A specialist in preventing and reducing trauma, Gaby studied Education then Counselling and Jewish Studies at Durham University UK, City University UK and Brandeis Bardin USA . With a particular focus on children and families, she has worked in victim services, bullying prevention, post-trauma and end of life support.
The daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Gaby was driven to manage large children’s charities and has written a range of books on preventing and reducing children’s trauma. Essentially a social zeitgeister, Gaby and her team researches to understand and approach psycho-social issues in novel ways. Gaby has developed 3 long-running innovative programmes which have fundamentally improved lives in the ares of bullying, dating and dying.
For RecordMeNow, seeing the impact of no history on her mother and a general lack of research on bereaved children, led Gaby to spend over 5 years extensively researching what over 100 bereaved kids, wished they knew from or about their parents, to support such kids in the future.
Gaby gives keynote talks locally and worldwide on what is crucial to leave for children, both from the perspective of the bereaved child and the dying person. Gaby fundamentally believes in sharing research and good practice. Her work propels people towards closure and empowerment. RecordMeNow’s free app fulfils a wish ‘for everyone to leave something for their children: Early parental death is so profound – your children will never need your wisdom and support more.’ Gaby has been a visiting children’s expert on BBC, ITN, & Sky News. She is on the Board of Hospice and has assisted many other not -for-profit organizations. She has previously been awarded the Charity Times and Marks and Spencer Charity of the Year Award while Acting Director, and a GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award. More recently, she won the Attendees’ Choice Research Poster at the BC Palliative Care Conference, became a Woman of the Year London 2013 and was shortlisted for the Philanthropy Day Philanthropist awards Vancouver 2013 for her RecordMeNow work.
James Leong does our painstaking legal drafting for the company, app, website, society and everything legal….Funny and kind, James is a corporate commercial and securities lawyer. Having worked on a wide range of transactions including M&A, corporate finance and commercial transactions and advised clients on various issues such as corporate governance, securities law compliance, partnership structuring and resource law, we are thrilled that he has chosen us to help in his spare time ! A competitive Scrabble player, (winner of the 2007 N. American Scrabble Championship), James is a talented pianist and chef. Consistently kind and wise, and we are very grateful to him. If lawyers could wear capes, we would give this guy a superhero cape !
Dr Peter read Physics at Christ’s College Cambridge, studied for an MBA at Manchester Business School, an MSc from Imperial College and a PhD in Genetics from UBC. Peter had many ideas for the app’s user friendliness. He was awarded a Governor General Gold Medal for his academic PhD study in Breast Cancer stem cells in 2012. He is very very lovely and usually annoyingly right about most things.
We feel extremely lucky to be surrounded by such kindness and from such heroes. Felix, who works at Microsoft, volunteers many hours of expert computing wisdom to help us make the app work & ensure it is user friendly.
Ben has had the task of writing the first app; an app that would do a lot but be sensitive both to people who may be in palliative stages or not familiar with computing.
Miguel, a graduate of Vancouver Film School, designed and directed our videos with great ability and sensitivity. Miguel lost both his parents at 13 and offered great care and insight into for two short films.
Ruth is a volunteer who had been bereaved by a parent when young. Ruth promotes the message of what children go through as well as proofreading support. We are delighted to announce that we nominated Ruth for and she has won a Telegraph British Volunteer Award 2012.
Denise grew up without any parents and was the catalyst for RecordMeNow.
Allie, a teacher, experienced the death of her father when young. She supports RecordMeNow to help others coping with end of life issues by encouraging people to leave something helpful for their children. Allie appears on our video on the main page.
This app is dedicated to the too-many children who read and re-read their parents’ birthday cards and who carry worn photos, because there is nothing else left and to those parents who want to give support to their children by thinking of the unthinkable.
Mr & Mrs H Paluch, Mrs Emma Hormbrey
Felix Andrew ( LinkedIn), Rory Sutherland of Ogilvy, James Leong, Educational Psychologist Della Stonefield UK, Jez San OBE, UK for computing wisdom, the whizzy Dr Peter Eirew and fabulous Piladi, who really know how to live.
We have been humbled and thrilled to be given and be able to thank:
The Coronas for permission to use their beautiful ‘Warm’ song, Teck Resources for communications support, Bopomo Pictures for headshot photography,