Executive Director: Matthew Smedley
Rev. Matthew Smedley currently serves as the Executive Director & CEO of Mission Possible in Vancouver, BC. Over the past 10 years, Matt has helped Mission Possible transition its programming from offering basic street-level care to being a leading community economic development organization in Vancouver’s downtown eastside.
Matt has served as a pastor in the inner city and has over 5 years of experience working in the trades. He holds a graduate certificate from SFU in Community Economic Development, has done coursework in theology and sociology, and has a B.S. from Cairn University.
He lives in Vancouver with his wife, daughter and three sons.
Board of Directors
Kris Alexander was raised in North Vancouver, and currently resides in Gastown where he has lived for 8 years. In 2012 he opened the Imperial with a couple of friends, located on the corner of Main & Hastings. Aside from the Imperial, Kris owns a family business in the renovation/construction field, Long Life Windows and Doors, specializing in windows and door replacement and installation.
Chair: David Emri is a Principal of the Emri Group - a private investment company based in Vancouver. After being involved with non-profits in Africa... David felt drawn to get involved locally as well. David was drawn to Mission Possible by a shared passion of lives being transformed.
Jason Evanow was born and raised in North Vancouver BC. Shortly after getting married Jason decided to partner with his brother in the family business. After joining the business Jason found an environment with great potential and enjoyed the challenging industry Pacific Restaurant Supply was rooted in. Jason is currently the CEO and part owner of Pacific Restaurant Supply. He is rooted in East Vancouver, working in the heart of Strathcona.
Treasurer: Jonathan Gibson is a CPA at Loewen Kruse, a local firm that specializes in tax planning for mid-sized businesses and charity audits. Previously, he worked at World Vision's US headquarters. and while there, he worked with the major donor development team on their first $500 million capital campaign.
Helen Jackson is the Sales Manager for bulk packaging at Norseman Inc. in Langley. Having spent almost 20 years with the company, she is proud of the relationships she has built with her colleagues and customers. Helen’s volunteer experience spans 30 years. She has worked at several shelters and raises funds for the Children’s Hospital, Jaaja Barb’s House of Angels and the MS Society. For the past 10 years she has led a group of dedicated volunteers cook a fabulous five course meal at a Sunday Night Community Dinner in Surrey. Helen resides in Langley.
Mark Kennedy owns Blackfish Accounting and has been a valued addition to the Board of Directors, especially related to the growth of Mission Possible's social enterprises. He is a logstanding volunteer and Board Member at Mission Possible.
Secretary: Leslie McAusland has been involved with Mission Possible since 1997 and has served on the board numerous times, currently since 2007. Les is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and is currently the Manager of Transitional Housing & Support Services for The Salvation Army Belkin House located in Downtown Vancouver and serves as one of their chaplains.