Board of Directors

The Sage Foundation’s Board members and supporters are people living, working, learning and contributing in the local community. Together, our goal is to build a better community through the recognition of excellence in Community Service, Leadership and Multiculturalism.

Individually and together, we are inspired to bring our experience and share our vision. We work to inspire energy and excitement to the process of learning and contribution by engaging youth and new immigrants in our communities.

We work to support and guide them through challenges they may face. Through educational programs, including the building of new skills and competency in technology, we work to motivate their curiosity and help them to achieve their goals. We believe that as we support them, we inspire these individuals to give back and support their local communities and even further, to the world.  

Honore Gbedze

Mawunyo Komla (Honore) Gbedze
Founder / Co-Chair

Mawunyo Komla (Honore) Gbedze was born May 1972 in Atigbe Abayeme, a village in the province of Agou, in Togo, Africa.

From the age of eight, Honore learned to work, earn and be responsible. From his teacher father and his entrepreneurial mother he inherited the legacy of community development and participation. His great grandparents instilled their wisdom and the family’s commitment to meeting and solving challenges positively.

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Deidre Heim

Deidre Heim
Honorary Board Member

I believe that great success and personal growth can be obtained if you constantly keep challenging yourself.

My childhood, elementary and the greater part of my high school education was received in Cape Town, South Africa. My family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1981, when I was in Grade 11. In high school the elective courses that I took focused on Business Administration.

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Heather Holden

Dr. Heather Holden
Honorary Board Member

Dr. Heather Holden is a portfolio manager with UBS Investment Management Canada.

Previously, Dr. Holden was an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore, Chair of the Vancouver Park Board, and a Vancouver Public Library Trustee. Active in her community, she is a volunteer Big Sister and sits on the boards of The Nature Trust of BC, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland, and the Provincial crown corporation, Pacific Carbon Trust.

Senator Yonah Martin

Senator Yonah Martin
Honorary Board Member

The Honourable Yonah Martin has spent her life building bridges between different cultural communities in BC. Born in Seoul, Korea she immigrated to Canada with her family in 1972, settling in Vancouver.

In addition to her 21-year career as an educator in the Abbotsford, Burnaby and Coquitlam school districts, Ms. Martin co-founded the Corean Canadian Coactive (C3) Society in 2003; has served on the Multicultural Advisory Council of BC since 2006; volunteers on several other boards and committees; and is dedicated to mentoring youth and young adults.

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Troy Peart
Co-Chair

Troy Peart has written for The Afro News for a number of years, sharing his expertise in the financial industry. In his current role he is a Regional Financial Planning Consultant at RBC Financial Group. He supports his RBC associates with advanced financial planning needs and helps develop the overall strategy behind the bank’s key platforms.

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Helena Kaufman

Helena Kaufman
Honorary Board Member

Helena Kaufman is a B.C. based trainer, columnist and blogger specializing in communications. She works with new Canadians and established professionals, entrepreneurs and service providers who want to persuade, influence, inform and sell effectively.

She is committed to helping her clients leverage their current know-how and contacts so that they can compete and gain ground in both traditional pathways and in social media.

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Cheryl Grenick
Honorary Board Member / Volunteer, Community Engagement 

I am passionate about education and began working with children at the age of 16 with a recreational program in her neighborhood in Winnipeg. I pursued a Bachelor of Education in Elementary with minors in both Special Education and Psychology. Upon moving to Vancouver, I began working in the world of ESL where I have been involved in many areas from teaching English, to Administration, Program Development and Marketing. Most recently, my work at a local private high school had me reaching out to organizations to explore volunteer opportunities for the students. I also created events to inspire our students in their pursuit of further studies and to bring awareness to causes such as youth homelessness, children with cancer and many more social causes.

I am currently volunteering as the Community Engagement Director with our foundation. This will involve creation of a new website, organizing our first annual Walk & Talk Event in the City of Coquitlam this February and creating partnerships with schools and local organizations. I am eager to share my experience and develop educational programs and events to support youth and new immigrants in our communities.

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