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.
You can download a copy of the bylaws by which we are governed by in accordance with BC’s Society Act here.
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.
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.
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.
Charlotte is a Biology student at the University of Victoria and guides meditation to the Multifaith community on campus once per week. She has been engaged in contemplative practices since childhood. With a deep curiosity regarding metaphysical truth and spiritual application, She has attended various programs and workshops to learn more about mindfulness and the roots of Christian faith.
Kate has had a personal contemplative practice for over thirteen years. During that time she has worked along the mindfulness~meditation~contemplation spectrum in a variety of ways. In her work as a Mental Health & Wellness Coach, Kate has taught mindfulness as a skill to live with deeper awareness, presence and resilience. Kate is a co-director and lead trainer with Mind-Fully, a non-profit dedicated to teaching mindful, meditative, and contemplative skills and tools that lead individuals into greater mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. In her role with Mind-Fully, Kate is dedicated to bringing the benefits of a mindful and contemplative life to the communities she serves and beyond through writing and teaching.
Jennifer England has been exploring the heart and practice of wisdom traditions since reading Thomas Merton’s Seven Story Mountain on Ellesmere Island in the late 90s. She is the mother to two teenage kids and weaves mindfulness and contemplation into leadership and systems change work for an equal and sustainable world. Recently she formed the Wisdom North Collective in Whitehorse, Yukon as a monthly practice circle rooted in the mystical Christian tradition. She is particularly drawn to Zen Buddhism and also studies with Two Arrows Zen, Salt Lake City.
Dr. Paula Pryce is a cultural anthropologist who has explored silence, ritual, and the concepts of death, time, and space around the world. Her recent research has focused on the practices of Christian monasticism and non-monastic contemplatives, particularly in the Centering Prayer movement. She is the author of The Monk’s Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Keeping the Lakes’ Way: Reburial and the Re-creation of a Moral World among an Invisible People (University of Toronto Press, 1999).
Interim Administrator: Eilen (Eileen) deVerteuil