Board of Directors 


John Wray

John Wray is Head of School at Mulgrave School in West Vancouver. Mulgrave is Pre-K-12 multicultural, independent, International Baccalaureate School for 900 students serving the North Shore of Vancouver. John, his wife Gill and their young children moved to Vancouver in 2010 from Hong Kong where John was Head of School at a large international school for nine years. Prior to this, John spent 20 years in public education in the UK including 5 years as Head of School. John has bachelors and masters degrees in education and is passionate about multicultural issues and supporting people of all cultural backgrounds to integrate into the communities in which they live.

1st Vice President 

Shelina Neallani

Shelina Neallani is a lawyer, mediator and consultant specialising in conflict resolution. She graduated from UBC with degrees in social work and law and has been called to the bar in Ontario and BC. In addition to her private mediation practice, Shelina is a consultant and works with several organizations. She has contributed to a number of legal publications and has taught courses at the university level, including as an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia. Shelina and her husband, Najeeb Hassan, also a lawyer, enjoy golfing and hiking the trails in the North Shore with their dog, Harry.

2nd Vice President 

Elizabeth (Liza) Kanji

Liza works as a Mobile Investment Consultant with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce where she has held a number of positions including Senior Financial Services Representative (Business) – Retail Markets. Liza has extensive financial and banking experience including working for an international specialist investment firm while in Windhoek, Namibia. Liza holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning, University of Free State, South Africa, a Canadian Securities Course Certificate, Canadian Securities Institute, Vancouver and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Namibia, Namibia. Liza volunteers her time with Junior Achievement of BC, has been the treasurer of her Parent Advisory Council and managed a Soccer Team.  She loves living on the North Shore and enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors with her kids.


Mary Macdonald

Mary Macdonald is a Past President of NSMS. Mary is a retired Executive Director of non-profit organizations who worked in the voluntary sector for 25 years, the majority of this as Executive Director of the Elizabeth Fry Society, Canuck Place, Children’s Hospice, the Kidney Foundation, Volunteer BC and the MS Society.  She has also been a member of a number of Boards and has maintained a volunteer involvement with a variety of community organizations throughout her life.


Marcus Wong

As a leader in strategic marketing communications and stakeholder relations, Marcus built his career working with high profile clients and sectors such as Olympic athletes, national sports teams, agriculture, natural resources, and non-profit organizations. Marcus currently sits on the boards of directors of the West Vancouver Police Department and the BC Association of Police Boards. He also serves as an adjudicator on the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal. In the past, he has served on the University Council of Queen’s University, the Senate of the University of Birmingham, as well as the boards of the Canadian Association of Police Governance, the Queen’s University Alumni Association, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the BC Luge Association, and the Richmond Art Gallery.


Irene Chan

Irene Chan is a Senior Audit Services Advisor at ICBC. She currently holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designations. Prior to her employment with ICBC, she worked as an internal auditor for the Government of Canada in Ottawa. She attended the Sauder School of Business and majored in Accounting and Transportation & Logistics.

Past President

Vera Radyo

Vera Radyo has served as President of North Shore Multicultural Society in the past year.  She is the Executive Director of Kenoli Foundation, a private Canadian foundation that works in five countries in Latin America with local organizations to alleviate poverty and hunger. Prior to Kenoli, Vera worked as a citizenship judge, consultant, executive director (of MOSAIC and AMSSA) and for the provincial government primarily in the immigrant services/multiculturalism sector.  Vera has extensive board experience and is happy to continue on the Board of NSMS for another term.


Board Members

Andy J. Krawczyk

Andy J Krawczyk is an education consultant, based in West Vancouver BC, Canada.  He retired from the Vancouver School Board in 2010, having worked in public education in BC for 36 years, 15 of them in the capacity of Principal.  He is also Past President of the Canadian Council for Multicultural and Intercultural Education (CCMIE).   Andy has also been very active within the West Vancouver community, serving as co-chair of two working groups on neighborhood character and housing, on the founding Board of the West Vancouver Community Services Society, and chairing a review of Youth Services. Andy is the 2015 recipient of the West Vancouver Community Award for Civic Engagement.


Joan  Coert

Joan Coert manages the provincial operations of BC Girl Guides and provides strategic advise to the board. She holds a CPHR  (Chartered Professional in Human Resources) designation in addition to a degree in International Management and a certificate in Human Core Business. She has worked for several not for profit and municipal organizations including the City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands,  and the National Canadian Freestyle Ski Association.  After living in several European countries, Joan has lived on the North Shore for the past 12 years.  Joan and her husband Roel Coert, a telecommunications engineer, and their son currently reside in Lions Bay. In her free time, Joan likes to ski, sail, play golf, and volunteers as a mentor for the CPHRBC.


Ramin Izadi

Ramin lives with his wife and teenage son in West Vancouver. He has established himself as a high profile professional in the fields of sales, finance and management since his arrival to Canada in 1990.He is passionate about making a difference for new immigrants who navigate through the many challenges of adaptation and integration. His interests are sports, movies, politics and community affairs.


Sunney (Snover) Bains

Sunney Bains has 17 years experience as a lawyer, 11 of them as Crown Counsel.  Currently, she is Crown Counsel with the BC Prosecution Service. She has a degree in International Relations from UBC, a Master’s in International Development from the University of Guelph, and a Law degree from the University of Alberta. She has presented at the European Forum for Urban Security and worked with the Canadian Embassy in France in facilitating cooperation between French and Canadian prosecutors. Sunney enjoys culinary arts and travelling. She was born and raised in North Vancouver.



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