The Board of Directors is extremely pleased to announce Janice Barr as the new Chief Executive Officer of CLS.  The Board feels Janice’s values, skills, knowledge and extensive work in the sector are aligned with CLS’s vision and mission. They believe she is the right person to effectively lead CLS into its future as it advances inclusion, and citizenship for all.

Janice will begin her role as CEO on January 6, 2020.

Currently Janice is the Executive Director of the Richmond Society for Community Living. Since the early 1980s, she has been instrumental in the evolution of community living in B.C.  While completing her degree in social work at the University of Victoria, she worked summer jobs at Woodlands School in New Westminster.  After graduation, she worked with a new branch of the Provincial Government that was facilitating moving people with complex care needs into the community.  As regional coordinator in the North, she traveled between remote centres including Prince George, Pouce Coupe, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John developing community services for paediatric populations.  She then moved on to regional manager for Vancouver Island, eventually making the change to executive director for the Nanaimo Association for Community Living.  In 1996, she was appointed executive director of RSCL.

Janice’s personal commitment to community living goes well beyond the borders of Richmond.  She is on the advisory board for the Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship at University of British Columbia. Janice is also on the board of directors and the past chair of the Community Social Services Employers Association and, she has served on the board of directors for the BC CEO Network for the past six years. Janice also participates as a member of Inclusion BC and the BC Employment Network.

Janice lives in Vancouver.  She is married and has an adult daughter attending Langara College.

When asked, Janice said:

“I am honored to be joining an organization with deep roots, history and commitment to the Community Living movement. I look forward meeting the people supported by the organization and their families. It will be a privilege to work with the Board of Director’s and the dedicated CLS staff throughout the Lower Mainland.” 

The Board of Directors wishes to acknowledge the many hours of thoughtful work by the selection committee composed of Dawn Palmer, Board Chair, Brian Salisbury, Vice Chair, Tom Wong Board Treasurer, Susan Powell Interim CEO, Gillian Rhodes, COO and Huy Nguyen CFO.

Dawn Palmer

Chair CLS Board of Directors