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Caring Place board extends thank you to Richmond

By Richmond Caring Place Board

Published 1:21 PDT, Fri May 31, 2019

As Richmond Caring Place celebrates our 25th birthday, the staff and board of directors would like to extend a heartfelt ‘Thank you’ to the many people and groups we see each week and month. Thank you to the agencies, both past and present, that do such a valuable work for the community. Thank you to the staff, board and volunteers over the past 25 years, for the work you have done and contributed to our facility’s success. And thank you to the City of Richmond for the support that made Caring Place a reality in 1994, and which help us today and into the future.

More that anything, we would like to thank the people of Richmond. Your ongoing support of the agencies who work from our facility is the reason we are all here. When you support these agencies through volunteer time, and donations in kind, or through charitable contributions, you reinforce the sense of community that Richmond is so well known for.

On behalf of the staff and board at Richmond Caring Place, thank you for everything you have done for the past 25 years. We look forward eagerly to the next 25, as we care for our community together.

Jeremy Colwell

Chair, Board of Directors

Richmond Caring Place

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.

Karen Holden is chair of the HR Committee. She 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. Holden volunteers for Nite of Hope, The Gateway Theatre, Richmond Retired Teachers Executive, The Terry Fox Run and Richmond Spirit Runners.

Suzanne Lightfoot has been a Richmond resident for 25 years. Suzanne has her BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and is currently the Western Accounts Manager with a National Plastics Manufacturer.

Suzanne has served in various roles: The Chimo Board, The Garratt Wellness Board, Air Attack Volleyball Club, Richmond Minor Hockey, PAC Chair for Richmond Secondary School, and Blundell Elementary School.

Kim Schuss is a chair of Caring Place’s Operating Committee and a Principle of Dorset Realty Group Canada Ltd. Schuss is active in the Richmond Community, as a Director of the Caring Place Board since 2009, and a Director of the Richmond Hospital Foundation since 2011.

A Richmond resident for over 50 years, Marie Thom taught Kindergarten in Richmond School District for almost 30 years before working as the District’s Early Learning Teacher Consultant. Teaching part time at UBC. Marie has been involved with her children’s schools. She joined the Caring Place Society in 2010.

Richmond resident since 2004 Sheilah Marcelino is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) by profession, she oversees all aspects of the Society’s finances. She is currently the senior finance executive of a non-profit regulatory agency. Sheilah joined the Board in January 2018 and serves as the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.

Belinda Boyd, Leader, Community Engagement at Vancouver Coastal Health was apast Chair and Board member of the Richmond Caring Place Society for nine years, Belinda is pleased to return to the Board. Being a farm girl growing up in Richmond, Belinda understands the value of hard work.

Paul Rollo, a Richmond resident since 1973, has been a consulting land economist for 45 years currently under his own firm G. P. Rollo Associates, Land Economists. In this capacity he assists non-profit organizations, governments, developers and investors to prepare business plans and development strategies for non-profit and profit projects.

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