Board of Directors

Santa Aloi - President

Santa has practiced in the Vipassana tradition for over 25 years. She has sat many long retreats and has completed both the Dedicated Practioners Program (2010) and the Advanced Practitioners Program (2017) at Spirit Rock.

She has been greatly influenced by the teachings of Ajahn Sumedho, with her main Vipassana teachers being Guy Armstrong, Phillip Moffitt, Adrianne Ross, Joseph Goldstein and, lately, Bikkhu Analayo. She has been authorized by Adrianne Ross and Phillip Moffitt to lead sitting groups and to teach classes. A former Professor of Dance at SFU, choreographer and dancer, she taught movement and improvisation from a place of mindfulness of body, mind and heart.

Michelle Garvock - Vice President

Michelle has been taking refuge in the Buddha, dharma and our wonderful sangha for 15 years. She lives in North Vancouver.  Michelle recently retired, and enjoys spending time in Cochise Stronghold, Arizona.

Anieta Vanderweij - Treasurer

Anieta finally realized her stress reaction is within her control and started her meditation practice in 2013 with a 6-week introduction course at a local community centre.  Since then she’s seen the many benefits of continuous practice on her own, at UBC weekend retreats, and in long-term retreats. Since 2013 she is also a weekly participant in the Monday night sitting group in West Vancouver.  She’s also realized her practice can deepen further by her generosity to give back to the local Sangha, and since 2017 regularly volunteers at BCIMS UBC retreats.  In 2018 she started volunteering as a director on the BCIMS Board.

Julie Feyrer

Julia Feyrer (b. 1982, Lkwungen Territory, Victoria, BC) is a filmmaker and artist who lives and works on the unceded lands of the Tsleil-Waututh, Skxwú7mesh and Musqueam. They graduated in 2010 with a Meisterschülerin from the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany. Julia is also the co-editor of the audiozine Spoox and author of a half dozen artist books published by Perro Verlag.


Jason Leslie - Director

Jason Leslie has been an avid meditator since 2004. He began practicing in the Theravada tradition in 2011 and recently completed the Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioners Program.  He regularly sits retreats and attended the 3-month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in 2017. Formerly a lawyer, Jason is now pursuing a PhD in law, focusing on the nature of property and economic justice in the Canadian housing market.

Laura Quilici - Director

Laura attended a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course in 2000 and soon after began practicing in the Theravadan tradition under the guidance of Joanne Broatch and Adrianne Ross.  She lives on Bowen Island where she co-leads a weekly meditation group and attends as many residential and non-residential retreats as she can. She began to volunteer with the BCIMS Board in 2019.

Adrianne Ross - Director, Senior Dharma Teacher

Adrianne, a retired family physician, has been involved in meditation and healing since 1976. She has been practising Buddhist meditation since 1984. Her spiritual journey has also included contemplative inquiry practices (Enlightenment Intensives and Diamond Approach) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

Trained by Jack Kornfield (in 1998), Adrianne is influenced by both Thai and Burmese streams of the Theravadan tradition, as well as Tibetan (Mahamudra and Dzogchen) practice. She teaches classes, weekend and residential retreats in Canada and the US.  She is involved in teaching and mentoring students in the Dedicated Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner Programs through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California.  Adrianne mentors students every year for the UCLA Mindfulness training program.

Adrianne is the guiding teacher for Saskatoon Insight Meditation Society, continuing the tradition, started by Joanne Broatch, of supporting the dharma in the prairies.

She is passionate about being awake in all areas of life, facing the challenges of diversity, equality and climate change though dharma eyes, and living the dharma as fully as possible. She co-founded BCIMS with the Joanne Broatch. 

Bonnie Waterstone - Director

In spring 2017, about a year after finishing the Dedicated Practitioners' Program (DPP5), I joined the BCIMS Board, taking on the role of Newsletter Editor.  I live in Gibsons, on the Sunshine Coast, enjoying the slower pace and connection to the wild beauty of earth and sea.  A few years back my partner and I lived in a village in Sri Lanka, volunteering with Sarvodaya, a Buddhist organization (we found out about it through reading Joanna Macy).  I'm still reading Joanna Macy and others engaged in activism rooted in spirituality. 

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