Meet Gary & the Board

Every great organization has a team that works diligently behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly. Moving Forward is no exception. At the core of our team is the dedicated leadership of our Board of Directors. Read on to learn more about these talented individuals!

Executive Director: Gary Thandi

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Gary is the Executive Director of Moving Forward Family Services. He holds a Master of Social Work and during his career he has worked in all areas of mental health services in BC as a probation officer, counsellor, hospital social worker, program manager and researcher. Throughout these experiences, he was frustrated by the inaccessibility of mental health supports and the silos preventing collaboration between support services. Gary saw a problem and worked tirelessly to create a solution. He founded Moving Forward Family Services with the goal of providing low-barrier counselling services with a focus on prevention and accessibility.


President: Dr. Balbir Gurm 


Dr. Gurm is an experienced and award winning educator and researcher. Her cross disciplinary background allows her to teach in health programs and influence policy. She is a member of several advisory boards and committees for numerous community initiatives. Her strong connections, long record of exemplary service, and dedication to Moving Forward’s success make her an excellent asset to the team.


Treasurer: Rani Gill 
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Rani joins us with 30+ years of experience as a CMA/CPA and significant experience with the Indo-Canadian Women’s Organization, a local non-profit. ICWO’s vision is to encourage and promote participation by new Canadians in social, economic, and political life in Canada. They provide settlement assistance, education and skill building programs, mentorship opportunities, and women’s rights advocacy to Indo-Canadian women. She raised three beautiful children while furthering her career and is now is excited by the opportunity to contribute to her local community as a board member of Moving Forward.


Secretary: Ansari Shaikh Abdul (Sam) Mohamed 

sam photoSam brings an intern’s perspective to the Board. After a decade-long career in banking and financial services, he made a bold change and followed his dreams of working in mental health services. He is currently a student at Stenberg College and completing his practicum at Moving Forward. He is passionate about helping others and is excited by this opportunity to serve.


Member at Large: Denise Sargent 
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Originally from the UK, Denise has called Vancouver home for over 15 years. She recently joined ICBC as an IT Director and previously worked at HSBC in global business and group data services.  She brings these technology and teamwork skills to the Board. She is inspired by the positive difference Moving Forward makes in our client’s lives and finds our model’s simplicity refreshing.


Role of the Board

This talented group of individuals governs and guides Moving Forward. They donate their time and energy to develop and supervise Moving Forward’s policies and services. They work under the provisions of the Societies Act, ensuring that their work is always in service of the community’s best interests.


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead



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