The VPSN Board of Directors is supported by a core team of volunteers who assist with operational activities, volunteer recruitment, communications, and various portfolio and project-related activities.
Organizational Development Team
Andrew Pask (executive director) founded in the VPSN in 2006. Trained as both an anthropologist and city planner, in Holland and Canada, Andrew has worked with municipalities and non-profit organizations across the country. A member of the Placemaking Leadership Council, Placemaking Canada, Andrew has served on advisory boards for the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and the Toronto Public Space Initiative. He presents widely on public space issues and has been a regular lecturer at SFU and UBC. Andrew has been featured in the Globe and Mail for his innovative work on public space planning and advocacy. Since 2005 he has also worked as a social planner and neighbourhood planner for the City of Vancouver.
Naomi Wittes Reichstein (Arbutus Greenway project lead) has spent a lifetime fascinated by cities – how they’re built, how they work, how they shape and are shaped by human lives. Raised in New York, she’s also lived in the Portland, Boston, Washington, D.C. and now Vancouver areas. Formerly the VPSN’s Communications Coordinator and Blog Editor, Naomi serves as our Project Lead on the Arbutus Greenway. She works as a writer, editor and communications professional and instructor, having served on staff as editor at Business in Vancouver (BIV) Media and at Raincoast Books, Harry Potter’s Canadian publisher. She’s particularly interested in how arts and culture, green space and human heritage intersect in the built environment. Following publication of her article on the major changes to the framework for the Vancouver Heritage Register, Naomi was interviewed on Roundhouse Radio 98.3 FM’s “Sense of Place” with host Minelle Mahtani. In a parallel life, Naomi is an avid opera follower. Come on over and check out her blog Sidewalk Babble: Meandering through the Urban Maze.
Stephanie Goldberg (social media) –
Michelle Pollard (volunteer coordinator) – see Michelle’s profile on our Board page.
Project Coordinators & Other Portfolios
Sam Khany (special projects) is an urban planner and an urban designer, with passion for the interplay between social and physical systems in urban environments. He has experience working in Canada and internationally in public, private and non-profit sectors. He is an avid urban sketcher with a love for vibrant and integrative public spaces. In addition to his work with the VPSN, Sam is also a board member with the Urbanarium Society.
Jaspal Marwah (public art; Active Fiction project) is a long time project coordinator with an interest in the intersection of art and public space. He’s a planner and a repeat jury member for the Canadian Institute of Planners’ Great Places in Canada contest. He’s led public art and urban interventions including the Active Fiction Project, laser graffiti, public space short film festivals, and the city’s first Park(ing) Day event. He also coordinated Canada’s entry into the world’s first public art event to be photographed from space. Jaspal has taught urban intervention seminars to high school students at the Satellite Gallery.
Beverley White (civic buildings; stewardship project) is an urban planner with a background in spatial design and civic engagement. She uses narrative techniques to draw out stories important to people and place, feeding this into the planning and design process. Since joining VPSN she has been coordinating the Plaza Stewardship study and is co-leading the Civic Buildings portfolio. Through drawing, writing and collaborative events, she enjoys capturing and commenting on the details of everyday life in public space.