for Paul Mercs Concerts, implementing marketing and promotional plans for music tours across Canada. Michelle is an accomplished vocalist. Always one to volunteer, she most recently lent her voice to the Music Seeds International children’s project “Favourite Things.” In her spare time, Michelle performs regularly in the Lower Mainland with her band O’Hara Lane. She also does commercial voiceover work.

Board of Directors


Wally Oppal

 Chairman of the Board, Senior Counsel – Boughton Law

Wally is an experienced counsel and strategic advisor. His practice focuses on alternative and traditional dispute resolution as well as Aboriginal law.

After graduation from the University of British Columbia Law School, Wally went into private practice for a number of years. During this time, he was appointed as a Special Prosecutor on many high-profile criminal and commercial cases.

In 2005, he was appointed as Attorney General of British Columbia and served as Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism until 2009. Wally was involved in many significant reforms of the justice system, including the establishment of Canada’s first community court to deal with chronic offenders, developing new Rules of Court in order to promote quicker resolution of disputes and developing new initiatives in dealing with violence against women.

A lifetime resident of British Columbia, Wally has dedicated his entire working life to the pursuit of social justice and community safety. His landmark report on policing in British Columbia led to many policing reforms after its publication in 1994. Wally’s service to the public of this province, most recently as Commissioner of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, is of special significance.


Lara Dauphinee

Vice-Chair, CKNW Board of Directors

Ms. Dauphinee is managing director of the Fiore Group of Companies, a private firm managing a broad portfolio of private equity investments and companies, focusing on food and lifestyle, art and entertainment, real estate, and natural resources. Lara leads a broad range of responsibilities, from managing a number of private investments, to growing start-up companies. She serves as director of the Vancouver Board of Trade, Pure Freedom YYOGA Wellness Inc., The Great Ontario Food Company, CKNW Kids’ Fund, VGH + UBC Hospital Foundation, TELUS Science World Chairman’s Committee and the Radcliffe Foundation. She is also actively involved in the International Crisis Group, and the Giustra Enterprise Partnership initiatives. From 2001 to 2011 she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier of the Province of British Columbia.


Chris Tsoromocos

Treasurer, Senior Vice President at Onni Group

Chris has an extensive 20-year background in real estate, private equity, and public markets investing. Prior to joining the senior leadership at the Onni Group, Chris held senior executive position in private equity including Kingswood Capital, Stern Partners and Maxam Capital as well as investment banking including CIBC World Markets and Citigroup Global Markets (M&A) in London. Chris serves on numerous boards and is an active supporter of not-for-profit and community initiatives.


Sandra Garossino

Secretary, CEO – Intellex Legal Management

Born in Vancouver, Sandra was raised in small-town Alberta before returning to Vancouver to attend university. She practiced law as a Crown prosecutor for a number of years, with special emphasis on youth crime and gangs.

Sandra is founder and CEO of Intellex Legal Project Management Inc., a recent startup company that employs technology innovations and contracted services to drive down legal costs. She sits on the SFU India Advisory Council and has ties to UBC’s Asia strategy through her support for the Institute for Asian Research, the Advisory Council of the Indian Summer Festival of Arts and Ideas, the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration, and sits on the Patrons Circle of the Vancouver International Writers Festival. She and her husband also support a school in India.

Past board memberships include the Vancouver International Writers Festival, the Public Dreams Society (which produces Illuminares and the Parade of Lost Souls), the Alliance for Arts and Culture, and the Vancouver Biennale, which Sandra co-chaired. She chaired the Alliance for Arts’ Advocacy Task Force, and served as a volunteer consultant for the BC Association for Charitable Gaming, which represents the interests of thousands of BC charities and non-profits affected by provincial gaming grant policy.

Sandra’s long record of service to the charitable and non-profit community led her to co-found the Vancouver Not Vegas Coalition, successfully opposing the expansion of Edgewater Casino on the BC Place site.


