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Board of Directors

Jenna Jordison - President

Since 1984 Jenna has been attending yearly meditation retreats in the Theravada tradition. Her dharma journey has led her to train as an interfaith hospital chaplain where she has served patients and families at critical moments of their lives. She envisions a sangha where community members are supported with compassion at times of transition. Jenna has answered requests to lead sitting groups and teach introductory meditation classes. In the late 1990’s she managed the first local residential retreats of teachers Adrianne Ross and Joanne Broatch. Two meditation groups she started when her children were young continue now, over twenty years later. She is influenced by the teachings of Ajahn Chah from the Thai Forest tradition and Gregory Kramer's Insight Dialogue, among others. 

Michelle Garvock - Treasurer. Residential Retreats Co-ordinator

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.

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. 

Santa Aloi - Director

Santa has practiced in the Vipassana tradition for over 20 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 teachers being Phillip Moffitt, Adrianne Ross, Joseph Goldstein and Guy Armstrong. She has been authorized by Adrianne Ross and Phillip Moffitt to lead sitting groups and to teach introductory 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.

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.

James Lowe - Director, Community Dharma Leader

James completed Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader Program in 2012. After experimenting with meditation since the mid 1980’s, James made a commitment to Theravada practice in 2004 that includes annual three- to four-week retreats. James has been an adult educator since 1992 and is a counsellor and instructor in his work life. He’s interested in the workable day-to-day practice of Metta and Mindfulness at home, work, school and community. He incorporates the dharma in his counselling and leadership work, thereby translating the dharma into everyday language and practice.

Eric Patterson - Director

Eric is a psychology student at the University of British Columbia. He discovered meditation early in his studies and quickly fell in love with the practice and the teachings of the Buddha. It has allowed him to weather many difficult times, and continues to be foundational to his life. Eric leads the Meditation Community at UBC and his goal is to provide meditation training to all students there who are interested. He joined the BCIMS board in 2019 and is excited to be able to continue contributing to the larger Vancouver community through them.

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.

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. 

Anieta Vanderweij - Director

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.

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