Directors and Staff
Maple Ridge Community Foundation works with many leaders and organizations throughout the community. With glowing hearts, these individuals generously volunteer their time, energy and wisdom. Their commitment keeps us focused on what matters most: creating a healthy and vibrant community in which all people have the opportunity to enhance the quality of their lives and the lives of others.
It has been said that when you are content and satisfied you feel empowered to help others who need to become happy! Growing up in a communist country, her parents taught Monica from a very young age to share and to help others. Because this seed was implanted in her a long time ago, she has been searching for a platform where she can use all her knowledge and skills to be of use to others.
Monica is a very successful Credit Counsellor with Solutions Credit Counselling and a Money Coach with Women and Money. Helping others through her career determined her to get involved in the community with the Maple Ridge Community Foundation, to add value and make a difference locally. She is proud and honored to be part of this organization and to call Maple Ridge home.
Lived in Maple since 1985, served on the MRCF Board since 2013. Currently employed as an Investment Advisor with Westminster Savings Financial Planning Ltd./ Credential Qtrade Securities Inc. I also volunteer with BC Camp Choice Society in various fundraising capacities.
I am a father of two daughters (Lily and Ava), both of whom attend public school in Maple Ridge.
My passion is being of service and contributing to others. Every action of contribution, no matter how small makes a difference to ourselves, our community and our world. The hardest part is getting started and getting involved and knowing that although I may not see the result of my contribution, it is making a difference.
Judy and I raised our two now married children in Maple Ridge and now they in turn are raising our really cute grandkids here.
Judy & I owned and operated Windsor Plywood in Maple Ridge for 24 years, a family business that provided building materials to our community. Since wrapping up the Windsor part of work life, I went to work for the Baptist Housing Society. Taking part in a redevelopment project in Oak Bay and serving as an Administrator for a Maple Towers has been very fulfilling.
Volunteering and serving the community was instilled in me by both my parents and grandparents. Over the years I have served on a number of not for profit community groups that have provided many opportunities to give back to the community that has been so good to our family. It’s been a privilege to serve Maple Ridge for 12 years on Council, 6 of those years as Mayor until November of 2014.
The Maple Ridge Community Foundation has been doing amazing work in our community for 40 years. I feel privileged to be part of the Board of Directors and looking forward to the future holds for the Foundation. #WeAreMapleRidge
Kevin is the founder of Avanti Planning Group LTD, with an extensive background in sales and marketing. Currently, he markets the Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance plan in Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows areas. Avanti Planning Group has won 6 different recognitions of Marketing Excellence, as well as an Outstanding Achievement award from the Chamber of Commerce Serving Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows.
Kevin prides himself on excellent customer service with all of his clients, big or small, and truly enjoys living and working in this community.
I spent the first two years navigating our way in a new country and supporting our two children as well as volunteering in their classrooms and on their sports teams. I have worked for a local Chiropractic clinic and support my husband in our family business.
I have grown up knowing the importance of being involved in our community and helping where help is needed. I have chosen to continue to do this into adulthood and show and teach our children to do the same.
Eryn van Vloten
Warren has two older children, Greg who lives in North Vancouver with his wife and two girls, and Michelle who lives in Connecticut with her daughter. Both Warren and Adrienne have been active in the community since moving to Canada. Warren was Vice president of the Chamber of Commerce in Maple Ridge and a director of the Pitt Meadows Economic Development Board when it existed. They are also involved with Rotary, Hospice and Alouette Addictions.
Warren started a business in Maple Ridge in 2009, called Canamix, which grew very successfully. In 2016 he sold it to a mining company in Langley. He is now essentially retired but still works occasionally as a consultant for the group when he is needed.
Warren and Adrienne are extremely grateful for everything Maple Ridge has given them and try to put as much back in the community as they can. Warren is very enthusiastic and proud to be on the board of the MRCF.
Business Relationship Manager
Brenda Norrie is a serial entrepreneur and has worn many hats supporting her clients locally and globally. She is a regulated immigration consultant and has worked with many non-profits and served on boards including Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation and Alouette Addictions. She also currently operates a social enterprise offering empowerment programs to women and girls.
Community is her passion, and Brenda is thrilled to work with the Maple Ridge Community Foundation in supporting her community and its citizens in living happy, healthy, thriving lives. In her spare time Brenda enjoys living an active lifestyle, enjoying many outdoor pursuits with her family and friends.
Our family has now resided in Maple Ridge for 30 years. My profession was in finance for many years, starting as a teller in a bank and the last years I worked as an Operation Manager for a brokerage firm. I enjoy cycling, swimming, spending time with family, and knitting and crocheting. One of my passions is volunteering. I have volunteered for Girl Guiding, fundraising, and sponsoring families at Christmas. My most recent volunteering has been with the Maple Ridge Community Foundation which honours our Citizens of the Year, sponsors many community charities through annual grants, and maintains an endowment fund to continue supporting our community for years to come.