3 times Club President




Barbara joined the Rotary Club of Richmond in 2002. Club President for two consecutive terms from 2003-2005, again 2012-2013. Over the years she has held various positions on the Board such as Secretary, Director of International and of Community Services.

Reasons for joining Rotary club of Richmond

"I was interested in Rotary’s global impact and the well established framework within which ordinary people could create immense positive change locally and internationally. As well I was interested in how Rotary provided so many opportunities for young people to experience cultural exchanges, develop leadership skills and contribute to positive change in society".

The happiest and proudest moment in Rotary 

"During my first meeting at Rotary I was impressed with how all the members, whom I had just met, supported and contributed to my pending climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro for the Make A Wish Foundation. From then on I have been immersed in, and impressed with,  the tireless generosity and commitment of Rotarians in my club, locally and around the world. Attending the Rotary International conferences has always been an incredibly experience where tens of thousands of ‘ordinary people doing extraordinary things’ as they share similar values and aspirations to make our world a better place. 


Recently Barbara retired from her position as the Dean of the Faculty of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. As the Dean, Barbara was involved in the developing degrees in the Fashion, Graphic Design for Marketing, Interior Design, Product Design and Journalism and managed other programs such as Public Relations and Fine Arts. She was involved in numerous committees at Kwantlen and established several international student exchange agreements  during her term. She now works as a design consultant on various projects.
Barbara is a member of the Interior Designers Institute of BC, sits on the Advisory Council for the Marketing Diploma program at Douglas College and recently finished two terms on the Board of Tourism Richmond. She supports organizations such as the Make a Wish Foundation which ‘involved’ climbing Mt Kilimanjaro a number of years ago. 
Barbara lives at the Quay on the Fraser River in New Westminster with her husband Ken, the managing partner in Cawkell, Brodie, Glaister Business Lawyers. They have two sons Lucas and Blain who are completing their post secondary education. Barbara and Ken enjoy traveling, outdoor activities such as biking and kayaking and other community activities.