Board of Directors

John Riestchlin

Board President

John Rietschlin has been a member of boards at the local, regional or national levels of L’Arche in Canada for more than 25 years. He has been on the L’Arche Canada board since 2007 and board chair since 2013.

Donna Diskos


Donna Diskos is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a partner with Grant Thornton LLP in Vancouver. Donna previously served as Treasurer of L’Arche Greater Vancouver (1997-2006) and L’Arche Foundation of Greater Vancouver (2006-2012).

Brian Dawkins


Brian Dawkins is Finance and Operations Pastor at The Peoples Church, Toronto. He was formerly Assistant Comptroller of Texaco Canada Inc.

Dr. Terrence J. Downey


Dr. Terrence J. Downey is former Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo, President Emeritus of St. Mary’s University, Calgary, and currently President, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.

Vincent Kazmierski


Vincent Kazmierski is an Assistant Professor and the Undergraduate Supervisor in the Department of Law at Carleton University.

Nancy Marenick


Nancy Marenick is a retired teacher and former Director of the Writing Centre at St. Francis Xavier University.

Joseph Reynaud


A partner in the law firm Stikeman Elliott, specializing in insolvency and litigation, he has grown up with L'Arche and his father was a Community Leader in France and Canada. Before assuming his current position, Joseph was a Board Member of L'Arche Montréal.

Paul Vogel


Paul is a lawyer with the southwestern Ontario law firm of Cohen Highley LLP. He and his wife, Joan, met at L’Arche in Trosly and were founding members of the L’Arche London Board.