The Board of Directors is a diverse group who brings both community and corporate experience to help Richmond Caring Place Society consistently achieve its goals and operate within high standards. Our Board meets the last Wednesday of each month (except Aug. and Dec.).
If you are interested in volunteering with Richmond Caring Place or its Board of Directors, please contact Sandy McIntosh at 604-279-7000 or email for more information.
Our Current Board of Directors for 2016
Gary Hagel has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Richmond Caring Place Society since November of 2008. Professionally, Gary is a partner at Pryke Lambert Leathley Russell LLP, a law firm with 40 years of history in Richmond. Gary’s practice focuses on litigation, including insurance issues, commercial disputes, motor vehicle and personal injury. In addition to his involvement with the Caring Place, Gary sits as a director of the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Management Society.
Michael Choi is a Richmond resident and an active member of the community. He is currently working as a lawyer at Pryke Lambert Leathley Russell LLP, a law firm with longstanding and strong ties to Richmond. He is honoured to have joined the Richmond Caring Place Society as Director in 2015.
Michael is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Victoria. He has served as a volunteer for community organizations such as the Together Against Poverty Society and the University of Victoria Legal Information Clinic.”
CPG Systems was founded by Jeremy Colwell, who started working with computers professionally in 1994. Jeremy started in IT as a freelancer, before taking all his certifications (MCSE, CCNA, Network+, A+). He then spent 4 years working with Government before moving to a manufacturing environment for a multi-national company before starting CPG Systems in 2007. He has IT experience with a variety of industries, including manufacturing, logistics, food service, non-profit, legal, education and government just to name a few.
Finance professional with extensive expertise in financial planning and analysis, full cycle accounting, budgeting, forecasting, and variance analysis. Proven success with identifying and implementing enhancements to increase profitability. Effective problem solver and adept at overcoming complex business challenges in a collaborative team environment. Experienced with implementing regulatory compliance frameworks and risk and fraud strategy protocol. Proven strengths with interpreting business intelligence/data analytics in order to streamline business processes, improve operations, and optimize revenue and volume growth opportunities. Adept at vendor relationship management and contract development and negotiation. Dynamic, collaborative, and agile leader with professional skills honed from a large co-operative organization that has attained high rankings in Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Proven strengths in building management teams that value cross-functional working relationships.
Karen Holden has been a Richmond resident since 1980. She taught for the Richmond School Board for 37 years and is now retired working part time for Kwantlen Polytechnic University as a Practicum Supervisor. She has a husband, Bill, who is also retired and working part time, as well as 2 married daughters living in Vancouver. Karen spends her time volunteering for Nite of Hope, The Gateway, Richmond Retired Teachers Executive, The Terry Fox Run and Richmond Spirit Runners. She is active at the Richmond Oval, on her new boat and golfing with the Mayfair Ladies League. She is a member of St. Anne’s Anglican Church. Her favourite hobbies are computers and reading! Karen joined the Board of the Caring Place in 2013 and is currently chair of the HR Committee.
Suzanne Lightfoot has been a Richmond resident for 25 years. Suzanne has her BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has been involved with the plastics card industry for the past 25 years, working with various levels of government and private industry. She is currently the Western Accounts Manager with a National Plastics Manufacturer.
Suzanne has served the community in various roles including The Chimo Board, The Garratt Wellness Board, Air Attack Volleyball Club, Richmond Minor Hockey, PAC Chair for Richmond Secondary School, and Blundell Elementary School. Suzanne Lives in Richmond with her husband Jeff and 2 children. Loves to travel and enjoys the Great Outdoors!
I was born in Tianjin, China and educated at Sichuan University, obtaining a BA. I immigrated to Richmond in 2002. Along with my wife Jun Ling, we are very supportive at public education system with two children at Richmond Schools. I am involved in wine industry, running an exporting company. I am actively involved in Richmond as a Director of the Canadian Community Services Association and a member of Rotary E-Club Lulu Island
Tim has been a Richmond resident since 1982 and has been active in the community almost ever since his arrival. While the family was growing he coached baseball and helped in the scouting movement. He has worn many hats at Saint Joseph the Worker Parish and continues to be involved. Tim has been a leader in the SOS Children’s Village annual walk/run fundraiser since its start-up in 2009. He is a UBC Engineering graduate and has been a Principal at HALCO Software Systems Ltd. for over 25 years. Tim is honoured to have joined the Richmond Caring Place Society in late 2013 and sits on several sub-committees as he learns the ropes.
Tim currently chairs the Nominations Committee.
Mr. Kim Schuss is a Principle of Dorset Realty Group Canada Ltd. Dorset is a family owned and operated full service Real Estate Corporation active in the Real Estate and Property Asset Management industry since 1975. Kim has been licensed and active in the Real Estate Management industry since 1982 (over 33-years). Kim has earned an enviable reputation for providing effective Asset management and Commercial Investment services. Kim is active in the Richmond Community, being a Director of the Caring Place Board since 2009, and a Director of the Richmond Hospital Foundation since 2011.
Kim currently chairs the Operating Committee.
Marie Thom has been a Richmond resident for over fifty years. She graduated from UBC in 1979 with a Bachelors Degree in Education and went on to complete her Masters Degree in 1984. Marie has been employed by the Richmond School District, teaching Kindergarten for almost 30 years before working as the District’s Early Learning Teacher Consultant. Marie also teaches part time for UBC and finds working with adults equally delightful as working with children. Marie has been involved with her children’s schools, participating in fundraising and other initiatives. In her spare time, Marie can be found digging in her garden, walking along the river, or cooking up a storm. She is married and has two grown children.
Marie joined the Caring Place Society in 2010 and currently chairs the Communications Committee.