Squamish Community Housing Society, a non-profit focused on bringing more affordable housing to the area, has welcomed three new members to its board of directors.
The organization has now announced three new members: Leighton Kunz from Sea to Sky Community Services, Rhianna Williams as a Director at Large, and John Chapman as a Director at Large.
The board is made up of 12 volunteer members who are appointed for up to three years, with the option to serve for up to two consecutive terms. Nine members were previously elected or appointed to the board, including Kirby Brown as the Chair of the Board, TlatlaKwot (Christine Baker) from Squamish First Nation, Jenna Stoner from District of Squamish Council, Ashley Oakes from PearlSpace (formerly Howe Sound Women’s Centre), Laura Modray from Squamish Senior Living Society, Lori Pyne from Squamish Helping Hands Society, Cameron Cope, Mike Van Capelle, and Scott McQuade as Directors at Large.
Housing Squamish said Leighton brings operations and development experience to the board as the Housing and Facilities Manager for SSCS and will be a representative from SSCS. He oversees the operation of all SSCS affordable housing sites and facilities and looks forward to supporting the growth of SCHS.
Rhianna has over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector and previously served as a member of the housing selection committee at Sea to Sky Community Services Society. In that role, she worked to support and advocate for vulnerable clients and to improve their access to safe and affordable housing. Currently, Rhianna operates a private clinical counselling practice in Squamish.
John Chapman is a community planner with over a decade of experience in local government. He is known for his deep attention to detail and ability to establish connections with stakeholders. John is a Registered Professional Planner and member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and holds a Master’s in Planning from UBC SCARP. Housing Squamish is grateful for the contributions of all its board members and looks forward to the new members’ contributions.