Charlford House Board of Directors

Kathryn Sainty, President

Kathryn has enjoyed a long and distinguished legal career.  She is a very active member of a number of professional organizations, including CBACB’s Women Lawyers Forum.  Kathryn has been involved with non-profit and charitable organizations throughout her legal career, including co-founding the Canadian Women Voters Congress and as President of Building Bridges with Rwanda Society.  Registrar of the Supreme Court of BC from 2001 to 2014, Kathryn has recently returned to private practice, specializing in mediation, arbitration and litigation consulting. 

Nancy Matheson, Vice President

Nancy has worked as a management consultant and a lawyer, and has held several management positions in the community sector.  She has developed and used sophisticated system and problem analysis skills, married with a talent for helping people and organizations plan for and implement change. Nancy has provided services in the areas of governance, facilitation, strategic and project planning, organizational and project assessment, alternative service delivery, development and adaptation of project management plans and the tools to implement the plans.  Nancy joined the Board of Charlford House in June, 2014. 

Ken Painter, Treasurer

Ken Painter is a CPA who has been working in the retail and natural food industry for years.  While looking through the CPA job boards, he came across a posting to become a Board Member for the Charlford House Society for Women.  Addiction and recovery has had a significant impact on Ken's life.  Consequently, when he saw this positing for an organization dedicated to helping people learn how to integrate recovery into their lives, he felt this was an excellent opportunity to utilize his skills and give back to a cause very important to him.

Janice Craig, Secretary

Janice, a CPA, CGA, has enjoyed a challenging and diverse career in corporate financial management of public companies, locally and abroad, and as a management consultant to private sector clients. A woman who enjoys the fulfillment of helping and mentoring others through her nonprofit involvement, Janice has utilized her leadership and communication skills as a Board member, treasurer and secretary with Encompass Support Services Society in Langley for 12 years, and is still actively involved as an executive member with the Cinderella Project after 13 years. Currently Vice President of Administration with Conuma Coal Resources, Janice brings to the table a strong background in corporate management, reporting, strategic planning, budgeting, and change management.

Lori Kilburn, Director

Lori’s career spans over twenty five years helping wealthy individuals, municipalities, companies and institutions navigate the complex world of investments. She holds numerous prestigious industry designations including Certified Investment Manager, Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute, Canadian Portfolio Manager and Canadian Securities Institute.  Lori has been involved with non-profit and charitable organization throughout her investment career, including Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon, Canadian Cancer Society, The Cmolik Foundation and Peace Arch Hospital Foundation. Lori joined Charlford House Board in June, 2015.

Laura Johnson, Director

Laura's career has spanned the non-profit and private sectors, where she has developed proficiencies in human resources, communications, and fundraising. With a background in recruitment marketing, Laura also has over 15 years' not-for-profit experience, including peer support for adolescent substance abuse counselling programs and coordinating civic youth initiatives. She has worked for over a decade at non-profit home care provider Greater Vancouver Community Services Society; she recently expanded her role in Human Resources to manage Communications and Fund Development. Laura is also a longterm North Burnaby resident and proudly joined neighbouring Charlford House's board in 2016.

Edward Song, Director

I have been working in the property management industry for years. I have a keen interest in the real estate and housing markets. I was looking for an opportunity where I can actively participate in the community as I develop my career. I have lived in Burnaby since the day I first landed in Canada as an immigrant back in 1998. I have special affection for the city.I want to engage in supporting people in need and improving their living conditions within the community. I am glad to have this opportunity to learn and get involved at Charlford House.

Alana Schultz, Director

Currently, Alana works as the Director of Fund Development Canada's leading digital rights organization, OpenMedia . Alana has enjoyed volunteering and fundraising for numerous non-profit organizations and charities since she was a student at the University of Toronto where she completed her Bachelor of Education. Alana is passionate about working with adults and youth affected by addiction and mental illness, and has tutored, and facilitated art programs for clients at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Since departing from Toronto to Vancouver, Alana has continued to improve her fundraising knowledge and writing skills - she studied Professional Communications at UBC IT and has been involved with numerous non-profit organizations including the Vancouver Recovery Club and Charlford House.  

Sara Li, Director

Sara is a lawyer at a mid-sized litigation firm in Vancouver. She is passionate about helping women from all walks of life achieve their goals and strongly believes in the values and vision at the core of Charlford House. Sara has been an active volunteer for many years, and is delighted to have joined Charlford House’s board in 2018.

Jessi Dhanju, Director

Jessi is a lawyer who cares about his clients and his community. His professional and personal philosophy includes giving back in ways that make a meaningful difference to the local and global communities. He holds numerous prestigious industry designations including Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Chartered Professional in Human Resources and is a Qualified Arbitrator. Jessi is a firm believer in the idea of ‘being the change you want to see in the world'.