Meet the NEW Team
Blanket BC Society was officially incorporated in 2010. We have a wonderful team of talented and passionate directors who make a valuable contribution to our cause on a daily basis. We are very grateful for the talent, skills and expertise that each team member brings to the group and the goals of the Society as a whole - without whom none of our successes would have been possible.
Left to Right: Vanessa Valentyne, Tony Ivan O'Hara, Gregory Ould, Cory Laviolette, Katherine Vinokour, Meledy Laviolette, Brian Ould and Suzan Noori.
Gregory Ould Co-Founder, Executive Director
Gregory, a former comedic actor and salesman, started collecting blankets with his son Benjamin over nine years ago. Since then, and with the help of community partners, they've managed to collect and distribute over 250,000 blankets to date! Greg's energetic eight year old daughter "Little Miss" Emma is also an active participant and is Blanket BC's youngest "Blanket Ambassador". Along with Greg's passion of helping others, he continues to coach wrestling when he can and also enjoys working as a Canada Line Attendant on the Canada Line, Vancouver's World class transit operator. Mr. Ould has also successfully enlisted their support in collecting blankets from commuters for the past six years. This popular drive is called Blanket BC's "Drive on the Line" campaign. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson proclaimed November 26 as the official Blanket BC Society Day!
"I am honoured to have the love and support of my family and friends...I would like to thank everyone who has helped me in my journey. I welcome others to join in and enjoy this road to help others in need." -Greg
Contact Gregory @ email@example.com or call 778-242-9940
Benjamin Ould Co-Founder, Honorary Director
Ben, now 13 years old and currently a grade seven student, was the catalyst that helped create the spirit of Blanket BC. As a project, Ben went with his dad helping to collect blankets for the homeless at the tender age of 2! In February of 2013, Ben was mentioned in the House of Commons as "one of the youngest founders of a nonprofit in Canadian history!"
From the beginning, Ben has shown a unique sense of sharing and helping others. It is exactly this attitude which instills the core values of Blanket BC; generosity, pride and altruism.
Ben's giving demeanor has been a great source of inspiration to family (including his little sister Emma) and peers alike. We continuously learn from Ben, and his behavior and love for volunteering is what motivates so many to help others to do the same, which in turns creates Beautiful Communities!
Ben is an avid sports enthusiast and shares his passion of soccer with his sister. He's also an award winning baseball and soccer player and loves spending time hanging out with his many friends.
" I think it's important to volunteer because it makes you feel good and happy! It also make others feel good and happy!" - Ben
Suzan Noori Director
Suzan has been a member of Blanket BC since 2010. She plays a vital part in planning and executing Blanket BC's annual "Drive on the Line" campaign. Suzan is an important member of the Board of Directors and we are very pleased to have her as part of the team. Suzan is an avid volunteer, volunteering three days week in the psychiatric units for two hospitals. She works with people who have Mental Health issues doing various activities and exercises with them or sometimes just talking to them. Her passion in life is Mental Health and she is currently pursuing her degree in that field.
It is important to remember that homelessness isn't a way of life for most people, it's a situation that some people find themselves in because of lack of proper support and guidance.
"Thank you for inviting me to join your team where I can contribute to the team with the skills I have learned thus far in school." - Suzan
Contact Suzan @ suzan.noori@BlanketBC.org
Katherine Vinokour Director
Katherine is a student at University of British Columbia, who got involved with Blanket BC in 2012 while volunteering at the annual “Drive on the line”. Since then, she has been volunteering at many Blankets BC events and has become a member on the Board of Directors. Katherine feels a strong responsibility to aid those less fortunate than her and to give back to the community any way she can. She regularly donates blood, and volunteers at her sister’s day care. When she's not studying or volunteering, she can invariably be found being charitable. Katherine’s passion is health and well-being and she is currently working at a walk- in and family practice clinic. She believes that sometimes the smallest things can make a difference: from a simple assist to get on the bus or a blanket to someone who's cold.