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.
Guillermo moved to Delta in 1986, where he taught French, Social Studies and Spanish at Tsawwassen Jr. and later on at SDSS. He left the classroom in 1995 to become responsible for French Programmes and Services at the BCTF, providing assistance to teachers from Smithers to Fort St John, to 100 Mile House.
Now in retirement, Guillermo spend his days volunteering for ElderCollege Delta, the Delta Museum, the Delta Foundation, the Ladner Rotary and has joined the REACH Advisory Board after serving on the REACH Society Board in 2016 and 2017. He believes in what REACH does and aims to help where he can by sharing his experience as a former educator .
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.
Ulf lives in South Delta and is following in the footsteps of his wife Linda by stepping up to serve on the Reach Foundation Board. Linda’s contribution as a director was immense and she will always be remembered.
As a retired lawyer, Ulf has advisory expertise to offer Reach in many areas. He expects to derive great satisfaction from serving as a director at Reach and in turn serving the community. Ulf can help by advising on lease negotiation to securing funds to complete the Building for Children Together project with an abundance of prior experience serving on non-profit boards.
Loan worked as a Infant Development Program Consultant with REACH until 2017. She brings this broad experience to her role as advisory board director. Armed with an unfailingly positive attitude and a kind nature, her input to the organization is invaluable.
Former City of Delta Councillor Sylvia Bishop was REACH liaison at council for 7 years. During that time, Sylvia was instrumental in expanding awareness and securing donors for REACH programs. Now retired from City of Delta, Sylvia will offer her expertise on the community and her passion for children with needs to Reach Advisory Board. In addition, as a former teacher, Sylvia has a wealth of knowledge surrounding children’s learning.