REACH Community Health Centre is led by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by our membership each year at our Annual General Meeting. Their role is to govern the organization on behalf of the community, in a timely, transparent, and accountable manner by overseeing the performance of the organization and ensuring fiscal integrity and regulatory compliance.
Board of Directors
Our directors live or work in East Vancouver or are clients of REACH programs. They serve two-year terms up to a maximum of four terms. A director should be committed to and knowledgeable about REACH, have the time available to attend regular meetings, and have the appropriate skill set to provide leadership and governance direction to the organization. Board members are expected to support and sign our board job description, statement of confidentiality and conflict of interest policy. Each year a nominating committee is struck to recruit new members based on board needs and our strategic plan.
Colleen Fuller - President
Colleen has been a health policy researcher, writer, and activist for 30 years, with a strong focus on primary community-based health care. She has written extensively about the negative impact of privatization on access to necessary health services by Canadians. Colleen is a cofounder of PharmaWatch Canada, which advocates for public policies that support access to safe and effective medicines.
Una Walsh - Vice-President
A retiree from a 30-year career in the education sector, Una has experience in classroom teaching, career development programming, and human resource management. Una strongly believes in the value of and necessity for free, quality, accessible and inclusive education and health care and is proud to serve on the REACH Board and to help promote its goals of community-based, integrated health and social services. Una joined the Board in April 2018.
Neal Jennings - Treasurer
Neal Jennings joined REACH’s finance committee in November 2016, and joined the board in February 2017, becoming the treasurer in September of 2017. He has enjoyed serving the REACH community and hopes to be re-elected to continue to serve the REACH membership. Outside of REACH, Neal is a CPA, CA, and manages his own accounting practice as well as working in accounting education. He was previously the treasurer at the BC Technology For Learning Society, where he served the maximum four-year term, and currently also sits as the treasurer at the Friends of the Vancouver City Archives.
Jane Turner- Secretary
Jane Turner is a retired secondary school teacher who has been a REACH patient for 40 years. She has been active in teacher politics throughout her teaching career. Jane has been on the Reach board for 4 years and has been president for three years.
DANIEL COOK - BOARD MEMBER
I am Chuu-ukwa-chist (English translation: whale at the mouth of an inlet) of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation through my father...... and I am Hmahlk-googeesa-balmahks (Eng: the sound of a trickling creek) of the Nisga’a First Nation through my mother (as well as a little bit of Dutch and Scottish). My English name is Daniel Cook.
I grew up in Victoria on Vancouver Island, and moved to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia, in the faculty of education.
I have been working in the east Van community for 10+ years, predominantly with Indigenous organizations (Urban Native Youth Association, Native Housing, and Circle of Eagles Lodge Society). I currently work with the Vancouver Parks Board and am based out of Britannia and Hastings community centres.
While I am sure that REACH provides services and programming to all peoples, I feel that Indigenous approaches to health (which can include the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical) can benefit everybody.
Kleco (eng- thank you)
DAnielle BURCH - Board MemBER
Danielle strongly believes in strengthening our primary health care system and improving access through innovative team-based care approaches. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from SFU and has several years of experience working in health care administration and project management in both hospital and community care settings, at the Provincial Health Services Authority, BC Children’s Hospital and Canadian Red Cross. She has also provided evaluation support to a variety of health-based projects across the province. Being from the lower mainland, Danielle is happiest getting outdoors!
BILL HOOD - BOARD MEMBER
Bill is a retired Vancouver elementary school teacher, and has been a patient at REACH since the mid-1970’s. His daughter and grandchildren have all been born at REACH and I believe strongly in both the Social Determinants of Health, and "Community Health in Community Hands". He believes that REACH should be open to all of the people in our community, and that we must work to build the membership of REACH to ensure that it become even more rooted in, and respectful and reflective of our community's needs. Bill also now has a dream job working part time in a great local record store: Highlife Records.
EMMA MACKLEM - BOARD MEMBER
Emma Macklem was born and bred (literally) at REACH and has been lucky enough to call East Van her home for the last 24 years. A proud REACH patient since birth, Emma has been honoured to give back by sitting on the Board since 2017. Currently, Emma sits on the Program Planning & Evaluations and Human Resources Committees.
Professionally, Emma is a Policy & Research Analyst at a local public affairs consulting firm, specializing in municipal, provincial, and federal government relations.
Piotr Majkowski - BOARD MEMBER
Piotr Majkowski teaches Nursing Ethics at Douglas College and Mental Health Practice at Vancouver General Hospital. He also serves on the boards of two health regulators and runs an urban farm with his husband Dan. Piotr has served on the REACH board for two years, bringing forward initiatives like the Sanctuary City policy and the new Strategic Plan.
Alice Munro - Board Member
Alice Munro is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Tribal Nation in Central BC. After retiring she moved to Vancouver and earned a degree in Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Vancouver. She believes art is a great form of therapy which she strongly recommends to others. Alice has been on the REACH Board for two years and feels that it’s been a learning experience for her. She believes REACH must actively work to address health inequities. She feels we all have to work towards reconciliation, a key reason she is on the Board and working with this great organization that believes that good health is for all.
Kylie ellis - Board Member
Kylie Ellis has worked as an Animation Producer for over 15 years where she has maintained budgets ranging from $1.5 million to $26 million as well as supervised multiple animation projects overseeing cost reporting through to client relationship. She is a firm believer in finding efficiencies in production, staying within budget parameters and putting the most on screen.
Kylie was a founding member of Drawn Together Vancouver, a non-profit group which focused on advancing women in the animation industry. She is currently a track chair for Women in Animation a non-profit organization with the purpose of furthering, promoting, and supporting female animators in the art, science and business of animation.
Janette McIntosh - BOARD MEMBER
Glad to be on-Board at Reach again! I hold dear to my heart care and concern for cultural awareness and inclusion, community participation and collaboration, and a commitment for reconciliation in action, and I am passionate about community and environmental health, now as climate justice. My background in community health and epidemiology has given me opportunities to work in the areas of sustainability research and education, empathy training, and reconciliation education locally and nationally. I presently work at B.E.S.T., Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, on a Seniors’ transportation project for improving access and resources. Born and raised in Japan, I am a settler to Canada with 30 years of living here on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, namely, of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Marian Dodds - Board Member
Marian Dodds has been a secondary school teacher, school counselor, department head, a local union president and lifelong union activist. Now retired, she has taught in teacher education programs at both SFU and UBC, and served three times in various capacities, most related to gender equity, social justice and communications, on the administrative staff of the BC Teachers’ Federation. Her previous board experience includes Women in Focus, West Coast LEAF, Mediawatch, Canadian Home Economics Association (VP for International Development), the BC Council for International Cooperation, and the Vancouver Restorative Justice Association. She has volunteered with the REACH Ethiopian and Eritrean Women’s Support group and with the Immigrant Services Society of BC.
Each board member is a part of a variety of committees that address particular needs or areas of concern at REACH. These committees are:
Human Resources Committee
Program Planning and Evaluation Committee
There are also a number of smaller, temporary sub-committees that a struck on a ad-hoc basis to solve problems.
Our Constitution and By-Laws (PDF): As a community governed, non-profit organization, REACH adheres to all aspects of our constitution and by-laws.
REACH ANNUAL REPORTS
Digital copies of REACH annual reports
REACH Board Meeting Minutes
All our board meeting minutes are open to members to observe, and all meeting minutes are public documents.