Meet Our Board
The Sechelt Hospital Foundation Board of Directors ensures prudent stewardship of all donations received, and works closely with Vancouver Coastal Health in support of the hospital’s capital equipment priorities.
2016/17 Board of Directors:
Gerry’s nursing career and leadership experience has spanned 40 years in various senior healthcare roles in New Brunswick, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Gerry and her husband Greg moved to the Coast full time in 2008. In 2013, after retiring as Executive Director for Vancouver General Hospital and then working with Vancouver Coastal Health as a consultant, she served as Interim Director of Clinical Services for the Sunshine Coast until the expansion of Sechelt Hospital was complete. Serving on the “GP For Me” Advisory Committee and also as President of the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Board, Gerry is committed to creating a healthy and sustainable community here on the Sunshine Coast. As Sechelt Hospital Foundation’s former Board Chair, Gerry’s passion for improving patient experience, health outcomes, community and staff engagement is evident in all that she does for the Sechelt Hospital Foundation.
Dave has 40 years experience working and consulting with a diverse range of organizations – from small manufacturing businesses and non profit organizations to large international energy companies. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary, and for many years lived and worked in and around Calgary, Alberta. His executive career involved large facility planning, engineering economics, information technology, process improvement and change leadership. For the last 18 years, Dave has focused his consulting practice on developing the capabilities of organizations and leaders to build strong relationships and to be effective getting things done. Before moving to the Coast, Dave was an appointed member of the Health Advisory Committee for Calgary and area for Alberta Health Services.
Dave has several family members who are long time residents of the Coast and his summertime visits over 30 years eventually led him and his wife Doris to move to the Coast in 2011.
Health care is a family passion, with Dave’s wife and children all working or studying in health care. With both a young granddaughter and aging parents, Dave recognizes the importance of health care in everyone’s life and the importance of using our health care resources in the most effective and efficient manner.
John Sutherland, Treasurer
John’s career as a finance and operations executive has spanned 40 years with public and private companies in the manufacturing, information technology, mining and service industries. John and his wife Jonalyn came to the Coast to design and build their dream home in 2011. John has served on several Boards of Directors, both corporate and not-for-profit, and achieved record growth for the Arts Club Theatre Society and Foundation, Stanley Theatre Society, Arthritis Research Foundation and the Davis Bay Wharf Restoration Fundraising Committee. John brings his commitment to accountability, donor engagement and productivity to the Sechelt Hospital Foundation.
Dr. Daniel Dolden MD FRCP, Director
Dan began medical practice as a general practitioner in Lytton, BC in 1971. He later specialized in radiology at UBC. Upon receiving his fellowship he became a partner at Brooke Radiology, joining the staff at the Burnaby, Richmond and Delta Hospitals.Dan has served as president of the BC Radiological Society and as head of the BC Accreditation Committee for Diagnostic Imaging. During that time he travelled throughout BC, reviewing many imaging departments.After practicing for 17 years in the Lower Mainland he left for a 7 year term as a Diagnostic Radiologist at a major hospital in Saudi Arabia. Returning home in 2001 meant re-location to the Sunshine Coast and radiology at Sechelt Hospital. Dan gained tremendous respect for the Sechelt Hospital Foundation as a result of their “Back the Cat” campaign. This endeavour showed what a dedicated and engaged community committee could accomplish.Dan retired from active practice in 2012 but he continues to be very interested in Sechelt Hospital. He wishes to ensure that there are enhanced opportunities for staff education and that the hospital becomes one of the best equipped medical facilities in BC. He looks forward to assisting the Foundation in fulfilling its mandate.
Drew Hoyle, Director
Drew is an investment advisor and brings over 25 years of money management experience to Sechelt Hospital Foundation. He has worked for many different boards over the years and is actively involved in raising funds for numerous children’s charities. Drew, his wife Charlene and their three children live in North Vancouver, and have a weekend residence in Sargeants Bay. They have all enjoyed the trappings that the Sunshine Coast has to offer for the past 10 years. Drew’s goal is to help ensure that the residents and visitors of the Sunshine Coast get access to the very best of medical care and attention.
