Reach Society Board of Directors
Reach can have up to twelve Directors on its Board representing family, business and community perspectives. The Board of Directors’ focus is on ensuring that the organization is addressing the needs of families and providing services in a responsive and accountable manner. We are proud to introduce our Board of Directors.
Phyllis has been on the Reach Board since 2005. Having worked with a wide range of students with a variety of abilities in the classroom she has provided the Board with valuable advice and guidance from a teacher’s perspective.
Reach Society has walked alongside our family for the past 10 years and provided us support in varying ways for our children. I welcome the opportunity to give back in a volunteer role. I work as a respite provider for the Delta Community Living Society and previously as a Homeshare Provider for Sources BC.
I am passionate about the valuable place REACH has in the lower mainland and I have a desire to be active in the leadership of an organization that has greatly benefited my family. I look forward to gaining a better understanding of this organization and to helping it achieve its goals.
Marcia and her husband have been owners and operators of John’s Thistle Auto Ltd in Ladner since 1983. Prior to that Marcia spent 10 years at BC Gas (now Fortis) in budgets and cost accounting. Marcia has served on the Board of Directors for Reach Child and Youth Development Society since 1997 in the roles of Director, Treasurer, President and currently Secretary. She also sits on the REACH Executive Finance Committee. Marcia has worked tirelessly over the years on many projects and initiatives, and in her role as President helped to guide the organization in its name change from Delta Association for Child Development (DACD) to REACH, and in the development of our Foundation.
“My youngest son has autism. I was fortunate to have a neighbor tell me about Reach (then called DACD), when I had concerns about his development. Since then he has received amazing supports and interventions that have met his needs over time. I feel so fortunate that I am in a position to give back to this great organization” .
Shirley-Ann Reid first learned about REACH under the former name Delta Child Development Centre. Her fourth child has Down Syndrome also participated in the Infant Development Program and is a graduate from REACH’s programs.
Shirley-Ann has dedicated many hours volunteering in her community. Between 1987 and 2009, she volunteered with the executive of Delta’s elementary, high school and district Parent Advisory Councils; the executive of the Child Care Referral Network Society; and the Delta Literacy Committee. Currently, Shirley-Ann is President of the Delta Housing Be Mine Society.
Shirley- Ann focuses on helping individuals with special needs build inclusive lives. She has many advocacy initiatives such as, writing and presenting a Resolution on behalf of parents to have letter grades for students on a modified school program, introducing to the Delta Literacy Committee “The Next Chapter Book Club” for adults with diversities, and creating community awareness for suitable and affordable housing solutions for adults with special needs.
Continuous learning is important to Shirley-Ann. She has successfully obtained a diversity of certificates such as, the Canadian Inclusive Lives Learning Initiative (CILLI) UBC Course which provided tools and information to help individuals with an intellectual disability build an inclusive adult life; The BC Early Learning Framework Series; and the Ministry of Health – Early Speech and Language Development.
“I will strive to help REACH build upon their successes to further create a positive inclusive difference in the lives of all children, youth and adults.”
“I want to help other families with special needs children.”
Stuart is Director of Client Experience at Lifeworks and has experience helping organizations take a proactive approach to promoting mental wellbeing in the workplace. Stuart has worked at U.B.C. as Director of Business Development. He led the creation of a regional, patient-oriented innovation network for autism spectrum disorders by leveraging advancements in personalized medicine, eHealth, big data, genomics and consumer wearables. Stuart has also held several senior roles in the financial and professional services sectors. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford and is the founder of the social enterprise BOWYER & TOULSON and resides in the Vancouver area.
I am a long time resident of Tsawwassen and I was privileged to learn about REACH through my position with the Board of Envision Credit Union when the credit union chose REACH as a worthy organization deserving financial support. Now, many years later, I have the privilege of serving on the board of REACH. I have gained knowledge about the incredible diversity of programs offered, assisted REACH with its goals and shared information about the wonderful work that REACH does with hundreds of special children and young adults.
I work as an educator with the Surrey School District and have also worked in both Delta and Vancouver Schools districts. I look forward to continuing my work with this wonderful organization and ensuring the valuable work done at REACH continues to improve the lives of many more families.
As a long-time resident of Ladner, I am familiar with REACH as a parent and the difference it makes in children’s lives. I am hoping to help REACH advance its vision, mission and values by joining the Society Board. I am the Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy at FortisBC and FortisBC is very committed to serving Delta and supporting REACH fits into this priority. Also, I worked in the non-profit sector 20 years ago and I want to re-connect with this important work and help ensure that REACH continues to be successful.
I am familiar with REACH and know what a valuable community resource it is. As the volunteer facilitator of the Punjabi Speaking Parent Support Group and through discussions with the parents involved, I am able to bring concerns around services that would help this community to REACH. In my Society Board Director role, I can help inform REACH programs that serve the South Asian community and build awareness.
After I graduated UBC, I worked as an Infant Development Consultant for 8 years and understand how challenging the first few years can be to new parents, especially when there is uncertainty about child’s development and fear of diagnosis. I was at home raising my family subsequently, as well as being an active volunteer in the community. I am one of the founding members of Women Helping Women, which is a group that supports women in shelters in our communities. I hope to use my experience to to help families in our community.
I have been practicing very “human-centric” law for nearly 20 years and have developed excellent listening and negotiation skills as well as empathy for people from all walks of life. I am a partner at Pender Litigation and I also have education in family and child psychology with an emphasis on Truth and Reconciliation.
I have a strong desire to give back to REACH, the organization that was so pivotal in launching my child into school. I will roll up my sleeves and bring my energy to existing projects but also interested in liaising with Delta Police, the criminal justice system and BC’s legal aid program to assist families facing those unique challenges.
I have two sons, aged 4 and 6 and two stepdaughters aged 16 and 21. We live in Tsawwassen with our two enormous Greater Swiss Mountain dogs!
Christine Sutherland was introduced to REACH Society in 2010 as a support system for her family. She has been in Senior Management roles in banking over the last 22 years including Auditor.
She has served as a Director on the Delta Hospice Society and will contribute her knowledge in governance from this role. In addition, Christine is currently on the REACH Events Committee having served for 9 years and contributing to fundraising events including every year’s Gala.
She will contribute her knowledge and insights on services and programs having seen them first hand because she has children with different abilities. She is passionate about making sure all children’s needs are met within this community.
“I find it imperative to give back to the community in which I live and it would be an honour to be on the Reach Society Board…”.