Our Team

Board Members

Susan Cao Balcaceres - CEO and Marketing Director
CEO and Marketing Director

Susan Cao

Susan is a Project Manager of a metal building manufacturing company. Susan’s drive for charity work comes from being a mother and remembering her early years as an immigrant to Canada.

Susan appreciates her parents' sacrifices when they escaped Vietnam by boat to seek a better life. She saw her father's strength, perseverance and work ethics as he did physical work in Alberta's cold temperatures to provide for his family with the basic necessities. Even then, her mom taught her generosity by saving what little they had to give to those less fortunate than them.

She is grateful to have friends and family who support her charitable projects. Her first few projects focused on helping orphans and disabled children in Vietnam. Later on, she extended her giving to ailing seniors, abandoned people, and underprivileged families in different parts of the world.

Susan believes that there are no boundaries to charity work. All the projects that she accomplished before 2014 have been the heart and soul that have created Generously Giving Back.

Rebecca Marcil - President and Communications Director
President and Communications Director

Rebecca Marcil

Rebecca is currently a Business Analyst/Project Manager for the Government of Alberta, but have over 15 years’ experience in various roles in I.T.

Rebecca has also seen her family's early struggles after arriving in Canada. She feels lucky to have been able to pursue academic, professional and personal goals. Now, she gets personal satisfaction from lessening the hardships that those less fortunate face in their daily lives.

Sharla Lupul - Treasurer
Treasurer

Sharla Lupul

Sharla brings a solid financial background to her role as Treasurer with her CPA credentials. She ensures GGB acts ethically, complies with all regulatory agencies, and is accountable to our members and many generous donors. Sharla has ten years’ experience working for Canada Revenue Agency as an Auditor followed by several years' experience as a Financial Investigator with AGLC.

Sharla is inspired by how generous people are and strives to ensure that the funds entrusted to GGB are accounted for accurately and in the best interest of the donors.

Goodwill Ambassadors

Our Goodwill Ambassadors have first-hand experience with the region, communities, and people, and are held to the highest level of accountability of our funds.

They travel long distances, and often to remote areas, to personally deliver food, clothing, basic necessities, and other items to the beneficiaries of our projects - children, seniors, families and communities.

They are chosen for their high level of ethics, reliableness, trustworthiness, project management skills, compassion, and respectfulness.   Our Ambassadors pay 100% of their own travel and accommodation expenses when conducting any GGB project.

Tran Thi Chi Lan - GGB's Goodwill Ambassador
Goodwill Ambassador

Tran Thi Chi Lan

Chi Lan lives in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam, is an accountant by profession, and a mother of two, a boy and a girl. To her, charity is not huge work, or anything extra special.

She organizes multiple charity trips a year to the unreachable villages and mountainous areas to distribute packaged necessities for the local people in need. Chi Lan is one of our direct liasons from Canada to Vietnam and is our project puzzle finisher.

She believes that even though we think our lives are difficult, we are still richer and have more opportunities for a better life than most people. As she puts it, “If we do not care, then who will? If each person can share just a little bit, then it will bring happiness to a lot of people.”

Carlos Gabriel Velasco
Goodwill Ambassador

Carlos Gabriel Velasco

Carlos was born in Ahuachapán, El Salvador, but now lives in San Salvador, El Salvador with his wife Irene Gonzalez, who is a physiotherapist, and six-year old lovely daughter, Montserrat.

He graduated from the Instituto Tecnologico Centro Americano (ITCA) as an Electrical Technical Engineer and currently works as an avionics technician for an international airline.

During his free time, he likes to drink coffee and being close to nature by keeping bees and planting trees.

Kim - Goodwill Ambassador for GGB
Goodwill Ambassador

Kim Borres

Kasim Kasim, Owner of Padmanadi Restaurant, Picture taken by Buffy Goodman
(Photo taken by Buffy Goodman)
Goodwill Ambassador

Kasim Kasim

Kasim is a humanitarian, philanthropist, music enthusiast, and owner of a very popular vegan restaurant, Padmanadi in Edmonton, Alberta. With his boundless energy, charismatic personality and winning smile, he makes instant friends with all who comes into his restaurant.

Kasim did not have an easy childhood growing up in Jakarta. He vowed that if he ever became successful, he would give back to those who are less fortunate than him. He has been true to his own promise.

Since the success of his first restaurant in Jakarta, he has given back to his community, locally and internationally. Following natural disasters in Burma, Thailand, Indonesia, and Nepal, he successfully fundraised to donate towards relief efforts. Because he cares about the well-being of people, he also travels to these countries to personally cook for them as well. GGB is proud to have Kasim as one our Goodwill Ambassadors.

Cristina-Para - Volunteer for GGB
Goodwill Ambassador

Cristina Orobio

Cristina is a Psychology graduate who is currently working with families through Children’s Services. She plans to continue her education by pursuing her Masters in either Counselling or Clinical Psychology. In the past, she has worked with children and adolescents who have autism, and she aspires to continue working with vulnerable young individuals.

Alongside of Generously Giving Back, she has volunteered for various organizations both locally and abroad. Her most memorable project so far was at an orphanage in Davao City, Philippines working with children who have various disabilities.

Cristina enjoys travelling, exploring new cities, and eating different types of food. She also loves to play volleyball and attend hot yoga classes. During her down time, she likes to express her art in the form of baking and decorating sweet treats. On weekends, you can find Cristina and hubby visiting local restaurants, cafes, and dessert shops all around the city – it’s their favourite thing to do!

