William transformed his early architectural career into a construction litigation practice after he was called to the BC bar in 1992. Until his retirement as a lawyer in 2013, he represented clients in mediation and arbitration settings, and in every level of court including the Supreme Court of Canada. A four-decade resident of Point Grey, William has served eight years as director of the West Vancouver Community Arts Council, and is currently a board member of the Arthur Erickson Foundation and a discipline panelist for the Architectural Institute of BC.
WPGCCA Board of Directors
About the Board
The West Point Grey Community Centre Association (WPGCCA) Board of Directors jointly operates the West Point Grey Community Centre (WPGCC) with the Vancouver Park Board. Some of the responsibilities of the Board include approving an annual budget, developing policies and strategic direction, monitoring financial assets, making decisions on membership issues and strengthening personal and business relationships with the community.
Board members apply their skills and experience at monthly board meetings and participate in at least one committee (e.g. Operations, Planning & Programming; Finance; Facilities; Marketing and Promotions). Board members also represent the WPGCCA at several events during the year, such as Point Grey Fiesta Days, the Sandcastle Competition, Lighting of Aberthau and at the Annual General Meeting.
Board members believe in the importance of neighbourhood-based community centres and have a desire to work with a team to develop and foster community engagement throughout the West Point Grey community.
Join the Board
Community members are welcome to volunteer as committee members. You can be elected to the Board at the Annual General Meeting or during the year as space permits. View the WPGCCA General Board Member Posting. The application form can be found here: Board of Directors Nomination Form 2022.
Board members are required to attend the Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, Feb 16 starting at 7:00pm.
Section 14.3 Section (a) of the Joint Operating Agreement between the West Point Grey Community Centre Association and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation calls for the Association to develop a plan to spend and/or keep as operating contingency, at the Association’s discretion, its Retained Earnings on an annual basis. Below is the plan for the retained earnings of the West Point Grey Community Centre Association for 2020-2021.
WPG Retained Earnings 2020-2021
You can contact the West Point Grey Community Centre Association Board of Directors directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andre Lanz is a professional engineer and graduate of the University of British Columbia. He has run his own business for almost 30 years and works with large engineering and construction companies on public infrastructure projects. Past roles have included raising money from Canadian and American government technology development programs, and teaching in BCIT’s Technical Writing Certificate Program. Andre has lived near the West Point Grey Community Centre all his life, and is a long-time user of its facilities.
President, Governance Committee - Chair
Elizabeth Murphy has been on the WPGCCA Board since 2016. As Chair of the Governance Committee she was involved with the final negotiations on the Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) with the Park Board, and the update of the CCA Constitution and Bylaws, including the transition to the new Societies Act. She formerly worked for the City of Vancouver Real Estate and Housing department and BC Housing as a Senior Property Development Officer. She is a Project Manager and was born and raised in Vancouver.
Murray has 25 years of experience working as an engineer first for BC Hydro then as a partner in a local civil/ environmental company. Since his retirement, he has been president of Mayfair House condominium in Point Grey and active in the West Point Grey Residents Association and Jericho Working Group, providing input to the city on the Jericho Development. He is also an avid cyclist, hiker and photographer. Murray has been a director of the West Point Grey Community Centre Association for the past two years.
OPP Committee - Co-Chair
Troy MacBeth Abromaitis has nearly 20 years of Real Estate Development experience in Western Canada and has served on a broad range of not-for-profit Boards over the past 10 years. Troy was previously the President of the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia and also serves as the President-Elect for the Rotary Club of West Vancouver. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and biking.
David Dolphin is a University Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia. He has administrative and research experience in industry, universities and non-governmental organizations. As the Vice-President Technology Development at Quadra Logic Technologies, he was instrumental in the discovery, development and commercialization of Visudyne, which has saved the vision of hundreds of thousands of people afflicted with “wet” age-related macular degeneration. He has served on numerous boards, including as the Chair of Genome British Columbia, the founding chair of the Center for Drug Research and Development and the founding CEO of the BC Innovation Council. He has received numerous awards, including the Prix Galien in 2002, along with Julia Levy and the Hertzberg Medal awarded by NSERC. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society (London). He is an officer of the Order of Canada and a Director of the Alberta Innovates Health Solutions. David is a potter and a member of the Aberthau Potters. He lives just up the hill on 12th Ave.
