MEET OUR ADVISORY BOARD
The Advisory board provides advice and makes recommendations to the Reach Society Board of Directors to support the organization’s strategic directions.
Having worked at Reach for many years, I am very familiar with the exemplary values, culture, and expertise that resides there. Reach genuinely embraces family and child-centred values, and highly experienced and qualified staff work very hard to partner with families to increase quality of life and optimal development for the child. The impact of the programs and services at REACH is significant and positive, and any of my time I give to REACH is time very well spent.
Rob has been involved with Reach for many years, in various roles including President of the Board. He has also been on the Board of several other local charities including ACT:Autism Community Training, Giant Steps Vancouver and the Autism Society of BC.
Rob is a Senior Project Engineer with MDA where he has worked for over 20 years in the development of large scale computer systems including satellite ground stations, satellite imaging systems, flight planning and pre-flight briefing systems, weather systems and property information systems. Rob is also the founders of EyeOnBoard Marine Monitoring, a provider of yacht monitoring and security systems. He graduated in 1986 from SFU with a B.Sc. degree in Computing Science and Mathematics.
Rob is married to his best friend Sherry and they reside in Surrey with their two boys. Both boys are affected by autism. Rob and Sherry have utilized ABA in specialized home programs for each of their children, and have received services from Reach including Positive Behavioural Support and the Reach Preschool previously named LEAP. Rob’s children have also attended Giant Steps Vancouver specialized school for children within the autism spectrum.
Leslie was on the Reach Board of Directors from 2010 to 2015. With over 25 years of experience in the field, Leslie dedicated her career to community development, with a special focus on providing inclusive child care and family opportunities for children of all ages. Her long list of attributes include strong financial training, abilities and awareness specific to the non-profit sector, as well as diligent advocacy for the issues of families of children with higher needs.
Leslie has her diploma in Early Childhood Development and further education from the University of Victoria School of Child and Youth Care. She is regularly active in the volunteer community, not only with programs like the YWCA mentorship program, but also in her own children’s and grand-children’s programs.