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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the group of volunteers who guide the Vancouver Community Network’s policy directions. They are elected once per year by the VCN membership at an annual general meeting.

Email to the Board may be sent to: board@vcn.bc.ca

You can learn more about what’s involved in being a VCN board member.

The current Board, elected by the Membership at as of February 23 2017 Annual General Meeting is as follows:

✔ Craig McLachlan, Acting-President, 15 years

Organizer and advocate for injured and disabled workers, both provincially and nationally. Former Director of the North Shore Lifeboat Society former Member of the steering committee of the BC Canadian Injured Workers Alliance and founder of the CompoNet website, a resource site for worker’s compensation issues. Co-facilitator of the Povnet WCB-BC list-serve an online resource for WCB advocates. Has considerable experience in facilitating email lists, internet communication and online meeting and organizing.

✔ Nick Hamill, Treasurer 1 year

Nick Hamill received his BCom from the University of Victoria in 2006 and, after articling with Deloitte in Vancouver, received his Chartered Accountant designation in 2011. In 2012, Nick joined the corporate development department for a group of NYSE listed public companies, whereupon he obtained his Chartered Business Valuator designation in 2013.  Currently, Nick is the Corporate Controller at a BC based shipping and logistics company with operations across Western Canada and the US. Nick is also a board member of the BC Lower Mainland branch of D.A.R.E BC.

✔ Chris Stanley At-large, 2 years

Technical Support engineer

✔ Brendan Houle, At-large, 6 years

Local business owner and entrepreneur. Holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Victoria. Has developed new branding strategies for one of Vancouver’s oldest non-profit organizations. Nineteen-year engagement in local online communities. Continues to be passionate about the free use and availability of online communication tools.

✔ Tony Swain, At-large, re-elected in 2014 – prior tenure of 4 years

Retired Applied Science technologist, who worked in the mechanical and aeronautical design industry. Until recently, a long-time volunteer for the GVRD Parks Partnership at Delta Heritage Airpark, the BC Aviation Council, and the Canadian (Aircraft) Owners & Pilots Association. Feels it critical that VCN continue to pro- vide it’s valuable service to other none commercial and low-income users!

✔ Patrick Clark, At-large, 2 year

Long-time computer enthusiasts and disability social justice activist. Past Non-profit board and committee experience include: “HandyDart” advisory committee, board member Voice of Cerebral Palsy of greater Vancouver. Freelance web designer in the 80s and 90s, worked with non-profit groups such as “Pace” and grass root businesses such as “Lunch à la kart”. Core motivations: I feel that is very important that all persons within society have access to, and the opportunity to learn, any technology, which empowers them. Thereby helping to ensure, dignity, safety and involvement with society.