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.
Jane Turner - President
Bio to come
Colleen Fuller - Vice-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.
Neal Jennings - Treasurer
Neal joined REACH’s finance committee in November 2016 and joined the board in February 2017. Neal is a CPA, CA who manages his own accounting practice, as well as working in the accounting education field, and also serves as the treasurer at the Friends of the Vancouver City Archives. He lives in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, so you'll regularly see him riding a bike to board meetings!
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!
DANIEL COOK - BOARD MEMBER
Bio to come
RUTH HERMAN - Board MemBER
Ruth Herman has been on the REACH Board for almost 12 years, most of which were spent as president (7 years) and secretary (3 years). She is a retired lawyer who specialized in health and safety in the workplace and is active in civic affairs. She believes that Community Health Centres should be at the heart of our community and, therefore, strives to help make REACH a leader in the design and implementation of the CHC model that recognizes the social determinants of health in public health care.
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 was born and bred (literally) at REACH and has been lucky enough to call East Van her home for the last 22 years. She is currently in the last semester of her undergrad degree in International Relations and Economics at UBC. Upon graduation, she plans to eventually pursue a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration. In the meantime, she's all about exploring all of the breweries and coffee shops that East Van has to offer, travelling to cool new places, and working on learning her third language - Spanish!
Piotr Majkowski - BOARD MEMBER
Piotr Majkowski is a professor of nursing ethics, research, and mental health practice at Douglas College. He has lived in East Vancouver for 5 years, and holds a Masters in Public Health from SFU. In the past, he has worked in health policy with the World Health Organization and the BC Nurses’ Union. As a nurse, Piotr worked at a Downtown East Side community health clinic, and also at Langley Memorial Hospital. His interests at REACH include expanding access to primary care, and maintaining a global funding approach. In his spare time, Piotr and his partner Dan run a small community-supported farm.
Alice Munro - Board Member
Alice 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 that she strongly recommends to others. Alice has been on the REACH Board for two years, and feel It’s been a learning thing for her, but she knows it’s something that has to be done to address health inequities. She feels we all have to work towards reconciliation that’s why she is here, with this great organization that believes that good health is for all.
Una Walsh - Board Member
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.
AMBROSE WILLIAMS - BOARD MEMBER
Bio to come
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.