MEET OUR FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Reach Foundation Board of Directors is a volunteer group of individuals who take a leadership role to solicit and receive donations to support programs, equipment and capital projects for children and families served by REACH. We are very proud to introduce to you our Foundation Board of Directors:
Denis joined the Reach Foundation in 2014. He has had a long history of serving on various government boards and community groups, from Treasurer at Ladner’s Sacred Heart School to serving on the Board of the Delta Hospice Foundation. After a long career with Westshore Terminals LTD Partnership he recently retired as Vice President & General Manager.
Born in Dublin, Ireland Denis attended the University College Dublin graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1970. He was an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia.
In addition to the Reach Foundation Denis is currently Chairman of the Tsawwassen First Nations Economic Development Corporation.
“I believe that Reach performs an essential service in our community and deserves all the help it can get. There is no greater resource than our children, and Reach is working to ensure that all our children reach their full potential.”
Katherine joined the Reach Foundation Board of Directors in 2013 and brings a wide range of skills with a background in public affairs, communications, customer engagement and marketing.
Katherine has worked at the Port Authority for over 25 years and is currently Director Trade Development at Port Metro Vancouver. In addition to her Bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia, Katherine has a Diploma from the Cambridge Academy of Transport, UK, and her MBA from Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. She has lived in Delta for over 20 years, has two children and loves to kayak on warm summer evenings.
“I am honoured and very pleased to serve on the Reach Foundation Board. It’s a privilege to be able to work with such talented individuals at Reach and to fundraise for such a meaningful campaign.”
I live and work in Delta and I’m excited to serve on Reach Foundation as a director. I am already aware of the vital work Reach Child and Youth Development Society does in the lower mainland and the difference it makes to children with special needs and their families. My daughter has special needs so I know how Reach programs help.
As Operations Manager at Global Container Terminals Canada, I bring connections and experience to my new role at the Reach Foundation. I hope to bring funding and long lasting relationships to this great community resource that over 1000 families in Delta, Surrey and Langley benefit from annually.
“I would like a chance to give back to the community by using my contacts & experience.”
Tom joined Reach Foundation in 2013 as Treasurer, and sits the Reach Foundation Board of Directors. He has been a resident of Tsawwassen for over 30 years and was formerly Publisher of the Delta Optimist, as well as President of BIV Media Group and Publisher of the weekly Business in Vancouver. He had been retired for almost two years when he was asked to return to the Delta Optimist in June of 2012. Prior to his initial retirement, Tom had spent 25 years in the publishing business. Tom has served with numerous industry and community organizations. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Ladner, and has been a director and treasurer of the Delta Community Foundation as well as a Governor of the Lower Mainland Better Business Bureau.
Valerie joined the Reach Foundation Board of Directors in January 2012. She has several years of experience as an Education Assistant with both high school and elementary students and is currently an Administrative Assistant with Tsawwassen Shuttles Inc.
Valerie has volunteered in the community for over 20 years, helping with events such as the Delta Hospital Foundation Gala, Ladner May Days and Dry Grad, and early years volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Diabetes Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation and United Way Camp.
“I believe in the Reach Foundation and am honoured to be a part of this team.”
Jeff is currently the chair of the Fraser River Industrial Association and was previously CEO and President of Fraser Surrey Docks and Pacific Rim Stevedoring, prior to their recent sale to DP World. He has a wealth of experience in managing organizations, leading projects, solving problems and achieving success. He has served on both private and public boards in the past, and was President for South Delta Minor Hockey Association which gave him insight into the needs and expectations of the community from a user, facilities and resource basis.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance Major) from the University of British Columbia, a Diploma in Shipping and Marine Operations from British Columbia Institute of Technology, a Fellow of Quantum Shift from the Ivy Business School – University of Western Ontario and is currently working towards his Institute of Corporate Directors designation at the Rotman School of Management – University of Toronto. He has been involved in numerous industry and stakeholder groups and in addition to serving on the Reach Foundation, he was previously the Chair of the BC Maritime Employers Association.
Jeff is married and has three children and resides in Delta. He is actively involved in his community working with several community groups and associations.
“I heard about Reach through some of my neighbors who use the services, as well as through community events I attended and current Board members. I am hoping to give back to the community to help Reach achieve their growth and expansion goals through sharing my time, resources, contacts and experience.”
Laura has been a Trustee on the Delta Board of Education for 10 years and is currently serving as Chairperson. After having supported Reach throughout our recent capital campaign, she became a new member of the Reach Foundation this year.
Laura has dedicated over 20 years of service and advocacy for children, youth and families in Delta. She has served as an executive board member of a number of Delta not-for-profit agencies, including Delta Youth Services, Boys and Girls Club, Delta District Parent Advisory Council and has recently completed her term as President of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen.
Somi resides in Delta with her husband and two sons. She brings professional experience and ties to the business community from her executive position at Simon Fraser University to assist REACH Foundation. As one of her sons received services from REACH, she knows first-hand the difference programs make and aims to work as a foundation director to ensure that this vital support to local families continues.
I work at Hollis Wealth where my job title is Business Development Manager. I’ve known about REACH for many years due to the companies I’ve worked for (Envision Financial and CIBC) as they were both supporters. Through my role as a board member at the Centre for Child Development and my 36 year career in the financial industry, I have much experience to offer Reach Foundation and I also intend to gain a deeper understanding of he great work that the organization currently does as well as for future needs.
“I’m hoping to increase the awareness of the amazing work that is provided by this organization and assist in raising funds, which will allow Reach to support more families in need .”