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 Management and Board of Directors

Sandy McIntosh




Sandy McIntosh is a Richmond resident and an active member of the community. As the Administrator of Richmond Caring Place, Sandy oversees the day-to-day operations of the facility, as well as tenant relations and staff management.

A diverse career in business development, property management and dedicated volunteer work complement the administration of Caring Place.  In her spare time, Sandy enjoys volunteering, hiking, dancing, travel and spending as much time as possible spoiling her grandchildren.

Jeremy Colwell
Jeremy Colwell




Jeremy Colwell, who joined the Caring Place Board in 2016, has been Chair of the Board of Directors since 2019. Originally from Montreal and fluent in French, in his regular day job Jeremy is the Managing Director of CPG Systems, an IT Support firm that specializes in helping Charities and Professional Services firms.

Previously, Jeremy was on the Board of the Stanley Park Ecology Society, and describes himself as a ‘serial volunteer who has trouble saying no when people ask for help’. He is also very actively involved with the Shriner’s of BC & Yukon, and currently sits as Chair of that group’s Marketing and Communications Committee. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys watching bad movies, gaming, and spending time with family.

Karen Holden
Karen L. Holden




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




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!

Kim Schuss
Kim R. Schuss




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
Marie E. Thom




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.

Sheilah Marcelino




Sheilah has been a Richmond resident since 2004. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) by profession, Sheilah oversees all aspects of the Society’s finances including the management of budget, investments, financial statements preparation, reporting and presentation to the Board. Sheilah brings to the Society more than 10 years of executive financial leadership experience in the private and regulatory non-profit sector with a focus on strategic, financial and risk management as well as executive and  board governance.

She is currently the senior finance executive of a non-profit regulatory agency.  Previously, she has held finance and management leadership roles in diverse industries such as consumer goods, retail, IT, transportation and logistics.  She is also an active member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Richmond and volunteers as a lector in Sunday masses. Previously, Sheilah served as the Chair for St. Paul’s School parent support group. Sheilah enjoys hiking, travelling and reading books. Sheilah joined the Board in January 2018 and serves as the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.

Belinda Boyd




Belinda is a professional in the field of patient public engagement (PPE) and works as Leader, Community Engagement at Vancouver Coastal Health. Her background and experiences, which includes working with many community leaders and organizations, has led to an understanding of the social determinants of health and the mechanisms needed to improve outcomes for individuals in our community.

As a past Chair and Board member of the Richmond Caring Place Society for 9 years, Belinda is pleased to have now returned to the Board. She values this role as well as the many other volunteer roles she holds in her home community of Richmond. Being a farm girl growing up in Richmond Belinda understands the value of hard work and is committed to strengthening and celebrating our community.

Allen Smith




Currently overseeing two Neighbourhood Houses in Vancouver and in the process of establishing another, Allen is looking forward to contributing to his local Richmond Community. With a background in Leadership in Non-Profit, Government and Industry, he also has experience in Accounting and IT. This is supplemented by a Post-Graduate in Business and Administration along with a Master of Management.

Allen has volunteered with school boards, budget advisory, victim support and started a food program to feed young disadvantaged school children. You may find him behind a computer, a golf club or occasionally on a hiking track with the family.

Moyra Dhaliwal
Moyra Dhaliwal



Moyra Dhaliwal previously lived in Richmond (1982-2003) and now lives in Vancouver with her husband, Reg. Retired since July 2009, Moyra was a lawyer for the federal government for 29 years. She worked on complex real estate and commercial law matters, including: airport transfers, the establishment of a national park reserve, indigenous consultations and treaty negotiations. Moyra enjoys international travel, gardening, reading, and speaking French.

Rebeca Avendano


Rebeca immigrated from Mexico in the 1980s and has been living and working in Richmond for over 25 years.  Having attended Charles E. London Secondary in Richmond, Rebeca subsequently completed a BA at the University of British Columbia.   Her background is in community and social services with a focus on program development, management and evaluation.  Rebeca volunteered and worked with Chimo Community Services for over 10 years and has been in the position of Manager, Welcome Centre at the Richmond School District for 6 years. 

In her spare time, she enjoys visiting the many beautiful parks and outdoor spaces in Richmond with her two you sons.

Damien Roussin
Damien Roussin

Damien Roussin grew up in the Lower Mainland and has worked in Richmond since 2007 where he is the CEO of Dorset Realty Group. Damien holds a BA from UBC and an MBA from SFU. Previously, Damien served several years as a member of Variety Children’s Charity’s Heart Fund Committee. His time with the Heart Fund confirmed the importance of small charitable organizations in the community and brought to light some of the practical challenges they face.

In his spare time, Damien enjoys cycling, home improvement projects and, most importantly, time with family.