Board of Directors 2019

Kent Wiebe (President)

Kent Wiebe is a partner in the law firm Wiebe Douvelos Wittman LLP, a full service boutique commercial law firm located in downtown Vancouver. Mr. Wiebe studied economics at Simon Fraser University before going on to complete his law degree at the University of British Columbia. Before entering the profession of law Mr. Wiebe was the executive vice-president of Credit Management Corporation as well as a manager at the Credit Bureau/Equifax. Before commencing his work at this firm, Mr. Wiebe worked at a tier one law firm in downtown Vancouver before moving to London England where he worked at Allen and Overy LLP, one of the largest law firms in the world before returning to Vancouver to found this firm.
Mr. Wiebe has been a regular instructor for the Chartered Accountant’s Institute of British Columbia Professional Development Program for the past decade, a professor of Business Law at the University of Phoenix, Burnaby campus and a presenter on the topic of Creditor Remedies with the Continuing Legal Education society of BC .
His practice focuses primarily on corporate/commercial law and complex estate  matters. 
In his spare time he enjoys oil painting, woodworking, biking, working with charities and spending time with his wife and three children.

Violet Jessen (Vice President)

Violet Jessen teaches in the Capilano University Early Childhood Care and Education Bachelor Degree Program. She trained as one of 19 “Ethical Journey” Guides for the provincial organization of Early Childhood Educators of BC.  She believes in quality professional development and has organized the North Shore Early Childhood Conference: To Learn, To Wonder for the past 14 years.  Violet enjoys volunteering in her community and has been a board member of the North Shore Community Resources Society since 1999. Violet lives in West Vancouver with her husband and 3 children.

Terri Rear (Secretary)

Terri Rear has been a board member for 9 years, and a North Shore resident for over 20 years, where her 3 children were raised. Currently living in the City of North Vancouver, she is active in the local community and greatly enjoys all of the recreational and cultural diversions that the North Shore offers. Terri is a Project Manager, and has worked in a variety of industries - both public and private sector. She is currently at Langara College managing IT and business process projects.

Belinda Lyons (Treasurer)

Belinda Lyons's company provides accounting and tax services to owner managed small businesses and individuals. She also has over 30 years working and volunteering in Not for Profit organizations. She served over 10 years between the Practice Review and Professional Conduct Enquiry committees of CMABC and two years on the Investigation Committee of CPABC. She has lived on the North Shore since arriving in BC in 1980 as a single parent. Her keen interest in matters of affordable housing led her to A Place to Call Home Housing Society, which partnered with the YWCA to create homes for single mothers in the CentreView Project that completed in 2017. She enjoys spending time with family, her garden, political news, volunteering and (electric) biking.

Maurice Mirosolin

Maurice Mirosolin completed his undergraduate studies in political science at York University then studied law at the University of Westminster in London, England. He was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1997 where he began his law practice. In 2002, Mr. Mirosolin returned to Canada and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2003 and the Bar of British Columbia in 2010. From 2008-2015, Mr. Mirosolin was an associate and then a partner in the Toronto law firm Lockyer Campbell Posner. In 2015, Mr. Mirosolin moved to British Columbia and joined the Pacific Law Group where he practices in the areas of personal injury and criminal law.

Mr. Mirosolin is an accomplished barrister who specializes in trial advocacy. He has extensive experience in both jury and judge alone trials. He has appeared as lead counsel in numerous cases and successfully defended clients charged with a wide range of serious offences under the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

In addition to his regular trial practice, Mr. Mirosolin has an expertise in the area of dangerous and long-term offender applications.

He is regular guest speaker for several courses for the legal profession’s continuing professional education program including a number of presentations on the topic of dangerous and long-term offenders.

Mr. Mirosolin has a long standing commitment to the welfare of animals and is a member of several animal rights/conservation organizations including Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Mercy for Animals and Save the Rhino International.

Mr. Mirosolin lives on the North Shore and pursues an active lifestyle which includes skiing, hiking, playing hockey and tennis. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the North Shore Community Trust.

Tia Smith

Tia Smith received her Masters degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in 1998. Both her graduate and undergraduate studies focused on bi-cultural development of children and the family. Since 1996 her work at Capilano University has included a faculty position within the Early Childhood Care and Education Department, Manager of the campus children's centre and Early Childhood Educator. Tia believes the health and wellbeing of children and families is a shared responsibility and her work with students, families and the local child care community provides opportunity to engage in question of what responsibility we have to one another. Tia joined the Board of Directors at North Shore Community Resources Society in the fall of 2014. She is actively engaged within the child care community presenting at workshops and with membership on advisory and planning committees. Aside from local professional commitments, Tia is a long time resident of the North Shore and grateful to be raising her daughters in a community with opportunity and the North Shore mountains.

