Sing For Your Life Foundation, BC is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors including health care practitioners, business and nonprofit professionals.
Robert Fine was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. After completing a degree in Urban Economics from the University of Toronto and Masters work at York University. He moved to British Columbia in 1989 where he worked for the Sea to Sky Economic Development Corporation until 1996. Robert served as Director of Economic Development for the Regional District of the Central Okanagan for almost 17 years. He is a past board member of the Provincial Small Business Roundtable, the John Howard Society, the Canadian Cancer Society BC Yukon and an currently sits on the Board of the Kelowna Innovation Society. Married to Marilynne, they have two grown daughters Lana and Madison. Much of his free time he spends singing the Great American Songbook all over the world with the 16 piece Dreamland Band.
Jill is an internationally accredited communications professional. For more than 20 years she has worked with corporate and nonprofit clients across BC and Alberta. Jill was instrumental in helping to bring the Silver Song Group model to Canada. She continues to contribute her nonprofit, communications, and marketing expertise to support the Foundation’s growth in Canada.
Erica is the YMCA Okanagan, Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator. Erica grew up in the Okanagan, where she completed her diploma in Marketing at Okanagan College. She went on to obtain her Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Entrepreneurial Management in Victoria, BC before being drawn back to the Okanagan in 2007.
Erica now lives in Lake Country where she gets to enjoy all that the Okanagan has to offer including its four seasons, beautiful lakes, orchards, wineries and endless recreational and cultural activities in the area. She is passionate about giving back to her community and loves to travel to places she has never been before. Erica is happy to be a part of the Sing for Your Life Board of Directors, where she hopes to use her marketing and communications talents to reach more seniors who are experiencing isolation in our community.
Victor moved to Kelowna in 2008 to escape the bitterly cold Winnipeg winters. He co- founded Centro Consulting Inc. – a strategic marketing firm that focuses on studying, understanding and capitalizing on non-conscious influences on human decision making. 2011 Chair, Gennext Kelowna. 2014 board member United Way of the Central and South Okanagan. When he is not working, Victor is usually outdoors. In the winter he enjoys skiing; in the summer anything outdoors usually suffices, but he particularly enjoys playing soccer, rock climbing and riding his motorcycle on winding Okanagan roads.
John, is the Economic Development Officer for the City of West Kelowna, managing both Tourism and Economic Development portfolios since 2010. John graduated Okanagan College with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2003 and immediately began a career in Community Development by working for the Downtown Kelowna Association (BIA). While with the Association, John worked as the Marketing Director for three years before being promoted to Executive Director in 2007. John joined the City of West Kelowna in December 2010 as the first Economic Development Officer. In 2015, John’s dedication to his community was recognized with two awards: 2015 Okanagan College Young Alumni and the Top 40 Under 40. Outside of the office, you’ll likely find John enjoying the best of the Okanagan lifestyle: skiing, golfing, boating, wine touring, and cooking.
Stella comes to the board of directors with an array of education and experience in the medical industry; acute care nursing coast to coast across Canada, specialized care in the traumatic brain and spinal cord injury centre in the Maritimes, gerontology specialty. Since returning to B.C. Stella has focused her career in home care and the past 5 years she has honed her expertise as a practitioner and wellness coach with the 50+ populace.
As a life enthusiast Stella enjoys meeting and mingling with people. She has a wide range of interests both indoor and outdoor. Her true passion is anything to do with singing, music and playing a variety of musical instruments.