The Lipstick Project is almost entirely volunteer led and operated. Our Leadership Team is here to facilitate the important work of our incredible team of volunteers - all professional hair stylists, make-up artists, estheticians and massage therapists.
As the saying goes, “love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life”. True as this may seem, I also feel it’s crucial to believe in what you do. And, after a long career in sales for luxury hotels, the work at TLP fulfills both adages for me. Described as an amiable child, I have matured nicely into a colour-coding-file-labelling analytical yet still amiable adult. I enjoy skiing with my kids, tennis with my friends and golfing with my spouse. I never run, unless late for work, but my Fitbit and I enjoy walking at a brisk pace.
Other gigs: Overbearing mother to four untamed but amusing kids, Owner and CKO (Chief Knitting Officer) of Mittens by Me.
Leigh (Boyle) Schumann
Founder + Executive Director
To me, creating something new is one of the most challenging and fun things to do and that’s why The Lipstick Project makes me come alive. As a business owner and a professional fundraiser, volunteering with The Lipstick Project allows me to channel my passions for community-building, philanthropy and leadership into one place.
Other gigs: Principal at Fawkes + Holly and MBA Candidate at SFU's Beedie School of Business.
In 2015, Leigh was a winner of the 2015 BC Business Top 30 Under 30 Award.
Holly Chan Yip
Director of Community Partnerships
By the time I was 5, I had lived in 3 different countries. I love experiencing our world and its people. I believe this curiosity for exploration has become an important part of my life – travel puts things into perspective by creating wisdom, expanding knowledge, and building character. My college professor once said “life is a temporary training ground” – material possessions have zero value when our time comes, but if we love and serve one another, that I believe will leave a true legacy.
Other gigs: Mom and aspiring entrepreneur
Josie Wan, CA
Director of Finance
I work with big corporations and businesses on a daily basis. While I love my clients and my line of work, I was losing my passion. It took some soul searching but finally I realized that it was because I want to make a difference in people’s lives and the community that I live in. While arguably crunching numbers and doing taxes doesn’t provide compassion directly to the people who are hurting, I am proud to contribute my knowledge and experiences to an organization that is doing just that.
Other gigs: Manager at KPMG and recent puppy mama
Director of Communications
Having worked with Canada's Cystic Fibrosis community for a number of years, I've known many people in challenging health situations. To me, good quality health care means treating the whole person, not just the disease. Part fundraising guru, part graphic design student, I believe that my unique contribution to this community comes from powerfully communicating The Lipstick Project's vision. I like sailboats, cupcakes, and have a soft spot for Harry Potter.
Other gigs: Principal at Fawkes + Holly
Director of Culture
I love being a part of anything that challenges individuals to grow, question, design, inspire, create and empower others around me. I thrive on meaningful conversations, spontaneity, good cups of coffee, tacos, and an endless passion for travel. Being an ex-ballet dancer with a career in fashion, a love for brand management and special events, I could not be more thankful that The Lipstick Project allows my work expertise and personal passions to be infused together.
Other gigs: Project Management Office at Aritzia, Director of Ban Nam Jai Canada & Thailand Partnership, Social Influence on Instagram
I grew up in Vancouver with a parent who spent significant amounts of time in hospital. During these times I recall moments of hopelessness even though everything medically was taken care of. For me it was seeing my parent's personal appearance deteriorate over time. It was in the way their hair became unkept or simply the way their hands looked different when holding mine. Simple things we take for granted become hard for those who can't take care of themselves.
As a TLP Ambassador I strive to help those going through similar experiences as myself by connecting patients, sponsors and volunteers to this great cause. For me TLP represents more than just beautification, it's a healing community that provides humanity and warmth. I am always humbled by our staff and the brave recipients that make up who we are!