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board of directors



Stacey Robinsmith Stacey Robinsmith
Chair
Stacey Robinsmith, a long-time advocate for social justice lives in Coquitlam with his wife and their twin daughters. He works as a teacher in the New Westminster school district as well as mentoring teacher- learners at Simon Fraser University. When not in a school setting, Stacey can be found walking in Coquitlam's Mundy Park with his kids and Lucy, the family dog.

Joan Isaacs Joan Isaacs
Vice-Chair
Joan's extensive business background and entrepreneurial skills incorporate over 30 years in the financial services industry and 10 years as a business development consultant for both profit and not for profit organizations. Her community work includes Tri-Cities Joint Family Court & Youth Justice Committee (Chair), Salvation Army (Regional Director), Tri-Cities Homelessness Task Force (Member), Homes for Good Society (Executive Director) and New View Society (Director and Fundraiser).

Peter Boyle Peter Boyle CA
Treasurer
After 12 years as an RCAF aircrew officer on all-weather fighters, became a Chartered Accountant in 1971. Spent more than 25 years at the CFO level with five School Districts and one University. Consulted for many School Districts, Colleges and both Ministries of Education in BC. 35 years of continuous volunteer service as member, director, chair, treasurer and president of many organisations.

Andrew Richards Andrew (Andy) Richards MA
Secretary
After a diverse thirty-four year law enforcement career in three separate agencies, Andy retired in June 2015 as the Deputy Chief Constable of the Port Moody Police Department. While in Port Moody Andy sat on the CERA Police Advisory Committee and developed a strong working relationship between the department and CERA. Andy came to policing as an educator with an undergraduate degree in that field. Once in policing, he ultimately specialized as an investigator, supervisor, and manager of complex and covert investigations; becoming an expert witness in respect of organized crime. Andy's work in combating high echelon organized crime earned him a Lieutenant Governor's Meritorious Service Medal and RCMP Commanding Officer's Commendation in 2014. He is also a recipient of the Governor General of Canada's 30 year Exemplary Service medal and, in 2011, graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from University of Fraser Valley. Andy is a faculty member at the Justice Institute of British Columbia where he teaches third and fourth year courses in Leadership, Police Governance and Accountability, and Aboriginal People and Policy in the Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies program. Andy is also a faculty member at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology where he instructs an introductory criminal justice course.

Elmer Froese Elmer Froese
Director
Dr. Elmer Froese headed the Burnaby School District as CEO and Superintendent of Schools for twenty-three years - the longest serving urban Superintendent in Canada. He completed his Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Saskatchewan, and served as an elementary teacher, vice-principal and principal in the Saskatoon Public Schools. He completed his Masters level education in curriculum and instruction as well as a Doctorate in Education from the University of Houston. Elmer has taught courses for the University of Saskatchewan, University of Houston, University of Victoria, and Simon Fraser University.

Lorne Zapotichny Lorne Zapotichny
Director
Lorne Zapotichny is the retired Chief Constable of New Westminster Police Department. Prior to joining the New Westminster Police Service, Lorne completed 30 years of service with the R.C.M.P. At the time of his retirement from the RCMP, Lorne was the Officer In Charge of the 160 member Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam Detachment where he demonstrated a strong commitment to community policing. With the assistance of many people, numerous new policing initiatives and strategies were implemented. Lorne has been a supporter of the CERA Society since the organization's inception. Lorne holds a B.A. from Notre Dame University of Nelson and a LLB (Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Victoria.

Kristen Johnston Kristen Johnston
Director
Kristen is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Mediator and Social Justice Advocate. Over the last 20 years she has worked to empower youth by holding space for healing and ensuring their voices are heard. Kristen is the founder of Juniper Counselling offering counselling services to youth and adults in the tri-cities.