Board of Directors
Anita Veri: President
Originally from Southern Ontario, Anita now calls BC home. She has been a volunteer at A Loving Spoonful for the last six years. Her volunteer responsibilities began with doing Client intakes and over time she began driving and delivering meals. Three years ago Anita became a Board Member and is the current President. For over 15 years Anita has been working in Healthcare Sales, including business development and project management. At present, Anita works with 3M Healthcare in Infection Prevention Solutions.
Dean Malone: Vice President
Dean Malone is the CEO of Plum Living Support Services and a long-time supporter of A Loving Spoonful. Dean has over 20 years’ experience in operations planning and management, in the corporate, non-profit, and health care sectors. Dean also participates as a Senior Consultant to an international health care management consultancy and has completed operational assessments and model of care designs in more than 10 jurisdictions in Canada including primary care models, community services, home care, long term care, public health, addictions, mental health, collaborative practice models, and tertiary program planning. Dean is also very active in Vancouver supporting a number of organizations, currently serving on the board of Out on Screen, as co-chair of the Fillmore Family Foundation, and also is co-chair of the LGBTQ Advisory Committee to the City of Vancouver.
Ken Channon: Treasurer
Ken has been A Loving Spoonful volunteer for over 20 years and has been a Board Member for over 13 years. He started as a driver and for a number of years he lent his accounting expertise as the Treasurer of the board. In his professional life, Ken was an accountant with C2 Media.
Easter Armas: Secretary, Founder
Born and raised in San Francisco, Easter witnessed firsthand how AIDS, then called the “gay cancer” devastated a community. Too many of her friends and acquaintances died in the early days of the pandemic. Easter began her philanthropic journey in 1985 when she volunteered for AIDS Vancouver by answering the helpline, raising money for the Emergency Fund and even painting their office because she didn’t like the colour of the walls. Easter cried all the way home after witnessing a once successful acquaintance, then living with full blown AIDS, eating out of a garbage bin. She knew to make a tangible and substantial difference it had to start with her and in her own neighbourhood. Thus, in 1989 A Loving Spoonful was born. Easter stepped down as Executive Director in 1996 and returned to A Loving Spoonful as a Director of the Board in 2008.
Ted Musgrove: Director
Ted is a Principal at Vision Path Solutions Inc. (VisionPath) – with a consulting practice specializing in conflict resolution and business transformation. Prior to forming his company, Ted held executive positions at some of Canada’s leading health care organizations – including Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and other organizations that have taken him across Canada and the US. His areas of expertise include Leadership and Strategic Planning; Capital and Workforce Planning; Labour and Commercial Contract Negotiations; Communications; Conflict Management and Alternate Dispute Resolution. Ted has been a supporter of A Loving Spoonful since coming to Vancouver in 2000 and he joined the Board in 2010.
Dr. Brian Fitzsimmons: Director
Brian is a community obstetrician gynaecologist and associate professor at UBC and have been medical director of a busy outpatient clinic at BC Women's hospital. He is involved in several non-profit organizations including Health for Humanity (h4h.org) and the Red Cross. As a member to the board at A Loving Spoonful he is eager to offer his experience on the Client Services Committee. He has seen the excellent work of A Loving Spoonful and is very impressed with the enthusiasm, motivation and dedication of the board and staff - and Brian is excited to be part of this dynamic team.
Christopher LaPrairie: Director
Christopher made the move to Vancouver in 2005 and loves his life on the west coast. With a degree in Business, his professional career has spanned management assignments with multi-national advertising and communication agencies. He is currently involved in marketing/communications consulting work. Christopher has enjoyed his role with various A Loving Spoonful committees, and is looking forward to supporting A Loving Spoonful’s continued undertakings and future vision.
Gerald Bachmayer: Director
Gerald is a seasoned high tech executive with over 2 decades of experience and has owned and managed several successful software companies. Gerald has been involved as a consultant and business development advisor and has been engaged in management roles at both the local and provincial governments. He has participated on several public boards including BCIT’s Technology Center where he was a past Chairman of the Venture Program. He is also the past volunteer President of the Canadian Cancer Society-Vancouver Unit. Gerald sits on several technology panels of the American Academy of Science and is actively involved as an Ambassador for the David Suzuki Foundation and volunteers with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, Coastal Jazz Society and of course, A Loving Spoonful. Gerald is an avid hiker, gardener, environmentalist and supporter of the arts.
Grant Wilson: Director
Grant has been a volunteer food delivery driver for the past four years and has served on the Board for the last 2 years. It has been a very big honour to work alongside the many volunteers and great staff that make up A Loving Spoonful, as well as the many clients that have made a lasting, positive impression.
Grant’s professional time is spent working with his Land Development Company as they are currently building a resort-styled community in the BC Interior. In his personal time, Grant can be found playing tennis, hockey or trying to keep up with his two young daughters.
Quinn Newcomb: Director
Quinn is a strategic communications and intergovernmental relations professional with experience advising provincial and federal governments, as well as working with the non-profit sector. Quinn is currently the Leader, Communications & Media Relations for the BC Safety Authority (BCSA). Prior to joining BCSA in 2013, Quinn was the Director, Strategy Management for the Canadian Tourism Commission – Canada’s national tourism marketing organization. Quinn is a former Board member of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) BC Society and a director of the Victoria-Harbourside Rotary Foundation. In his spare time Quinn is an avid traveller and scuba diver who also enjoys reading, jogging and dog-walking.
Sonny Roche: Director
Sonny has enjoyed a 20+ year journey of volunteering with A Loving Spoonful. He was one of the founding board members when the organization became a registered non-profit society in 1991. He is an activity co-coordinator and part-time fundraiser for the largest homeless shelter in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, Lookout Emergency Aid Society.
Spencer Dane: Director
Spencer is a Chair for the School of Management at Langara College in Vancouver. Before joining the faculty at Langara, he spent two decades in the airline industry in a variety of senior financial and business planning positions. He has also been an investment advisor and an award-winning restaurateur. He earned a BA and Licentiate in Accounting at UBC, an MBA at NYIT and is a CGA.