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: 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.
Chair: Jennifer Cudlipp
Jennifer Cudlipp is a senior leader at Lifelabs with over 10 years of experience in the Laboratory sector participating in system collaboration and Laboratory reform. As former CFO at BC Biomedical Jennifer was responsible for Finance, Accounting and Risk management. Jennifer led the successful sale of BC Biomedical to LifeLabs in 2013 joined LifeLabs through the acquisition. Jennifer led the integration of the Finance function in BC, and in 2015 moved into the Office of strategy management as the Director of Strategy for Western Canada. Most recently, Jennifer joined the People team to lead talent acquisition and organisational effectiveness.
Jennifer is a CPA, CGA with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Jennifer currently serves on the Justice Institute Foundation Board of Directors.
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.
Treasurer: Parvinder Grewal
Parvinder is a CPA, CA with over 10 years’ experience in public practice and the financial services industry. He is currently employed with Vancity Credit Union, is a strong supporter of cooperative values and is committed to social and environmental sustainability. He has extensive experience in financial and management reporting and development and delivery of corporate performance. He is experienced in making critical decision, and exercises leadership that enables the development of highly engaged, diverse and capable teams.
He is impressed by RainCity’s commitment to deliver progressive housing and support solutions for people in need and the commitment to treat 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: 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: Stephen Menon
Bio coming soon!
Director: Joshua Mann
Joshua (Josh) is a Junior Program Officer at the Public Health Agency of Canada, with a Master of Law & Legal Studies from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Anthropology & Economics from the University of Northern British Columbia. His experience includes working directly with youth, homeless people, street level people, and other vulnerable populations in Northern BC as a Health Educator and Facilitator at a local not-for-profit. This experience allowed him to gain valuable insight into the implications of addictions, mental illness, socio-economic distress and inequality and the major impact of inaccessible housing. Housing continuously emerged as a leading factor in childhood instability, addictions, mental illness, job insecurity, trauma, and abuse.
His work experience includes evaluations under the programming umbrellas of the HIV & HCV Community Action Fund, Harm Reduction, and Early Childhood Development, Aboriginal Head Start and mental health and wellness in the workplace, specifically on Youth Suicide Prevention, National Suicide Prevention Framework, and LGBTQQ2S Suicide Awareness. He brings a good level of knowledge and understanding of the history and impact of colonization in Canada. Josh is passionate about supporting the organisation and being an active member of the RainCity board.
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.
Vice Chair: Scott Morishita
Scott Morishita is a lawyer with the Municipal Insurance Association of B. C., which is a member-owned, non-profit insurance cooperative. Scott’s legal work focuses on all areas of local government liability. Scott previously worked as a personal injury lawyer, acting for people injured through the fault of others. Through this work Scott gained considerable experience advocating for people suffering from significant physical and mental disabilities.
Scott attended the University of British Columbia, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree and pursued graduate studies focusing on Indigenous rights and title. He received his law degree at the University of Victoria, where he took an interest in Indigenous law.
Scott enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends. Scott is also passionate about personal growth and development, and is pursuing a certificate in counselling skills.
Scott is thrilled and honoured to be joining the board of directors and looks forward to making a positive contribution to an amazing organization.
Past Chair: Stacey Morrison
Stacey is a proven high-achieving professional with 15+ years of progressive leadership, management consulting, and communications experience. She has a strong background in strategic planning and facilitation that spans several industries – from software development to retail banking. If you’re looking for letters, Stacey has them. She earned her Bachelor of Arts (Honors) and Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. She’s authored and published business cases through Harvard Publishing focused on advertising effectiveness, consumer behaviour, ethical issues, and marketing communications.
Stacey is a huge community advocate and spends her spare time volunteering for several local organizations. Currently, she proudly chairs the Board of Directors for RainCity Housing and Support Society, sits on the YWCA Woman of Distinction Nomination’s Committee, and is a judge for the Ma Murray community newspaper awards.
Director: Rebecca Sharma
Rebecca is a creative fundraising and communications professional with over 15 years of results-oriented experience. Currently working as a fundraising and management professional in the health care sector, she divides her time equally between major gift fundraising and campaign management, working closely with health care and physician partners to link urgent fundraising needs with potential donors to realize greater patient outcomes. Prior to her work in health care, she spent over a decade in the non-profit world, focusing mainly on marketing, communications, and fundraising in Vancouver’s arts community.
Rebecca is a strong advocate in the mental health community. As a volunteer, she has served as Co-Chair of Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)’s Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Family Advisory Committee, helping to develop VCH’s Family Policy and organize and publicize their annual Family Conference. Rebecca is also a co-organizer of Me Too, a six-part anti-stigma speaker series developed in collaboration with VCH and the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.
Rebecca has always been excited about the essential, anti-oppressive work of RainCity Housing, and looks forward to supporting the organization through insights gained in her professional, volunteer, and family lives.