Hives for Humanity is a registered non-profit society, incorporated in September 2012. We are governed by a group of dedicated, skilled, passionate people with a diversity of experiences and skills that support our vision of connected communities.
Sheri Weichel, Member of the Board
Sheri graduated from the Ontario College of Art after which she ran her own interior design business for ten years, wandered the world and lived in Italy. She now lives in West Vancouver where she keeps bees, having been a gardener her whole life. She is on the Lions Gate Hospital Gala Committee and spends a lot of time outdoors, in the mountains or ocean.
Sheri competes in a variety of sports: triathlon, Nordic ski racing, and skate ski. She volunteers at the Hastings Urban Farm working alongside DTES community members to build food autonomy and connect people to community through nature.
Caitlin Hurley, Secretary of the Board
Often found buzzing around the Downtown Eastside, Cait spends her time operating a small, independent cannabis shop and searching for opportunities to learn about the diverse uses of cannabis. Cait studied Urban Geography at SFU and believes in public gardens, affordable housing, libraries, mentorship opportunities for women and community driven initiatives for addressing mental health. She dreams of working with value-based leaders and navigating small business as performance art – with intentionality and message.
Excited by systems and vision, Cait is interested in unique professional pairings as well as civic responsibility. She believes in the power of cities and of people to make action-based changes in order to disrupt the narratives of feckless neoliberal policy.
Natalie Cushing, Treasurer of the Board
Natalie has worked and volunteered in the charity and non-profit sect for 15 years. Her specialty is compliance, internal system, and risk management. She is currently the Manager, Shared Platform at Tides Canada and the Vice President of the board at Stanley Park Ecology Society.
Natalie has a diploma in Environmental Technology from Camosun College: an applied natural history program with a focus on the the ecosystems and physical geography of Cascadia. She comes from a family of gardeners and hikers who taught her to see each tree, flower, bee, and being.
Shelley Bolton, Member of the Board
As the founder, head chocolate maker and director of East Van Roasters, Shelley has one of the sweetest job imaginable! She works alongside a dynamic, nurturing and tenacious team comprised of staff, peers and board members of the PHS Community Services Society. Shelley believes deeply in the mission of East Van Roasters and the PHS to foster a compassionate, forgiving and non-judgmental approach to supporting and participating in the community we live, work and play in.
Shelley has decades of hands-on experience advocating for individual rights, working in challenging social environments with those affected by difficult personal histories, including persons suffering with mental health issues and challenged capacity due to emotional, mental or physical abuse and addictions.
Paul Van Westendorp, Member of the Board
Paul is the Provincial Apiculturist for British Columbia, working with the Ministry of Agriculture. With over fifty years of experience as a beekeeper, and 28years as with the province, Paul is an advocate for bees and for systems of agriculture and apiculture that foster the health of the species, which we depend upon for so much. Paul lends his experience from his public facing role, building partnerships across sectors, as well as his understanding of the honey bee, to our organisation.
Sarah Common: Co-Founder and Chief Community Officer.