Carl Bailey – President
Carl has been volunteering with the organization and on the board since 1998. Carl moved from Alberta during Expo ’86 and has managed restaurants and worked in the U-brew Wine industry over the years. He currently is working as Assistant F&B Manager at Marine Drive Golf Club. He brings many years of hospitality experience working in the Vancouver/Richmond area. He believes in giving back to the community in which he resides and continues to make sure education and awareness is an important part in everyone’s lives.
John Mark Villanueva, Vice-President
John Mark has been actively engaged in the Richmond community for years as an emergency care volunteer at the Richmond Hospital and as a member of the Board of Directors for Richmond Cares Richmond Gives. John Mark’s experience assisting individuals with cancer, mental-illness, and other serious ailments, has instilled an urge in him to link his passion for science with improving the lives of the most vulnerable.
John Mark is pursuing a biochemistry degree at Simon Fraser University, has previously worked as a research assistant for the BC Cancer Research Centre, and currently works as a researcher for a burgeoning biotech company. In his spare time, John Mark trains for marathons — completing both the BMO Vancouver and Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathons in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Arlene McConnell, Secretary
Arlene McConnell is a Chartered Engineer currently working as a Senior Systems Engineer at MDA Canada. Arlene’s previous experience includes working as a Radar and Advanced Targeting Systems Engineer at SELEX Galileo, and serving as an RAF Regiment Gunner where she completed an active tour of duty. Arlene held the position of Treasurer and board member at the IET Connect, a charity benevolent fund for Engineers and their families, until emigrating to Canada from Scotland. Arlene is a former IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year, one of the inaugural members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy and a recipient of the Francis Morrison Award for outstanding academic achievement on graduating with a first class honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Glasgow University.
George Pinto – Treasurer
An original Richmond resident, George is an accountant, specializing in non-profit organizations. Eleven years ago he read a heartwarming article in Richmond News about how the Heart of Richmond AIDS Society started and what it was trying to accomplish. He assisted by helping with financial accounting. He became a board member ten years ago, and continues to find ways to make a difference in people’s lives
Originally from Australia, Garrick has lived in Vancouver since 2014 and has been a board member since 2015. Garrick is a Project Manager with a local telecommunications provider where he works with large budgets and tight schedules to deliver complex mobile phone network infrastructure upgrades. Garrick has over 7 years of project management experience in this field. Garrick’s previous volunteer experience includes being a Team Leader for conservation volunteers in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. This included leading overland volunteer travel expeditions; overseeing the logistical, administrative and safety aspects of the expedition.
Mandy was raised in Richmond since she was a baby, and currently works at the City of Richmond. She joined the organization hoping to contribute and give back to the City she’s grown up. Mandy’s previous volunteer experience was with the Richmond Youth Foundation, and has recently gone to Ecuador with Me to We. Outside of work, Mandy is found active either playing volleyball (indoors and outdoors), playing ultimate, hiking in the summer, and snowboarding in the winter.
Adrienne was born and raised in Richmond BC. She has a heart to serve her community in which she lives and belongs. Currently she works in the non profit sector working alongside individuals with barriers to employment. She manages a varied and complex caseload of clients with disabilities related to mobility, vision and hearing, mental health, cognitive and neurological conditions. Her experience includes vocational counseling, pre-employment training, and employment placement services.
She is currently pursuing her Rehabilitation and Disability Management Diploma at SFU in hopes to work in Vocational Rehabilitation. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering in community opportunities, playing floor hockey, yoga and swimming.
Carolina Abramovich, PhD
Carolina immigrated to Canada in 1996 and has lived in Richmond since 1998. She worked for many years at the BC Cancer Research Center in Vancouver, conducting research in blood cancers. She is currently the Scientific Editor of the Journal of Experimental Hematology.
Carolina enjoys helping others and volunteers to coach and mentor two Toastmasters Clubs in Vancouver. While not travelling the world, she enjoys representing HORAS in networking events and assisting in the society’s activities. She is a member of South Arm Community Center where she attends yoga and fitness classes regularly.
Jat Puri is a long time Richmond resident who is actively engaged in his
local community. Along with being a board member at the Heart of Richmond AIDS Society, Jat serves as the Vice President of the West Richmond Community Centre and is Chair of the Outreach Committee. Jat has worked with Vancouver Airport Authority for over 10 years where he oversees training for 450+ Green Coat Volunteers. He’s passionate about mentoring youth and supporting older adults in connecting with their community.