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.

Ann Scott, Treasurer
Field of Expertise: Accounting & Consulting

Ann joined the Board as Treasurer in the fall of 2017. Ann previously served as Chair of the Boards of North Island College and Vancouver Island University and has served on number of other boards
including Comox Valley United Way, Courtenay Youth Music Society, Forbidden Toastmasters and the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society. Ann is a partner in Presley & Partners and has over 35 years’ experience in public practice. Ann was inspired join Dawn to Dawn by fellow board member Tom Grant’s leadership on practical solutions for homelessness.

Joan Collinge, Secretary 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.

Kristi Meier, Director
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.

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.

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.

Joyce Wilson, Director
Field of Expertise: Program Development, Management & Evaluation

Joyce joined the Board in 2017.  She moved to the Comox Valley in 2015 after over 18 years as a Housing Manager and as Director of Programs with Lookout Emergency Aid Society, a large not for profit society based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Lookout provides emergency and extreme weather shelters, transitional and permanent housing, outreach services, and a drop-in centre, in Vancouver, New Westminster, and North Vancouver.  She is an advocate for and experienced in providing minimal-barrier, harm reduction oriented services to those who have few, if any, options and the most significant barriers to finding and maintaining housing. She also volunteers on the Board of St George’s United Church and on the Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness.


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