Board of Governors

Arthur Willms, B.Ed, BA, MA
Chair

Arthur Willms is an educator, economist, and businessman with over forty years of experience. Arthur taught in the public school system in Alberta, lectured economics at a university and spent thirty years in the global energy sector at Westcoast Energy Inc, where he spent his last nine years as President before his retirement. Art is an experienced board member, having served in numerous capacities on a variety of public, private, and non-profit boards. He earned his Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Education along with a Master’s degree in Economics, all from the University of Calgary. He is a passionate supporter of educational, arts and cultural institutions.

Chief Dale Harry

Chief Dale Harry (Pekultn Siyam) has served as Negotiator on the Squamish Nation Council for fourteen years. Along with a certification in the Governance Essentials Program for Directors for Not for Profit Organizations from the University of Victoria, Chief Harry’s educational background includes studies in Business, Criminology, Political Science, and Geology. Chief Harry has a deep connection to the Squamish community as demonstrated in the many boards and organizations he has been associated with, including Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Squamish Credit Union, Squamish Nation Peacekeepers, Aboriginal Education Council School District #48, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, and Squamish Valley Development Corporation. Chief Harry was born and raised in Squamish and resides on the Squamish Reserve. He also serves as a consultant for Aboriginal Economic Solutions Inc.

Anna Lippman, BA, MA

Anna Lippman is a PhD candidate in the department of sociology at York University. Her research interests look at how street-involved youth in Toronto form resistance identity through hip-hop culture while navigating social institutions such as homeless shelters and drop-in programs. Anna’s research critically examines the ways that race, gender, and class shape how young people living in precarity see themselves and the world around them. This project seeks to provide insight into how these institutions both assist and hinder street-involved youth, and how to improve youth targeted social services in order to make them more equitable and inclusive. She has previously served on boards for several non-profits and municipal services in Squamish and Toronto.

Sheila M. Biggers, BA

Sheila M. Biggers comes to us with more than 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors. She is President & CEO of Junior Achievement BC, a recognized leader in education programs for youth. Previously, she was Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Engagement at the UBC Sauder School of Business, leading a team of 22 advancement professionals. Sheila has also demonstrated her passion for education and supporting youths through the Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation, where she is the former chair and a long-standing board member. The foundation runs an alternative education program combining academics, therapy and adventure-based learning to help at-risk youth change their lives. Sheila holds a BA in Sociology and Consumer Studies from the University of Guelph and is a Master in Public Administration candidate at the University of Victoria.

Senator Yonah Martin, B.Ed, MA.Ed

The Honourable Yonah Martin is a Senator of Canada, appointed by The Right Hon. Stephen Harper in 2009. She is the first Canadian of Korean descent to serve in the Senate of Canada and the first Korean-Canadian parliamentarian in Canadian history. She is currently the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (since November 2015); and previously served as the Deputy Leader of the Government (2013-2015); and as Deputy Whip of the Government (2011-2013). Born in Seoul, South Korea, Yonah Martin immigrated to Canada in 1972, and has resided in Metro-Vancouver ever since. She earned a Bachelor of Education in 1987 from University of British Columbia and enjoyed a 21-year teaching career (1987-2008) until her appointment to the Senate; and earned a Master of Education in 1996. Martin co-founded C3 Korean Canadian Society (in 2003) and currently serves as Honorary Patron of C3. She is also Grand Patron of Korea Veterans Association Heritage Unit (since 2017) and serves on several regional and national boards and advisory councils. Passionate about youth and young adults, she established a Parliamentary Internship program in 2011; and supports various youth and young adult organizations and initiatives. Married to Doug Martin since 1990, they have a daughter, Kiana Mi-Sun.

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