Chris Gailus

Anchor – Global BC

Chris Gailus is a Canadian television news anchor and currently the host of Global BC’s News Hour. With more than 25 years of experience in broadcast journalism, Chris is recipient of many prestigious awards, such as the Emmy Award for Best Single Morning News Program, multiple Canadian Screen Awards for Best Newscast Large, and his most recent Canadian Screen Award for Best Local News Anchor in 2015. Outside the newsroom, Chris supports many non-profit organizations like BC Children’s Hospital, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Room to Read, and organizations that support research and treatment for Diabetes and Arthritis.

Laurie Hearty

Chair of the Grants Committee for the past several years, Laurie brings her years of experience in policy and program development addressing social justice issues, to the committees’ decision-making. Retired from the provincial government, she now volunteers with grassroots organizations to enhance organizational performance.


Larry Gifford

Senior Program Director – Corus Entertainment Vancouver

Both the Manager of Talk and Talent for Corus Entertainment in Vancouver and Sr. Program Director of CKNW, Larry Gifford has been working in broadcasting for over 25 years. After a decade of reporting and anchoring for news and sports outlets across America, Larry became a successful program director, leading major stations including KIRO-FM in Seattle, KSPN-AM in Los Angeles and the ESPN Radio Network in Bristol, Connecticut. He is also the owner of Larry Gifford Media, where he serves as an international radio consultant and talent coach. Over the years, Larry has worked with and helped to raise millions of dollars through radio events for many great organizations including CKNW Kids’ Fund, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The V Foundation for Cancer Research, and Treehouse benefiting Foster Kids in Washington State. In 2012, through his leadership, KIRO Radio won the National Association of Broadcaster’s Crystal Award for the station’s year-round dedication to community service.

Chris Philps

President – Fairborne Homes

As the President of Fairborne Homes, Christopher Philips is extremely knowledgeable about the Vancouver residential real estate market. He is passionate about delivering not just more than the average homebuilder, but also a Fairborne Residence with vibrant living spaces within a pleasant community. Over the years, Chris has been awarded winner of the Urban Development Institute’s Award for Excellence in Urban Development, where Fairborne has created some of the Lower Mainland’s most memorable homes.


Angela Racette

Senior Manager – Commercial Card Account Management, Global Transaction Banking

Born in Vernon and a long-time Greater Vancouver-area resident, Angela has spent almost two decades building a professional business development career, volunteering with several key organizations and raising a healthy family. Key career milestones include developing the Corporate & Institutional Sales Program at Chapters/Chapters Online, building the Spend & Payment Solutions portfolio at BMO across public sector in British Columbia and more recently growing Managed Services partnerships with Xerox Canada. Angela’s volunteer activity has included fundraising for partisan organizations, hands-on support of several major sporting events such as World Police & Fire Games, Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Olympics, the PGA’s Greater Vancouver Open/Canadian Open (several times) and local support for Canadian Blood Services, Family Education & Support Centre and Salvation Army.


Mike Searson

Director of Sales – Corus Radio Vancouver

Mike started his career as a golf professional at the Vancouver Golf Club in 1994. He transitioned to radio sales in 1999 and has not looked back. He’s held many leadership positions within Corus and currently is the Vice President of Local Sales, which includes leading sales teams across the country to market leading growth with some of the top TV, Radio and Digital assets in the country.  Mike is an innovator in his field and has led Corus to become Canada’s leading multiplatform sales organization. For the past 20 years, Mike and his team have worked to support the CKNW Kids' Fund during Pledge Day, The Picnic, The Golf Tournament and Pink Shirt Day. He feels privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful charity for so many years and understands the importance of the CKNW Kids’ Fund plays in the lives of some very special kids in BC.

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Jessica Bouchard

Associate Director, The Polygon Gallery

A creative and resourceful fundraiser, Jessica Bouchard has enjoyed two decades of fundraising success in both the public and private sectors. She has worked as the lead fundraiser for the largest visual arts organization in Western Canada; crossed over to the private sector and successfully raised a real estate private equity fund of $120 million; and is currently the associate director of The Polygon Gallery, which, under her leadership, has just successfully completed the capital campaign for its new home, which opened on Vancouver’s north shore waterfront at the end of 2017. In addition to her work with the CKNW Kids' Fund, she also sits on the board of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.