A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
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.
Katrina Bitkova – Vice Chair
Born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia I moved to Vancouver when I was a teen. I was always actively involved in my community volunteering with a number of organizations some of which include the Richmond Youth Soccer Association, the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, and the St. Bernard Project. I am also the Chair of General Currie PAC. For many years now I have been focusing on my career as a local RE/MAX Real Estate Agent, but my most important job has always been raising my two sons. I understand how important it is to help and support the next generation. Access Youth allows me to not only guide my own children, but to help play a part in the success of so many youth who are helped through this program each year. I love meeting new people and building life-lasting friendships. All my spare time is spent with my family. Together we love spending time outdoors, travelling and cooking.
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.
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!
“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…”
I was born and raised in The Lower Mainland and studied Business at Simon Fraser University before becoming a Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Westcoast. Having a first-hand look at the lack of affordability in The Lower Mainland, has taught me to not only appreciate the support and stability I received in my early years, but to understand how important it is for the youth of today to have guidance and a strong foundation, so that they can become successful, productive, and self-sufficient adults. After hearing about Access Youth and the work they do, I was eager to get involved and help make a difference in the lives of others. When I am not busy selling Real Estate, I spend my time travelling, baking, and trying to make those around me laugh.
Melissa is currently a student at Simon Fraser University and working towards a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Psychology and Criminology. She has always been interested in working with youth and wants to work in prevention and education initiatives full time once she completes her degree next year. She has worked for several non-profit organizations through the Co-op program at SFU, and is currently volunteering with one of the YWCA’s youth mentor programs as a facilitator. When not in class or volunteering, Melissa also has her own private cleaning and personal assistant business. Her passion and drive towards supporting others and providing much needed programming has fueled her goals, and she is so grateful for the opportunity to work with ACCESS Youth.
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.
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
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.