Kids Up Front Welcomes New Executive Director

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Kids Up Front Vancouver, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Shelley Leonhardt as Executive Director.

Being an accomplished business executive, Shelley offers a diverse background in both private and not for profit industries. In her many leadership roles, Shelley has guided individuals and organizations in defining strategies to increase productivity, develop strong internal and external communications, enrich client relations and enhance business development. Known as a “connector of people”, Shelley prides herself on building meaningful and long term relationships.

We are excited by the wealth of experience and enthusiasm Shelley brings to Kids UP Front Vancouver. Edie Doepker, President of the Board of Directors said of the appointment, “I’ve no doubt that Shelley Leonhardt is the dynamic professional with not-for-profit management experience that Kids Up Front Vancouver needs”.

At Kids Up Front, we believe that ALL children should be inspired through the Power of a Performance.  Kids Up Front provides uplifting experiences for children-in-need through the redistribution of donated tickets to Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sporting events.  These experiences can truly be life changing for some of them.

Currently we work with and support 128 partner agencies in the lower mainland and distribute over 39,000 tickets to the various events, including the Whitecaps, Lions, Canucks, Canadians, Giants, BC PavCo, Ballet BC, Arts Club, Vancouver Art Gallery and the Aquarium, just to name a few.

To enable Kids Up Front Vancouver to continue to make dreams come true for the kids and families we serve, we are holding our Annual Superheros Gala on September 24th at the Marriott Pinnacle. For more information, please call the office at 604-266-5437 or visit Please join us.


Run / Walk for the Kids! June 28 at Stanley Park

KUF 2015 Scotiabank Half-Marathon FINAL

For more information about the Vancouver Half-Marathon, please go to this link.

Thank you – Online Silent Auction Raised $1,850


Thank you – Ante Up for Kids Charity Poker Tournament Raised $10,500

KUFV Poker Poster 2015 final

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC Announce Kids Up Front as Official Community Partner

Kids Up Front Foundation (Vancouver) is proud to be named as one of Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s official community partners for the upcoming 2015 season. Through the Caps’ Community All-Stars program, participating organizations will donate 100 match tickets to Kids Up Front, enabling deserving kids to receive a life-changing experience at a ‘Caps match. Kids Up Front Executive Director, Roger Kayo confirms, “Vancouver Whitecaps FC have been a generous supporter of Kids Up Front since their entry into MLS, and we are thrilled to be recognized as one of their official community partners ”.

Kids Up Front will also be the community partner at the March 28, 2015 match at BC Place versus Cascadia Cup rivals Portland Timbers. Come and visit us at our booth on Terry Fox Plaza prior to the match!

Thank You: Superheroes for Kids Up Front


Thank you for supporting the Superheroes for Kids Up Front gala fundraiser on October 30, 2014! We are pleased to inform you that this event raised $104,000 to provide uplifting experiences for children in-need throughout Metro Vancouver.

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s gala!




Save the Date: SUPERHEROES for Kids Up Front



Stay tuned for more details on how to purchase tickets!






Holiday Card Contest Winners

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We are pleased to announce three entries have been selected as the winners of our 2014 Holiday Card Contest based on their originality, creativity, and use of materials and skill. Listed in order of their displayed cards, congratulations to Brianna (age 12), Diego (age 11) and Katy (age 7). Each winner receives a $50 Boston Pizza gift certificate, 3 Boston Pizza Kid Meal cards & 10 tickets to a BC Lion 2014 game.

This contest was open to all children and youth who are clients or members of Kids Up Front’s partner agencies. Eventually these colourful cards will be published, packaged, and sold to our individual and corporate supporters throughout Metro Vancouver as part of our annual fundraising efforts. All project proceeds are used to fill empty seats with smiling kids and families.

Again, thanks to all of the kids and families who spent time creating fantastic card art for the 2014 Holiday Card Contest. We appreciate it! We encourage all participants to try again in next year’s Holiday Card Contest.

Special thanks to our volunteer graphics specialist, Diane Ty; Boston Pizza for donating their gift certificates; and Rileys for donating their world-class printing solution.

If you are interested in supporting Kids Up Front with a purchase of these colourful cards, please contact the office at 604-266-5437 or via email.





Kids Up Front Vancouver Welcomes Angus Reid as an Ambassador

We are pleased to announce Angus Reid, recently retired BC Lions player and two-time Grey Cup Champion, has become an official Ambassador of Kids Up Front Vancouver.

AngusReid2014Angus is excited about joining Kids Up Front in this capacity, and helping underprivileged kids and their families throughout Metro Vancouver.

Kids Up Front Vancouver partners with over 107 child and family-serving charitable organizations to make sure a ticket never goes to waste. Together we ensure unused event tickets go into the hands of children and families who, living with a multitude of barriers, may otherwise never have this opportunity.

News Item: For Immediate Release
Questions? Contact: Roger Kayo, Executive Director
Tel: 604-266-5437

Kids Up Front Vancouver Announces New Members to their Board of Directors

Kids Up Front Vancouver  is  very pleased  to  announce the addition of three new members to the organization’s Board of Directors.

Joining as President of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Board of Directors is Edie Doepker. Edie is currently the President of Doepker – Brimacombe Group and brings to Kids Up Front Vancouver extensive expertise in the areas of strategic planning, management, stakeholder engagement, group facilitation and community development.  Edie replaces John Dalziel, who recently stepped down from his role as Board Chair for Kids Up Front Vancouver to concentrate on his role as National Chair for Kids Up Front Canada.

 Edie Doepker

Edie Doepker

President and Chair of the Board of Directors

Kids Up Front Foundation (Vancouver)

Joining as Vice President of the Executive Committee is Maury Kask.  Maury currently serves as Senior Vice President, Consumer Operations and Chief Customer Experience Officer for Westminster Savings. Maury brings to the Kids Up Front Board over 25 years of experience in various senior management roles in Canada, the United States and Europe and has an extensive background in community investment and sponsorship strategy.

 Maury Kask Westminster Savings Credit Union Photo Cropped

Maury Kask

Vice President

Kids Up Front Foundation (Vancouver)

 Also joining the Board of Directors is Robin Turnill. Robin brings over 15 years of management and consulting experience in both the private and public sector. Robin was previously the Chief Operating Officer for the Greater Vancouver Community Services Society and has held a number of senior Human Resources and Labour Relations roles in her career.

 Robin Turnhill

Robin Turnill

Board Director

Kids Up Front Foundation (Vancouver)

“We are very proud to have attracted strong individuals of Edie’s, Maury’s and Robin’s calibre to serve on the Board of Directors for Kids Up Front Vancouver,” said John Dalziel, National Chair Kids Up Front. “Working alongside our existing Board of Directors, the diverse background, passion for community involvement and proven leadership skills of these individuals will be invaluable in helping Kids Up Front Vancouver.”