Meet Reach’s 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 its services in a responsive and accountable manner. We are proud to introduce our Board of Directors.
Donna Burke joined the Reach Board of Directors in October 2011 after she heard about Reach from parents on the Delta District Parent Advisory Council. Donna is a former Delta School Trustee and, in addition to her work as a legal assistant, has dedicated herself to volunteering in positions that support child development and parent involvement. As well as serving on the Reach Board of Directors, Donna is currently working with Collaborate Delta as their Program Coordinator. She has served on several Parent Advisory Councils and was District PAC chair for Delta from 2006 to 2010. Donna also worked with Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC as volunteer coordinator. In addition to her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Donna has her Legal Assistant diploma from Capilano College, North Vancouver. She lives in Delta with her husband and two children.
“I joined Reach to learn more about educating and supporting young people with developmental disabilities, and their families. I get a lot of personal satisfaction from working with a dedicated team to promote important community based, social-educational work; the type of work that Reach is well-known and highly respected for.”
Reach welcomed Tom to the Board of Directors in 2012. 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 currently a Governor of the Lower Mainland Better Business Bureau, a member of the Rotary Club of Ladner, and a director and treasurer of the Delta Community Foundation..
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 and most recently President, stepping down in October 2009. She also sits on the Reach 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 its new Foundation. She is currently Manager of Reach’s new thrift store FINDS.
“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” .
Lynn was elected to the Reach Society Board of Directors at the 2015 Annual General Meeting in October. She is Manager Administration and Human Resources at Canadian Auto Parts Toyota (CAPTIN) where there is a strong value for management to support communities where members live and work. Lynn connected with Reach values as well, and hopes to build stronger involvement and support for CAPTIN members to our community. Welcome Lynn!
“My daughter Jenny benefitted from a similar organization. She and our family received valuable support during a very critical time in our family’s development. I was very thankful and appreciative and want to support Reach as a similar organization.”
Phyllis has lived in South Delta’s Tsawwassen community for 29 years and is currently retired from Delta School Board. She has taught with both the Richmond and Delta School Districts as a Kindergarten and Primary Teacher and has a B.A and B.Ed. from Simon Fraser University and M.Ed. from The University of British Columbia.
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.
Karen has 35 years of special education experience working as support staff, a teacher, behaviour consultant and district case manager with the Vancouver School Board. She currently runs a program at Gladstone Secondary for grade eight to 12 students with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Karen joined the Reach Board of Directors in 2008 and offers the Board a unique perspective as both an educator and a parent of a child with special needs.
“Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Reach Child and Youth Development Society this past year. I would be privileged to continue in this capacity”.
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 and youth.”
Carmel Beckman comes to our Society Board with first hand experience of Reach through her daughter Eva. She has also worked with Reach to deliver Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) workshops to educate families on the resources available to them. As a long time resident of Ladner, Carmel is dedicated to improving her community. She brings a strong financial and design background to her role as Reach Society Director.
“I want to help other families with special needs children.”
Stuart joins Reach Society Board offering in-depth local non-profit experience. As Executive Director of Collaborate Delta, Stuart is responsible for strengthening community connections in Delta by using innovation as an engagement platform to strengthen connections between volunteers, not for profit organizations and businesses.
An accomplished strategic thinker, Stuart applies foresight strategies to create plausible futures for organizations build innovation capacity and strategies to capture value from these emerging trends. Prior to joining Collaborate Delta, Stuart held a number of progressively senior roles at the Pacific Autism Family Centre, University of British Columbia and American Express.
Stuart holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford, Said Business School with a concentration in disruptive innovation and foresight strategies. He is the founder of the social enterprise BOWYER & TOULSON and resides in the Vancouver area.