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Founder and Director

Jim Crescenzo

After a 37 year career in education, Jimmy wanted to continue to serve the community he calls home. Every endeavour, every cause, must have a driving force, and in the East End Boys Club, that unstoppable, never-ending force is Jimmy Crescenzo. He is not only the Executive Director but personally takes on many other roles, from driver, to counsellor, to mentor, to leader of our community. His very unique hands-on approach ensures that our boys do not fall through the cracks. His firm commitment to seeing the boys succeed and complete a trades training program or post-secondary education are his genuine ambitions for the boys he serves.

Mentor, Real Estate Agent

John Patricelli

John has been instrumental in helping build and sustain our Boys Club Programs at Templeton, and John Oliver Secondary schools. He is an admirable mentor as he has overcome many personal adversities and is now a successful businessman and realtor who is in the top 10% of his industry. John is the recipient of the Realtor’s Care Award for 2018, one of only 14,000 realtor’s receives this award annually. He is also the Lead Facilitator for Camp Choice and gives freely of his time to help individuals in recovery. 

Mentor, Film Instructor

Levente Mihalik

Levente graduated from Templeton’s Boys Club and Film Program. He was one of several students who received financial sponsorship from the EEBC for his Undergraduate Degree. He won the Outstanding Practicum Award for Inspiring Educators and is now teaching with the VSB. Levente was recently honoured as one of "B.C.’s most enterprising young business leaders” in the 2019 BC Business 30 Under 30 list.

Actor, Kick Boxing World Champion

Jerry Trimble

Jerry “Golden Boy” Trimble is the former PKA and PKC World Kickboxing Champion of the World who has since been inducted into the Kickboxing Hall of Fame. He is currently a film and TV actor. Jerry is also a Motivational Youth Speaker who empowers teens to get out of their comfort zone, discover their gifts and go after their dreams. Jerry uses his real-life experiences as proof that if an insecure, fearful, bullied teen like he was can make his dreams come true, anyone can.

Mentor, Film Instructor

Matthew Kennedy

Matthew is another Templeton alumni. He graduated from UBC’s Theatre and Film Program. An accomplished actor, Matthew joined forces with Levente Mihalik and together they created a new film company called, Young Moviemakers. Matthew is the head of the Film Department at Mulgrave School in West Vancouver. He will be instructing our elementary students during our Summer Film Camp in July 2019.

Teacher, Boxing World Champion

Manny Sobral

Manny is the former Canadian and IBO Super Welterweight Champion of the World who also represented Canada at the 1988 Olympic Summer Games. He is a former student of Jim Crescenzo’s at Templeton Secondary and now teaches for the Vancouver School Board, where he works with highly at-risk students in their SUMMIT program.

Mentor, Engineer

Pranav Menon

Pranav is an alumni from UBC’s Engineering program. As someone that is passionate about entrepreneurship, he has left his mark at UBC by creating a campus-wide peer driven entrepreneurship service to support early stage entrepreneurs, to working at Microdermics (a medical device venture), and finally - working with UBC engineers and researchers to build companies that bring green technologies out into the world. His purpose in life is to always make an impact on the communities around him.

Sergeant, VPD

Kevin Torvik

Kevin is also a Templeton, alumni. His passion for helping our boys is recognized through his commitment to attending our meetings and arranging powerful guest speakers who teach our boys resilience and commitment to goals. Kevin has mentored many EEBC boys who’ve had challenges with the law. His interventions and guidance have been invaluable. Our boys have developed a more positive view of the police in general, as a result of their interactions with Kevin. Kevin truly exemplifies the model of a “neighbourhood cop” through his commitment to establishing a trusting relationship between the force and the boys.

Mentor, Realtor

Phil Moore

Phil Moore has been a realtor with RE/MAX Central Burnaby for over 30 years and has served as the Immediate Past President of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver for the last 8 years. Phil is also a former policeman for the Vancouver Police Department.

Mentor, Drama Teacher

Tanya Zambrano

Tanya is a Drama Teacher at Templeton Secondary and is involved in supporting the EEBC theatrical productions as a Production Manager. She is also the Teacher Sponsor of the Girls Club course at Templeton.

