Emma Sutherland, Executive Director
Red Fox founder Emma Sutherland has used her degree in Women’s Studies from Simon Fraser University, several years of fundraising school courses from BCIT, and more than twenty-five years’ experience in the social recreation and advocacy fields to continually support individuals and families in Metro Vancouver. Her goal has consistently been to show Indigenous people, people with disabilities and people on low incomes how to become more resilient, learn new skills, and become healthier by increasing their activity levels and expanding their horizons. Her biggest joy is seeing youth take on leadership roles in Red Fox and in the larger society.
Suki Chhoeun, Program Manager
With a deep passion for leadership training and coaching, Suki joined the team in January 2016. Armed with positivity, silly kinesthetic dance moves and a degree in Kinesiology, Suki has over 12 years of coaching experience. Suki truly believes in Red Fox’s model to serve, train and empower future leaders through physical literacy and mentorship. In Suki’s spare time, she enjoys skateboarding, hiking, reading and road trips that involve campfires. Most recently, Suki spent 5 weeks this past summer in China volunteering as an Ambassador with Canada Global Culture and Education Association.
J Peachy, Creative Director of J Peachy Gallery
Joe joined Red Fox through the Youth Leadership program in 2011. His skills, positive attitude and genuine passion for his work lead to his promotion to Youth Instructor in 2014. Joe draws on his experiences as a previous Youth Leader to support young people in developing the confidence and skills they need to succeed in life. Joe is First Nations and is from Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte), Cree, Sioux and Ojibwe from Manitoba.
Phabion joined Red Fox in 2014 and quickly became an integral part of the team. Phabion oversees the Drum Group program and supervises several Vancouver Active Play programs. Phabion is from the the Hesquiaht nation of the Nuu Chah Nulth peoples and was raised in the Upper Nicola band among the Okanagan peoples. He is a proud parent of his 8-year-old son Jamie.
Sean Bird Jr.
Sean Bird Jr. first became involved with Red Fox through attending our after school programs as a youth participant when he was 7 years old. He was inspired to contribute his love for recreation and working with youth, and decided he wanted to be a part of something bigger than himself. Through our youth continuum model, Sean started as a Jr. leader, became a Youth Leader shortly after, and was promoted to Program Coordinator in January 2018. Sean is passionate about sports, specifically hockey and soccer. In Sean’s spare time, he enjoys hiking, playing with his dogs and loves collecting hats from his travels abroad. Sean is from the Nisga’a & Gitxsan Nations.
Megan joined the Red Fox team in July 2017. She has been working with at-risk youth locally and abroad for 8 years in a variety of programs involving physical literacy, personal development, and mentorship. Megan has a strong desire to encourage and empower youth to advocate for themselves and their communities through personal talents and interests, such as art and sport. She started her post-secondary education at the Art Institute of Vancouver, where she completed a diploma in Digital Film & Video. She loves documentaries, deep conversations, hiking, and exploring new places. Her travels through East & West Africa prompted her desire to learn more about the world and global affairs. She is now finishing up a degree at Simon Fraser University; majoring in International Studies – Conflict and Security, with a double minor in Anthropology and Development & Sustainability, as well as a certificate in Social Justice.
Dana joined our Red Fox team in February 2018 as part of Active Play programming in Surrey and Feasting program in Vancouver. While originally from the Southern United States, Dana has called East Vancouver home for the last three years and recently completed her Master’s in Public Health at Simon Fraser University. With over 12 years of experience attending and guiding long-expedition wilderness canoe trips for youth across Ontario and Quebec, Dana has a real passion for outdoor recreation and facilitating communities’ connections with the land. When not at Red Fox, Dana enjoys working as an outreach and support worker in Vancouver’s DTES and dedicating herself to her hula hoop, aerial silks, and partner acrobatics practice.
Steven has been part of the Red Fox team for over 8 years. He works mainly with children through Red Fox’s Active Play program, and secures prize donations for the kids from local businesses. Steven’s favourite part of his job is seeing the happy faces of kids who come out to Red Fox programs and events.
Paul joined the Red Fox programs team in 2016 as part of Active Play programming in North Vancouver. Paul has a background in recreation and childcare and is a strong supporter of Red Fox’s programs. He is a committed volunteer with the Red Fox Drum and PowWow Dance Group, where his children are regular participants. Paul is First Nations and can often be found drawing and making art.
Panda joined Red Fox through the Youth Leadership program in 2015 and her enthusiasm and commitment led to her being promoted to Youth Intern. Panda recently joined our programs team part-time as she finishes high school. Panda is First Nations and is passionate about drawing, drumming, playing guitar and biking.
Blaine joined Red Fox as a youth leader in January 2016, and became a youth intern the following spring. Following our Red Fox youth continuum model, Blaine was promoted from youth intern to staff in October 2017. Blaine is from Saskatchewan and from the Whitebear and Assiniboine Nations. Blaine is passionate about baseball, loves spending time with friends and enjoys working with youth.
A.J. Delorme (Culinary Programs)
A.J. has worked in both kitchen and front-of-house roles at restaurants across the city. He brings a passion for food and extensive knowledge of food preparation, presentation and service. A.J. shares these skills by training Youth Leaders in the Red Fox Feasting program.
Darius Smallboy (Drum and PowWow Dance Group)
Darius Smallboy joined Red Fox in 2010 as the first Drum Group Junior Leader. In 2017, he returned as Drum Group Leader. Darius is Cree from North Battleford, Saskatchewan.
Victor Nabrodov started volunteering with Red Fox in 2017 and is passionate about how Red Fox engages youth in healthy activities and encourages them to be respectful to each other. Victor loves seeing kids at Red Fox build strong and meaningful relationships with their peers by overcoming challenges and working in teams. In his spare time Victor keeps himself busy playing soccer and managing a team. He is currently completing his Criminal Justice diploma at Langara and is interested in pursuing law enforcement.
Ryan Brechin, City Central Learning Centre (CCLC)