Don Pavlovich | President

Don, now retired, has 28 years of experience in securing capital for companies, specifically mining. He served as president & executive director on several junior mining companies. As a lover of arts and culture, he’s ventured into the film industry (A Last Train Picture Production), and now as an Executive Producer, co-produces projects he believes in. As a graduate of the family-to-family education course, Don firmly believes in what this society represents.

Janice Lilley | Past President

Janice was first introduced to Pathways eight years ago when looking for help for her ill sister. “Through the Family to Family course I gained the knowledge, understanding, and strength to change the downward trajectory of events,” Janice says. “The darkest days are behind us now. Our lives have improved and my sister’s life was saved.” An architect by profession, she enjoys creativity, complexities, and teamwork, and delivering successful results.

Shirley Chan | Vice President | Fundraising Committee Co-Chair

As a YWCA Woman of Distinction, Shirley Chan has an impressive work history in public and not-for-profit management, community engagement, strategic planning, and economic development. With her vast experience and extensive network of people and resources, Shirley is a fierce advocate for her daughter and a welcomed asset to Pathways as co-chair of the fundraising committee and board director.

Linda McGinn | Board Secretary

Linda has a background in both the private and not-for-profit sectors and brings experience working in various leadership roles. She has served as the Executive Director of community nonprofits and has a passion for effective Board governance to support the delivery of vital services. Linda also has the personal experience of a family member who suffers from a serious mental illness and understands the value of programs that offer much-needed mental health support.

Alix Flynn | Board Treasurer

As a Chartered Professional Accountant, Alix has had the pleasure of supporting a number of organizations over the years. The organizations she has worked with have come out of relationship around her family and personal interests. When her children were young, she volunteered in their school and sports organizations. More recently her family was rocked by a mental health crisis. Alix says: “I was fortunate to find support from Pathways. I now hope in my role as treasurer, I can offer guidance and continued support to the vital role Pathways gives families”.

Jennifer Bednard | Board Member | Advocacy Committee Chair

Jennifer grew up in North Vancouver, attending Ross Road Elementary and Argyle High School. Jennifer received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and French from Simon Fraser University and her law degree from the University of Victoria in 2017. Jennifer was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2018 and is currently practicing at Lakes, Whyte LLP. Jennifer is excited to join the Pathways board and hopes she will be able to learn more about Pathways and help the organization during her term on the board. 

Viktoria Thomas | Board Member  

Viktoria previously lived in Montreal. She received a Bachelor of Science from McGill University and then attended medical school at Université de Montréal, where she discovered her passion for mental health work. After earning her medical degree in 2017, she moved to Vancouver to pursue residency training in Psychiatry at University of British Columbia. She is eager to work with Pathways and uphold the values of education and support offered to families. 

Kim Thomas | Board Member

Kimberly, along with her husband, enrolled in the Family to Family course in the fall of 2014. Kimberly went on to teach the Family to Family course In Port Coquitlam, in the spring and fall of 2015 and continues to teach. She is an advocate for better support to both people dealing with mental illness and their families. She joined the Pathways board in 2016 “as a way of giving back and helping others that are facing the challenges of mental illness within a family.”

Joe Gormley | Board Member | Governance and Policy Committee Chair

Joe was first introduced to the Pathways through the Family to Family course. “The Family to Family course provided me with the knowledge and tools to better understand and help my family members with this illness. The value of the program provided by the Pathways inspired me to contribute by offering to serve on the board”. Joe Gormley has served on the board of directors of several other organizations, including Nelson and District Credit Union, Northern BC Crisis Centre, Point Roberts Yacht Club, and Surrey Trekkers Volkssport Club. Professionally Joe has worked for Public Works and Government Services Canada for over 30 years in real estate specializing in Aboriginal consultation.

Bob Sung | Board Member

Bob is a Pathways Board Member representing a person with lived experience. Previously he was on the Family Advisory Committee at Vancouver Coastal Health and a peer support worker at the Pacific Bipolar Foundation. Born and raised in Vancouver, he is a third-generation Chinese Canadian. For over 25 years, his career has been in the culinary industry. Currently, he conducts walking tours of Vancouver Chinatown. Proudly showcasing his heritage, the purpose of the tours is to educate and entertain from a culinary and cultural perspective. He strongly believes that in order to maintain his healing journey, he must be of service to help and assist others in their respective journeys.

Richard Stewart | Board Member

Richard Stewart is serving his fourth term as Mayor of Coquitlam; he was elected to City Council in 2005 and was elected as Mayor in 2008, winning re-election in 2011, 2014, and 2018. He is currently serving as the Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Liquid Waste Committee and also sits on the Regional Planning Committee, which he previously chaired. At TransLink Mayors’ Council, Richard chairs the Regional Transportation Planning Committee. “Our family has come to know mental illness quite intimately. It’s an issue that cities need to give more consideration to, as this issue relates to housing, policing, recreation services, etc.” Richard is passionate about finding solutions and improving the way we treat those with mental illness and their families.