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 Solution Engineer with The Land Administration Company supporting the development and operations of a SaaS cadastre and land registry solution. Rob was a Senior Project Engineer with MDA where he worked for 27 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. He graduated in 1986 from SFU with a B.Sc. degree in Computing Science and Mathematics and also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
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.
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.
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Tanya is an experienced stakeholder engagement and business advisor, board member and community leader. She is a member of the Tsawwassen First Nation (“TFN”) and lives on TFN lands, where she formerly served as an elected Councillor.
Tanya has over 20-years’ experience working with and leading First Nations, businesses, and not-for-profits. Currently, she provides advisory services to connect industry and Indigenous communities to build partnerships leading to economic reconciliation. She was recently recognized for her work as a key liaison between TFN and the City of Delta and was the recipient of the 2021 Tsawwassen Rotary Peace Builder Award.
Tanya is an active member of the community serving as a volunteer on wide range of Boards at the local, provincial, and national levels. She is currently a member of the New Relationship Trust Board of Directors, Delta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, City of Delta’s Mayor’s Task Force on Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism, Reach Child and Youth Development Society Advisory Board, Advisory Committee for Phase 2 Indigenous Governance Advisory Toolkit, and Council Member for the BC Capacity Initiative Council.
She has also served as Vice Chair to the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Board of Governors, a Director for the Reach Foundation, World Trade Centre Vancouver Advisory Committee, CCAB Indigenous Export Advisory Council and Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation.
Tanya is also a member of the Conservative Party’s Leadership Election Organizing Committee and ran in the 2019 federal election in the riding of Delta.
Tanya was elected BC Treaty Commission Commissioner by the First Nations Summit for a one-year term beginning in February 2018.
She is a member of Tsawwassen First Nation and has served as an elected Executive Councillor. She worked for the TFN Government for 20 years and has held key roles with the Treaty Team and the Economic Development Corporation.
Tanya studied at the University of Northern BC and holds a Public Relations Associate Certificate from British Columbia Institute of Technology. She resides on TFN lands with husband Matt and her two children, Isabella, and James.