Board of Directors
President - Tamara Hunter
Director since 2017
Tamara lives in New Westminster and has practised law in Vancouver for over 20 years. She has been involved in school PAC activities and is past-president of the New Westminster/Coquitlam Chapter of PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization), a non-profit society that raises funds for educational scholarships, grants and loans, for women. Tamara was a Governor and the Chair (for two years) of Law Foundation of British Columbia from 2010 to 2015.
Vice President - Gavin B. Wallace
Director since July 2019
As a Health Care Leader, Gavin has significant experience leading a variety of health care services across the province. Gavin has a background in nursing and holds a Masters in Health Services Management. He is a currently a Director with the Provincial Health Services Authority.
Gavin is a values-based leader and is excited to join Fraserside’s Board of Directors to contribute to an organization and services that are grounded in the core values of Diversity, Integrity, Social Responsibility and Belonging.
Treasurer - Gurpreet Rai
Director since 2014
Gurpreet has served on the Fraserside Board since 2014. Gurpreet is a Chartered Accountant and Senior Manager in KPMG’s Enterprise practice, working with private companies and non-profit organizations across industries and sectors. He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Gurpreet is involved with TYE Young Entrepreneurs Program Vancouver initiative to inspire top students to become the next generation of business and community leaders. In his free time, Gurpreet enjoys staying active, travelling and spending time with his wife Rosy and two children, Samiya and Asher. Gurpreet and his family have lived in Burnaby since 2005.
Secretary - Rob Sider
Director since May 2019
Rob is a lawyer who has been practicing in the area of labour, employment and human rights law since 1991. He is a partner at Lawson Lundell LLP, where he is the head of the Labour, Employment and Human Rights Group. Rob and his family have been proud residents of New Westminster for 26 years. Rob’s previous volunteer involvement includes being a long-time community basketball coach, league director for Tennis BC, President of the New Westminster Tennis Club, serving on the Council of and as a Warden of Holy Trinity Cathedral in New Westminster, and in various capacities with the Canadian Bar Association.
In his practice, Rob acts or has acted for various organizations which provide services to persons with developmental disabilities and substance abuse and so, when the opportunity to become more involved in an organization like Fraserside that offers similar services, Rob jumped in.
Director - Kathryn Petersen
Director since 2017
Kathryn is a proud member of the Certified General Accountants and the Chartered Professional Accountants Associations and brings over 25 years financial industry experience in developing and implementing corporate and business unit strategies for businesses. She is an energetic professional who has vision. Her area of expertise includes investments, money management, financing, general taxation, complex business issues, and financial reporting.
Kathryn has extensive experience in asset management and the real estate industry – and has played an integral part of various management teams that oversaw diverse real estate portfolios consisting of multi-family residential, commercial and industrial buildings, joint ventures, and equity financing. In her career, she has held positions such as Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer and Controller while working with high net worth individuals and private charities. Her interests include travelling, hiking and being a mentor.
Director - Ruby Campbell
Director since July 2019
Ruby is a well-connected fundraising professional with 21 years of experience leading fund development efforts for a variety of associations, foundations and organizations including the City of New Westminster for which she also helped advance strategic priorities through intergovernmental relations. She is currently the Director of Advancement for Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Ruby has joined Fraserside’s board of directors because, in her experience working with municipal government, she has seen the positive impact the agency is making by providing housing, employment and programs that support belonging.
Director - Thomas C. Fink
Director since July 2019
Thomas is a finance, planning and operations professional with over 25 years of senior leadership experience including managing finances, optimizing operations, and leading change. He is currently the Director of Transit Service Design for Coast Mountain Bus Company, where he oversees planning, scheduling, and performance for over 1,400 buses in Metro Vancouver. Thomas discovered his passion for helping people when he worked at the Legal Services Society of BC for eight years helping low income people resolve their legal issues.
When he is not at work, you can find Thomas spending time with his family, playing hockey, or enjoying a poker game. Thomas holds a master’s degree in business administration, and he is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA), a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a registered builder with BC Housing.
Director - Donald McLellan
Director since January 2020
Don held a number of operational managerial finance positions in manufacturing, energy utilities, wholesale and retail sales and transit service industries. In all of his positions, Don’s focus was providing operational, strategic and business decision support to management.
Don held a Certified Management Accountant designation for three decades along with a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Sciences undergraduate degree from UBC and recently earned a Provincial Instructors Diploma from VCC. In 2018 Don transitioned to a role as an accounting instructor at Douglas and Langara Colleges developing the next generation of business and management accounting students.
Don has served as the volunteer treasurer with two charities: BC Nature and the BC Liquor Distribution Branch Provincial Employees Community Services Fund, and for nine years served as a Commissioner for New Westminster’s Energy Utility providing strategic oversight and direction. Don and his family are long term residents of New Westminster.
Director - Lorelei Kesteven
Director since November 2020
Lori is a CPA, CMA with experience in the dental and medical fields for over 20 years. She holds a Masters of Leadership augmenting her financial background in the areas of change management, team development, and operations. Strategic planning, with an emphasis in navigating change in small business, has been a recent focus for various teams in both a “hands-on” and coaching capacity.
Lori has a passion for Financial Literacy, volunteering for CPA Canada by teaching classes to school-aged children, adults and seniors. When not working, she focuses on family, gardening or adventuring in her kayak.