Board of Directors


Ian Fleming, Board Chair
Ian is a lawyer in Powell River who insists he is too busy for activities or special interests but can be found running, cycling and gardening when time allows.  Ian is an active father in the lives of his two adult children and remembers his years of parenting young children with fondness.

Hugh Prichard, Board Vice-Chair
Hugh currently works with School District # 47 as the director of the Outdoor Learning Centre as well as managing other specialized programs targeting struggling teens. He has over 20 years of experience working with children and families across Canada. He has been an advocate for youth in Powell River since 1997 and was instrumental in establishing the Youth Advisory Committee and several Tla’Amin youth programs. He has extensive experience as both an administrator and a front line worker. Hugh is also the founding Director of Terracentric Adventures based in Lund.

Mike Gormley, Treasurer, is retired from a long career with the Ministry of Children & Family Development and brings many years of experience of serving as Treasurer in a variety of not-for-profits.  He enjoys travelling, bee-keeping and boats.  Someday he will take up writing again.

Art Richards, Director, is a retired business person with a background in electronics and instrumentation. Art is new to the community of Powell River but brings a strong interest in community, ten years as a Cub Scout Leader, nine years as a soccer coach. Art has experience with and a passion for Restorative Justice, woodworking, writing, stained glass and playing the flute.

Rita John, Director, has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and has worked for School District #47 for many years in the position of Health Promotion Advisor. She started her current position as Early Learning Coordinator in July 2007. Rita has served as Secretary for the PR Aquatic Club, and is an active member of the PR Fine Arts Weaving Department. She has two fabulous young adult children. Rita was first a Board member in March 2006.