Peter Levelton – Past Chair
Peter is a mainly retired greenhouse/nursery operator. Past Chair of RTRA, current director of the BC Agriculture Council, member of Richmond Sunrise Rotary Club, and Past President of the BC Landscape & Nursery Association. Peter is married with two children and two grandchildren who are all healthy and happy. He is glad to be able to help those who aren’t as fortunate.
Laurel Gardner – Board Member
Laurel’s passion for horses started with volunteering with the Therapeutic Riding Organization in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She followed it by taking the Equine Business Diploma and Bachelor Degree in Agriculture Business Degree at Olds College. Laurel’s work experience includes trail ride guiding in Lake Louise, Assistant Manager at Spruce Meadows and other top stables in Alberta and B.C. She also spent 6 years in Australia working as a Broodmare Manager on a thoroughbred stud farm. Laurel currently works at Westway Feed & Hay in Delta. She has volunteered with RTRA for the past four years and has recently joined the Board of Directors.
Dr. Kim Steele – Board Member
Dr. Steele grew up on a farm in Langley. She soon realized that horses would become her lifelong passion, shaping her decision to go to vet school. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Dr. Steele enjoys getting involved in community programs and has been on the RTRA board of directors since 2015.
John Newman – Board Member
April Boni – Board Member
My name is April Boni. I have been volunteering with RTRA for over a year. My favourite part of volunteering is seeing the connections between our riders and the amazing horses that make up the program. Our riders’ problems and stress from the day seem to melt away with the time spent on our ponies. When I attended my first AGM last year I saw the opportunity to use my experience as an Educational Assistant with the Richmond school board as a member of the board. I am currently serving my second year and believe in the need for this program and how much it benefits the children in our community. Thank you for this continuing opportunity to serve.
Erendira Torres Pina – Board Member
Erendira worked for 7 years as a teacher in Mexico. She moved to Richmond in 2005 and is the mother of two boys. Eren is currently a Home Educator and very strong advocate parent for her children’s education. She is an enthusiastic volunteer and always willing to give back to her community.
Pia Schattner – Secretary
Pia grew up on a ranch in the Cariboo and in Tyrol, Austria. She had an appaloosa pony that taught her many fundamental skills. If you know appaloosa breed, one of those was to be sedulous. What he didn’t teach her was a sense of direction. After living aboard she settled back in Richmond in 2013 to continue her career in hospitality. She is a Sales Manager at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport and the Vancouver Airport Marriott hotels. When she isn’t working she can be found with her dogs. Pia is a big believer of giving back to the community and is passionate about programs that include educating on animal well being and therapy with animals. She has been part of the RTRA board for 3 years.
Kal Mahal – Board Member
Kal is a 3rd generation resident of Richmond. He was born and raised in Richmond and his family has lived on the same property for the past 70 years. Kal is an active member of the Richmond Sunrise Rotary Club and is the Past President. He has twice been awarded the Paul Harris award. Kal joined the RTRA to help give back to those that need assistance.
Honorary Lifetime Members of RTRA
Founder and 1st Honorary Lifetime Member of RTRA
Frances Clark was a fantastic advocate, successful fundraiser and a feisty and caring person to have on your side. It is these characteristics that made her such a successful Chair of the RTRA Board of Directors for 18 years. Without Frances all these years, RTRA wouldn’t be where it is or what it is today. Frances taught us to stand up for what we believe in, to be strong in our conviction and to share our passion for the programs at RTRA and how they benefit children and youth with disabilities.
We honour Frances by making her the first Honorary Member of the Richmond Therapeutic Riding Association.
2nd Honorary Lifetime Member of RTRA
Vic Atkinson is a kind hearted gentleman who started volunteering at RTRA in 1998. Growing up with a love of horses this was the perfect place for Vic to volunteer. Vic was a side walker in our original location and found his passion helping the children in the lessons. Vic joined our board of directors as our treasurer in 2010. He remained in this position until 2018 when he retired from RTRA after 20 years of service.
We honour Vic by making him the second Honorary Member of the Richmond Therapeutic Riding Association.