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Vancouver Police Board Member Profiles

PATRICIA BARNES

Patricia BarnesPatricia Barnes was appointed to the Vancouver Police Board in June, 2018.

Patricia Barnes is the Executive Director of Hastings North Business Improvement Association. The Hastings North BIA promotes the retail and commercial neighborhood of Hastings North within the City of Vancouver.

Ms. Barnes serves on a number of committees including the City of Vancouver Poverty Action Advisory Committee, the Vancouver Immigration Partnership as co-chair of the small business committee, Grandview-Woodland Transportation Committee, Hastings Sunrise City Plan Committee, Co-Chairs Living in Community: Balancing Perspectives on Vancouver’s Sex Industry Steering Committee, Community Advisory Committee Hasting Park, and is a Director of the International Downtown Association. Ms. Barnes was the President of BIABC (provincial BIA Association) for 3 years and spent many years as a member of the Board. She has also been a speaker and presenter at many provincial and international conferences.

Ms. Barnes holds a BA from University of Toronto and MBA from Dalhousie University.

ALLAN E. BLACK

Allan BlackAllan E. Black, Q.C. was appointed to the Vancouver Police Board in January, 2020.

Mr. Black brings extensive experience to the Vancouver Police Board, having previously served as a member of this Board in the early 2000s.

Allan received his BA in 1966 and his LLB in 1969, both from the University of British Columbia, and has extensive experience representing trade unions, faculty associations and employees in all facets of labour relations, administrative, employment, human rights and education law. Allan was called to the BC Bar in 1970 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999. He is a founding partner of Black Gropper, since 1999, where he has practiced exclusively labour and employment law.

Allan is a member of the Arbitrators Association of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers; he also served as Vice-Chair of the British Columbia Labour Relations Board and has acted as an arbitrator in numerous grievances.

FRANK CHONG

FRANK CHONGFrank Chong was appointed to the Vancouver Police Board in June, 2020.

Frank Chong is the Vice President and Deputy Superintendent, Regulation, with the BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA). At BCFSA, he is accountable for regulation of provincially regulated financial institutions including statutory approvals, policy initiatives, regulatory reporting and deposit insurance operations. Frank also serves as the Chair of the Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators, an association of insurance regulatory authorities. Prior to BCFSA, Frank served as the acting CEO, Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation and the acting Superintendent of Financial Institutions, Financial Institutions Commission (predecessor to BCFSA) between 2016 and 2019. He has also held finance and management roles at a credit union, chartered bank and an insurance brokerage firm. In total, Frank has 20 years of experience within the financial services sector.

In addition to the Vancouver Police Board, Frank contributes his spare time to local and national organizations and initiatives. At a local level, he serves as a board director and finance committee member for the Brightside Community Homes Foundation, a non-profit affordable housing provider in Vancouver. Frank also supports the Financial Services Research Initiative, a working group as part of the C.D. Howe, and teaches the Business of Insurance with the Insurance Institute of Canada.

WENDY JOHN

Wendy JohnWendy John was appointed to the Vancouver Police Board in July, 2019.

Wendy John is a Senior Aboriginal Advisor at Deloitte. Wendy is a member of Musqueam Chief and Council and was the first woman elected to Regional Chief to the Assembly of First Nations.

Wendy has served with numerous boards and commissions, including the Law Society of B.C., the Vancouver Richmond health board, Big Sisters of the Lower Mainland and the Pacific Salmon Commission. She was a founding member and director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and a founder of the Musqueam Weavers.

Wendy was the official Representative for the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada on the issue of Matrimonial Real Property on Reserve, and is a recipient of the Order of BC and has two Honourary Doctorates of Law.

Wendy has dedicated her adult life to working for her community and representing First Nations across Canada in many forums.

MERRILEE ROBSON

Merrilee RobsonMerrilee Robson was appointed to the Vancouver Police Board in June 2020.

Merrilee brings to the Board decades of experience in communications and both employment and volunteer work with non-profit organizations. In 1979, Merrilee was involved in organizing tenants in her rental apartment building to convert three older buildings into a non-profit housing co-op and became the co-op’s founding president. This led to 30 years as an advocate for affordable housing. She was on the founding board of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC and spent two years as president in a time of rapid growth in the co-operative housing movement. During that time, she also served on the education committee of the national Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada and was the first chair of CHF Canada’s new committee for regional housing federations. She later spent 12 years on CHF Canada staff, as manager of CHF Canada’s communications and government relations programs.

With a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of BC, Merrilee has also done communications consulting for various non-profit organizations. She published her first mystery novel, set in a non-profit housing co-op, in 2016 and published short crime fiction in magazines and anthologies. She is a former director of Crime Writers of Canada and active in Sisters in Crime and other writers organizations.

Merrilee’s early work experience includes youth care and mental health non-profits.

RACHEL ROY

Rachel H RoyRachel H Roy was appointed to Vancouver Police Board in March 2020. She brings a diverse range of board and work experience to the role.

Rachel is a partner at Allevato Quail & Roy, where she specializes in labour and human rights law as well as election/campaign and privacy law. She primarily provides advice and representation to labour organizations and not-for-profits. Rachel is also a part-time instructor/lecturer at the BCIT School of Business, teaching employment law to managers and HR professionals.

Rachel has a BA in Criminology from the University of Manitoba and a Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia. Rachel interned at WorkSafeBC and the BC Provincial Court in Surrey prior to entering private practice. Rachel was also previously called to the Ontario bar. Before beginning her legal career, Rachel worked as a natural resource officer, flight attendant, retail manager and support worker with at-risk youth in care.

Rachel also serves on the PNE/Hastings Park Board. She has previously served as a board member for Vancouver’s Theatre Replacement, the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch Social Justice Section Executive, the University of Manitoba Board of Governors as well as the Vice-President Advocacy for the University of Manitoba Students' Union, along with various roles such as treasurer with a range of local and provincial advocacy organizations.

FAYE WIGHTMAN, BSCN, ICD.D

Faye Wightman

Faye Wightman was appointed to the Vancouver Police Board in August, 2020.

Faye Wightman has spent her career working in the not for profit sector- from nursing to leading large charities such as the Canadian Red Cross Health and Community Services to BC Children’s Hospital and Vancouver Foundation. She has both developed new community programs (SafeStart, StreetoHome Foundation ) and brought needed change to other organizations (Canadian Cancer Society and InspireHealth). She is seen as one of Canada’s philanthropic leaders who and brings an ability to work with diverse audiences for the betterment of the community.

Faye has been a director on both corporate (Coast Capital Savings), national charities (Imagine Canada and Community Foundations of Canada), crown corporation (BC Housing), as well as local/provincial organizations (Portland Hotel Society, Emily Carr University of Art and Design).

With a proven record in fundraising, management, leading change, board governance and community engagement Faye has been recognized with a number of awards including the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, Marketer of the Year, Influential Women in Business, UBC Centennial Nursing and the City of Vancouver medal for community service.

Ms. Wightman was certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2010 and consults on board governance.

 

 
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