Our Supporters

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~Helen Keller

A Star Society flourishes with the unwavering support of a dedicated community. These passionate individuals breathe life into our mission, fuelling its aspirations. Together, they amplify A Star’s impact, foster unity, and realize meaningful change, embodying the essence of shared purpose and vision.

DJ Kool Herc & Cindy Campbell

We proudly welcomed our distinguished guests DJ Kool Herc (@officialdjkoolherc), the Founding Father of Hip Hop and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and his sister, the esteemed First Lady of Hip Hop, Cindy Campbell to our inaugural A Star Gala.

Starting from their intimate neighbourhood parties in the Bronx, these living legends sparked a global cultural hip hop revolution–illustrating how small actions can have the potential to have a profound impact on the world.

DJ Kool Herc and Cindy Campbell encourage everyone to support A Star Society’s dance education programs, scholarships, and community outreach initiatives.

Dr. Kimberly Meredith

Dr. Kimberly Meredith is a lover of dance, writer of poems, educator of peace and researcher of empathy.

She completed her PhD in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at UBC focusing on exploring the power of multiple languages and modalities to build empathy, empowerment, and expressiveness across diversity. She has collaborated with youth and young adults in Japan, onboard the Peace Boat, at the Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership, in Richmond, in Vancouver, and at UBC, including as the director of the Heart-Mind-Body Collective at Boogaloo Academy, which is A Star Society’s host studio.

She is currently a faculty member at Pearson College, teaching English and dance; her passion is helping youth find their voice, discover their inner change-maker, and transform their worlds.

Kenneth Costea

Ken has been a teacher for 24 years, spending the last 19 at Thunderbird Elementary School. He teaches all the PE classes from K-7 and is also a teacher-librarian. He has witnessed powerful transformations in children participating in A Star Society’s School Hip Hop Workshops.

Ken is a past President of the Vancouver Elementary Physical Activity Association (VEPAA), which coordinates all extracurricular sports for elementary students in Vancouver, and is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from VEPAA.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Thunderbird Community Centre from 2014–2024. He also provides support and insight to the staff for the programs and services that are developed for the students and their families.