Board of Directors and Staff
ABOUT OUR BOARD
The current board of The Contemplative Society was elected at the Annual General Meeting on October 26, 2019 in Victoria, BC, Canada. Board members bring to the society a broad range of skills and experience. It is a working board in which members take leadership in areas to which they are drawn.
Board members maintain a regular meditation practice and are committed to the vision and mission of The Contemplative Society. They are familiar with the Christian contemplative tradition and with the audio and written works of Cynthia Bourgeault and other teachers of the contemplative path. They frequently attend various contemplative events and small study groups.
Working well together is balanced with having fun together, and board members bring humour, dedication, and commitment to the task of directing the ongoing growth and evolution of The Contemplative Society.
To view the bylaws by which we are governed in accordance with BC’s Society Act, please download a copy.
Henri Lock, President
Henri Lock is a United Church chaplain at the University of Victoria. He teaches Centering Prayer to the UVic campus community and mentors four meditation sessions per week there. He has been a member of TCS since 2005.
Gerald Morton, Treasurer
Gerald Morton has been a member of TCS since 2011 and a board member since Spring 2012. He has shared leadership of weekly contemplative prayer meetings at St. Philip Church in Victoria for two years.
Barb Britton, Secretrary
Barb Britton became a member of TCS after attending a retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault at Hollyhock in 2008. She has been a Board member since 2010. Barb currently volunteers with adults with disabilities and with middle school students in India for part of the year.
Kim Gye is a business owner and father of two girls. He feels that the contemplative practice supports his life goals to be a better father, partner, and employer. While he acknowledges the daily practice can be a struggle at times, he finds it has highlighted areas of growth for him. Kim feels grateful to support TCS in his role as an Board member since Spring 2012.
Liz Vickers has had a meditation practice for over 30 years. She has been a member of TCS since 2011, and member of the Board since spring 2012. She enthusiastically participates in and promotes Prayer in the Style of Taizé in Victoria.
Barbara is an active “retired” diaconal minister within the United Church of Canada. Contemplative practices have anchored her daily life for many years and she has been able to integrate them into her ministry. She credits her call into ministry as coming through children. Children have often been her teachers. They remind her to slow down, to notice the texture of the leaves, to find joy in sitting quietly and observing Creation’s tiniest beings. It was a group of 10-year-old boys who reminded her every day needs sabbath time! She looks forward to continuing deep learning through her involvement with The Contemplative Society.
James (Jim) Douglass
Jim has practiced daily meditation since 2007 and began Centering Prayer in early 2018. He became a member of TCS in 2018 and joined the board in October that year. Prior to retiring at the end of 2015, Jim spent 35 years in the corporate environment. His areas of management experience include statistical services, marketing, sales, operations, and information technology. For ten of those years, he held general manager positions with full management, as well as profit and loss authority, for divisions of several corporations. He also was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley for nine years. Jim has been an active volunteer with multiple charities, most recently including board positions with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Jim earned his PhD in educational psychology at Michigan State University in 1980.
Paula joined the Board in October 2019. Her studies & work in psychology led her into becoming a student of the Hindu Advaita Vedanta tradition and more recently the Christian wisdom tradition. She has had a meditation practise for about 20 yrs and attends St John’s United Church in North Saanich.
“From my perspective, [The Contemplative Society] is providing leadership to move beyond ego into a conscious awareness of operating from ‘wholeness’ which seems essential at this stage of our cultural development.”
Sho Ya Voorthuyzen
Sho Ya comes from a background in Buddhism, having studied at monasteries in Japan and India. With that experience he helped develop and grow the meditation community at the University of Victoria during his Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Religious Studies. Sho Ya joined the TCS board in October 2018.
Sharon Taylor, Administrator
Sharon became The Contemplative Society’s administrator in January 2019. She has a background in editing, teaching, and administrative work, and has worked in post-secondary education, the Anglican church, public unions, and non-profit advocacy.