Keith Hamilton – President
Keith Hamilton is a recently-retired lawyer who lives in Vancouver and on Gabriola Island. He has served as a BCIMS director since 2013. He has benefitted immensely from his participation for more than a decade in Adrianne Ross's Wednesday morning sitting group.
Mina Chung – Secretary
Mina has been practising meditation in the Theravadan tradition since 2006. She is currently participating in Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Dharma Practitioners Program and is looking forward to deepening her practice in sangha.
Michelle Garvock – Treasurer, 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 Joanne Broatch, who has now retired from dharma teaching.
Rachel Lewis – Director, Community Dharma Leader
Rachel completed Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader program in 2012, as well as the Dedicated Practitioners Program in 2010. She is beginning retreat teacher training at Spirit Rock in 2017. She has spent more than 350 nights on silent retreat since 2003, and is planning a 3 month retreat in 2017. She has taught at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women and in Vancouver since 2011, as well as via her alter egos Buddhist Hulk and Bhante Mixalot. Rachel’s paid work at UBC is only barely related to her physics PhD. Her interest in bringing music into meditation practice led her to develop a songbook of Buddhist music for choirs.
Lee Anne Smith – Director
Lee Anne lives in Kitsilano and has been practising in the Theravadan tradition since 2001. Her first teacher was Joanne Broatch – deep appreciation for Joanne’s guidance! Sangha service is a way for her to deepen her understanding of the Dharma.
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.
Jenna Jordison – Director
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.
Dennis Matheson – Director
Dennis is a retired television director, with an MA from SFU. He lives in North Vancouver. Dennis' first residential Vipassana retreat was in 1995. Through BCIMS, he hopes to repay the British Columbia sangha a small token of what he has received.