BOARD OF DIRECTORS
"The Clubhouse has an independent board of directors . . . comprised of individuals uniquely positioned to provide financial, legal, legislative, employment development, consumer and community support and advocacy for the Clubhouse."
- International Standards for Clubhouse Programs, Standard #32
Jessica has been on the Pathways board since 2012 and is the current president. She is a practicing lawyer and senior manager of Prevention Field Services at WorkSafeBC. Jessica is strongly committed to mental health issues and, in addition to her work with Pathways, is a founding member of a volunteer committee at WorkSafeBC that organizes events and raises awareness around World Suicide Prevention Day. Jessica is also a former board member of the Lawyers Assistance Program of BC, a peer support program for members of the legal community affected by mental illness or addictions.
Ron PAYSENVice President
Ron has been a Board member for The Pathways Clubhouse for over 10 Years. Being a Board of Director member for Pathways has always been a great privilege and honor. Ron has enjoyed working with the Clubhouse Staff and Directors who have shown such great enthusiasm and interest making the Clubhouse an enjoyable and better place to visit. Ron looks forward to the future of the new Clubhouse premises and all the successes it will continue bring to the City of Richmond and those who attend.
For the past 29 years, Karen has worked for the Richmond School District with over 25 years as a Business Assistant. In the early 2000's she experienced some mental health challenges and became a member of Pathways Clubhouse. Karen joined the Board of Directors in 2003 and has been the Secretary during her entire term. She has also represented Pathways Clubhouse at various regional and international conferences, speaking about how the Clubhouse has supported her to return to work.
David first connected with Pathways Clubhouse back in 2004, as the member responsible for Learning & Development at the Richmond R.C.M.Police, through a partnership that saw Pathways’ Members and Staff provide a series of introductory interactive information sessions for local Law Enforcement, designed to increase awareness and reduce stigma associated to mental health issues.
Since those original presentations, the connection has remained and grown stronger, with David continuing to work to increase mutual awareness between the Law Enforcement community, and those struggling with mental illness. He continued this relationship of mutual awareness and stigma reduction with his move to the Transit Police in 2010, as he led the internal/external looking Mental Health Priority within that organization.
In October 2015, David became a member of our Board of Directors, and after retiring from Law Enforcement in August 2016, he continues to provide support to Pathways Clubhouse, through the Board and the passion he brings to the role of Emcee at a number of our charitable events.
During her final years of university, Michelle worked as a summer student for Pathways. Upon graduation from UBC and for the following 7 years, Michelle worked for MPA as a mental health outreach worker, and currently works as a manager with Community Corrections. She feels honored to be able serve as a member of the Board of Directors for Pathways and has witnessed first-hand the good work Pathways does for its members and the community.
Susan worked at Pathways Clubhouse from 1990 until 2007. During that time she worked as a Unit Leader, Employment Manager, Housing Manager and Program Director. She also sat on the Faculty for Clubhouse Development for Clubhouse International performing clubhouse accreditations throughout the United States and Canada. In 2007 she left Pathways Clubhouse to be a full-time mom and has sat on Pathways Clubhouse's Board of Directors since 2010.
As a top realtor in Richmond Patti is passionately committed to the community she has lived and
worked in since 1987. She believes strongly in active community membership. Dedicated to giving back, Patti has been the organizer for the Richmond Christmas fund Realtor Challenge for a number of years. She was president of the Richmond Ravens Female Hockey for eight years and acted as past president to support a smooth transition. She is also a proud supporter of the Children’s Miracle Network and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation along with many other local causes she supports both financially or with time. She believes strongly in the Pathways Clubhouse and looks forward to working with others towards eliminating the stigma around mental illness.
Sandra is a life-long Richmond resident, the President of Mothers Choice Products and is also a member of Richmond Sunrise Rotary. Through her Rotary club's support of Pathways, she became aware of transitional employment opportunities, and in 2015 Mothers Choice became an ‘Employment Partner’. “It is rewarding to see the progress a Pathways member makes while in the transitional employment program, but what it does for our Mother Choice team was unexpected. The transitional employment program instills empathy, tolerance and understanding for people recovering from mental illness, which helps to eliminate the stigma surrounding it”.
Mr. Priest has worked in the telecommunications field for over 35 years. He held various positions at Telus/BC Tel prior to launching Lite Access Technologies in 2005 and ultimately taking it public. He is a graduate of British Columbia Institute of Technology and has completed 50+ telecommunication, engineering and business courses over the past 20 years. As well, Mr. Priest has completed the Public Companies Course– Financing, Governance and Compliance at Simon Fraser University. He currently sits on the Board of the Economic and Development Board for the City of Richmond. He has a passion for entrepreneurship and Business development.