our organization is built on the hearts, talent, and commitment of many
OUR ADMIN TEAM
These people volunteer their time to help guide our work.
Director: Doug Barton
Bio coming soon!
Chair: Lynn Carter
Lynn has been a long serving member of the Greater Vancouver Community Social Services Society Board of directors. She served as Board Chair for many years until September 2015 and then served on the Executive Committee and other ongoing and ad hoc Board Committees. Lynn has over 30 years’ experience in the social services and educational sectors. She has worked at Langara College since 1982 as an Instructor and Chair of the Social Service Worker Program Work Department. She is also President of the Langara Faculty Association.
Lynn has worked in other social and educational areas including child welfare, education, professional regulation, and positions with various government organizations and commissions including the Ministry for Children and Families; the Gove Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection; the Board of Registration for Social Workers; and Family Services of Greater Vancouver.
Ms. Carter’s education includes a BA from the University of Wisconsin, MSW from the University of British Columbia and post graduate studies in health policy from the London School of Economics. Her volunteer background includes appointments as Chairperson, BC Benefits Tribunals; Chairperson, Vocational, Rehabilitation and Disabled Persons Appeals; and Member, Panel Roster of Complaints Division, Children’s Commission.
Past Chair: Jennifer Cudlipp
Jennifer Cudlipp is an executive at Lifelabs with over 15 years of experience in healthcare and technology. As former CFO at BC Biomedical Jennifer led the successful sale of BC Biomedical to LifeLabs in 2013, holding several senior level roles in Finance, Strategy, Human Resources and is now Lifelabs' Senior Vice President, British Columbia, and President of Excelleris Technologies.
Jennifer holds a CPA, CGA designation and has earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and finance from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Jennifer is committed to giving back to her community. Among being the Chair of the board of directors for RainCity Housing and Support Society, she is a director for the United Way of the Lower Mainland and LifeSciences of British Columbia.
Director: Lisa Gardner
Lisa is an experienced senior financial and project management professional working within Canadian and global organizations for over 20 years. Her working life began in the United Kingdom in the financial side of property management. She moved on to become a financial analyst at the Bank of Ireland, active in risk management and in the development of benchmarks and KPIs.
Moving to Canada 16 years ago, she handled financial matters for senior management in fields ranging from engineering to the health business at several large Canadian and international firms and recently in the housing sector working with not-for-profit housing cooperative organizations. Also she is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Consultant and Project Management Professional.
She is very pleased to serve on the Board of Directors of RainCity Housing and she is passionate about housing and healthcare for all.
Director: Amy Gill
Amy Gill is a senior financial professional with more than 14 years of diverse experience in Vancouver and abroad. She has played a strategic role in a wide range of organizations that span from multinational public sector companies, to privately held startups, in addition to government and non-profit organizations. Amy is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and a graduate of Simon Fraser University (BBA). She currently serves as the Director of Finance at Thomas Downie Holdings, a private enterprise involved in real estate development and asset management in North America. She serves on multiple boards providing governance and oversight and gets tremendous fulfilment from giving back.
Amy has always been moved by how Raincity serves the most vulnerable members of our community with the dignity and respect that they deserve. She is passionate about helping people struggling with mental health, trauma, homelessness and substance use issues. She previously served as Treasurer at Raincity from 2012-2014 before moving abroad. She is excited to be back!
Director: Jackie Graham
Bio coming soon!
Treasurer: Parvinder Grewal
Parvinder is a CPA, CA with over 15 years’ experience in public practice and the financial services industry. He is currently employed with Central1, as a Director, Finance and leads the financial planning and analysis function. He is a strong supporter of cooperative values and is committed to social and environmental sustainability. Prior to Central1, he worked with Vancity Credit Union in various roles in Finance. He has extensive experience in financial and management reporting and development and delivery of corporate performance. He is experienced in making critical decisions and exercises leadership that enables the development of highly engaged, diverse and capable teams.
He is impressed by RainCity’s commitment to delivering progressive housing and support solutions for people in need and the commitment to treating people with dignity and respect. He is passionate about the issue of affordable housing in Vancouver and is pleased to serve on the Board of Directors.
Director: Nitin Khare
Nitin is an Executive Director, Internal Audit and Advisory Services for First Nations Health, Fraser Health, Providence Health Care, and Vancouver Coastal Heath (VCH) and also leads Enterprise Risk Management for VCH. He works closely with the boards and senior management of the health authorities and external community partners in carrying out projects relating to policy, governance, process and controls, operational improvement, and enterprise risk.
Prior to his current role, he held the role of Director of Internal Audit with Provincial Health Services Authority, and he has also worked in risk consulting at Deloitte in Toronto and audit with KPMG in Vancouver. Nitin is a CPA, CA with 20 years of experience and also has a Master of Professional Accounting and a Project Management Professional designation.
Nitin believes the housing and support programs that RainCity provides are at the core of addressing various challenges faced by the people living in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast and looks forward to helping the organization continue this important work.
Vice Chair: Chris Little
Chris Little is a CPA, CA with 18 years of finance, operations and strategic management experience. Over the course of her career Chris has worked in public practice, held a variety of consulting roles and is currently working in the not-for-profit sector.
Chris is currently the Director, Finance at Tides Canada providing operational and strategic leadership. Prior to joining Tides Canada, Chris served as Project Manager for a large finance system implementation at Vancity Savings and Credit Union, and was also a co-founder of the charitable project Reconciliation Canada and spent 11 years in public practice.
Chris has a passion for governance and strategic management and is thrilled to be joining the RainCity Board of Directors.
Director: Kendra Milne
Kendra Milne is a lawyer who works to use the law to create positive social change, particularly to support people who have traditionally been marginalized or disempowered in their communities. She currently leads the mental health and substance use-related policy work at a large provincial non-profit organization, and has previously worked to reform law and policy to better support intersectional gender equality, economic security and housing security in BC.
For many years Kendra ran a busy anti-poverty administrative law practice focused on the human rights of people living in poverty, during which she worked directly with hundreds clients throughout BC to advocate for their rights before decision-makers ranging from the residential tenancy branch to the Supreme Court of Canada. That experience deeply entrenched Kendra’s commitment to value the expertise that individuals hold about their own lives, needs and experiences.
Kendra is excited to join the RainCity board given the organization’s commitment to equity, transparency and recognizing the strengths of every person.