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Our Family

Our family foundation was created in 2009 as a way to engage the whole family over the shared philanthropic vision. We always believed that the greatest gift we could give to our children was to instill the importance of looking beyond themselves and caring for others. Now they are finding and supporting their own causes under the umbrella of the foundation, filtering them based on the unified values of our family.

Michael and Karen Vukets

Mike: My professional and business career has focused on the creation of innovative solutions. This experience has taught me that the most successful outcome is achieved when you look through the end user’s lens as opposed to your own. Karen and I are very fortunate to be in a position to invest in social change. The causes we support are built on the same principles of looking through the end user’s lens to understand what it takes for programs to create positive social change. More importantly, how do these programs lead to transformation that empowers and builds emotional and economic resilience for individuals and families. Karen: My passion is family! We were blessed that I could put my professional career on hold while we raised our children. My focus through those years was to seek ways to provide less fortunate young people with the opportunities afforded to our children. We believe in the power of family, especially the development of a strong sense of family unity. Through the unified lens of the family foundation and the initiatives we support, we now look to provide other children and families with the tools for success and personal growth.

Christy and Riley Keast

Christy Keast: I work as an independent interior designer, specializing in residential and private offices. I am fortunate to find my work fun and enjoyable. It is exciting to develop relationships with people who ultimately trust me with their most intimate realm: their home. With the recent birth of my first child, I have also noticed that my priorities are changing. Seeing his miraculous day-to-day life has made me think more about how I can better myself and raise him to be someone who could positively impact the world one day. Riley Keast: I have been incredibly fortunate in my life from both a personal and professional standpoint and therefore feel an overwhelming responsibility to give back. I do not think about changing the world. I just want to be a good father, husband, son, brother, friend and neighbour, and if I am successful good things will come in its wake. Family and friends are everything. The causes we support are particularly geared to strengthening families’ health and wellbeing, education and the protection of women and children. We also support causes related to animals—those that cannot speak for themselves.

Karlee Vukets

The arts have been such an essential part of shaping the person I am today. It is very important to me that everyone is provided with some sort of arts education. Having the arts to be passionate about, and responsible for, at a young age is crucial for building a foundation for an individual's future, no matter what direction their lives take them. It concerns me that arts programs are being taken out of public schools. Throughout my years of teaching dance, I have learned that every single student has a different way of learning. Each student should be given an opportunity to artistically express themselves in school, which they might not be able to do in other traditional subjects.

Brett and Brooke Vukets

I am passionate about design and the creative process of problem solving through a rational set of principles based on internal and external forces. This translates into my personal, professional and philanthropic life. Aside from developing a ground-breaking piece of technology or disease cure, I feel changing the world is out of the control of one person. If everyone can focus on how to make their community better and improve the lives of people close to them, then change on that small scale will contribute to a greater whole.

Michael and Karen Vukets

Mike: My professional and business career has focused on the creation of innovative solutions. This experience has taught me that the most successful outcome is achieved when you look through the end user’s lens as opposed to your own. Karen and I are very fortunate to be in a position to invest in social change. The causes we support are built on the same principles of looking through the end user’s lens to understand what it takes for programs to create positive social change. More importantly, how do these programs lead to transformation that empowers and builds emotional and economic resilience for individuals and families. Karen: My passion is family! We were blessed that I could put my professional career on hold while we raised our children. My focus through those years was to seek ways to provide less fortunate young people with the opportunities afforded to our children. We believe in the power of family, especially the development of a strong sense of family unity. Through the unified lens of the family foundation and the initiatives we support, we now look to provide other children and families with the tools for success and personal growth.

Christy and Riley Keast

Christy Keast: I work as an independent interior designer, specializing in residential and private offices. I am fortunate to find my work fun and enjoyable. It is exciting to develop relationships with people who ultimately trust me with their most intimate realm: their home. With the recent birth of my first child, I have also noticed that my priorities are changing. Seeing his miraculous day-to-day life has made me think more about how I can better myself and raise him to be someone who could positively impact the world one day. Riley Keast: I have been incredibly fortunate in my life from both a personal and professional standpoint and therefore feel an overwhelming responsibility to give back. I do not think about changing the world. I just want to be a good father, husband, son, brother, friend and neighbour, and if I am successful good things will come in its wake. Family and friends are everything. The causes we support are particularly geared to strengthening families’ health and wellbeing, education and the protection of women and children. We also support causes related to animals—those that cannot speak for themselves.

Karlee Vukets

The arts have been such an essential part of shaping the person I am today. It is very important to me that everyone is provided with some sort of arts education. Having the arts to be passionate about, and responsible for, at a young age is crucial for building a foundation for an individual's future, no matter what direction their lives take them. It concerns me that arts programs are being taken out of public schools. Throughout my years of teaching dance, I have learned that every single student has a different way of learning. Each student should be given an opportunity to artistically express themselves in school, which they might not be able to do in other traditional subjects.

Brett and Brooke Vukets

I am passionate about design and the creative process of problem solving through a rational set of principles based on internal and external forces. This translates into my personal, professional and philanthropic life. Aside from developing a ground-breaking piece of technology or disease cure, I feel changing the world is out of the control of one person. If everyone can focus on how to make their community better and improve the lives of people close to them, then change on that small scale will contribute to a greater whole.

Family Members

  • Michael and Karen Vukets
  • Christy and Riley Keast
  • Karlee Vukets
  • Brett and Brooke Vukets