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Leanne Poon

Executive Director

Tel 604 777 6173



Leanne was born and raised in Coquitlam and joined the Foundation in early 2017 after working in post-secondary education in Alumni and Development for 30 years. Leanne studied Business Management at Dalhousie University while building her family and career in Vancouver. Leanne is an ardent supporter of post-secondary education and thrives on connecting alumni, donors, friends and partners to promote lifelong engagement to further gifts of time, talent and treasure for the benefit of the students and College. She prides herself in being open minded, adaptable to change with an open communication style and loves to be creative and think “outside of the box”.  She is married with three grown daughters who have launched their own professional careers following their post-secondary studies and currently lives in Cloverdale, BC. Excited for the opportunities and growth ahead for the Douglas College Foundation, it’s “full steam ahead” embarking on an exciting journey to increase the profile of the Foundation, expand philanthropic support for our students and build on our alumni engagement opportunities.
Jane Evans

Manager, Philanthropic Relations

Tel 604 777 6335

After many years working in academic and corporate sales where relationships and accountability were the foundation for success, Jane transferred her skills and passions to the world of fundraising with a focus on education. Prior to joining Douglas College in 2016, Jane worked as Fund Development Manager with the Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation and before that she held a variety of sales management roles with LexisNexis Canada. A strong believer in the importance of education and lifelong learning, Jane enjoys taking on new challenges. Having grown up in Winnipeg, Jane is still a prairie girl at heart but wouldn’t trade the ocean and mountains for anything, having now lived on the west coast for many years.

Sherrill Cairns

Annual Giving Officer

Tel 604 777 6176

Sherrill came to the Foundation in 2014 with an extensive background in grant distribution and event coordination from the non-profit sector.  She uses these skills to support students at Douglas College through the distribution of Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards, as well as, in the planning and implementation of our various events. An Alumna of Douglas College herself, Sherrill is dedicated to giving our students the opportunity they deserve to expand their education and gain the skills necessary to enjoy a successful career. An avid outdoors woman she spends her weekends exploring local walking trails around the Fraser Valley.
Sally Patterson

Executive Assistant

Tel 604 777 6168

Sally has been with Douglas College since 2014. After four years working with students in the Registrar’s office, she joined the Foundation in August 2018. She studied Human Resources Management at KPU and has always had a passion for helping others.  Sally is excited to use her extensive background in administration to support the Foundation and play her part in helping students succeed. She brings with her a wealth of institutional knowledge, coupled with several years working in an administrative capacity. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors with her family and exploring the world through her son’s eyes.
  Susan Recksiedler

Foundation Stewardship Specialist

Tel 604 777 6175

Susan joined the Foundation in January 2016 after previously working in the Facilities department at Douglas College for three years. Susan has extensive experience with databases, computer systems and social media, and brings these skills to work on behalf of the Foundation’s corporate and individual donors. Prior to joining Douglas College, Susan worked in Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University for over 15 years. A long-time Tri-Cities resident, Susan is active in her community and is currently a board member of the Women's Collaborative Hub.
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Jin Roh

Development Officer

Tel 604 777 6172


Determined to bind contemporary frustrations with affirmative action, Jin came to the Foundation in October 2017 with a background is sociology and post secondary fundraising. He received his Bachelor of Arts with a major in sociology from the University of British Columbia in May 2017 and as a recent graduate himself, he is able to understand current trends and apply parallels in his academic experiences to the ever-changing definition of "student life". To Jin, the Foundation is about raising awareness of existing barriers to education - fundraising is the means to an end. With deep appreciation for post secondary education, coupled with his successful experiences at UBC Annual Giving, Jin is now dedicated to improving conditions of academic accessibility for students of Douglas College.

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