Martha Banner

Martha Woodruff is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) who provides accounting, tax and advisory services to non-profit, private and public corporations. She has resided in the North Shore since she was 9 years old and obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration at Capilano University. Martha has been involved with a variety of volunteer activities throughout her life which include the BC Weightlifting Association, Odlum Brown Tennis tournament and West Vancouver Community Day.

Aldo Torres

Aldo Torres is a public practice accountant working in the tax group with both individuals and corporations. He has lived on the North Shore since he was 4 years old and obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration at Capilano University, where he volunteered with the Capilano Accounting Association. Aldo has also spent several years volunteering his time at his old high school, coaching for the basketball program at Handsworth Secondary. In his spare time, he enjoys boxing, sketching, reading, learning new languages, and volunteering within his community.

Fereshteh Kashefi

For the past 25 years, as a Reference and Multicultural Services Librarian (MLS, BSc. Economics & Business Administration) Fereshteh has passionately focused on building multilingual and ESL collections for libraries, provided outreach, programs and workshops to newcomers, offered “intercultural communication” training and presentations to various organizations and conferences and worked closely with professional associations, educational and cultural agencies and community tables engaged in improving services to immigrant communities in BC.
Prior to moving to Canada, she worked as the head of Bibliography Department of the National Library of Iran and taught cataloging and classification at the University of Tehran. She has also authored articles and translated books.

Laura Beveridge

Laura Beveridge has been working as an urban planner since 2012, and is currently an Associate with Brook Pooni, a planning and communications firm. Passionate about city planning, Laura focuses on public and stakeholder engagement, policy analysis, and urban development, with the goal of creating great places to live. Laura holds a Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Development and Spanish from Dalhousie University. Born in Ottawa, Laura lived in Halifax, Toronto, Cuba, Spain, and Honduras before settling in Vancouver in 2009. Today, she lives in North Vancouver with her husband and young son.

Tracey MacLennan

Tracey MacLennan has over 20 years’ experience in branding, marketing and stakeholder relations functions in the UK, Asia Pacific and British Columbia. She is currently serving as Senior Advisor at ICBC, overseeing stakeholder relations and consultation programs. Prior to this, she held leadership roles at BCAA, the Industry Training Authority, and Pearson Education (Asia) with a focus on market development and alliance management in the education and insurance sectors, and in the management of domestic and international partnerships. Born and raised on the North Shore, she has an MBA (Hons) in Business Strategy from the University of Sunderland (UK) School of Business and a Master of Arts in International Leadership from Simon Fraser University. She lives in North Vancouver with her husband and two children.

Leigh Taylor (Immediate Past President)

One of the most highly respected leaders in American legal education, Leigh H. Taylor is admired particularly for his efforts to help ensure the rights of women and minorities. A civil rights activist in college, he served as editor-in-chief of the Tulsa Law Journal and was recruited by the Attorney General's Honors Program for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice where he served as lead counsel in one of the largest school desegregation cases filed by the Department.
Dean Taylor's interest in education led him to law teaching in the early seventies, first at DePaul University College of Law where he taught a variety of courses, served as associate dean and directed the law clinic. In 1977, he became the youngest law school dean in the country when he was appointed to that post at Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, and the following year was selected for the deanship at Southwestern. For 27 years under Dean Taylor's leadership, Southwestern realized tremendous growth and development in all areas, including an outstanding faculty and excellent faculty-student ratio, the expansion of the curriculum and cocurricular programs, and the creation of one of the most beautiful and technologically advanced law school environments anywhere. "It is very rewarding," he says, "to be able to inspire our students and be a positive force in their personal and professional development." He became Dean Emeritus in July 2005 and served as director of the International Entertainment Law Summer Program in London in 2010.
Dean Taylor has held many prominent positions within the four major legal education organizations. A long-term member of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) board of trustees, he was elected chair of LSAC in 1995. In that role, he established several innovative outreach and support programs, including initiatives to encourage lesbian and gay law school applicants and students. A member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Law School Accreditation Committee for several years, Dean Taylor is often called upon to chair law school site evaluation teams for both the ABA Section on Legal Education and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). He has also chaired many committees and served on several executive boards for the ABA and AALS, and chaired the board of trustees of the National Association for Law Placement Foundation for Law Career Research and Education.




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