Richard Johnson was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania in 1946 and moved to Los Angeles in early 1950's. Richard joined the navy when he was 17. He was stationed on aircraft carriers during the Vietnam War, mostly near the Philippines. Richard spent his time in the Navy as a parachute rigger, packing the parachutes for the pilots of the fighter jets on aircraft carriers. Richard was discharged in 69 and moved to Canada in 1970. After the Navy, Richard worked at the University of British Columbia with computers when they first arrived on the scene in the mid 1970's.
Henry Charles was a core founding member of the Dudes Club in the role of Elder, and played an irreplaceable role in establishing the culture, openness, respect, and success of the Dudes Club and many other programs. He was an elder of the Musqueam Nation who resided on the Musqueam reserve in Vancouver. Henry was regularly commissioned to do First Nations storytelling in local schools, and previously served as the Vancouver Public Library’s Storyteller in Residence. In addition to his role as husband, father and grandfather, Henry was an accomplished writer, storyteller, Native historian, greeter, and Musqueam speaker.
Born in Quebec, Paul moved out west in the 1980s. He brought a balance of tireless energy, French joie de vivre and a deep loyalty to the Dudes Club. He was fiercely dedicated to doing whatever he could to help reduce the opiate overdose crisis. He saved countless lives doing outreach in the alleys and apartment buildings of the Downtown Eastside. He also spearheaded an initiative to have other dudes club members receive training to administer Narcan. Thanks to his many years of experience in the food services industry, Paul proudly acted as our chef from 2015-2017.