Directors 2017-07-11T12:41:34+00:00

Meet the Team

Officers

Atul Gadhia – President

Chris Russell – Vice-President

Iris Lau – Treasurer

Mohamed Kermany – Secretary

Directors-at-Large

Angela Wright

Michelle Sharp

Brian Stromgren

Heather Branscombe

Catherine Sherrard

ATUL GADHIA | PRESIDENT

In 1996, I moved from London, England, with a degree in Sports and Recreational Management. I worked with a number of non-profits from Hostelling International to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

In 2004, I was the Provincial Coordinator of the Stroke Recovery Association of BC. After 3 wonderful years, I moved to Toronto to pursue a managerial position with the MS Society of Canada. In 2010, I returned to Vancouver, specifically to UBC as a Student Recruiter -Advisor.

My years of experience with non-profits, together with a long and intimate knowledge of SRABC, have led to the privilege of contributing to the goals and objectives of SRABC’s important message.

In my spare time, I find balance through my love of running, yoga and meditation.

CHRIS RUSSELL, MBA | VICE PRESIDENT

I’m a Project Manager with Right Management, a global leader in Talent Management consulting.

I worked at the Vancouver Board of Trade previously, while also completing my Master of Business Administration degree at SFU. I sat on the Board’s Health Care Committee, where I helped develop and analyze strategies for improving workplace mental health.

I’ve successfully managed projects ranging in scope and scale, including those that improve employee engagement in hospitals and reduce the high turnover rates.

I’ve also started a successful business, led case competition teams to award-winning finishes as both a participant and coach, and worked with diverse non-profits, such as the Minerva Foundation.

IRIS LAU, CPA, CGA | TREASURER

I received my professional designation of Certified General Accountant in 1991 and I am a public practice practitioner (CPA, CGA) focusing on business consultation, accounting and taxation.

Prior to my public practice, I worked at Mitchel Press Limited (Burnaby, BC) as the company’s financial controller for more than 25 years. I served on the boards of both the Unifor Multi-Employer Pension Plan (with assets over $62 million) and the BC Printing Industry Health and Welfare Plan.

My husband had a number of strokes, the last of which was three years ago. Through our personal experience, I understand the impact that a stroke has on families. I am pleased to participate in the process of making a difference in the lives of stroke survivors and their caregivers in BC’s communities.

It’s a privilege to be able to volunteer one’s services and give back to the community.

MOHAMED KERMANY, MA | SECRETARY

I immigrated to Canada from Iran in 1996 with a master degree in Economic Geology. In 2002, I graduated in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC. In 2008, I earned a certificate in Immigration Law from Humber College, Toronto, ON.

I am currently the Manager Business Support, Applications and Services (BSAS) at Justice Canada. My section is responsible for automation and creation of custom solutions for the department. With a strong background in technology, I hope that I can contribute in developing, promoting, and advancing of new media, emerging technologies, innovative alternatives to help stroke survivors. Demography of stroke survivors is changing rapidly and it is including younger generations more than ever who are more comfortable using new technologies for recovery.

I have strong qualifications in general management, business planning, staff development, coaching and leadership. I am a strategic technology leader with superior record leading cross-functional teams delivering simultaneous, large scale, mission-critical projects, and custom developed application solutions. I have been recognized for achieving on time project delivery while understaffed. I have proven ability to align information technology investments with strategic business objectives. I am noted for thorough understanding of business applications, Government of Canada standards and policies, industry trends and best practices.

I have specialised in:
Building and mentoring teams to go beyond what they thought was possible
Bringing projects to delivery within budgets and on deadline.

I am currently on the SRABC Fund Development Committee. I live in North Vancouver with my wife and two sons.

ANGELA WRIGHT | MBA

I suffered a hemorrhagic stroke at 38 years old. I contracted meningitis following surgery; had a severe reaction to the antibiotics they gave me; and, had a fever of over 103 degrees for days.

My recovery was miraculous. I lived alone with no caregiver, but decided early on to fight until I had my life back.

I took courses to supplement my MBA. I regained my driving ability. I returned to work as Senior Vice President and Regional Sales Manager with Mackenzie Investments. I’m also taking five certificate programs in Leadership and Strategic Management.

I’m privileged to be a board member and spokesperson for SRABC. I hope my story can help others regain and enjoy life after stroke.

MICHELLE SHARP

I am a stroke survivor with more than 35 years’ experience as a management consultant.

I am the former President of Edge Training & Consulting Ltd. My skills apply to most sectors and range from technology, people and processes to organizational development. My specialties include Succession Management, Knowledge Management and Strategic Planning.

I have mentored other women through my volunteer activities with the Minerva Foundation.

With a partner, I also created a program called Retire with Intention.

My previous board experience includes Raincity Housing and Oxfam Canada.

BRIAN STROMGREN

I am a passionate volunteer and seasoned business person.

Following my recovery from stroke, I coached other survivors both as a volunteer and in my own practice. I am also a facilitator for the Fraser Health / Heart and Stroke Foundation “Living with Stroke” program.

Before that, I provided compassionate end-of life companionship and support for families of palliative patients.

I was a senior manager for Caterpillar Tractor and incorporated and managed one of the first cellular phone agencies in Western Canada. I developed a worldwide, product distribution business and online store, and helped more than 300 independent business owners to expand their businesses.

HEATHER BRANSCOMBE | PT, MBA

I’ve been a physiotherapist for over 15 years, serving both the public and private sectors. I have a child with cerebral palsy, which led me to launch, Abilities Neurological Rehabilitation in October of 2007.

I’m a consultant for a rehabilitation technology company. I’ve also taught therapists, orthotists and physicians across Canada how to integrate technology into their practices.

I’m the author of Stroke of Hope: Creating the program you need to discover the results you want. In my free time, I enjoy spending time exploring the beautiful outdoors.

Post Graduate Education/Affiliations:

  • Chair of Neurosciences Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • University of British Columbia FEATHER’s (Functional Engagement in Assisted Therapy through Exercise Robotics) Research Project

CATHERINE SHERRARD

Catherine has spent 30 years in the non profit sector working as fundraiser and CEO and participating as a community volunteer on a number of the boards.

From chairing of Community Centre 55 in the Beaches area of Toronto in the 1980’s to being the first female appointed to Chair Toronto Hydro in the 75 year history of the public corporation Catherine has worked continually to make the community she lives in a better place.

Catherine worked for the Ontario March of Dimes in the 1990’s and when she moved on to another position she was asked to join the Board and is still a Board member today representing the Province of British Columbia. She most recently joined the Board of the Stroke Recovery Association of BC.