Foundation Staff

Mel Zajac
Chairman
Mel’s present project The Zajac Ranch for Children is his most ambitious project yet. Mel’s drive, determination and devotion to his dream of creating a camp for children who otherwise would never have the opportunity to go to camp has become a reality.

View complete biography of Mel Zajac.

Carmen Zajac
President

Carmen began her career in the hospitality industry at the Pacific Palisades Hotel.  She went on to the realm of commercial real estate and property management and moved to Arizona, where she attained her Real Estate License as well as her Commercial Pilot’s License.

In 1986 and 1987, Carmen’s two brothers, Mel Jr. and Marty, tragically passed away in separate sporting accidents.  To honour their memories and create a family legacy of caring in our province her father, Mel Zajac Sr., founded the Mel Jr. & Marty Zajac Foundation.  The Zajac Foundation is committed to supporting seniors, children, and persons with special needs through innovative community projects focused on developing life long skills and independence.

For over 20 years, Carmen has served as the President of the Zajac Foundation.  She works closely with her father in the management of their various community initiatives, such as the Zajac Norgate House and the Zajac Ranch for Children.  Part of Carmen’s role as President is to meet with government officials, voluntary health organizations, corporations and service groups to ensure the development of the Zajac Ranch, which provides a unique camping opportunity for children with life threatening and chronic illnesses and disabilities.

Carmen lives in North Vancouver with her husband and two sons.

Graham George, CPA, CGA
Controller
Graham earned his accounting designation in 2008.  Upon completing his academic goals, Graham volunteered for many events and finance-related positions in the non-profit sector in his spare time.  He jumped at the opportunity to gain employment in a charity in 2015 and has enjoyed working in the sector ever since.  Graham enjoys working with the Zajac Ranch because of the positive and inspirational experiences that children have at the Ranch.  Aside from accounting, Graham enjoys the outdoors and regularly competes in running races (10km to full marathons).

Guy Paetkau, bCRE
Office Supervisor & Employee Liaison
Guy’s background includes Database Management, Donor Relations, Payroll, Accounting and Management. His passion and dedication for non-profit comes from making a difference in peoples’ lives. Working and being around children is a natural fit which stems from a large extended family of all ages.

Justin Mercier
Sales & Registration Coordinator

Justin grew up on a Ranch in Kamloops B.C. and moved to Vancouver in 2016.  He has a background in Hospitality and has many years of experience coaching horseback riding for children. He spent his childhood volunteering at a therapeutic riding club and has always dreamed of working in the non-profit sector.