About Us

With a passionate and respected team of educators, healthcare professionals, and business leaders, Adam’s Apples Foundation operates in 30 schools and community centres across British Columbia.

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Who is Adam?

Adam’s Apples Foundation was created to honour the legacy of Adam Hryhorchuk, who passed away at the age of 22 from an accidental drug overdose. Adam struggled with drug addiction and mental health throughout his adolescence. His loss had a profound impact on his family, friends, and all who knew him.
He is remembered for his genuine kindness, ridiculous sense of humour, and his inspiring ability to create friendships and effortlessly connect with others. This was seen through his volunteering as a peer counsellor throughout his high school years, continuous desire to create meaningful connections with others, and being an incredible friend to those he loved.  

Adam’s family continues his legacy by facilitating what Adam’s core ability was: connection. Through a simple bowl of apples, students are able to connect, share, inspire, and grow with one another, creating a better community for students. In 2018, the Apple Bowl evolved into a mission to educate youth on the importance of connection and conversation through the Core Connector Initiative. Our goal is that no mother, brother, sister, or friend will have to suffer a loss as tragic as his. Though we miss Adam immensely and the void of losing him will never be filled, we know he would be incredibly proud of what we have created in his memory.

Our team

Board Members

Beth Allard

Beth is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. As a mother of two, she understands the importance of giving children the opportunity to connect, to be heard and to be valued.

Muffy Greenaway

Dr. Muffy Greenaway MD, FRPC© is the Founder and Director of Three Story Clinic and is a Psychiatrist with over 10 years of experience assessing and treating conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Psychosis, and Complex Pain.

Sean MacLachlan

Adam’s brother, Sean, is a Chartered Professional Accountant in Ernst & Young’s TransactionAdvisory practice. Sean’s primary expertise is providing buy-side transaction diligence servicesfor a diverse range of clients, including private equity groups, large corporations, and owner-managed businesses. Sean is serving on the board of Adam’s Apples Foundation to connectwith youth who are going facing mental health challenges.  As someone personally impacted byAdam’s passing, he is excited about the foundation’s mental health literacy programming that isdesigned to help youth gain peer support competencies and mental health knowledge. Seangraduated from Magee High School before attending the University of Arizona as a student-athlete and graduated with magna cum laude honors.

Katy Harandi

Katy Harandi is the mother of two children, one of whom has autism. Katy is the co- founder and Chair of the Board at PALS Autism Society, a specialized educational program for children and young adults with autism.

Leslie Blake

Leslie has worked in the helping professions for over 35 years, first as a critical care nurse in several large teaching hospitals, and currently as a Registered Psychologist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology; and a Master of Arts and PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Steve Anthony

Head of School at West Point Grey Academy, Stephen believes deeply in the potential of our youth, and the critical importance of actively developing their character, leadership capacity, and unique voices.

Liz Fleming

Originally trained at the University of Victoria as a Social Worker, Liz has served at the Board of Directors level with community services organizations including P.I.N. Crisis Line, Chimo Crisis Line, Vernon Women’s Transition House, the Richmond Caring Place Society, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and Yukon.

David Chevreau

David works as a Senior School Counsellor at West Point Grey Academy. He is convinced that adolescents who have meaningful connections are more likely to make healthy decisions as they navigate the “fire swamp” of their teenage years. In addition to other degrees, David completed a MA in Counselling Psychology at UBC.

Peter Blake

Annalisa Turner is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia with a degree in History. She now works for The Humphrey Group as a Client Services Coordinator where she creates a transformational learning experience for her clients through the successful coordination of courses. With The Humphrey Group, she is in charge of their working relationship with Dress for Success. Outside of work, Annalisa has been working with children ages 3-12 for over ten years.

Lesley Hoeschen

Lesley enjoyed a successful career in the investment industry as a Vice President at RBC Dominion Securities before transitioning to stay-at-home mom to raise her three children, which include a child affected by mental health challenges.

Darcy Hibberd

Adam’s mother, Darcy, is a successful business woman and volunteer who has dedicated her life to striking a balance between her commercial success, the happiness of her friends, and the nurturing of her four children. Darcy founded Adam’s Apples Foundation in 2015 to honour the legacy of her son, Adam Hryhorchuk.

Beth Allard

Beth is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. As a mother of two, she understands the importance of giving children the opportunity to connect, to be heard and to be valued.

