Annual General Meeting 2015

Notice of Annual General Meeting of the Membership of InspireHealth Society

DATE Monday, September 21, 2015 from 6 to 7 PM
LOCATION Suite # 200 – 1330 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC



1. Approval of the 2014 AGM Minutes

2. Receipt and approval of the President’s Report

3. Approval of audited financial statements for fiscal year ended Mar 31, 2015

4. Appointment of the auditor

5. Special Business: Proposed By-Law changes 

6. Election of the Board of Directors for the 2015 / 2016 fiscal year


Special Business

To amend the Bylaws of the Society as follows:

a)      Sections 5.10 and 5.11 are amended by deleting the words “a Member of the Society’s Medical staff from among their number as”


Proposed Directors for 2015 / 2016

Re-election is for one, two or three year terms.

Matt Heemskerk

Matthew Heemskerk joined the InspireHealth Board of Directors in 2014.

Gerry Gramek (Standing for election)

Gerry Gramek has been a professional Realtor with Century 21 here in Vancouver for the past 24+ years.  Gerry is trained through the Justice Institute in both negotiation and mediation; his expertise as a Realtor has earned him prestigious designations as both a Master Medallion Club Member with the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board, and a Centurion Award Winner, an international ranking with the largest real estate company in the world. 

At the start of his career, Gerry was involved in a middle management position at three local Vancouver hotels.  Wanting a change, he moved up to Cassiar in northern BC, very close to the Yukon border.  He was involved in setting up a successful employee assistance program in this very remote community.

When he returned to Vancouver after 13 years in the North, he became the Sales Manager for Vancouver Harley-Davidson before launching his successful real estate career.

Gerry has had the privilege for the past number of years of serving on the board of the Vancouver Alano Club.  Alano is a worthwhile not-for-profit organization that assists people with substance abuse issues.

In fulfilling his role as a volunteer in his community, he also has acted at various times over the past 10 years as Chairman on two separate strata councils.

Gerry has greatly enjoyed volunteering at InspireHealth over the past six years.  It has given him an opportunity to partially repay the immeasurable benefits that he gained through attending Inspire Health as a cancer “thriver”.  InspireHealth has provided to him, and he believes provides to others and to everyone whom they touch, a critical element in cancer recovery.

Leona Kolla

Leona Kolla brings 25 years of leadership experience working in four provinces in the private, non-profit and government sectors, along with expertise in organizational development, leadership development, succession management, executive coaching and facilitation.

Past positions include Vice-President Development, Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation; Associate Deputy Minister, Saskatchewan Economic Development; and President, Edmonton Convention and Tourism Authority.Leona has led major change initiatives, reorganizations, downsizings and expansions, as well as planned and implemented key strategic priorities in highly sensitive, political environments. Change, renewal, and exploration of new paths and approaches are the hallmark of her life and career. She holds degrees from Royal Roads University, the University of Toronto and the University of Saskatchewan.

Leonard Schein (Standing for re-election)

Leonard Schein (now retired) is the founder of the Vancouver International Film Festival and Festival Cinemas which operated the Ridge Theatre, Fifth Avenue Cinemas, and the Park Theatre. He is also a retired Registered Psychologist. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Coast Mental Health Foundation and Ecojustice. He has served on many Board of Directors including the Canadian Cancer Society (Chair of the British Columbia and Yukon Division), Vancouver Economic Development Commission, BC Film, BC CHILD Foundation, Vancouver Fringe Festival, Cambie Village Business Association, Karen Jameson Dance Company, Vancouver Jewish Film Festival Society, and Alliance Atlantic Cinemas. He has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, British Columbia Community Achievement Award, Westside Business Person of the Year, and the Achievement Award for Contribution to the British Columbia Film Industry.

Shakeel Velji

Shakeel Velji is Chief Financial Officer with The Cowell Group, a market leader in the premium retail automotive industry, as well as real estate development. Shakeel’s experience encompasses financial, business and strategic leadership across organizations with revenues from $10 million to $1 billion, and spanning industries including technology, professional services, retail, real estate and hospitality. He is a member of the institute of Certified Public Accountants (US), a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (UK), and has an MBA from Queen’s University.

Authentic success to Shakeel is fulfillment of a meaningful purpose while creating stakeholder value, achieved through diligence, focus and inspired leadership. Shakeel has had both his parents and one of his best friend’s battle cancer, and so it is close to his heart. Shakeel practices yoga and meditation, and strives to apply a holistic, simple and balanced approach to life.


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In the event that you are not able to attend the Annual General Meeting in person, please appoint a proxy to vote in your place by completing this proxy form.