Board of Directors

Board of Directors

  • Sam Nolan, President, Vernon, BC, CA

Sam is a recent UBC graduate. Born in Vancouver, Sam grew up in Vernon, BC graduating from Kalamalka Secondary. As a student participant in Year 1 (2001) of the Meadows School Project, Sam was moved by the richness of the experience. He continued to volunteer at the Meadows throughout his high school years, and then at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital and the Hawthorne Retirement Community, Kelowna, BC. Sam also worked as a pharmacy technician at Pharmasave in Vernon. Sam loves to ski, read, play volleyball and most of all, play soccer. He is currently working as a pharmacist in Vernon BC.

  • Rob Kjarsgaard, Vice-President, Vernon, BC, CA
  • Bruce Aikenhead, O.C., P.Eng (ret’d), former Director CSA Astronaut Program, Salmon Arm, BC, CA
  • Janet Catalano, Cariboo Director, Senior Recreation, Williams Lake, BC, CA
  • Sarah Hanson, Integrated Community Clerkship Programme Assistant, Vernon, BC, CA
  • Sharon McCoubrey, PhD, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia-Okanagan, Kelowna, BC, CA
  • Mogens Smed, DIRTT Environmental Solutions, philanthropist, Calgary, AB, CA
  • Nicky Smed, DIRTT Environmental Solutions, philanthropist, Calgary, AB, CA
  • Tracy Strilchuck, Educator, Coldstream, BC, CA
  • Linda Totino, Administrative Assistant, Victoria, BC, CA
  • Diane Olivia Meyia Mengue, Social Media, Gatineau, QC, CA
  • Kay Holt, Volunteer Coordinator, Victoria, BC, CA
  • Bobbi Ferguson, Secretary-Treasurer, Vernon, BC, CA
  • Executive Director – Sharon MacKenzie, BA, MEd (UBC), Educator and Intergenerational Consultant, Victoria, BC, CA

Partners of i2i- With thanks from the Board of Directors:

*Marie Firth, centurian partner, Meadows School Project, Coldstream Meadows Retirement Community, Coldstream, BC, CA

*Cameron MacKenzie CA, i2i Outside Financial Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities, Kerrisdale, Vancouver, BC, CA

*Chris Alveberg, i2i Legal, Nixon Wenger, Vernon, BC, CA


We are very honoured to have a Board of Directors that reflects the nature of the i2i Intergenerational Society, and its sense of purpose in re-connecting community. Our Board has representatives from the Order of Canada, large corporation and business, the older adult community, the senior care profession, parents, classroom teachers, university educators, and participant youth. Indeed our Board spans almost eight decades from young adult, to middle aged adults, and working and retired older adults. We believe we must be the change we want to see.

i2i wishes to acknowledge the generosity of the late John Cochrane, Meadows School Project participant, and former i2i Director

Mr. CochraneIN MEMORIUM (1916-2013)…”Mr. Cochrane is amazing. At his age he had everyone in awe. Before the event began there was a buzzing of the people as they gathered in the Schubert auditorium. The kids waited nervously in their seats as Mr. Cochrane went up on stage to start his performance. After his opening song the full house crowd clapped enthusiastically and encouraged him on to tell his stories of the past and sing more of the old songs. After warming up he called on the kids to help him. Without hesitation they marched up on stage like the “Beatles” and sang their hearts out to the joy of the elderly crowd. At the close of their performance little Connor was selected to present Mr.Cochrane a bouquet of flowers.” -Carolynn Strilchuk