Meet the Directors

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.



Michael Kendler BOARD DIRECTOR | 1990 to present

I moved from Toronto after graduation and have lived and worked in Surrey for the past 45 years. I met my wife Joyce, in divorce court and we’ve been married for 42 years. Together we have raised 3 children. Joyce and I began travelling after our children left home. We mostly did bike trips, but also travelled to Tibet, Antarctica, Egypt, Galapagos Islands, Namibia and Myanmar.


In 1990, I was approached by Options’ then Board Chair, Trevor Armstrong; a friend in the legal profession and now a Supreme Court Judge, to join the Board. I suspect because he was told to find a replacement before he could step down.

The other directors, including Ken Holmberg and Lyn Policha made me feel welcome.

Over the past 30 years, I have served in various capacities, including 14 years as Board Chair. In addition, I have served on a number of committees for various terms, including the Finance, Audit, Housing Development and Constitution & Bylaws committees. A good argument for term limits!

I have stayed because I like the people and out of gratitude to Surrey, for the opportunities the city has given me.

India in November 2019 started with a few days in the southwest, in Kerala, then an organized bike trip, 5 guests (2 English, 1 Italian and us 2 Canadians), a guide, a driver and a helper. The tour began in Delhi, continued to Agra, then Rajasthan, ending in Jaipur. Along the way we stayed in 2 maharajas’ palaces, a national park and one night in hospital following a bike accident. After the tour, my wife and I taxied to Pushkar for the annual camel festival, then Udaipur before returning to Canada.

JOYCE & MICHAEL India (2019)



Amanda Bratch BOARD DIRECTOR | 2019 to present

I was born in England and moved to Surrey when I was 7 years old. I met my husband, Parm through mutual friends soon after graduating from the University of BC, where I attained both my undergraduate as well as Master’s degrees. I was proud to help patients as a Clinical Dietitian and Diabetes Educator at Surrey Memorial hospital and have continued my career throughout Western Canada - always covering the Fraser Health Authority. Our twins, who were born at Surrey Memorial Hospital, are forging their own paths locally after recently graduating from university.

AMANDA BRATCH Canmore and Lake Louise Trip (2020)

I love hiking and enjoyed a 3-day trip in the Canmore and Lake Louise area in September 2020.

Wanting to give back to the community that has given me so much, I was delighted to be selected to join the Options’ Board of Directors in 2019. Current Board Chair and longtime friend, Kamaljit Lehal was instrumental in my initial introduction and has been an exceptional mentor during these early board years. The entire board has been very welcoming and supportive.

I serve on the Governance Committee and focus on embodying the values

of Options’ staff members who work endlessly for vulnerable members of our community; supporting them in a safe, consistent and secure manner.




I grew up in Fernie, BC, before attending UBC. After UBC, I obtained my Chartered Accountants designation (now known as CPA, CA) and last year earned by ICD.D designation. I have been a resident of Surrey for 45+ years. My wife, Rosemary grew up in Surrey as well, graduating from Queen Elizabeth High School before going on to UBC to become a teacher. We raised our family of three kids and now enjoy watching and helping our six grandchildren grow up in the lower mainland which has been and will continue to be ‘interesting and fun’. Once the youngest child was in high school, Rosemary went back into teaching, with most of her teaching years at Princess Margaret High School.

CRAIG & ROSEMARY EAST Victoria, BC (2020)

Rosemary and I love ‘trailing’ … hooking up our 40-year-old RV trailer to the SUV and travelling over the hills, plains and mountains

of western North America, spending time in small communities. During COVID last year, we re- visited places in southern British Columbia, which we had not been to in years. It was a sharp reminder of the beauty of BC. By nature, I am a curious person with a finance and broad business background. I retired in 2019 after 50 years of working with others to make teams of people perform more effectively. I was introduced to Options by Director, Mike Kendler and joined the Board more than 20 years ago. I believed I could help the Board and management understand the ‘financial’ and ‘the business of Options’ in a relevant and helpful way. Options continues to be an amazing organization of good, caring, and smart people, doing good work for the sustainability of the organization and good work for its clients, stakeholders and the communities. As Chair of the Board Audit Committee and a member of the Board Finance and Risk Management Committees, I have gained a strong understanding of the breadth of Options’ operations. About 10 years ago, the Board asked that I represent Options on the newly-formed Board Voice Society of BC (Board Voice). Board Voice was created to be a provincial voice of Community Directors from across our province for our community services organizations. This experience greatly expanded my understanding of - and passion for, solving the major issues facing our sector. In the fall of 2020, I stepped down from Board Voice which gave me more time to focus on Options. Outside of Options and work, my interests include more than 30 years as an active business volunteer with the Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT). I have found there are many ‘cross-over’ matters that impact both Options’ clients and Surrey Business. Working with Options and SBOT groups to make Surrey a better community for its residents and businesses has been quite satisfying.


