Board of Directors

Dress For Success Vancouver is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are committed to Dress for Success’s vision of empowering women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools.
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Board Diversity Statement

The Board of Directors of Dress for Success Vancouver believes embracing diversity involves continually seeking to learn, engage, reflect, and act to meet the needs of the clients we serve, our Board of Directors, employees, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and communities.

We acknowledge systemic barriers of discrimination and inequity, and power imbalances related to privilege. We recognize it is our responsibility as a Board and as a feminist organization to work to address these issues. The inclusion of people from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences are encapsulated in Dress for Success Vancouver’s values of dignity, hope, inclusion, and reconciliation.

Our Board | 2023/2024

Heather Alekson

Director at Large

Heather is a technology leader with over 20 years of experience developing software experiences spanning various industries from Aerospace to Video Games to large-scale consumer and enterprise software. She has held senior leadership positions at top technology companies, including Microsoft and Electronic Arts. Throughout her career, Heather has demonstrated a strong track record of driving innovation and leading high-performance teams. She has a passion for technology, social responsibility and the advocacy and empowerment for girls and women in the technology field.

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Monique Badun

Director at Large

Monique Badun was raised and education in Vancouver.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and is an active realtor bringing a wealth of experience and expertise with a career spanning over three decades. Monique has established herself is a leader within the Vancouver real estate market.

She has also served on the Board of Govenors at Crofton House School, a leading independent school for girls that just celebrated its 125th anniversary.  She has also has a keen interest in the heritage of Vancouver and has been on the board of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation since 2022, helping to guide the City of Vancouver’s heritage policies and planning.

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Melanie Bradley

Co-Chair

Melanie has been on the Board of Dress for Success since June 2021.  She was the Vice-Chair from June 2022 to June 2023 and she has been Co-Chair with Shannon Taylor since June 2023.  Melanie is the General Counsel at Seaspan Shipyards. As General Counsel, Melanie supports Seaspan Shipyards and the senior leadership team by providing Vancouver Shipyards, Victoria Shipyards and Vancouver Drydock with legal and strategic advice.

Prior to joining Seaspan, Melanie was a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, where she focused her practice on the mining, transportation, technology and media and entertainment sectors. As partner, she advised public and private companies on a variety of matters, including financings (mergers, acquisitions, takeover bids and reorganizations), mining joint ventures, derivatives documentation and regulatory compliance. Melanie was an Adjunct Professor at The University of British Columbia Law Faculty. Prior to practicing law, Melanie worked as a costumer in film, television and theatre.

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from University of Illinois and a Law degree from UBC and is a published author in several legal publications.

Melanie was on the Board of the Association of Women in Finance from 2015 to 2017.

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Patricia Chew

Director at Large

Patricia Chew is the founder and president of ReelYou, a unique digital branding and marketing tool for values-driven companies and organizations. She brings to this role 25 years’ experience as a film- maker, and broadcast journalist, for Canada’s national broadcaster, the CBC, for CNN, and as the founder of 41st Floor Films, a documentary production company whose films were broadcast on 3 continents. Her non-journalism background includes stints as President, Asia of the global development organization, ORBIS, and, in Vancouver, as the Executive Director of West Coast Environmental Law.

Patricia currently serves on the board of Dress for Success Vancouver. She is a past board member of the IWF BC, IWF Hong Kong, the Vancouver Aquarium, the SUCCESS Foundation, and Create Change.

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Rhonda Dyce

Director at Large

Rhonda Dyce is a Principal at Sunshine Pier Capital, a private equity firm based in Vancouver. Prior to joining Sunshine Pier, she spent over ten years in a number of roles at Corix Infrastructure Inc., most recently as Chief Strategy and Risk Officer. During her time there, she was responsible for executing the debt and equity activities, including financings totaling over $1.5 billion, leading the strategic planning and review process and managing the enterprise risk management program. Prior to joining Corix, she spent time in the capital markets as an equity research analyst at RBC Capital Markets and Raymond James. Rhonda also taught Corporate Finance at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Rhonda has a Master of Science degree in Finance from Queen’s University and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. She is currently an active volunteer and board member at Dress for Success Vancouver and Pets and Friends.

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Lorelle Gilpin

Director at Large

Lorelle Gilpin is a Board Member for Dress for Success Vancouver, and the chair of the fundraising and marketing/branding committees. Lorelle retired in 2018 after a 33-year career as vice-president, marketing and membership for Costco Wholesale Canada.  She was responsible for all aspects of growing the Costco membership base, increasing brand awareness, and providing a superior customer experience for Costco members.  In addition, Lorelle was the associate editor for The Costco Connection magazine, and served on the Costco Charitable Contributions Committee that supports dozens of charities and non profit organizations across Canada. Helping families and children in need is the Costco community relations commitment, and Lorelle has carried that over to her private life, volunteering for three non profit organizations in BC. 

