Penny Lyons has been the Executive Director of Seva Canada since 2006.
Prior to Seva, Penny was a management consultant in Taipei and Vancouver working on projects as varied as a fraud audit for a multinational electronics company and mediating discussions between government, first nations and commercial fisherman on the future of the oolichan fishery. Prior to moving to Vancouver she lived in Bermuda and owned and operated an offshore management company.
Penny has a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Alberta.
Penny’s teenage daughter, her very large Rhodesian Ridgeback, running, kayaking and hiking keep her busy when she is not working.
Ken Bassett, Seva Canada’s Program Director is a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and directs a research program in international and epidemiologic ophthalmology in the Department of Ophthalmology.
Ken travels extensively to and works closely with Seva program partners in Tanzania, India, Tibet and Nepal primarily helping them to build sustainable programs and to conduct ongoing monitoring and evaluation. He has helped the program partners to design and conduct research themselves and to share their findings at government and academic meetings as well as publish articles in the scientific literature. He continues to practice medicine and has a Doctorate of Medicine from University of British Columbia and PhD in Medical Anthropology from McGill University.
When Ken isn’t travelling to Seva’s programs around the world, he can be found hiking and running with his wife and two daughters or spending time tinkering on his boat.
Deanne Berman has been the Marketing & Communications Director of Seva Canada since 2011.
Deanne has over 17 years of experience in marketing, communications and branding. Prior to her work at Seva, Deanne was a Senior Marketing Communications Manager at TELUS launching TELUS TV, Satellite TV and Optik TV. She also had the great pleasure in working on the tourism brand for Canada at the Canadian Tourism Commission just prior to the Vancouver Olympics. Deanne was also a part of the team that launched Bell Mobility in BC and Alberta.
Deanne has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours Diploma in Marketing Communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
In her spare time Deanne enjoys travelling, the outdoors and keeping local takeout restaurants in business.
Christine Smith is Seva Canada’s Development Director.
Christine has more than 10 years experience working in and for the charitable sector. She started her career in Toronto at the Children’s Aid Foundation where she held roles in program delivery, marketing and online fundraising. Christine also has experience with fundraising consulting, having worked for Hewitt & Johnston Consultants, as well as non-profit technology, having worked for both Raised Eyebrow Web Studio and Chimp.net. Christine has a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University.
Although she is a transplant from Ontario, Christine is a Vancouver girl at heart. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying the outdoors, doing yoga or eating sushi.
Lisa Demers has been the Operations and Program Manager of Seva Canada since March 2014. Lisa has over 6 years of experience as a financial manager, researcher and event coordinator. Prior to joining the Seva team, Lisa worked in intergovernmental relations at the Council of the Federation in Ottawa, where she managed the financial administration of the organization and travelled nationally and internationally to support the goals of Canadian Premiers. Previously, Lisa worked as a researcher for FoundationSearch where she first developed her interest in the non-profit world. Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Victoria.
Lisa can’t wait for the day when monitoring and evaluation is considered ‘cool’, she is always looking for ways to simplify and streamline processes so that Seva and its partners can focus on what they do best; restoring sight and preventing blindness.
When not crunching numbers and developing solutions, Lisa lives for the outdoors, particularly hiking and running, and can often be found getting ready for a weekend adventure.
Amber is Seva’s Communications and Development Coordinator.
Amber brings experience in event planning, fundraising, communications and community outreach. Prior to Seva, Amber shared her passion for Chinese language and culture and coordinated a summer concert series at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. She has also worked and volunteered with other local non-profits to tackle issues such as literacy, food security, and cultural awareness. Amber is passionate about community development, intercultural relationships and digital storytelling and enjoys making short films in her spare time. Amber has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia.
In her free time, Amber enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, trying new restaurants throughout the city, and documenting it all on Instagram.