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.