Board of Directors

Andrea Thomas Hill, Founder and Chair

Andrea Thomas Hill moved to Vancouver from Toronto in 1999. She has 20 years of experience in marketing communications, both in advertising agencies and for corporate clients. In 1992, Andrea organized the first Run For The Cure for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. After expanding the Run For The Cure across the country, Andrea later sat on the Board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC Chapter for several years before shifting her attention to single mothers and children living in poverty in Vancouver. Andrea is married and mother of two children.

Michelle Jankovich, Secretary

Michelle Jankovich has spent over 25 years working in finance, currently managing the Equity Capital Markets division for Haywood Securities Inc. She firmly believes that by addressing the systemic issues and challenges faced by women and children living in poverty in Vancouver, our own communities can provide hope to further positive change. Michelle has volunteered with a variety of local organizations. She is the mother of two teenage children.

Tia Walsh, Treasurer

Tia Walsh is a Chartered Accountant with a Masters degree in accounting. She brings to our Board financial and accounting expertise derived from her 18 years in the accounting profession. Tia is a Partner at Walsh King LLP and has extensive expertise in working and volunteering with not-for-profit organizations. She recently finished a 6-year term as treasurer and director of the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver. As a single professional woman with two children Tia is committed to the goals of Cause We Care.

Tanis Goldman, Outreach Services

Tanis Goldman brings marketing and development strategy expertise to bear on issues of Cause We Care’s community outreach and fundraising efforts. A lifelong believer in community participation, Tanis has volunteered with a number of charitable organizations. Her passion for women’s and children’s rights drive her commitment to Cause We Care, where she manages CWCF’s three annual supply drives. Tanis is married and has one child.

Vandana Varshney Lecky, Fundraising

Vandana Varshney Lecky was born and raised in Vancouver. Upon obtaining her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, Vandana worked as a Senior Investment Advisor at Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management for 19 years. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of York House School, an independent day school for girls in Vancouver. She previously served on the Board of Endeavour Society for the Benefit of the Arts, Sciences and Health, and was also a member of the 2008 Arts Umbrella Gala committee.  In 2008, she emceed UBC’s Centennial Celebration in recognition of the University’s supporters and donors, a milestone event as it was the largest-ever gathering of UBC donors. Vandana has been providing her fundraising expertise to Cause We Care Foundation since 2009. She is married with three children and is committed to service and giving back to the community in which she lives.

Shannon Bosa Yacoub, Director

Shannon Bosa Yacoub is an entrepreneur with 15 years experience in the hospitality industry. Born and raised in Vancouver, Shannon has been an avid supporter of local charities. Since 2009, Shannon has organized the Table for 2000, which, together with Union Gospel Mission, feeds 2000 people from the downtown eastside each December. In 2010, with Shannon’s lead, the Glowbal Group added an annual summer barbeque that feeds 5000. She became involved with Cause We Care because it has the ability to make a direct and personal impact on women’s lives. Shannon is married and a mother of two children.

Susie Wall, Director

Susie Wall has been a fixture in the national fashion and pop culture industry for the last fifteen years. As a broadcaster and columnist for outlets including CTV’s eTalk, Chatelaine, FLARE and CityTV, she brings with her a unique experience as both a voice and role model in the Canadian media landscape. Born and raised in Victoria, Susie holds a degree in Communications from Queen’s University. As a parent of two children and a public figure, Susie cares deeply for the community around her and is passionate about improving the present and future for single mothers in need.

Naudia Maché, Director

Naudia Maché graduated from Ryerson University earning a BAAID and has extensive expertise in the area of interior design and residential project management. Her support of programs and initiatives to help women and children in our community is widespread. Naudia is an advocate of charities, which empower women to rebuild their lives. She is a generous supporter of a variety of charitable institutions both locally and abroad. Naudia is married and a mother of two children.

Lisa Skakun, Director

Lisa Skakun brings 15 years of legal and corporate governance experience to Cause We Care. She has a law degree, a Master of Laws degree in business law and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors Director Education Program. A strong advocate of giving of your time, skills and energy, Lisa has volunteered for many charitable organizations, co-chaired the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s “judy&company Leader’s Cabinet” and currently sits on the Board of Governors for Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She is honoured to have the opportunity to contribute to an organization aimed at directly impacting and improving the lives of woman and children living in poverty. Lisa is married and a stepmother to two teenage boys.

Heidi Benson, Director

Heidi Benson has worked in the field of community education and social work for the past 15 years. A graduate of the UVIC school of social work, Heidi is currently employed by the Vancouver Board of Education as a Community Schools Coordinator.  Heidi is passionate about poverty, single parenting and the affects of family violence as they relate to women and children.   Heidi is married with two children and she lives in North Vancouver.

Annabel Hawksworth, Director

Annabel Hawksworth founded Vancouver-based Hawksworth Communications in 2006. Launching her career in London, UK, Annabel moved to Vancouver in 2000, where she completed a six-year tenure as Communications Director with BC’s leading Top Table Restaurant Group. Annabel now heads up one of the most respected PR firms in the city. Annabel is honoured to join the board of Cause We Care and to support such a valid and meaningful cause that resonates with so many mothers from all walks of life. There’s a lot to be said for the old saying “it takes a village to raise a child” and Cause We Care helps improve the lives of many living in our community.

Our Mission

A Vancouver-based registered charitable foundation, Cause We Care's mission is directed to marginalized single mothers and their children living in our community. We are committed to supporting resources and programs that strengthen their ability to achieve a better quality of life.