Film Producer, Stunt Co-Ordinator

Danny Virtue

Danny is one of the most influential people in the Film and TV Industry. He was the recipient of the 2016 Motion Picture Production Industry Association Community Builder Award. Danny is President of the Virtue Foundation and is passionate about helping marginalized young people to find solutions to life’s adversities. Danny will be working with EEBC with our Film Industry Job Entry Program. His knowledge of the industry is unparalleled in Canada and through these contacts, Danny can offer the EEBC a virtual phonebook of experts willing to mentor our boys.

Film Teacher

Corin Browne

Corin has worked with Jim Crescenzo and the Templeton Film Program since 1997. Many of our boys have worked with Corin to produce films that have won top awards in City, Provincial, National and International Festivals. Corin is teaching our Film Program during the school year and has taught the Indigenous Film Project Camp in July 2018. Corin is also coming back to direct our play in the summer of 2019.

Educational and Trauma Therapist

Tina Crescenzo

Tina was a teacher in the Burnaby School District for 30 years, first as a French Immersion teacher and later as a Learning Support teacher, working with children with special needs and Learning Disabilities. Tina is trained at the Master’s level and has thousands of hours of clinical practice. Tina is the author of the Diagnostic Emergent Reading Assessment and Writing Frames for All Learners. She is trained in NARM (Neuro Affective Relational Model) and Neuro-Touch, for healing developmental trauma and in Somatic Experiencing for shock trauma recovery.

Community Worker, Minister

Dominic Peluso

Dominic gives many hours of his time to the EEBC in a variety of ways. He is a former graduate of Templeton Secondary and understands the challenges our boys face. Dominic also has a ministry called Heal the Kids which provides access to clean water, medicine and education to children in Brazil and Africa.

Director, Dramaturgist

Mike Stack

Mike Stack is an award-winning actor, director, writer and theatre educator with over 30 years of experience. He has been including our boys in creating new works and plays which have relevance to our young people. Mike is currently teaching the EEBC Theatre program which runs during the school year and will again head up the Summer Shakespeare Theatre Camp.

Indigenous Carver, Teacher

Dave Robinson

Dave is leading the Medical Wheel Puzzle Project with our EEBC members. As an indigenous carver and sculptor, Dave brings first-hand expertise to our boys both Indigenous and those from other cultures. We wanted to do our part in addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action by involving our boys in this year-long learning opportunity. 

Mentor, Actor

Ali Chaudhry

Ali is an actor and also works in the finance industry for the community centred credit union Vancity. He has coached basketball for his community and was a coach at Camp Choice Summer Camps. Ali is a former student of Jim Crescenzo’s Theatre, Film and East End Boys Club programs.

Mentor, Firefighter

Mark Curtin

Mark Curtin is a North Vancouver firefighter with 11 years of service. His wife is a high school teacher and together they have two children, ages 10 and12.

Mentor, Quality Control Technician

Hugo Aparicio

Hugo Aparicio is a Quality Control Technician for Lafargeholcim Ltd and a former student of Jim Crescenzo’s Theatre, Film and East End Boys Club programs.

Mentor, Teacher

Jun Kim

Jun is a teacher for the Burnaby School District and an award-winning filmmaker. He has a deep connection with community outreach as his parents served over 10 years as missionaries.

Executive Coach

Jill Sinclair

Jill Sinclair is an Executive Coach, Author, TEDx/ International Keynote Speaker who gets her clients past their success blockers with proven business strategies. She’s the founder of Hustler Sophisticate Speaker Series and Business Bootcamps and also founded the young adult initiative, Head Start with Jill.

UBC Adjunct Professor

Peter Katsionis

Peter is a retired secondary school history teacher who received the Government of Canada History Award in 2016 and the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013. Peter pioneered on-line and blended learning in B.C. and has presented papers on using technology in the classroom here and in Atlanta. We are pleased to have Peter as the instructor for our Study Skills and Training for Better Grades Program. Peter brings years of experience to his work and his positive rapport with our boys helps them to stay motivated and engaged in their studies.

Theatre Director

Kevin Bennet

Born and raised in Vancouver Canada and based in London UK, Kevin is a theatre director who is proud of his East Van roots. After graduating from Templeton Secondary in 2006 and Langara College’s Studio 58 theatre program in 2009, he got his start as an assistant director for two seasons at Canada’s Stratford Festival. Shortly after his time in Stratford, Kevin began working with Shakespeare’s Globe theatre as an associate director on The Merchant of Venice starring Jonathan Pryce. He currently lives in London where he works as a freelance theatre director and continues to travel the world to direct and teach acting. This past year Shakespeare’s Globe has sent Kevin to the USA, China and India.