Board of Directors

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Meade

Jerome Bouvier, M.A. – Executive Director

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Douglas Horne – Chair

Doug has a diverse back ground in buisness and politics. He was the Liberal MLA for Burke Mountain-Coquitlam for many years, He has contributed to creating a welcoming community through many efforts. He has been an active advocate for ACCESS for many years and after leaving politics decided to join the board of ACCESS. Douglas currently is involved in creating his own business- Corporate Finance, Business Development and Public Affairs Specialist, that has him travelling to Asia very often. Doug bring a wealth of knowledge and contacts to ACCESS.

Mary Michaels – Vice Chair

Mary is an active board member who volunteers her time on the fundraising committee and raises awareness for Access Youth.

Mary Michaels is employed by Alliance Printing as a sales and marketing consultant. She grew up in Montreal Quebec, worked at the Montreal Star in their advertising department, when they shut down their operation she moved to BC to continue her career in printing and marketing.

“Raising my 3 daughters as a single mom was the toughest and most rewarding challenge in my life, but now I am a grandmother and concerned for the youth of today and tomorrow with all the hardships they face in keeping up with the ongoing challenges of today’s society. When I heard and read about ACCESS youth Outreach Services and all the great work they do in providing love and hope to street involved at-risk youth I volunteered my services to assist in any way I can.”

Ed Eberl – Treasurer

“Ed is long time employee of a major oil company and has 2o plus years’ experience in accounting and IT support, and an additional 5 years’ experience in various supervisory roles.  Through his employer Ed has volunteered for the United Way and the Union  Gospel Mission. He felt compelled to volunteer for ACCESS after seeing the immense value this unique program offers within the community. ACCESS is a venue through which he can contribute his time , financial experience and ability to work with others to create better futures for youth.”

Kristie De Jong – Secretary

Kristie comes to us with a wealth of knowledge both professionally and personally. She is a single mother of four children some of which could have been considered target population for the services that Access offers. As such, she is cognizant of the high level of need that exists for organizations and programs such as these. In addition, as a Certified Clinical Counsellor specializing in youth and trauma she is witness to the deep needs that youth struggle with as they face society in this day and age.

Kristie found that Access Youth Outreach Services was a perfect fit for her passion for vulnerable youth and she is delighted to offer her services and expertise.

Brad Lavigne

I was born in Burnaby, and grew up in the interior. As a youth I enjoyed hockey, and started playing junior hockey at the age of 16. From there I played all over Western Canada, and moved back to the Lower Mainland to attend BCIT. I founded Eco Paving after dropping out of school in my second year, and have enjoyed the business, and the growth as a person I went through. Eco Paving started off as a small company, and has growth significantly over the past seven years. Our head office is located in Coquitlam.

I wanted to work with Access because I believe in the organization. Being able to help children at risk is a rewarding opportunity and a chance to give back!

Jason Hanos

“When the opportunity to join the ACCESS board presented itself, I was excited to be involved with the organization and the work it does in the community. Being a resident of Coquitlam, it provides me the opportunity to give back to my community.

I have been a Marine Worker in North Vancouver shipyards for 12 years right out of high school. I recently have been nominated to the board of executives at the Boiler Makers and Marine Workers Union Local 1. This has me entering a new area that is intriguing and exciting. I am eager to bring new blood, ideas and fresh perspective to ACCESS. As a younger person I have personally experienced the dangers and struggles some young people face out there in this ever changing and dangerous world. I also found that a healthy lifestyle has been a positive part of my life and  love to exercise and better my health. I look forward to making a difference for this wonderful cause…”

Catherine Polonio

Catherine is the owner of Coquitlam Florist …passionate about her community, she is always ready to contribute to a cause close to her heart- children. ACCESS provides a place for Catherine to share her knowledge and passion with an organization that gives so much to the youth of our communities.

Paul MacDonald 
Paul is a husband, father and the owner of Ethical Waste Management Services, as well as a teacher. Having children Paul is very passionate about the services ACCESS provides. He has witnessed first-hand the challenges and struggles youth face on the street. Paul also volunteers with our bus program. In addition, Paul donates 50% from his businesses profits to Access.

HONOURARY MEMBERS

Diane Thorne

Diane has been involved in provincial politics for many years, and is a co-founder of ACCESS, formerly Teen Centre Society, PoCoMo Youth Services Society, and now ACCES Youth Outreach Services. Diane is a tireless advocate for youth, and of ACCESS.

Ted Kuntz
A former resident of the Tri-Cities, Ted still has a private practice in Coquitlam and Vancouver. A Psychotherapist, Author, and activist, Ted has been connected to ACCESS for over 20 years. Ted brings a wealth of knowledge and is a valuable resource to ACCESS. peacebeginswithme.ca

Karen Greenland
I have lived in Port Coquitlam for 32 years. My background is in Education. After having children, I sat on DPAC and PAC executives, and another non profit in the Tri Cities. All because I wanted my children and now, grandchildren to live in a community that cared and looked out for them in their moments of need.

I believe, as a society, that we do not honour our youth enough or celebrate their passages of growing. We need to listen to their voices, include them more in daily community and nurture their independence.

As our communities change, I stay involved so I can be informed and be part of a group that knows the importance of a strong relationship between a community and its youth. ACCESS’S way of reaching out to youth and accepting them for who and where they are resonates with me.