Board of Directors

John Rietschlin

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).

Vincent Kazmierski


Vincent Kazmierski is an Associate Professor and past Chair of the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. He is currently serving as the Chair of the L'Arche Canada Governance Committee.

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.

Myron Rogal


Myron is the Justice and Peace Coordinator with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. He is a former board chair of L’Arche Saskatoon. Myron and his wife both have had experience living as assistants in L’Arche Edmonton.

Paul Vogel


Paul is a retired lawyer after being a founding partner with the 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.

Samuel Watts


Sam is the CEO and Executive Director of Welcome Hall Mission in Montreal, a community organization founded in 1892, dedicated to eliminating chronic homelessness and hunger. He is the author of Good Work Done Better, a book published in 2020 that proposes ideas for how community-based non-profit organizations can improve their impact.