Dan Johnstone, also known as Can Man Dan, is an award-winning activist, philanthropist, and community organizer from Edmonton, Alberta. Dan is also the founder and current president of the Can Man Dan Foundation, a non-profit organization designed to alleviate community stress and support vulnerable populations.
Dan was born and raised in the city of Edmonton and has dedicated his life to serving others. He started the Can Man Dan initiative in June, 2011, in an effort to give back to the community that supported his family when they needed it most. Raised by a single parent in a low-income household left an indelible impression on Dan; he continues to stay dedicated to supporting those in need and addressing various systemic issues that plague Alberta.
Under Dan's leadership and visionary thinking, what started off as a small community project has escalated into a far-reaching movement and a multi-million dollar initiative.
Kelsie Peachey - Vice President & Community Relations
Kelsie has always been driven towards helping others and has often worked with Dan on his community initiatives over the past several years.
Having graduated as a Registered Nurse from MacEwan University in 2016, Kelsie has since been enjoying her career as a pediatric nurse. Her career and volunteer history have fostered skills in advocacy, organization, communication and the ability to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Kelsie is compassionate and eager to help others as our Community Relations Coordinator. She collaborates with community partners, sponsors, and those who are looking for support in order to develop ongoing relationships. Through investigation and forming a meaningful network of partnerships, Kelsie assists in determining areas of need and developing future initiatives.
Evan Cherot - Director & Chief Financial Officer
Evan has been a dominant force in keeping the Can Man Dan Foundation's vision and mission alive. Since Dan Johnstone began his work in 2011, Evan has participated in every campaign and brings an indispensable amount of talent and brainpower to the organization.
A B.Com. graduate with over nine years of tax and accounting experience, Evan acts as the gatekeeper of the Finance department, ensuring every dollar brought in through donations is spent with integrity and transparency to fulfill the foundation's mandate of helping those in need. He is also an invaluable operational asset, bringing reason and critical thinking to each annual charitable campaign.
Samaa Ali - Chief Administrator
Samaa graduated with her Honours degree in Biological Science in 2014 and moved to Edmonton soon after. She brings over fifteen years of client service and relationship management experience to the foundation, with strengths in administration, communication, and design. She acts as a central coordinator between departments, volunteers, and the general public, employing her analytical and operational strengths to better the community.
Josh Badry - Director & Events Coordinator
Josh is a former small business owner who brings years of accounting, bookkeeping, and project management experience to the foundation. He excels at organizing and executing our pop-up events throughout the year, and loves to work with our amazing network of volunteers and supporters.
Josh is dedicated to helping the community by making sure they can access the resources and services we deliver as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Managing crowds of over two thousand people can be quite a feat, but with Josh's keen sense of planning and organization, we're able to help as many people as we can with each year of growth.
Pamela Johnstone - Board Member & Advisor
Pamela brings true real-world experience to the Can Man Dan Foundation; from growing up on the streets of Edmonton to overcoming substance abuse, discrimination, and poverty, she brings a phenomenal amount of compassion, awareness, and relatability to those we help.
Pamela genuinely cares for vulnerable populations and is able to form meaningful relationships with ease, acting as the perfect liaison between the foundation and those who access its services. She is well-regarded as an incredibly generous and philanthropic human being, and has been an inspiring role model to community leaders, single mothers, and youth across Alberta. She embodies the Can Man Dan Foundation's values on a daily basis, exhibiting authenticity, resilience, and genuine compassion.
Moe Rahall - Board Member & Advisor
Moe Rahall is the owner of Edmonton's incredibly well-renowned Shadified Salon and Spa. He has been heavily involved in building strong communities across the city and is a key contributor to the Can Man Dan Foundation's annual "We're Here For Ya!" Day event. He has partnered with the foundation's founder and president, Dan Johnstone, year after year to help thousands of low-income families, and is especially fond of helping children in need.
Moe is passionate about giving back and brings his strong business acumen to the team. A small-business owner who found immense success in Edmonton, he is a strong mentor and role model within his community, proactively engaging in the foundation's current campaigns, coming up with innovative ideas for future campaigns, and encouraging everyday people of all ages to reach their potential in and out of the business world.