Dianne Milsom - President
Dianne has lived in Richmond since 1989 and has been an active member of her community all these years. After working for the Richmond School Board for 25 years, she opened a private practice as a Speech/Language Pathologist and spent the last 6 years of her working life creating what she considered to be an ideal clinic for clients, their families and the 15 employees of the practice. In December 2011, Dianne formally retired and since then has been actively involved with the Richmond Weavers and Spinners Guild, the South Fraser Unitarian Church and maintaining her own health and fitness. Dianne lives with her partner John Skapski and has one son and daughter-in-law who live in Winlaw BC.
Yasmin Rahman - Vice President
Yasmin has lived,worked and volunteered in Richmond for 30 years. Her background is in healthcare, community services and education. Yasmin has consulted for the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy programs and currently serves on the Seniors Advisory Board for the City of Richmond. Yasmin has consulted for and been involved with pilot projects for mental health and addictions involving recovery homes that are licensed with the health authority.. Through her work with community pharmacies, Yasmin has developed and implemented programs that assist patients with their medication management in their own homes, encouraging independence. in 2016 Yasmin was recognized by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce as a finalist in the Innovation of the Year, Business Excellence Awards and was also an award nominee in the category of Business, Ethel Tibbits Women of Distinction.
Christine Kline - Treasurer
I have been a member of the Board of Richmond Addiction Services Society since 2003. I served as Vice-President from 2004 to 2009 and as President since then. I have a Master of Social Work Degree. Before retiring, I was a 30-year career public servant with the provincial government, holding a variety of senior management positions in health and social services. My experience included managing mental health services, addiction services, and child/youth/family services and ranged from community services to institutional programs, with budgets of up to $100,000,000 and 700 staff. Currently, in addition to my important role as grandmother - and my work with RASS, I am actively involved in work with two other Boards.
Sandra Gebhardt - Secretary
Sandra Gebhardt has 28 years of experience working in the Not for Profit sector; 17 years as Executive Director. She spent the majority of her career working in the children, youth and families sector and more recently Sandra has been working with seniors. In her capacity as Executive Director Sandra oversaw multiple government contracts as well as numerous Accreditation processes.
Over the years she has worked with and chaired a variety of boards and committees for both large and small organizations. Sandra is a past member of the Richmond Community Foundation's Board; the Federation of Community Social Services of BC and the Kiwanis Club. In 2008 Sandra was the recipient of United Way of the Lower Mainland's Award for Excellence as well as the Spirit of the Crane Gold Level Award for Business. She has lived in Richmond for 40 years and is a wife, mother and grandmother.
Cyrene Beavis - Director
Immigrated with family from Philippines as a young teen in 1980. Has lived in Richmond for 30 years. A mother of 2 young adult boys, Cyrene is passionate in her pursuit for personal growth and development. She acknowledges the need for lifelong learning by engaging in projects outside her comfort zone. When she is not at work, she enjoys gardening, golf and various sports & recreational activities.
This is Cyrene’s first year on the board of Director for RASS. She is an active volunteer and has successfully completed training as a Community Action Ambassador engaging isolated seniors on various relevant discussions around healthy aging including substance misuse and mental health issues. In addition she will soon be volunteering as a trained Senior Peer Counsellor in Richmond.
Cyrene has in excess of 20 years work experience in Sales & Marketing. Since 2004, she had taken a less active role in her career to care for growing boys and subsequently returned to work part time and expanded on volunteering. Four years ago, Cyrene ventured in her own small business. To date she continues to provide sales service as a Distributor of Promotional Products and Corporate gifts to a handful of select accounts.
Cyrene hopes to support RASS by increasing awareness of the many good things this organization do to service those impacted by addiction when ready for help and support through education, treatment and prevention by trained staff and dedicated volunteers.
Charmian Tuet - Director
Charmian initially joined Richmond Addictions Services Society’s (RASS) Board as a representative under Richmond Cares Richmond Gives’ Youth Now program, a commitment to allow youth with leadership potential to serve in a non-profit capacity. As a first generation immigrant with an educational background in Sociology and Human Geography, she hopes to develop a deeper understanding of her local community in Richmond and its multifaceted dynamics. Charmian became an official Board Member of RASS in 2017 after her term as a Youth Representative ended and is eager to continue her journey of growth in the years to come.
Aside from RASS, she is involved in Richmond as a crisis line volunteer. Charmian enjoys reading, exploring various genres of music and photography in her spare time.
Ken Anderson - Director
Ken lived in Richmond for many years prior to moving to other provinces to pursue his career. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has held the role of Chief Financial Officer in both municipal government and regional health authorities. Ken recently returned to Richmond and is involved with varied volunteer activities. In addition, he travels, hikes and bikes. Ken is married with two adult children.
Anand Dhatt - Director
Anand is an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, majoring in Biology. Having volunteered many hours with organizations throughout Richmond, such as Special Olympics BC, Richmond City Hall, and the Richmond Food Bank Society. Anand sought a unique volunteer opportunity to have a positive impact on the Richmond community through the Richmond Cares Richmond Gives Youth Now program, learning about non-profit board governance. Through the Youth Now program, Anand was able to observe the RASS board for one year, and then became an official board member in September 2018.
Rick Dubras - Executive Director
Richard aka Rick, has been the Executive Director of Richmond Addiction Services Society (RASS) since 2010. He was the Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor and one of the clinical counsellors of the Youth and Family Program at RASS since February 2007. Prior to his move to RASS, Rick worked as a clinical counsellor at Pacifica Treatment Centre since 2002 which he found incredibly enriching and helped him develop the foundation of his experience in the addiction field. Along with clinical supervision, his community development, grant writing and relationship building to be his motivation to help RASS continue to be a leader in prevention in the community of Richmond.
Educated at UBC for both his B.Sc (Bio-Psychology) and M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology and at the University of Bristol, England in Health Psychology, Rick brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping others and supervising those counselling others dealing with addiction and addiction related issues.