Who We Are
YNOTFORTOTS is a charity established in 2015 to provide children in the Greater Vancouver and Lower Mainland area with the best opportunity to play, to learn and to grow.
OUR VISION: For all children in British Columbia to be able to access the resources needed to maximize their capacity to play, to learn and to grow.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT: To enrich the lives of children by providing them with access to the educational and recreational resources they need and deserve.
Board of Directors:
Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder: Mohit Sodhi
Mohit has a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from UBC and a Masters degree in Neuro-Ophthalmology from UBC. He is an author who has been published in some of the world’s top medical journals. He has also dedicated years working with children with autism as a behavioral interventionist and working in a private pediatric physiotherapy clinic for children with disabilities. His 19 year old sister, who has Cerebral Palsy and autism, is his pride and joy and inspires him to make positive changes in the world. He is also a volunteer at the Canadian Cancer Society Camp Goodtimes as a camp leader and editor of their newsletter. He currently works at BC Children’s Hospital in the Department of Surgery (Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery) where he co-founded the Global Choking Prevention Week. He also works in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at VGH and is an ophthalmology technician at the Downtown Eastside Eye Care Clinic as well as for an ophthalmologist at St. Paul’s Hospital. He also is a fully certified Emergency Medical Responder and event paramedic who has provided medical coverage for over 60 different mass gathering events. He was also the recipient of UBC’s most prestigious leadership accolade, the Nestor Korchinsky Award 2018 and a 2017 nominee of the coveted Giving Heart Awards for his work with YNOTFORTOTS. He hopes to advance the field of neurology through a career path of a clinician scientist.
Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder: Lindsay Richter
Lindsay Richter has a BSc in Microbiology and Immunology and a Master’s degree in Neonatal Medicine both from UBC. She works at BC Women’s Hospital in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She loves working with children and has taught swimming lessons for years to all ages. She enjoys volunteering with the kids at BC Children’s Hospital, the Canadian Cancer Society Camp Goodtimes and the PlayWorks Pediatric Physiotherapy Clinic. She also volunteers in the community with newborns and mothers who have been recently diagnosed with postpartum depression. She is passionate about obstetrics and neonatology but also enjoys the thrill of emergency medicine. After dedicating years to lifeguarding, Lindsay furthered her training to become a BC licensed Emergency Medical Responder and works as an event paramedic at several community and large-scale events across the province. In her spare time, she loves boxing, barre, and yoga. Lindsay is a 2017 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards nominee and won the 2018 Friedman Award for Scholars in Health. In the future, Lindsay aspires to become a neonatologist and have an impact in children’s lives right from birth.
Board Member: Jamie Shorter
Jamie Shorter has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Certificate in Legal Studies from Simon Fraser University and is currently completing a law degree at Queen Mary University of London. She was recently awarded a scholarship from The School of Law for her high level of academic achievement and community involvement. She is passionate about volunteering and has dedicated her time to numerous non-profit legal clinics who provide equal access to justice for low income individuals and assisting with community programming by Correctional Service Canada. Jamie enjoys working with children, she continues to work for City of Coquitlam, focusing her attention on recreational programming for children and youth. Currently, Jamie is panel member with Tower Hamlets Youth Justice Team, volunteering with youth on Referral Orders in London. Jamie hopes to continue her passion for social inequality, criminology and law, by pursuing a career in criminal law.
Board Member: Conrad Bayley
Conrad is completing his MD at the University of Alberta, and holds a BSc in Pharmacoimmunology from UBC. He is a published researcher at a Canadian pharmaceutical company, and hopes that his project will one day help children around the world. In alignment with his passion for assisting children in need, he has traveled to two developing nations in Central America to build and restore four playgrounds in impoverished communities. Conrad also believes in taking a more personal approach to influencing children through volunteering at summer camps, teaching skiing to people with disabilities, providing free tutoring programs, and pioneering the hugely successful Master’s Mentorship Program. Despite his clear focus on the younger generation, Conrad is also heavily involved with senior members in society through his volunteering at Vancouver General Hospital, Point Grey Private Hospital, and the Gerard Raymond center. Conrad has been contributing to the YNOTFORTOTS Society for over three years, and in 2016 he founded UBC YNOTFORTOTS to expand the positive influence of this life-changing organization.