Meet our Board of Directors!

The Board of Directors acts as governing trustees of Richmond Multicultural Community Services (RMCS) on behalf of the community at large and contributors while carrying out the organization’s mission and goals. To fully meet this goal, the Board of Directors must actively participate in the planning process. If you’d like more information please email Yoshimi@rmcs.bc.ca

 

Balwant Sanghera

President

Balwant Sanghera has been associated with the RMCS for a long time and has served on the Board in various positions. Balwant Sanghera is a well-respected educator, community activist and bridge builder between various communities and groups. He is one of the founders and chairperson of the South Asian Community Coalition Against Youth Violence He retired as a school psychologist in 2004 after serving in the BC Public School system for 36 years. His selfless service has earned Balwant various awards. These include the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, Order of British Columbia, Solicitor General’s Lifetime Community Achievement Award for Crime Prevention and Community Safety and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.  In 2010 he was voted as one of Top 25 Canadian Immigrants. He was voted twice as Richmond Review’s Top Ten Citizens of Richmond in 2007 and 2011. In 2011, he was also awarded the Defender of Heritage Award by prominent South Asian Magazine Darpan. Balwant was selected as UBC’s One of Education 100 –Year of Alumni Outstanding Contributors in 2015. Balwant is a regular writer for the local community newspapers and frequently appears as guest on various radio and TV programs. Currently, in addition to heading the RMCS, he is also serving as president of the East Richmond Community Association, Punjabi Language Education Association of Canada, as Executive member of the India Cultural Centre of Canada Gurdwara Nanak Niwas in Richmond. He is also one of the founders and chairperson of Richmond’s popular Highway to Heaven Association.
Randi Bains

Vice President

Randi Bains is a first time Board member for RMCS.  Randi has made Richmond her home for the past 26 years where she now lives with her husband and four children. She immigrated to Canada in 1976 and has firsthand experience regarding the challenges and rewards of living in a multi-cultural community. In addition to juggling a full-time job and a busy household, she is committed to giving back to her community.  Her past volunteer experience includes being on the Childcare Development Board for the City of Richmond and being part of the fundraising committee for the Richmond Society for Community Living.   For the past 25 years, she has worked for British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC).  During her spare time, she loves to travel, read, go for walks and spend time with family and friends.
Andrew Young

Secretary

Andrew Young is a recent addition to the RMCS Board through the YOUTH NOW Program.  Andrew has spent several years volunteering at CHIMO Crisis lines. He worked as a host at the 2010 Winter Olympics.  He is currently studying for a Bachelor of Commerce at UBC.  Andrew hopes to bring a fresh perspective and ideas to help RMCS in a new direction.
Bob Mostar

Treasurer

Bob Mostar is a first time Board Member for RMCS. Bob has practiced law in the City of Richmond for the past 32 years. Bob’s law practice involves legal matters that touch on personal issues, personal injury, family law, estate litigation and, earlier in his career, criminal law. The opportunity to be of service to individuals in their personal lives connected Bob with many different cultures and backgrounds and he has developed over those years of practice, an appreciation for just what a rich and diverse society we have in British Columbia but particularly in the Vancouver area and Lower Mainland. For Bob, diversity means opportunity, and this is in the form of the potential for members of this diverse society we enjoy in Richmond to understand and enjoy different personal histories, different cultures, different cuisines, and different ways of looking at the world and life stories that give us a perspective on our own experiences in life. Bob was educated at the University of British Columbia. He has worked as a member and the Chair of a Board running a private school.  In the past, Bob has been a member of the Richmond Sunrise Rotary Club for approximately 10 years and was involved in all the projects that that organization carried on. Bob’s hobbies include hiking, boating, kayaking, boat building, and reading literature. Not many people know that Bob has had a beard since he was 17 years old.
Harsimen Aujla

Director

Harsimren Aujla is serving for the first time on the RMCS Board of Directors. Harsimren has lived in Richmond for the past twenty-two years. Harsimren decided to join the Board as the mission of RMCS aligns with his commitment to serve the community and to promote love and multiculturalism. He believes that Diversity is that we’re all equal regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, and religious beliefs. Harsimren has a Mechanical Engineer degree from the College of Engineering in New Delhi, India. In the span of his career, He served as a Project Manager, Chief Engineer and Technical Director for several Steel plants in India. Harsimren volunteers with Richmond Addiction Services and is now the President of Multicultural Seniors Group of RMCS. He is also on the Board of a very reputed and oldest religious society of Vancouver namely Khalsa Dewan Society as secretary.  Harsimren’s interests include Photography, music, health, walking and yoga.
Baldev Aujla

Director

Baldev Aujla immigrated to Canada in 2004 and was introduced to RMCS by one of his friends. He has been a Board member since 2008 and believes in RMCS’ vision of fostering intercultural harmony and creating an inclusive community.  Baldev comes to RMCS with 31 years of public service as a Senior Civil Engineer with the City of Delhi in India. He provided professional voluntary services to Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak committee for development and construction of infrastructure for educational and other institutions. He was also the Chairperson of the Educational institutions governing body. He is also member and volunteer for RASS. He enjoys golf, yoga and Tai Chi. Baldev is also actively involved with his grandchildren and their activities.
Lynne Fader

Director

Lynne Fader is the President as well as the sole owner of ER Plus Risk Management Group Inc. Her background is inclusive of over 25 years in the non-profit sector as an Executive Director of a Non Profit outreach society as well as numerous volunteer roles; she is also an experienced Early Childhood Educator and spent many years facilitating integrated centers as the Chief Administrator . Since joining ER Plus in 2004, Lynne has defined ER Plus’s direction and mandate. She works closely with senior consultants to ensure that ER Plus delivers its services with excellence and a strong social conscience. With Lynne as the lead, ER Plus supports several programs such as Roses Angels, The Reach Development Society, Canuck Place and Carnegie Center, just to name a few. In addition to her busy work schedule, Lynne is the past Vice President of the Straight of Georgia Marine Rescue Society and past Trades Director Role for the Canadian Construction Women (CCW). She also holds the part time position of Executive Director of the Kehila Society and is involved in numerous social action projects and programs.

 

Diane Tijman

Director

Sukhvir Bains

Director

Roy Sakata

Director