Isabelle Godsy

Secretary

Isabelle is a Human Resources and Organization Development Consultant whose practice is focused in the areas of talent acquisition, employee performance and engagement, leadership development, and organizational effectiveness and health.  She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and has previously held positions within Human Resources and Organization Development at BC Hydro and Accenture. Isabelle also has over 20 years of volunteer management and program development experience with not-for-profit organizations including UNICEF BC and Dress for Success Vancouver, as well as not-for-profit capacity development experience in her role as Lead Partner with Social Venture Partners.

As a volunteer with Dress for Success Vancouver from 2010 to 2019, Isabelle contributed to the design and development of its inclusive, hope-inspiring career development programs and services and she was the recipient of Dress for Success Vancouver’s Award for Volunteer Excellence in 2014. As a Dress for Success Vancouver Board Director since 2020, Isabelle values contributing in this capacity to the advancement of the organization and the success of its clients.

Isabelle holds a B.A. in Communications and Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resources from Royal Roads University, and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies from Royal Roads University focused in Organization Design and Development. As part of her Masters program, Isabelle completed a one-year research project focused on Dress for Success Vancouver’s Career Centre client participation and optimal outcomes.  

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Lucy Schilling

Director at Large

Lucy is a securities and corporate finance lawyer and Vice-Office Managing Partner of Cozen O’Connor’s Vancouver office. She has represented numerous companies in the negotiation, structuring, and completion of a wide variety of transactions, including initial and secondary public offerings, private placement financing, amalgamations, regulatory filings, and stock exchange listings over the course of her 20-year legal career.

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Shannon Taylor

Co-Chair

Shannon is a business consultant, community leader and board director. She launched Taylor Made Business Solutions in 2009, a marketing consultancy practice where she helps clients build their brands and business. Prior to consulting, Shannon had a lengthy and distinguished career as a senior leader at TELUS where she touched on all areas of marketing and led several new brand and product launches as well as leading the marketing for TELUS’s Olympic bid.

Shannon holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from UBC and Bachelor of Arts (BA) from UVIC. She has completed many executive training courses and the Institute of Corporate Directors Not for Profit Board Governance Program.

Shannon is an active volunteer, taking on the role of co-chair of Dress for Success Vancouver in June 2023 after 3 years as a board director. She had a 5 year term as a board director for the Vancouver Writers Festival and spent more than a decade supporting Crofton House School with their fundraising and marketing initiatives. She also gives of her time mentoring young people starting out in their marketing careers.

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Sophia Tsui

Treasurer

Sophia is the Chief Risk Officer of a global financial institution based in Vancouver. She is a risk and internal control professional whose 30 year banking career has spanned commercial banking, risk management and internal audit. She also serves as a director of the Canadian Public Accountability Board and a representative of the Auditor General Committee for the City of Vancouver.

Sophia is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from SFU as well as completed a number of executive leadership courses through Duke University, Stanford and London School of Business.

Elaine Williamson

Director at Large

Elaine Williamson has served in leadership roles in higher education, industry and the nonprofit sector for over 25 years. She is the Director of the Diploma in Marketing and Sales Management at the UBC Sauder School of Business and is an award-winning Adjunct Professor in the Marketing and Behavioral Science Division and the Ch’nook Aboriginal Management Program. As a co-founder of the Sauder Sales Mentorship Program, she created a career development platform to connect students with industry professionals, develop career skills and find employment.

Currently pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (Indigenous Studies, Business and Forestry) Elaine recently completed a Master’s in Liberal Studies, holds an MBA from Sauder and accreditations in Teaching in Higher Education. Elaine is an experienced community leader with over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, having served on the Board of Directors for organizations including BC Women’s Hospital Foundation, the Vancouver Writers’ Festival, and the Vancouver Space Centre. She is the past Board co-chair of Dress for Success, an organization committed to empowering women into the workforce. Elaine is passionate about helping individuals who are striving to advance their academic and career goals and finding ways to address systemic constraints to economic empowerment.

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Mackenzie Jones

Junior Board Member

Mackenzie Jones is an Associate (Executive Recruiter) with Boyden’s Vancouver office. Mackenzie plays an active role in executive search projects, contributing her talents in research, sourcing, and assessment to understand clients’ needs, identify top candidates for leadership positions, and establish relationships.

She is a fervent advocate for advancing women in the workplace and is passionate about alleviating barriers that inhibit or hinder all women’s path to equality in their personal and professional lives. Mackenzie co-authored the White Paper “The Case for Promoting Women at Work.” Before entering the field of recruitment, Mackenzie served at an education non-profit organization that partners with public schools in high-need communities to help students succeed.

Mackenzie holds a Master of Management from the UBC Sauder School of Business in Vancouver and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs & Political Science from Northeastern University in Boston, where she graduated summa cum laude (highest honours) and was an Experiential Education Award recipient.

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