A 500 year vision
Clear Sky was founded on a belief that everything we do is for the benefit of all beings. Our vision is to still be doing that 500 years from now. Our Board is helping us achieve that.
Ensuring that everything we do honours our quadruple bottom line, vision and mission, our Board is what brings our inner intentions and outer actions into alignment.
In order to achieve this, our Board members are leaders in strategic planning. And, because our Chair is a Certified Money Coach, we are pioneers in ensuring that all members have a healthy relationship with money. By bringing all organizational shadows into the light, our Board helps the Clear Sky truly shine.
After meeting our founding teachers in Japan, I managed their meditation center in Kyoto for many years. In 2003, I helped search for a site for Clear Sky, looking at around 30 properties until we found our current location in the magical Kootenays.
I am privileged to have been part of the team that took the center from self-starter to second-stage growth.
I have an M.A. in Counselling Psychology and have worked as a counsellor in the mental health and substance use field for over 29 years, including the last 18 years as the Executive Director with East Kootenay Addiction Services Society in Cranbrook, B.C.
I’m Continuing as a Board Member at Large as I pass off the role of Treasurer on the Clear Sky Board of Directors to the next Treasure. I continue to be involved with the financial administration of the Centre.
Board Member at Large
There, I discovered what I’m passionate about: diving deeper inside, understanding what it is to be a wholesome, spiritual being – a being that is participating in the creation of abundant life and that believes in the powerful ideal of service for the benefit of all. What an incredible journey! Originally trained as a social work educator, eight years of work with youth in schools has convinced me to find a better, deeper way to teach life skills to our next generation. I am now a Montessori guide, supporting our children to grow from their inner strength while developing their sovereignty.
Richard has been on the Clear Sky Advisory Board since 2020 and became the Clear Sky Treasurer in February of 2022. A student of Namgyal Rinpoche since 1975, Richard has participated in retreats at Clear Sky since 2009. He has run his own ceramic glaze manufacturing company since 1983.