The Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association (VBGA) is the joint operating partner—with the City of Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation (Park Board)—of the VanDusen Botanical Garden and the Bloedel Conservatory.

Our shared vision: We want the Garden and the Conservatory to be cherished locally and renowned internationally.

  • +Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association

    The Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association (VBGA) is a charitable not-for-profit, incorporated under the BC Societies Act.

    Our mission is to engage people of all ages and walks of life in the importance of biodiversity to our lives, and to foster a lifelong love of plants and gardens by virtue of their participation in our programs and services.

    Our charitable tax number is: 119281301 RR0001

  • +Our History

    The VBGA was created in 1966 by a group of gardening enthusiasts keen to see a public garden built on the site of the former Shaughnessy Golf Course. This group advocated and lobbied for the creation of what became the VanDusen Botanical Garden. Opened in 1975, the Garden has always had the VBGA looking out for its best interests.

    In 2013, the VBGA extended its relationship with Park Board by also becoming a joint operating partner of the Bloedel Conservatory.

    In our 40+ year collaboration, our respective responsibilities have largely stayed the same. Park Board is responsible for the maintenance and management of the facilities and collections at both sites, special events, rentals and marketing; the VBGA is responsible for educational programming, volunteer services, running the library and resource centre at the Garden, the website (vandusengarden.org) and select social media channels, and the membership program.

  • +Leadership

    The VBGA exists as the sum of all its parts. The incredible legacy of the founders of the VBGA and the Garden, and the long history of volunteer hours and financial support have brought us where we are today. We could not do what we do without the passionate commitment from all of us—donors, volunteers, partners, supporters and staff—who believe in the importance of the Garden and the Conservatory.

    Board of Directors (2018-2019)

    President – Don Zarowny
    Vice President – Janet Rhodes
    Treasurer – Christine McCaffrey
    Secretary – Paul Kluckner

    Terri Clark
    Ann-Marie Copping
    Vicky Earle
    Pamela Fayerman
    Edgar Hahn
    Rich Hankin
    Leslie Ann Ingram
    Dennis Johnston
    Norene Kimberley
    Catherine Kinahan
    Michael Murgatroyd
    Jasmine Sidhu
    Rachel Von Sturmer
    Angela White
    Susan Witter
    Francis Wong


    Stephen Shapiro
    Executive Director

    Lee Laxton
    Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors

    Balraj Kalkat
    Director of Finance

    Gillian Drake
    Director of Education

    Heidi Jakop
    Director of Volunteer Engagement

    Janene Preston
    Director of Membership Services

    Josh Coward
    Director of Development

    Simon Gee
    Assistant Director of Development

    Chantal Martin
    Assistant Director of Education

    Devon Deckant
    School Programs Manager

    Queeva (Caoime) Murray
    Marketing and Communications Manager

    Marina Princz

    Julia Gellman
    Adult Education Coordinator

    Hailey Moran
    Community Outreach Coordinator

    Lorelei Martell
    Member Services Coordinator

    Atsuko Shimizu
    Finance Assistant

    Elise Hall-Meyer
    Administrative Assistant

    Board and staff (Fall 2016)   
  • +Accountability

    In 2015, the VBGA board of directors voted to pursue accreditation under the Imagine Canada Standards Program—a set of 73 governance standards that reflect best practice in the areas of governance, financial management, fundraising, volunteer engagement and human resources. To date, more than 200 charitable and not-for-profit organizations across Canada have achieved accreditation.

    In keeping with these standards, you will find below some important documents and links that help demonstrate our commitment to governance excellence, accountability and transparency.

    Annual Reports

    Audited Financial Statements

    Registered Charity Information Return (T3010)

    You can view our annual filings with Canada Revenue Agency here.