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 thirty 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. Emma gets around everywhere on her electric bike and enjoys hiking, birdwatching, swimming and politics.
Suki Chhoeun, Program Manager – Seed Generation
Born in Thailand, and raised on Treaty 1 Territory in Winnipeg, Suki’s family arrived to Canada in the late 80’s. Suki’s parents fled their war torn country of Cambodia, seeking a better life here in Canada. Suki moved to the beautiful Unceded Coast Salish Territories in 2016 and resides in East Van. Suki’s passion for service, and community has allowed her to naturally step into a leadership role with Red Fox since joining the team in January 2016. With a passion for leadership training and coaching, and with over 12 years of coaching experience, Suki truly believes in Red Fox’s model to empower youth through mentorship, encouragement and ongoing support to help youth realize their potential. Suki currently delivers the Seed Generation program, a program where youth learn about Indigenous cultures and histories, land stewardship, with weekly recreation outings, giving youth positive experiences in nature. Suki loves skateboarding, hiking, and road trips that involve campfires. While indoors, she’s often found reading, learning to play the guitar, writing haikus and listening to classical music.
Madison Ardizzi, Program Manager – Youth Internship
With dedication for physical activity to be accessible, Madison joined the Red Fox team in January 2019. Madison is passionate about social justice and really enjoys getting people to challenge ‘invisible structures’ of inequality. Madison has a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Toronto and completed her Masters of Socio-cultural Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia is 2018. During her schooling, she worked with viaSport to provide physical activity sessions to newcomer, Indigenous and inner-city youth, which is how she met Red Fox Society! Madison has taught the introduction to Sport Sociology at UBC and has now developed an employment training curriculum for Red Fox’s expanded Youth Internship program. Outside of work, Madison loves hiking, eating, training for triathlon, exploring and spending time with those she holds dear to her heart.
Megan Mullaly, Program Manager – Food Security
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 completed her degree at Simon Fraser University; majoring in International Studies – Conflict and Security, with a minor in Development & Sustainability, as well as a certificate in Social Justice.
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 and then Program Coordinator in 2019. 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.
Siobhan joined Red Fox in September 2019 as an intern from the Robert Lee YMCA Youth Employment Bootcamp. She has enthusiastically signed on to be a permanent part of the team as of January 2020. Her experience and passion working with youth began during her internship at a migrant and refugee support centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where she facilitated English conversation classes and built connections with unaccompanied minors within the organization. Siobhan is interested in empowering youth to take on leadership roles in order to support the never-ending process to build a community that prioritizes social justice, learning, compassion, care, creativity and sustainability. She loves dancing, the Arts, outdoor activities, and trying new things. Graduating from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Art History and Visual studies in 2017, Siobhan soon moved to Vancouver to explore and immerse herself into the community situated on the traditional and unceded territories of Coast Salish nations, and is grateful to Red Fox for providing such a great and holistic way to support this aspiration.
Natalie Van Niekerk
Natalie joined Red Fox in 2018 as a practicum student and was hired from there as a program coordinator. Natalie believes in the power of kindness and overcoming your fears and encourages participants to practice both. She’s also an advocate for mental health.
Jean Etienne Tuyisenge
Jean Etienne is a highly active, creative, professional and strong intercultural communicator. I have worked with clients in various sectors, particularly in non-profit organizations and hospital environments, as a fundraising manager, events planner, projects/programs developer, and youth and disability advocate. He is currently pursuing a M.A in Nordic Social Work and Children’s Welfare. Jean Etienne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Sexuality and Women’s Studies and a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development from Simon Fraser University. He received the faculty of Health Sciences Award for Outstanding Community Service at Simon Fraser University. He was a certificate in Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents. His qualifications and lived experience as a former youth at risk, and his desire to give back to the community brought him to the Red Fox family in the summer of 2020 as an Active Play Coordinator. He is a very energetic person who is not afraid to try new things and he is an avid traveler. When he is not sightseeing or giving inspirational and motivational speeches, he enjoys watching NBA basketball.
Chuck joined Red Fox as a Program Coordinator in the summer of 2020. His work experience includes child and youth programming as well as adult education. He loves spending time in nature and is passionate about social and environmental justice. He seeks to support youth in developing the essential literacy and life skills to navigate the topsy-turvy world around them.
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.
Elise Eva Ardizzi, Marketing Coordinator
Elise was born and raised on Treaty 13 (Toronto, ON) and joined the Red Fox team in the summer of 2020. She started as a Program Coordinator, encouraging movement and active play with children and youth. After her fun-filled summer, she enthusiastically has taken on the Marketing Coordinator position. Elise just completed her Marketing Management degree, and Minor in Professional Communication at Ryerson University. Her passion for filmmaking has helped create videos and content for Red Fox while managing their website. Elise also enjoys photography, rock climbing, beach volleyball and live music.
Red Fox Interns
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, and he loves spending time with friends and enjoys working with youth.
Amanda joined Red Fox as a youth leader in 2016 and became a staff member in July 2019. She is Esketemc from Williams Lake. Amanda enjoys being a part of the Red Fox team, as she gets to teach and inspire youth through active learning by bringing lots of energy and positivity to every program. Being a part of Red Fox has helped her grow as an individual and has taught her respect, responsibility, discipline, and confidence. Red Fox has helped her realize her potential and become the best leader that she can be to those around her. She is very passionate about acting and film-making: she has been acting for over 8 years and plans to pursue an acting career.
Ivorie joined the team in 2013 as a youth leader, and has been a dedicated team member since. They graduated from Kwantlen Park Secondary in 2019, and is working their way toward becoming a child and youth worker. Through their time at Red Fox, Ivorie found their passion for working with at risk youth and is very passionate about spreading kindness and love wherever they are. They believe through love and dedication, people can achieve things they never thought they could. Ivorie is very artistic, and loves hiking, basketball, swimming and reading.
Bio coming soon.
J Peachy, Creative Director of J Peachy Gallery
J Peachy is active in his community engaged art practice through a wide range of creative projects from solo work to multi-disciplinary arts activations. J Peachy is an Arts Based Environmental Health Advocate and his art speaks to themes as they relate to the psycho, socio and ecological environments. Through arts based Wild Salmon Advocacy in BC, he has combined mental wellness and environmental advocacy through a number of Arts based initiatives including working with the Port Moody Ecological Society, Wild Salmon Caravan and many indigenous communities in Coast Salish Territories. Jay often shares knowledge through an entertaining inspiring lens, designed to challenge how we think we see the world around us. As a bearista and creative producer of mobile creative cafe events, his expressive platform can be taken to the streets. The collaboration with Red Fox Healthy Living Society is truly exciting. www.jpeachygallery.com
Steven has been part of the Red Fox team for 10 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. Steven is creative and enjoys sharing his artistic skills with those around him. Steven is passionate about social and environmental justice and is involved in many grassroots initiatives.
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.