These people volunteer their time to help guide our work.
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: Doug Barton
Bio coming soon!
Director: Jackie Graham
Bio coming soon!
Treasurer: 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.
Chair: Chris Little
Chris Little is a CPA, CA with over 20 years of finance, operations and strategic management experience. Over the course of her career Chris has worked in public practice, industry, a variety of consulting roles and has now followed her passion to the not-for-profit sector.
Chris is currently the Vice President of Corporate Services at the Vancouver Foundation. Prior to that she was Chief Financial Officer and Director of Finance at MakeWay, project management consultant at Vancity, co-founder and Director of Operations at Reconciliation Canada and Senior Manager at Ernst & Young LLP.
Chris has a passion for governance and strategic management and is thrilled to serve RainCity in this role.
Vice Chair: 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.