Our Board x2
Universal Outreach is a humanitarian organization dedicated to providing quality educational opportunities and economic development initiatives. We work with both a board of directors and a board of advisors to achieve our goals.
Kent Bubbs Sr
Founder and President
After starting his first business at the age of 15 and following with a dozen more over the ensuing 45 years, Kent has settled into doing what he loves most; working on behalf of the UOF community. His business administration education and entrepreneurship experiences led him to the creation of UOF, 20 years ago, under the business principles that made his companies successful. This mandate has led to industry low operating expenses with all outside donations going into productive projects and programs.
Kent Bubbs Jr
Kent Bubbs Jr. is currently the board chair of Universal Outreach Foundation and is based in Liberia, West Africa. Kent has been working with UOF since 2008 and focuses his attention on program development. His dedication to the concept of equality in the world is his motivation for creating programs that are accountable, transparent, efficient and effective. Kent has 14 years experience in development work and holds certificates from the University of British Columbia in International Development and Project Management.
With over twenty years of experience in both the retail and not for profit sector Landis uses her gift for storytelling, photography and marketing to encourage people to give back to the world and see each other's successes as our own. She has spent the past 14 years in Liberia and fondly refers to it as home. Landis studied at the University of Regina and continued her education with courses in photography, graphic design and development work.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Board Chair and Country Director
Secretary and Communications
Kelly Van Unen
At the age of 23, Kelly and her husband started their own interior design business and after 16 successful years in business, they decided to give it away and get off the treadmill, realizing they wanted more out of life than just business success. Being a mother of two boys has helped Kelly to focus on what is important in her life: communication, love, and compassion. Her volunteer work with her family’s charity, Universal Outreach Foundation, has provided her with a whole new way of thinking and opened doors to the reality of life globally. Kelly volunteered in Liberia in 2013 and has made several volunteer trips to Honduras.
Sam has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo with HEAL Africa and with Lt. Gen Roméo Dallaire at the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative as a researcher and facilitator. Sam has been part of the Universal Outreach Foundation family since 2013 when he came to Liberia and volunteered. Sam earned his BA in International Development Studies and History from Dalhousie University and an MBA in Sustainable Business Practices from the University of Oregon.
Anne first went to West Africa as a volunteer in 1980 and ended up working there for 40 years. She is an international development professional with particular experience in community-based natural resource management. She has been working in Liberia since 2014 on the conservation of the Gola Forest where she sees first hand the impact of Universal Outreach.
In her 15 years as a dedicated teacher with the West Vancouver School District, Mariam has prioritized teaching her students to be conscious global citizens. Mariam is passionate about service learning and has travelled with her high school students to contribute to international service projects. Mariam volunteered in Liberia in 2013.
For over 30 years, Ian Rose was a trusted senior advisor to major organizations across North America, Europe, S.E. Asia, Africa and the Middle East, helping to solve their organizational problems and to create their human resource management and development strategies. His website (www.ibrconsulting.net) is still accessible, even though he left the business world 15 years ago to help support UOF’s efforts in Honduras, and later in Liberia.
Andy Szocs founded the successful company Norpac Controls which he transitioned to its employees in 2000. Now retired, Andy is an active philanthropist who has transferred his skills in sales, marketing to help a multitude of charities expand their impact. Andy resides in Whistler and has 2 sons and 5 grandchildren. Andy was born in Flin Flon Saskatchewan and studied engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. Andy is pleased to have Universal Outreach as one of the charities he advises.
A resident of West Vancouver, Roy was CEO of a fully integrated fishing, seafood and frozen food business with operations in Southern Africa, Australia, Argentina, Chile, sales offices in North America and Europe. He held independent directorships in consumer goods businesses and two Children's hospitals in South Africa. Roy shares his knowledge with Universal Outreach Foundation and sits on its board of advisors.
Meet Our Board of Advisors
Rick Barichello is a professor in the Food and Resource Economics group at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. His early education took place on his family’s dairy farm in Langley BC, but has since worked on analyzing government policies affecting agriculture and rural areas in Canada and developing countries. This work aims to provide local decision-makers with the information to choose policies that are the most efficient, equitable and effective on the ground for meeting their country’s objectives, such as sustainable development and the reduction of poverty. He has worked on economic development issues since 1981 in 14 mostly Asian countries.
Now retired, Bob enjoyed a stimulating career in Canada’s financial services industry. This included a short career in banking followed by 18-year commitments in stock brokerage and management at Dominion Securities Inc. and finally, investment management/ counselling at Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd. where he led the development of its private client division. In retirement, his interest in helping others achieve their financial goals has evolved into volunteering activities in the North Shore community including Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, Capilano University and Universal Outreach Foundation.
Now happily retired, Christiane served as the Chief Operating Officer of the BC Medical Association for over 10 years. She has always been involved in philanthropic projects both locally and internationally. For many years she was active in an education and agricultural training project in rural Western Honduras. She has also served on the board of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation in Burnaby. She currently serves on the board of Saint John Paul II Academy in Surrey and has recently joined the advisory committee of Universal Outreach Foundation.
Robert G. Wyckham is Emeritus Professor of Marketing, Faculty of Business Administration, Simon Fraser University. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. As a consultant, Dr Wyckham has worked for organizations in the private, public and cooperative sectors. He founded and been involved in the management a number of entrepreneurial ventures in the construction, travel, newspaper, ski resort and coffee industries. In West Vancouver, Robert was a twice-elected Alderman; was Chairman of the Library Board of Trustees, was founder and Chairman of the Library Foundation, was founder and Chairman of the Citizens for Good Government. He currently dedicates his time to leading Bikes for Girls for World Bicycle Relief and advising Universal Outreach Foundation.