Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Shara Nixon


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

Robert (Bob) Appleton 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


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 17 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 Harvest Prison 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, entertaining and reading.

Cindy Zheng


Cindy Zheng is a business and employment law lawyer with the law firm of McQuarrie. 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. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her husband, son and their two miniature, troublesome wiener dogs.

Chandra Mirchandani


Chandra Mirchandani has over 31 years of experience with the Bank of Nova Scotia. She has extensive skills and expertise in different departments of the Bank. She is a strong leader and team player. She has enjoyed 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. And recently, Chandra retired from the Bank of Nova Scotia to enjoy the summer of 2018 and to begin a new chapter in her life. 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.

Dr. Jane Jae Kyung Shin


Jane Shin was born in South Korea and immigrated to Canada with her family at the age of 11. She studied cell biology and genetics before pursuing a medical doctorate. She took on a teaching career post graduation, instructing at Vancouver Community College and British Columbia Institute of Technology, where she also served as the Head of Program in Health Care Management.
Jane has been actively involved in community service from a young age, volunteering for organizations such as the Canadian Red Cross Society, Green Peace and Amnesty International.
She ran successfully as the New Democratic Party candidate for the riding of Burnaby-Lougheed in the 2013 provincial general election. With her victory, she became the first Korean-Canadian elected to the Legislative Assembly in BC and held a number of roles in Opposition, serving as deputy spokesperson for tourism, arts and culture, immigration, intergovernmental relations, trade and multiculturalism, and as spokesperson for small business.
Jane is now Dean of Student Development at Vancouver Community College and remains a passionate advocate for representation, equity and social justice.

Khalid Hosenbocus


Khalid Hosenbocus is a Chartered Professional Account and a graduate of the Beedie School of Business at SFU. Khalid is a Finance Manager at Save-On-Foods where he oversees the financial reporting process and develops, implements, and maintains the company’s financial policies and procedures. Prior to joining Save-On-Foods, Khalid worked at BDO Canada LLP as an Audit Manager, providing financial expertise to many clients and representing the firm in the community.
In addition to serving on DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society’s Board of Directors, Khalid also serves on the Board of Sprouting Chefs Society and previously served as a Member of the Board of the Children’s Foundation.