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I was born in South Africa and came to Canada with my parents and younger sister when I was 5 years old.

I grew up in the Fraser Valley and practiced Taekwondo for 12+ years, eventually becoming a Taekwondo instructor myself and earning my 4th degree black belt.

I love to travel and was lucky enough to study abroad several times during university, spending a couple semesters in Ireland and Austria. After earning my Bachelors of Business Administration, I jumped into the world of public accounting and earned my CPA designation. When I’m not staring at spreadsheets, I love listening to nerdy podcasts, paddle boarding or riding my motorcycle (I’m still learning!). After writing my CPA exam and finding myself with more time, I wanted to find a way to be a positive influence on my community. When I found out about the wide array of incredible programs that Options offers (many of which I knew about but didn’t realize were linked to the same society), I knew that I had to convince them to let me be part of this wonderful organization! I joined the Board in 2018 and every time we meet, I learn what has been going on within the Society over the last month. I feel humbled to be surrounded by such an amazing group of people, from the staff in the field to our incredible Chief Executive Officer.

KIRSTY DAVIS Kelowna, BC (2018)

While this photo looks like it may have been taken in Australia or New Zealand, it was actually taken in our own BC backyard! In 2018, I enjoyed a “girls trip” up to Kelowna and one of our adventures was to visit the Kangaroo Creek Farm .


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My wife Deb and I have been married for 40 years. We both served full careers in the RCMP. For the career women out there she outranked me in the end. Our daughter Rebecca holds a PhD in Chemistry and works for Natural Resources Canada, explosives division. She and her husband, also a PhD chemist, live in Calgary where I grew up. We all love nature, the great outdoors, and travel. I enjoy flying, photography and the shooting sports.

KEN & DEB HOLMBERG Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (October 2019)

You know you are enjoying the experience when time flies, and years go by without notice! That is how it has been for me with

Options. I was invited to join the Options board after being a part of inter-agency meetings while serving in the Surrey RCMP in 1984. I have had the pleasure/privilege of working with so many excellent directors/executive directors including Lyle Rose, the founding executive

director of Surrey Community Resource Society (before name change to Options Community Services Society). I value continuous learning and I have always been fascinated by the human factors of investigation. What is the truth and what are the facts of the matter? I like people and always try to keep things real as I find Life is so much easier if I do!

Thank you for having me on the board.

The Holmberg Family

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My husband Kevin and I moved to Toronto in 1990 with 2 small boys aged 4 and 1 years, respectively. After 30 years of work experience in the social service and education sectors, I began a new career in 2019, as a consultant in risk management and program evaluation. As I look back on these 30 years in Canada, it has been one hell of a ride. Leaving behind a wonderful lifestyle and moving to a new country with no family support enabled me to develop family-like bonds and I consider myself amongst the lucky ones who was able to ‘choose my relatives’!!

LOUELLA MATHIAS Cairo, Egypt (2016)

Our two sons are now married and starting families of their own. Ryan is a gastroenterologist in Australia, and Andrew is a Chartered Accountant with KMPG in Vancouver. With both boys out of the house, Hannah our German Shepherd rules our roost! I have moved home 14 times and travelled around the globe mostly due to Kevin’s work-related transfers. The moves meant new beginnings, re-establishing social


networks, and settling my sons into schools and new routines. I loved the moves. I got to travel to exotic places, broaden my thinking over cultures and customs, and as an added bonus, we have social networks in so many countries. When not working, gardening or volunteering, l am either travelling or making travel plans. I’ve covered 45 countries of the world and know I have a lot more to do! I am also finally returning to my stained glasswork/hobby. I was invited to join Options board by Director, Tim Beachy. Tim and I had worked on a policy project about 15 years ago. In 2012, when I returned to Canada from a 3-year posting to New York, we reconnected, and here I am. I am enjoying my role with Options and knowing that I am a part of its growth and success is truly fulfilling.


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