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Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives names board

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:03 PDT, Thu June 27, 2019

Last Updated: 2:12 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

Richard Vetter has stepped up to the plate as the new chair of Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives.

Richard Vetter has stepped up to the plate as the new chair of Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives.

Replacing longtime board chair Pat Watson who chose to step down this year, Vetter is the board’s former vice chair.

Vetter’s election coincides with those of 15 other volunteers, including community and business leaders from a variety of backgrounds, introduced at the local charity’s 47th annual general meeting June 19. Together, the board will be responsible for governing RCRG over the next year.

“With the board, our organization is in excellent hands,” says Ed Gavsie, president and chief executive officer of RCRG. “There’s a mix of experience and perspectives, skills and leadership styles. Each board member brings something unique to the table.”

The group features 12 returning members and four new directors who were recruited in recent months. The directors are: Christine Campbell, Rick Duff, Jasnique Gill-Nahal, Zinnia Johnston, Angela Lam, Lisa MacNeil, Candice Oye, Jordan Oye, Charmaine Ponnambalam, Lawrie Portigal, Jat Puri, Rebecca Swaim, Richard Vetter, Ray Wang, Lisa Wong and Melissa Zhang.“RCRG’s staying power is a testament to the combined efforts of our board Members, staff, and volunteers,” says Gavsie. “The people behind the organization, from top to bottom, are the ones who keep it evergreen.”

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives is a registered charity that serves as a hub for volunteering and giving. RCRG is also a direct service provider, operating a child care resource and referral centre, the Richmond Christmas Fund and a variety of seniors community support services.

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