Meet Board Directors | Doug Neale and Shyanne Boudreau

Doug Neale BOARD DIRECTOR | 2006 to present

I grew up in the Alberni Valley on Vancouver Island during an era when parents did not need to know where we were all the time. Streams and forests were in our backyard, so it was easy to develop a great love of the outdoors where friends and I hiked, fished, foraged, played baseball, built treehouses etc. After High School, some of us were fortunate enough to get jobs in the pulp mill where, after getting all the overtime we could we were able to afford our years at University.

I spent most of my working life in the Delta School District as a teacher, vice-principal, principal, and Delta Teachers’ Association president. In fact, in 1970 as a brand- new vice-principal and 1972 as a brand-new principal I was fortunate to open new schools. During my time as a Principal, I also

DOUG NEALE Newfoundland, Canada (2017)

served for several years on a BC Teachers’ Federation committee whose members would travel to different remote communities to try and help resolve simmering disputes. After retiring from Delta, I worked with UBC student teachers for a few years. I loved my years in education and being an active advocate for the public school system. My wife Ann and I have 3 engaged and caring adult boys (men) and 3 beautiful Winnipeg grandchildren from 3 to 11 years old. Ann and I enjoy travelling to different destinations in Canada and around the world. Our favourite trips always seem to revolve around a lot of hiking. Leisure time activities include flyfishing, golfing, hiking, walking our puppy Tika, reading, following politics etc. After retirement, I volunteered as a Crisis Line worker when the Crisis Line was a part of Surrey Community Services Society and I was asked if I would be interested in becoming a Board member. I served on the Board for a short time before it merged with Options and when we were looking at merging, I could see that the two societies would be a particularly good fit and I became an Options Board member. I continued with the Options’ Board because it was apparent that a lot of impressive work was happening in our community because of the dedicated and caring staff. The wide-ranging programs that we operate encompass so many societal issues and I am in awe of the incredible work that everyone does. I am so proud to play a small role on behalf of the Society.



Shyanne Boudreau BOARD DIRECTOR | 2018 to present

Taanishi, my name is Shyanne Boudreau. My father, Richard, is Métis and Acadien from the Northern Region of New Brunswick and my mother, Lynda, is a Samì and Polish first generation settler from the Lower Mainland. I have had the opportunity to live in many regions of Turtle Island, throughout my life, but I currently reside on the unceded, traditional and ancestral lands of the Musqueam and Squamish Peoples.

I am privileged to work closely with the H ə n̓q̓ ə min̓ ə m speaking Musqueam community in my role as the Coordinator of the Gathering Space, Indigenous Education and Services (IES) at sn ə w̓ey əɬ lel ə m̓, Langara College. My main role at the College is to support our Indigenous learners in any way that I can. Our IES team works closely together alongside other internal student service teams to ensure the success of our students and it is an honor to get to spend my days with our amazing students. Maarsii, Shy As my mother is originally from Whalley, I have been afforded the opportunity to spend much time in the Surrey area, which as we know Options has served for many years. My parents always ensured that community and supporting community were a big part of mine, and my brother’s lives. I have always been impressed with Options mission to help others help themselves and their desire to listen to their community, to learn first hand what folks need and do everything they can to support their needs. When I was completing my Masters Degree at SFU, I was approached by my supervisor and advised that Options Community Services was looking for new Board members. Knowing about my commitment to serving and supporting communities, he encouraged me to apply and I guess the rest is history! Since joining the Board I continue to be in awe of the incredible dedication to removing barriers and creating dignified and accessible programming. It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve on this Board and I look forward to remaining a part of the Options family for many years to come.

SHYANNE BOUDREAU Grand Canyon (2019)

The Grand Canyon region has been home to humans for more than 13,000 years. The Ancestral Puebloan people have lived in and around the canyon for several thousand years, leaving behind dwellings, garden sites, food storage areas, and artifacts. Modern tribes still consider Grand Canyon their homeland. Eleven contemporary tribes have cultural links to the area, and their oral histories are rich with references to the creation of that great chasm and torrential river. These eleven tribes include: Havasupai Tribe, AZ; Hopi Tribe, AZ; Hualapai Tribe, AZ; Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, AZ; Las Vegas Band of Paiute Indians, NV; Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, NV; Navajo Nation, AZ; Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, UT; San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, AZ; The Pueblo of Zuni, NM and Yavapai- Apache Nation, AZ.



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