MJ
Goodwill Ambassador

MJ Marquicias Borres

LIem
Goodwill Ambassador

Liem Banh

Liem was one of the founding members of GGB who has discovered that he enjoys helping at the front lines. He is a Volunteer and Goodwill Ambassador for GGB, a system administrator, and an avid recreational volleyball player.

Liem also enjoys camping, hiking, and general outdoor activities in the back country.

Sandra Butters - Generously Giving Back goodwill ambassador
Goodwill Ambassador

Sandra Butters

Partner

We have partnered with the Vietnamese Goodwill Scholarship Program (VGSP) to find qualified students for our GGB Scholarship Program.

 

Volunteers

Our amazing volunteers, who make our events so successful...and fun!
Moon Trueman
Amazing Volunteer

Moon Trueman

Moon Trueman is a pharmacist with CapitalCare. She is happy to be part of the Generously Giving Back family. She has volunteered and sat on boards for many non-profit charity organizations and is an active community member. She enjoys travelling and spending time with her husband and three teenage boys.

"I am so fortunate to live the life that I live right now. I feel that it’s important to do what is in our power to help those in need and to teach the life skills of love, compassion and empathy to our children, so that they can pass this onto future generations.”

Cherie
Amazing Volunteer

Cherie Vu

Dayami
Amazing Volunteer

Dayami Leavey

Sandra Oliver - Volunteer for GGB
Amazing Volunteer

Sandra

LIem
Amazing Volunteer

Liem Banh

Liem was one of the founding members of GGB who has discovered that he enjoys helping at the front lines. He is a Volunteer and Goodwill Ambassador for GGB, a system administrator, and an avid recreational volleyball player.

Liem also enjoys camping, hiking, and general outdoor activities in the back country.

Mostafa Moharram - Volunteer for GGB
Amazing Volunteer

Mostafa Moharram

Mostafa is studying at the U of A towards a degree in pharmacology, and hopes to continue his education afterwards by going to medical school. He loves learning about how science can be used to help solve health problems and that drives him to pursue medicine, and also it’s the motivation for him to volunteer with GGB.

He volunteers because he feels that he has the ability to do so much good with what he learns. Helping GGB is a small step towards his future career where he will get to help people all the time.

Outside of school, he loves to work out, go on walks, and has a black belt in taekwondo. He also spends way too much of his spare time playing video games.

Dave
Amazing Volunteer

David Carvalho

David is a NAIT graduate from the Civil Engineering Technology program and has been self-employed for over 18 years as a business owner and partner. He has over 25 years of experience in the engineering and drafting field with specialization in the precast concrete industry.

David is a proud dad to two beautiful girls and is a dog / animal lover. He enjoys spending time with family, friends, listening to music, watching movies or just sitting on a patio sipping coffee with friends. He loves the mountains, skiing, golfing, attending concerts, taking long walks, exploring sites while travelling and wasting time relaxing on a sunny beach.

“I believe we are so fortunate to live in such an inclusive, safe, tolerant, prosperous nation and community that it is an honour and privilege to be able to give back to those less fortunate among us and around the world. Especially in providing basic necessities to those in need while giving a hand up as well as supporting education initiatives in particular for women and girls all over the world.”

Izzy - volunteer for GGB
Amazing Volunteer

Isabelle Skovberg

Isabelle is a high school student, working towards the goal of obtaining a degree in social work, and eventually law.

She comes from a family of five and is very family orientated. She has interests in helping others as well as being an active part of her community. She believes GGB is an important part of her life and contributes to her community in helping others. GGB inspires her to continue to contribute positively to the world and be kind.

Her interests include fitness and working on cars with her dad. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, working out and reading. Isabelle shares the passion of helping others with those around her at GGB.

Jack Nguyen
Amazing Volunteer

Jack Nguyen

Thelicia Dang
Amazing Volunteer

Thelicia Dang

Thelicia is a single mother of four, grandmother of one and totally rocking both the roles of mom and dad! She works full time as a department manager. Between home life and work, she finds time to enjoy paddling with her OCC family.

She has been with GGB from the very beginning and volunteers when and however she can. One of the most important lessons she wants to teach her children is to generously give without any expectations. For Thelicia, giving is not only about money; it’s about time, kindness and heart. She is trying to lead by example, and believes that it all starts at home.

Cristina-Para - Volunteer for GGB
Amazing Volunteer

Cristina Orobio

Cristina is a Psychology graduate who is currently working with families through Children’s Services. She plans to continue her education by pursuing her Masters in either Counselling or Clinical Psychology. In the past, she has worked with children and adolescents who have autism, and she aspires to continue working with vulnerable young individuals.

Alongside of Generously Giving Back, she has volunteered for various organizations both locally and abroad. Her most memorable project so far was at an orphanage in Davao City, Philippines working with children who have various disabilities.

Cristina enjoys travelling, exploring new cities, and eating different types of food. She also loves to play volleyball and attend hot yoga classes. During her down time, she likes to express her art in the form of baking and decorating sweet treats. On weekends, you can find Cristina and hubby visiting local restaurants, cafes, and dessert shops all around the city – it’s their favourite thing to do!

Zee - GGB volunteer
Amazing Volunteer

Zee Flory