Need Shelter Now? Raising the Roof

Richard Clarke, President
Field of Expertise – Non-profit Governance

After 37 years in the Public Sector, Richard moved to the Comox Valley in 2011 and established Avenidor Consultants, a public sector service reform focused consultant service. He currently serves on the Boards of the Canadian Landmine Foundation, the Institute of Citizen Centred Services, The Rotary Foundation (Canada), and the Comox Valley Airport Commission. Richard is a longstanding member of The Redwood, a shelter for women and children in Toronto.

Evangeline Mathura, Vice-President
Field of Expertise: Fund-raising  and Event Planning

Evangeline has had a variety of administrative and project management assignments and a stint as a small business owner here in the Comox Valley. She has volunteered with various charitable efforts both in BC and in Costa Rica. Most recently Evangeline was the campaign coordinator for the ” Bring Isaac Home Campaign”,  and is serving as a project coordinator for the Comox Valley’s Cascade Crusaders.

Judy Brooks, Secretary
Field of Expertise: Literacy and Community Development

Judy joined the Board of Directors in February 2012, having served on the Volunteer Development Committee and in several fundraising projects.  She has 25 years’ experience in Community Development, collaborating with government, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders to secure program delivery and practitioner training for Adult and Family Literacy programs.  As the Regional Coordinator (Vancouver Island), Judy contributed to the development of provincial policy for this sector. She continues to deliver tutor training on the Island and is an active member of Comox Valley ElderCollege.

Kristi Meier, Treasurer
Field of Expertise: Accounting & Tax

Kristi joined the Board of Dawn to Dawn as treasurer in 2014 after serving on the Board of Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society for ten years.  She is a chartered accountant at Presley & Partners where she has worked for the last 19 years.  Kristi enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community.

Richard Belford, Director
Fields of Experience: Literacy and Education

Richard first earned a Bachelor of Music degree and worked as a professional musician (on double bass and bass guitar), a piano tuner/technician, a concerts manager, an arts administrator, and with a music publisher. After completing a Masters in Library and Information Science degree, he spent over 20 years as a librarian. He also taught the Library Technician program in Saskatoon at SIAST, and in Abbotsford BC at UCFV. Richard has served on several cultural non-profit boards. He also has a strong interest in the natural world and related environmental issues.

Joan Collinge, Director and Liason Comox Rotary
Field of Expertise: Education

Joan joined the board in April 2013, following a move to the Comox Valley in 2009 and a twenty-year career at Simon Fraser University (SFU). At SFU, Joan was committed to enhancing access to learning for those not able to attend classes on campus or during regular hours. She championed the importance of distance and online education.  Her last SFU position as Dean, pro tem, of Continuing Studies was in keeping with her belief in the importance of educational opportunities for non-traditional students … a value she continues to support as a course facilitator for Elder College.  She also volunteers with the Comox Valley Hospice Society

Tom Grant, Director
Field of Expertise: Business

Tom comes back to the Board after a two year absence.  Tom co-founded Dawn to Dawn in 2007, after Chairing the “Mayors Task Force on Homelessness”.  A strong proponent of the “Housing First” model to end homelessness, he first developed the scattered housing used by Dawn to Dawn today,as well as the “Trailers for homeless” program in partnership with Comox Rotary Club. Tom is a past president of the Comox Rotary Club and continues to be an active Rotarian.

Karen Guinan, Director
Field of Expertise: Accounting and Tax

Karen joined the Board of Directors in October 2015 after having served as treasurer on the board of directors of the D’Estere Senior Citizens Housing Society that provided low cost housing for senior citizens. She currently serves as treasurer of the Comox Valley United Soccer Club.  She is a partner at Lund Thorburn Guinan Chartered Professional Accountants, which is now named Thorburn Guinan. Karen is an avid soccer player, mountain biker and overall fitness enthusiast.

Michael Pitcher, Director
Field of Expertise: Business and Community Service

Michael has lived in the Comox Valley for the past 20 years and currently Manager / Co-owner of Grains Bakery, a 40 year commercial / retail business supporting the North Island Food Services market.A strong proponent for solutions to the issues facing those in need, he has served with the Van Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports, V.I. Mountain Snowsport Society, the Mayor’s task-force on Homelessness, Valley Housing initiatives and supports other local notable organizations that care for the practical needs of others.

Jeff Townsend, Director
Field of Expertise: Construction and Land Use Management

Jeff and his family moved back to the Comox Valley in 2012 after spending 13 years in Pensacola Florida. He moved to Florida to join Innisfree Hotels: a development and management company. With them, Jeff managed a diverse range of construction projects and created the successful development department. Innisfree experienced remarkable growth during Jeff’s tenure as President of Development and they completed several high profile projects in southeastern USA. Jeff recently completed his MBA at Royal Roads University.

Dr. Jonathan Kerr, Director
Field of Expertise: Healthcare, Strategic Planning, Governance

Dr. Jonathan Kerr is a family physician who has recently moved to Comox with his wife and two young children. As soon as Dr. Kerr arrived in the Comox Valley, he became actively involved with the Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness. He believes the social determinants of health, especially housing, are vital to the overall health of an individual and the community as a whole. Dr. Kerr was the 2014 President of the Ontario College of Family Physicians, representing over 13,000 family doctors in the province.

Trish Turnbull, Director
Field of Expertise: Program Development, Management, and Evaluation

Trish Turnbull moved to the Comox Valley in 2012, after a 30 year career in human services in Alberta. She managed the Canadian Mental Health Association in Red Deer, Alberta for over 23 years and also worked as a consultant with the Provincial Government. She has extensive experience in developing, managing and evaluating programs for individuals with mental illness and addictions. She was fortunate to receive a Muttart Fellowship in 2005 and spent one year travelling and reviewing the most effective practises to end homelessness. She is a major advocate for “Housing First” and harm reduction approaches. She holds a Masters of Science Degree in Health Service Administration.


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