The Board directs the operations of the society by providing policy decisions and guidance to the staff. Board members are elected to two-year, overlapping terms at the Annual General Meeting, and Board meetings are generally held monthly from September to June. 

The Board currently has six standing committees: Finance and Resources; Policies and Procedures; Fundraising/Marketing/Communications; Programs/Membership/Volunteers; New Space; and Alliance.

For information on attending a meeting or getting involved, please contact
us at 604-732-0812, or .

Board Members, 2019 – 2020

Les Blond: President
Les was a barrister at a private practice for 40 years before retiring in 2011. He served as the director for several non-profit societies, including the Rotary Club of Vancouver and the Arbutus Club. He was also the national committee chair for Constitutional and International Law with the Canadian Bar Association. He now continues to do pro-bono work counselling seniors for “Access Pro Bono”.

Jag Sangha: Vice-President
Jag is the current Executive Director of Chalmers Lodge. He has also served as President at Mountain West Studios, Kirk Integrated Marketing Services, and Teldon Print Media. He has a background in operations management and mechanical engineering.

Patrick Couling: Director
Patrick is now retired from a 30-year position at the Board of Directors for the False Creek Community. He is also involved in a variety of activities that gave him the experience in facilitating the development of our centre, as well as managing a variety of projects.

Stella Tsang: Director
Stella received her education as a pharmacist and in Health Services Planning and Administration at UBC, and has recently retired from a 30-year career with St. Paul’s Hospital/Providence HealthCare. During that time she facilitated a wide variety of projects, giving her broad experience in strategic planning, change management, and staff/team development. She brings this experience to the Board, along with her emphasis on continuous improvement and a collaborative culture.

Penny Williams: Director Penny has worked in both communications and international development, a background that caused her to travel extensively, learn other languages, and live in Peru and Indonesia as well as four Canadian provinces. She has served as Information Officer for Save the Children Canada, Project Director for Oxfam-Québec, and CIDA monitor for a multi-year environmental education program in Cuba. Her communications experience includes national magazine editorships, book translations, CBC radio documentaries, and specialized investor relations projects for major corporations. 

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