Muffy Greenaway

Dr. Muffy Greenaway MD, FRPC© is the Founder and Director of Three Story Clinic and is a Psychiatrist with over 10 years of experience assessing and treating conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Psychosis, and Complex Pain.

Sean MacLachlan

Adam’s brother, Sean, is a Chartered Professional Accountant in Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory practice. Sean’s primary expertise is providing buy-side transaction diligence services for a diverse range of clients, including private equity groups, large corporations, and owner-managed businesses. Sean is serving on the board of Adam’s Apples Foundation to connect with youth who are going facing mental health challenges.

Katy Harandi

Katy Harandi is the mother of two children, one of whom has autism. Katy is the co- founder and Chair of the Board at PALS Autism Society, a specialized educational program for children and young adults with autism.

Leslie Blake

Leslie has worked in the helping professions for over 35 years, first as a critical care nurse in several large teaching hospitals, and currently as a Registered Psychologist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology; and a Master of Arts and PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Steve Anthony

Head of School at West Point Grey Academy, Stephen believes deeply in the potential of our youth, and the critical importance of actively developing their character, leadership capacity, and unique voices.

Liz Fleming

Originally trained at the University of Victoria as a Social Worker, Liz has served at the Board of Directors level with community services organizations including P.I.N. Crisis Line, Chimo Crisis Line, Vernon Women’s Transition House, the Richmond Caring Place Society, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and Yukon.

David Chevreau

David works as a Senior School Counsellor at West Point Grey Academy. He is convinced that adolescents who have meaningful connections are more likely to make healthy decisions as they navigate the “fire swamp” of their teenage years. In addition to other degrees, David completed a MA in Counselling Psychology at UBC.

Peter Blake

Peter is an accomplished business leader who enjoyed a successful career, most recently as Chief Executive Officer with both Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and WesternOne Inc. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of West Point Grey Academy, and as a cabinet member for the BC Business Laureates Hall of Fame.

Lesley Hoeschen

Lesley enjoyed a successful career in the investment industry as a Vice President at RBC Dominion Securities before transitioning to stay-at-home mom to raise her three children, which include a child affected by mental health challenges.

Darcy Hibberd

Adam’s mother, Darcy, is a successful business woman and volunteer who has dedicated her life to striking a balance between her commercial success, the happiness of her friends, and the nurturing of her four children. Darcy founded Adam’s Apples Foundation in 2015 to honour the legacy of her son, Adam Hryhorchuk.

Our team

Youth Council

Adam’s Apples Youth Council members are successful CCI participants who will apply the skills they have learned to their schools to help reduce stigma and encourage peer-to-peer support. The AAYC’s mandate is to provide Adam’s Apples Foundation with feedback on the concerns facing youth today as well as help facilitate the practices of AAF in their schools.

Ally MacLachlan

Adam’s sister, Ally, is a Psychology student at the University of British Columbia, a co-founder of the Adam’s Apples Foundation, and the director and founder of the Adam’s Apples Foundation Youth Council. Her passion for improving mental health literacy began when she was in high school, as she saw how the stigma surrounding drug addiction, depression, and other mental illnesses forced many students to suffer in isolation.

Tess Blake

Tess is a grade 12 student at West Point Grey Academy. She plans to study psychology next year to further pursue her passion in mental health, along with gender & feminist studies. She recognizes the importance of mental health advocacy, specifically with regards to youth, and as a result is so honoured to be a part of the Adam’s Apples Youth Council. In her spare time, she loves to play soccer, do yoga, meditate, and try new vegan restaurants in Vancouver with her friends!

Annalisa Turner

Annalisa Turner is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia with a degree in History. She now works for The Humphrey Group as a Client Services Coordinator where she creates a transformational learning experience for her clients through the successful coordination of courses. With The Humphrey Group, she is in charge of their working relationship with Dress for Success. Outside of work, Annalisa has been working with children ages 3-12 for over ten years.

Lauren Tonello

Lauren is currently studying mathematics and commerce at the University of British Columbia,while pursuing a career in marketing analytics for startups and non-profits. Her passion forempowering youth and working with them to face mental health issues stems from herinvolvement with organizations such as WE Day, One Girl Can, and nwPlus, that all focus onproviding equal educational opportunities for youth and empowering them througheducational events and programs.

