Ridge Meadows Recycling Society
2020 – 2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
No non-profit society would be successful without a strong, effective Board of Directors to guide it.
Sandy Sigmund – President has lived in in Maple Ridge for the past 25 years. She is the Vice President, Development & Chief Marketing Officer of Encorp Pacific Canada, better known as Return-It, where she has led the EPR stewardship agencies marketing, communications and program development since 1995. Prior to Return-It, her career included managing major retail chain stores, national merchandising and sales management among other key positions. Sandy is a BCIT graduate in marketing and business administration, and holds a certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors, UBC in Governance for not-for-profit organizations. She has served as a board member for the Recycling Council of BC (RCBC), serving on the governance and policy committees, The Burnaby Board of Trade serving as chair of the membership committee and the environmental sustainability committee and currently sits on the board of BC Technology for Learning, Computers for Schools.
Russ Carmichael – Vice President is a retired Civil Technologist who has lived in Maple Ridge since 1988. During his career as the Director of Public Works with the City of Maple Ridge, Russ enjoyed working with RMRS on Fleet, metal recycling and specialty services. Part of the green team that implemented fleet changeover to hybrid and electric vehicles and a past member of the Bicycle Advisory Committee, he now volunteers on humanitarian projects around the world and is always looking for innovative applications of recycling technologies and practices.
Cherie Hankinson – Secretary has been a resident of Maple Ridge since 1991 and has volunteered with the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society since 1995. First introduced to the Society through the Master Composter Course, she realized Ridge Meadows Recycling was a good fit for her. Now a recent retiree from St. Paul’s Hospital, Cherie volunteers on the board of Family Education Support Services and is a past board member for the Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon Division. Cherie hopes to learn more about organic gardening, find new ways to live simply and continue to reuse or repurpose items.
Kathi Halpin – Treasurer has been a partner of EPR Maple Ridge Langley, Chartered Professional Accountants since 2009. Prior to joining EPR in 2000, Kathi was employed as a Manager, Corporate Accounting in industry. She received her CGA designation in 1992 and is experienced in corporate accounting as well as corporate and personal tax matters. Kathi has lifelong roots in Maple Ridge and is active within the community.
Ernie Daykin – Director has deep roots in Maple Ridge. He and his wife Judy raised their kids here and owned Windsor Plywood for 24 years. Ernie then went to work for the Baptist Housing Society, serving as an Administrator for Maple Towers. He has served on a number of not-for-profit community groups as well as serving for 12 years on Council, 6 of those years as Mayor. Ernie currently volunteers with the MR Community Foundation and the MR-PM-Katzie Seniors’ Network.
Chris English – Director is a retired professional engineer and industrial project manager. His engineering focus was the design, construction, and operation of paper mills with a particular specialty in those involving paper recycling and de-inking plants for some or all of their fibre supply. He has lived in Maple Ridge since 1991 and currently serves as secretary of the board of the Golden Ears Winter Club where he also is a volunteer coach for school groups being introduced to the sport of curling.
Candace Gordon – Director is a founding member of RMRS. She has maintained a passionate interest in and commitment to the environment. In 1981, she wrote the Society’s constitution, and has served as President, Past President and Treasurer. She has also served 12 years on Maple Ridge Municipal Council. During that time she continued as a member and volunteer for the Recycling Society. In April, 2012, she was honored as Maple Ridge Community Foundation‘s 2012 Citizen of the Year.
Raphael McKitrick – Director is Manager of Environmental Services with The Kettle Society, which provides housing and support services to individuals with mental health and addiction issues. He assisted in the construction of two LEED Gold housing sites, and has experience setting up and overseeing recycling and waste control programs. He works with a variety of people with physical, mental health and developmental issues through work experience programs. Raphael is a graduate of BCIT (Maintenance Management Professional) and SFU (BA, Arts); and a member of the Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada. Raphael has lived in Maple Ridge since 2014 and looks forward to becoming a more active participant in the community.
Eric Mollema – Director is a business lawyer with international experience in law and business. Eric founded and lead Wizard Financial Services South Africa, was the owner and Managing Director of Mortgage Works, and owned Property Tools, a property training company. He has served as President of the Rotary Club of Meadow Ridge and is a director
of the Chamber of Commerce serving Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows where he serves on the Governance and Government Affairs & Policy Committee. Eric is a commissioned officer and holds the rank of captain. Maple Ridge is now home to Eric, his wife and two children. He is an avid scuba diver, as well as a part-time dive instructor (PADI), and golfer. He is fluent in Afrikaans.
Jim Rule – Director and his wife Diana have lived in Maple Ridge since 2002. Jim holds an Honours Degree in Environmental Studies and a Master of Arts. He was the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Maple Ridge and has extensive experience in strategic planning, policy development and building consensus, working with Municipal Councils, Provincial and Federal Governments, non profit boards and citizen groups. He believes in the philosophy of achieving a triple bottom line and enjoys kayaking, skiing, sailing, biking, hiking and gardening.
Glen Shipp – Director recently retired as the CFO of a large not-for-profit organization. As a professional accountant, Glen has been on various boards for over 35 years, ranging from small United Way agencies and the United Way Board to a Child Protection Agency Board and a school-based daycare Board. Through work, Glen also supported both the Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Board’s Governance Committee. He has always found volunteering in his community rewarding, allowing him to quickly become part of his local community.