Our Board

Ridge Meadows Recycling Society


No non-profit society would be successful without a strong, effective Board of Directors to guide it.

Sandy Sigmund

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

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 2013
Cherie Hankinson

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

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.

Carol Botting RMRS Board Member
Carol Botting

Carol Botting – Director has lived in Maple Ridge since 1974. Carol taught ESL at Westview Secondary until her retirement in 2006. Carol is married to Doug and they have three daughters. Carol’s family have always been keen recyclers and composters with only 4 trips a year to the garbage transfer station. Carol has served on the board for almost 10 years.

Candace Gordon 2013
Candace Gordon

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.

Jon Harris RMRS Board Member 2011 - 2012
Jon Harris

Jon Harris – Director has lived in Maple Ridge all of his life. Jon is a notary public and has served 12 years on Maple Ridge Council, 3 of them as the Council Liaison to the Recycling Society. Jon has lived on his 5 acres for almost a half century, trying to look after it in an environmentally safe way. He enjoys his hazelnut orchard and boating in his spare time

Dennis Kinsey, RMRS President 2011 - 2012
Dennis Kinsey

Dennis Kinsey – Director has lived in Maple Ridge with his wife Sandra and their 3 sons for 25 years. Dennis has been actively involved in environmental issues since 1984. He has served on the Board of Directors of RCBC and Encorp Pacific and was the chairperson, on behalf of the Overwaitea Food Group, for the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors National Environmental committee. Locally he served on the Maple Ridge Economic Advisory Committee and most recently on The Mayors Open Government Task Force. Among many varied and successful sustainability projects, Dennis was an early supporter and actively involved in encouraging retailers and brand owners to take full life cycle responsibility for the products they sell, which is the foundation of present day product stewardship programs (EPR).

Raphael McKitrick

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.

Carla Reed
Carla Reed

Carla Reed – Director has been interested in RMRS ever since she moved to the area thirteen years ago with her husband. Always keen on composting and recycling, she was delighted to find Maple Ridge in the forefront of recycling techniques and practices.  Carla first began volunteering with RMRS a couple of years ago, as a volunteer coordinator for Earth Day celebrations. Volunteering with RMRS fits with other activities she’s involved in – Immigrant Services Society (some of whose students volunteer for Earth Day) and the Intergenerational Garden Group, which has a strong emphasis on organic growing, re-using and recycling.

Glen Shipp

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.