Andy Krawczyk Chair

Andy J Krawczyk is an education consultant, based in West Vancouver BC, Canada. He retired from the Vancouver School Board in 2010, having worked in public education in BC for 36 years, 15 of them in the capacity of Principal. He is also Past President of the Canadian Council for Multicultural and Intercultural Education (CCMIE). Andy has also been very active within the West Vancouver community, chairing several working groups in the District. Currently, Andy also serves on the Boards of the Kay Meek Arts Centre Society, as well as the West Vancouver Memorial Library. Andy is the 2014 recipient of the West Vancouver Community Award for Civic Engagement. Andy and his wife Janice share their West Vancouver home with Camilla the cat (as Camilla allows).

Sunney (Snover) Bains 1st Vice Chair

Sunney Bains has 20 years of experience as a lawyer, 13 of them as Crown Counsel.  Currently, she is Crown Counsel with the BC Prosecution Service. She has a degree in International Relations from UBC, a Master’s in International Development from the University of Guelph, and a Law degree from the University of Alberta. She has presented at the European Forum for Urban Security and worked with the Canadian Embassy in France in facilitating cooperation between French and Canadian prosecutors. Sunney enjoys culinary arts and travelling. She was born and raised in North Vancouver.

Shelina Neallani 2nd Vice Chair

Shelina Neallani is a lawyer, mediator and consultant specializing in conflict resolution. She graduated from UBC with degrees in social work and law and has been called to the bar in Ontario and BC. In addition to her private mediation practice, Shelina is a consultant and works with several organizations. She has contributed to a number of legal publications and has taught courses at the university level, including as an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia. Shelina, her husband, Najeeb and their two adult daughters enjoy going on long walks with their dog, Harry.

Arnel Benavides Treasurer

With over 16 years of experience in public practice accounting, Arnel brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to every role he pursues. He works diligently as the Assurance Manager at a public accounting firm in West Vancouver, holding a CPA, CA designation and Master’s in Business Administration. Arnel’s strong work ethic and expertise is linked with his gratitude for his local community, volunteering in his position as Director of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) – North Shore and Sunshine Coast Chapter for the past 8 years. He is presently the Chair of CPABC – North Shore / Sunshine Coast Chapter. When Arnel isn’t immersed in accounting and auditing, he can be found playing badminton and golf, watching hockey, or spending time with his wife and 3 beautiful daughters.

Joan Coert Secretary

Joan Coert is a first-generation settler and manages the provincial operations of BC Girl Guides and provides strategic advice to the board. She holds a CPHR designation in addition to a degree in International Management and several HR and Leadership certifications. She has worked for several not-for-profit and municipal organizations including the City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and the National Canadian Freestyle Ski Association.  After living in several European countries, Joan has lived on the North Shore for the past 16 years and currently resides in Lions Bay.  In her free time, Joan likes to ski, sail, and play golf.

David Walker Director

David Walker is a partner and creative director of Saint Bernadine Mission Communications Inc, an award-winning communications firm that has developed brands for a wide range of public and private sector clients. David also participates in a number of boards, including Vancouver Chinatown BIA, where he is vice-president.  David lives on the North Shore with his wife with 3 children.

Nikki Nassiri Director

Nikki is an account manager with Vancity Credit Union and has been with Vancity City for more than 8 years, working in different communities and different roles.  Prior to joining the banking industry, Nikki worked as a software developer for over 10 years. She was born in Tehran, Iran and came to Canada in 2002.  She is excited about the opportunity to serve on the Board, because NSMS impacted every stage of her life as an immigrant – from settlement to parenting, to assisting her to find employment and even establishing her own business.  She feels privileged to now be able to contribute to NSMS and impact the North Shore community by sharing her knowledge and expertise.

Yang Wang Director

Yang Wang is a real estate developer in the Greater Vancouver area, and an investor and exporter of Canadian clean technologies for the petrochemical industry. Yang holds a master’s degree in business management from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Southern California. Yang serves as a board director at West Vancouver Police Board, Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and Enhance West Van (formerly West Vancouver Community Centres Society). Yang is also the recipient of the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Zubin Daruwala Director

Zubin is a Senior Manager at Airbiz Aviation Strategies, an international aviation consultancy, based in Vancouver.  Zubin has a record of accomplishments in leading comprehensive air service development strategies for his airport clients and has considerable experience in international airport transaction due diligence efforts including financial modelling and enterprise risk management.  As a former immigrant to Canada, then a volunteer at the Immigration Services Society and with prior work as a certified Immigration Consultant, Zubin has walked in the shoes of newcomers to Canada and has assisted others as well contributing to his interest in NSMS. Over the last 10+ years, Zubin has also been a regular guest speaker at BCIT and enjoys sharing his business experience with students.  He is currently a mentor to a student in UBC’s MBA program having himself graduated from that program over 20 years ago. Zubin is passionate about world travel and classical music.  He has visited over 30 countries and counting.  He is a registered music teacher with the BCRMTA and launched his piano and theory studio in 2020.  When not at work, Zubin can be found playing classical piano or spending time with his young twin boys.

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