Ross has lived two blocks up the hill from Aberthau since May of 1950. His family has relied on the unchanging icon of familiarity when daily walking or driving past it through 68 years. Mother, sisters and daughter have all availed themselves of community centre services year after year. He claims to be dedicated to fostering its continued reign as queen of the neighbourhood. Ross is a crown prosecutor for the BC Attorney General.
Governance Committee, OPP Committee
MAP Committee - Chair, FPP Committee
Darcy has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. He is a venture capitalist and acts as a consultant to an Asian private equity firm. Darcy has lived in West Point Grey since 1992, and his two daughters danced and learned to swim at West Point Grey Community Centre. Darcy has participated in a weekly program at the West Point Grey CC gym for years.
FPP Committee - Chair, MAP Committee
Dennis has lived in West Point Grey since 1991 and has participated in a weekly program at the West Point Grey CC gym for several years. He has been involved in the financial and venture capital markets for over 30 years. He has been involved in the founding, financing, initial public listing and building of several companies, four of which have been the subject of successful takeover bids. Dennis was the founding Director and Executive Chairman of Uranerz Energy Corporation before that company merged with Energy Fuels Inc. in a $320 million business combination. He currently serves on the board of TSX and NYSE-listed Energy Fuels. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.
MAP Committee, Governance Committee
Keta joined the Board in 2018 and sits on the Marketing and Partnerships (MAP) Committee. She is also on the Board of the Pacific Spirit Park Society, which is engaged in ecological restoration work in the Pacific Spirit Park forest, and is a member of the Point Grey Business Association. An active member of the community, Keta has been pursuing a hobby of photographing and filming wild bald eagles at the nest site near the Jericho Youth Hostel and, during summer low tides, at Spanish Banks. She also enjoys creating artwork and making beaded jewelry. Keta has lived in Point Grey since 2003.
Ruizhi is a senior designer, artist and architectural consultant. She is member of the RAIC (Royal Architectural institute of Canada), as well as the AFC (Federation of Canadian Artists). Ruizhi obtained both her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Architecture and has been a co-owner of WPG Design Consultants Ltd since 2006. She is also an active participant in art and Chinese calligraphy exhibitions. Ruizhi has been a resident of the Point Grey community for over 18 years.
Past-President, Board member
Ai attended the Osaka Women’s University in Japan and completed a Bachelor of Arts there. In addition to her degree, Ai is also trained as a classical pianist and was a member of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Her working career was in foreign students’ education, and she worked as a consultant in Tokyo and Vancouver. Ai’s hobby is dancing. She is a certified Zumba Fitness instructor and is a regular participant. On occasion, she is a volunteer substitute instructor for the Zumba classes here at West Point Grey Community Centre. Ai joined the Board of Directors in February 2016.
An accountant by trade, and a relatively new transplant to Vancouver, Rory has served on the Board for the past two years, including on the Finance Committee and the Marketing and Partnerships (MAP) Committee. His aim is to use his professional skills to help create a fun, safe environment for the community to enjoy
Bruno joined the Board of Directors in October 2016. He is from Brazil and came to Vancouver to support his wife’s post-graduation. Bruno has a law degree and MBA in Human Resources Management. After graduating, Bruno started working in an international business consulting company, where he worked for 10 years. Since May 2017, he has worked as a Project Manager at an international education consulting company in Vancouver. Bruno’s hobbies are very broad and include playing competitive tennis and now spending more time on golf courses. Bruno feels very fortunate to contribute to and be part of the West Point Grey Community Centre Association.
OPP Committee - Co-Chair, Finance Committee - Chair, Treasurer
Terence Wong is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA). He has nearly 10 years of public accounting experience working with a broad range of not-for-profit and private entity clients.