Board of Directors

Co-Chairperson

Priyan Samarakoone - [email protected]

Priyan was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and moved to Vancouver in 1996 when his family left during the civil war. He completed his Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology at the University of British Columbia in 2006 and completed his post graduate in the UK with an honours LLB from Nottingham Law School in 2008. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2013 and spent his first 6 years representing clients at all levels of court in BC, including multiple tribunals, for Access Pro Bono BC. He has developed his practice with a focus on all housing related matters and established, EQ Law, in 2019. He has worked on two separate projects for the United Nations (a Child Nutrition Surveillance project in conflict affected zones of northern Sri Lanka, in 2004, for the UN World Food Program, and a baseline Access to Justice study, in 2009, for the UN Development Program). In 2018 he helped create and launch a pro bono family mediation program in Vancouver to tackle family law issues in British Columbia and he continues to provide pro bono assistance to Vancouverites and British Columbians in need.

Co-Chairperson

Tosh Turner - [email protected]

Tosh is a 26-year-old and a relatively new member of the local Green Party, born and raised in Vancouver. Currently, Tosh is working in the real estate industry while he completes his undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University. Having served on non-profit boards as well as various student governance positions during his academic career, Tosh is excited to be collaborating with such an experienced and engaged board of directors. Tosh’s focus at the GPV is on learning from and supporting existing board members, particularly with respect to young member engagement, governance, and finance matters.

Treasurer

John Whistler - [email protected]

John is a founding director of the party and has been the Treasurer - Financial Agent since 2004. He also serves as the Financial Agent for the Vancouver Centre Green Party EDA and is the Secretary of the Board for the Vancouver Pride Society. John is retired and has previously served on a number boards for a variety of non government organizations. John's focus at the GPV is governance, financial management and business processes.

Membership Coordinator

Elaine Alpert MD, MPH - [email protected]

Elaine has served on the Green Party of Vancouver Board of Directors since 2015 and is focused on expanding party's membership, promoting active member engagement and participation, and strengthening our financial foundation through both one-time and monthly donations. Elaine has spent her career as a public health-focused academic physician and medical school administrator, focusing on education, training, clinical care, and policy development in violence prevention (primarily domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking). Although retired from clinical practice, she still teaches at UBC and consults both within Canada and globally. Elaine is married, with two grown children, a third child who is no longer with us, and three amazing grand-children. She is a classical choral singer and has a basic conversational facility in Spanish. Elaine has lived in Vancouver since 2009 and became a Canadian citizen in March 2019.

Directors at Large

Meeru Dhalwala- [email protected]

Meeru is a chef and co-owner of Vijs restaurant and My Bambiri baby foods. Her focus is on food, agriculture, seafoods, animal husbandry in terms of environmental sustainability and climate justice. She is on the board of UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems. Meeru uses her businesses as a platform to practice and promote community action for climate chaos prevention. She works with FoodStash Foundation and Quest Food exchange on issues of food waste and making healthy organic foods accessible to disadvantaged/low-income families.
As a small business owner, a sustainable economy is closely linked to a sustainable environment if there is to be big, meaningful progress.

Harrison Johnston - [email protected]

Harrison is a student and climate activist. He was the BC Green candidate for North Vancouver-Seymour in the fall election. He was a lead organizer of the September 2019 Climate Strike which brought more than 100,000 people to the streets of Vancouver demanding climate action.

Steve Kisby - [email protected]

Steve brings a wealth of experience in organizational and fundraising success from all levels of the Green Party. At other levels, he's the past vice president of the Green Party of Canada Fund. With connections in the greener transportation, greener energy, and electoral reform activist community, Steve is a quick leaner with initiative, with skills in administration, promotion, and governance. Professionally, Steve owns and runs a small media release company, and by trade is an Information Technology professional. Provincially he resides in the Vancouver-Kensington riding and federally he's in Vancouver-Kingsway.

Kevin Reynolds - [email protected]

Kevin has lived in the lower mainland all his life and is a resident of Kitsilano. An Olympic medallist in skating and former world-level competitor, he studied international relations at the University of British Columbia and holds a professional certificate in clean power from Imperial College London. Kevin has experience with public relations having done numerous interviews across various media forms over the course of his athletic career, and he has done promotional work for the Japan Foundation, the Embassy of Japan in Vancouver, and Tourism Vancouver. With a strong interest in policy and strategy, he hopes to add meaningful input into the evolution of the party’s policy and outreach initiatives.