Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Shara Nixon


is an active community volunteer and supporter of the Arts. In addition to her volunteer work, Shara is a business support consultant specializing in real estate, legal, compliance and marketing. Her clients range from the pharmaceutical sector, manufacturing sector, international business exporting and the agri-tourism sector. Her past experience as an event coordinator and caterer assists groups in their fundraising and community events. Shara is active in the political arena both locally, provincially and federally. She is a public speaker specializing in volunteer management, special education for special needs children and event fundraising. Shara’s super-power is in connecting like-minded people and galvanizing a team with a clear goal and plan. She is action oriented and results driven. She is a leader that believes that good leaders create new leaders.

Robert (Bob) Appleton

Vice President

is the principal of the Appleton Construction group of companies founded in 1980 and based in Burnaby, BC. He received Gold Seal Certification in Project Manager/General Contracting from CCA in March of 1995. He is currently active in the construction company’s activities. He is an avid hiker, birder and motorcycle enthusiast. He resides in Burnaby, has no pets but keeps the birdfeeder full!

Alethea Linnitt


is the senior accountant at Regent Christian Academy in Surrey. She has served as the controller in the administration of this school for the past 14 years. Prior to stepping into this role, she owned and operated a restoration business for 20 years in Surrey. Ms. Linnitt has also served on the Surrey Public Library board for eight years. Currently she is sitting on the Board of Directors of Night Shift Ministries as well as Bible Fellowship Missionary Society. Ms. Linnitt had lived in Surrey for the past 34 years where she raised her five children. Her hobbies include gardening, motorcycling and reading.

Chandra Mirchandani


has over 27 years of experience with the Bank of Nova Scotia. She has extensive skills and expertise in different departments of the Bank and is currently the Manager, Personal Banking at the Newton Town Centre Branch in Surrey. She is a strong leader and team player. She enjoys building relationships with clients and helping them to achieve their financial dream and goals. She has a Certificate in Financial Services Advice as well as the Small Business Banker Certification Program. She is a fan of the Canucks and volunteers her time at the local temples. She lives in Surrey with her husband and two awesome children.

Cindy Zheng


is a commercial litigator and employment law lawyer with the law firm of McQuarrie Hunter LLP. After completing her B.A. (Psychology), Cindy obtained her law degree (both from UBC). Cindy was called to the bar in 2012 and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association. Cindy is passionate about assisting her clients navigate through complex legal problems to reach a practical and satisfactory resolution that is in the best interest of those she works with. Cindy’s legal skills and comprehensive and thorough approach to tackling challenges makes Cindy a great advocate for those she stands for.
Cindy has previously volunteered at a legal clinic operated by the UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, where she was later appointed a member of the board of directors. As the Publications Director, Cindy managed the program’s website and edited and published a manual for use by volunteer law students in providing legal advice to low-income individuals, at legal clinics spread out in the lower mainland. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her husband and their two miniature, troublesome wiener dogs.

RaeAnne Rose


is President of Pharos Fundraising Strategy + Communication, a consulting firm based in Surrey, BC that serves non-profit organizations in Western Canada. RaeAnne has an outstanding track record of success, working with over 80 not-for-profit organizations, raising millions of dollars through annual giving, major gift, and capital campaigns.
RaeAnne has a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, with a major in Communications and minor in Women’s Studies. She also has the Certificate of Fundraising Management from Vancouver Community College and is a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Vancouver.
RaeAnne is an active volunteer, currently President of the BC Aquasonics Synchronized Swim Club and a Director of DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society. She lives in Surrey with her husband, two children, and her lovey cat Marbles.