Board of Directors

CEO: Nicholas Short

Nick Short was born and raised in South Africa. Being exempt from military service, Nick spent 4 years with the South Africa Broadcast Corporation (SABC). This facilitated travel to many Southern African countries. After that he spent more than 20 years working in the financial services industry. During this period he served on the board of YFC in Durban for 10 years.

After moving to Canada Nick continued in financial services before going on his own, starting a number of businesses. On a trip to South Africa in December 2004 Nick felt the call to service in South Africa and followed this up by registering a non-profit in 2005. Reachout To Africa was registered as a charity in 2007. Nick attends Hillside Baptist Church in North Vancouver.

Judy Rothwell: Chairperson

Judy is a professional accountant previously a partner with KPMG International in Vancouver. She has significant experience providing financial, tax, estate and investment services to individuals and owner managed businesses. Judy is also a board member for a number of Canadian registered charities. She has been involved with Reachout to Africa for many years helping with treasury and fundraising events.  She has also led many of our Canadian volunteer short term mission teams over the last five years to South Africa.

Daniel Mitchell: Counsellor

Dan is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and is the Communications Director for the BC Chapter of the Canadian Counselling Association. Dan has been a practicing counsellor for over 14 years now. For ten of those years, he has been developing Therapy Online and playing a lead role in the field of online counselling.

He received his Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1989. Dan has traveled to Orchard Camp as our counsellor twice and now coordinates the preparation of future counsellors as they prepare for their work in Southern Africa.

Scott Austin: Mediator

Scott graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1986 in the Faculty of Law. He is a member of the British Columbia Bar Association and the Law Society of British Columbia and now practices exclusively in the fields of mediation and conflict resolution. He is happily married to his wife Kelly for nearly 30 years. Scott has also traveled to South Africa to work on the development of Orchard Camp for AIDS orphans.

Amy Shier: Youth Worker

Details to follow