Kady Goertzen

Kady is currently in grade 10 at West Point Grey Academy. She became a part of Adam’s Applesduring her grade 8 year and daily fills the apple bowl in her school. She wanted to be involved inAdam’s Apples because she believes metal health is such an important topic that needs to betalked about amongst youth. Additionally, Kadence participates in her school cross countryrunning team and is involved in other services such as teaching Guatemalan kids English.

Ally MacLachlan

Adam’s sister, Ally, is a Psychology student at the University of British Columbia, a co-founder of the Adam’s Apples Foundation, and the director and founder of the Adam’s Apples Foundation Youth Council. Her passion for improving mental health literacy began when she was in high school, as she saw how the stigma surrounding drug addiction, depression, and other mental illnesses forced many students to suffer in isolation.

Tess Blake

Tess is a grade 12 student at West Point Grey Academy. She plans to study psychology next year to further pursue her passion in mental health, along with gender & feminist studies. She recognizes the importance of mental health advocacy, specifically with regards to youth, and as a result is so honoured to be a part of the Adam’s Apples Youth Council. In her spare time, she loves to play soccer, do yoga, meditate, and try new vegan restaurants in Vancouver with her friends!

Annalisa Turner

Annalisa Turner is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia with a degree in History. She now works for The Humphrey Group as a Client Services Coordinator where she creates a transformational learning experience for her clients through the successful coordination of courses. With The Humphrey Group, she is in charge of their working relationship with Dress for Success. Outside of work, Annalisa has been working with children ages 3-12 for over ten years.

Lauren Tonello

Lauren is currently studying mathematics and commerce at the University of British Columbia,while pursuing a career in marketing analytics for startups and non-profits. Her passion forempowering youth and working with them to face mental health issues stems from herinvolvement with organizations such as WE Day, One Girl Can, and nwPlus, that all focus onproviding equal educational opportunities for youth and empowering them througheducational events and programs.

Kady Goertzen

Kady is currently in grade 10 at West Point Grey Academy. She became a part of Adam’s Applesduring her grade 8 year and daily fills the apple bowl in her school. She wanted to be involved inAdam’s Apples because she believes metal health is such an important topic that needs to betalked about amongst youth. Additionally, Kadence participates in her school cross countryrunning team and is involved in other services such as teaching Guatemalan kids English.

What others are saying

“The Adam’s Apples Foundation has provided a safe and positive place for our students to go to.  We have hundreds of students coming in to the Windermere Community Programs room each week to have a healthy snack and relax with their peers.  It creates an atmosphere that is unlike any other.”
 Eileen Zheng, Windermere Community Schools Team Programmer

What others are saying

“I was new to my school this year and one day, someone handed me an apple from the Adam’s Apples bowl. It felt great for someone to extend their hand and invite me to join their group of friends.”
Grade 7 Student

What others are saying

“Sometimes I’ll offer someone at school an apple as a way to start a friendship. It’s a nice way to start a conversation with someone you haven’t talked to before.”
Grade 5 Student

What others are saying

“We need to see to it that men and women who would never hesitate to go see a doctor if they had a broken arm or came down with the flu, that they have that same attitude when it comes to their mental health.”
Barack Obama

What others are saying

"The work that Adam’s Apples is doing is key to engage youth to continue the conversation around mental health issues. Knowing and caring how your friends and family are doing is how we can all help each other every day. Together we will make that so needed difference."
Ginny Dennehy, President, Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation

What others are saying

"I feel like the Core Connector Initiative will be so helpful for any teenagers’ futures in so many ways. Firstly, helpful for friendships. Noticing those that are quietly struggling is definitely something that really stood out to me during my course. I didn’t realize how many kids were going through such tough situations. My empathy has grown enormously through the Core Connector Initiative."
Max Greer, Grade 11 Student

What others are saying

"I’d like you to know that Adam’s Apples Foundation has been greeted with great enthusiasm by our students. Yesterday I arrived in the Counselling suite after my class to find a group of my grade 11 students talking around one of the tables. I assumed that they were there to see me with questions about course planning, but it turns out that they were there to connect over Adam’s Apples!"
Janice Sim, Grade 11 Counsellor, Point Grey Secondary

What others are saying

"I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship."
Brené Brown

What others are saying

"Connection is the cornerstone for developing resiliency – a key protective factor for youth struggling with mental health issues on a day-to-day basis."
Dr. Muffy Greenaway, MD, FRPC(C)

Students who complete Adam’s Apples Foundation’s mental health literacy training are eligible for a $500 scholarship towards post-secondary education.

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