A native of the Vancouver area, Steve spent much of his professional career working abroad in the energy industry, both in operations management and in sales and marketing. In between stints abroad, Steve owned and operated a small aviation company in the Okanagan. More recently, Steve served as a Director on the Board of a TSX-listed company, during which time he received training as a professional Director through a program developed jointly by the Rotman School of Management and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). His volunteer work included serving as a Director of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, and as a Director and Officer of the Squamish and District Chamber of Commerce. Steve has also served as regional delegate for the Canadian Diabetes Association and was active in their Vancouver Speakers Bureau until 2010.
Steve first visited the Sunshine Coast in the 1970s, and has returned numerous times since, before finally relocating here in early 2015. Steve is the proud uncle of two nurses working on the Lower Mainland.
Retiring after forty years serving congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, Richard and his wife Collene moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2014. Their daughter and her family were already residents of Sechelt, and the move brought them closer to their son and his family in Taiwan.
During his active ministry, Richard served congregations in rural Ontario, Flin Flon and Brandon in Manitoba, Vancouver, B.C. and New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. His ministry included involvement in the work of the church from the congregational level to national Councils and committees. Engagement with health care in a variety of ways also featured prominently in his work. He served on the Board of the Brandon General Hospital Foundation, acted as a volunteer on-call chaplain at BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and was the co-ordinator for Spiritual Care services at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow. Always active in the communities where he has lived, Richard is grateful for the opportunity to serve the interests of health care in the community he now calls home.
During her career Carole Simpson has accumulated more than 30 years of business and nonprofit experience. In 2016 Carole retired from Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB where she was Vice President University Advancement and formerly Executive Director of the Mount Royal University Foundation. As a member of the university executive team, Carole provided leadership to the development, marketing, communications, alumni and government relations departments. During this time, Carole led Mount Royal’s $250 million Changing the Face of Education fundraising campaign, which included the expansion to the Science wing and construction of two new buildings – the Riddell Library and Learning Centre and the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts – both named for Calgary philanthropists.
The majority of Carole’s career has been spent in the nonprofit sector, having previously held senior leadership positions with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and Junior Achievement of British Columbia. Early in her career Carole worked for two former iconic Canadian businesses – Hudson’s Bay Company and MacMillan Bloedel. Carole has always been an active member of the community. She has served on a number of professional associations including the National Council of Foundation Executives and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, as well as Director of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and chaired committees for the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Vancouver.
Lauren moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast and began her new and exciting adventure as the VCH Director for Coastal Community of Care at Sechelt Hospital in May 2013.Born in Sydney, Australia, Lauren developed an early appreciation of health care through her involvement in Surf Life Saving. Graduating from the University of Technology, Sydney with a degree in Nursing provided many opportunities for a diverse career as a Registered Nurse and later in the area of Health Care Management.
A desire to explore other countries and associated health care systems provided the impetus for Lauren to move to Vancouver in 2001 to work in the Intensive Care Unit at Vancouver General Hospital. In 2005 she completed a Masters of Health Administration and has enjoyed further leadership opportunities in the areas of Ambulatory Care, Critical Care, Cardiology, Emergency and Trauma Department management.
Robert Hunt, Director
Robert retired from Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast in 2009 after a long business career that has taken him from his home province of Ontario, through Edmonton, and finally to Vancouver. In 1984 he cofounded Granville Island Breweries, and went on to work in leadership roles in the wine and spirits industry as well. He later grew an office products distributorship into the largest such operation in Canada before selling it. Robert has served on a variety of corporate and not-for-profit boards, and currently serves as a director of the Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club.
Joanna Piros, Director
Now a resident of Gibsons, Joanna is a West Coast-based professional communicator. Trained in journalism, she has worked as a TV and radio anchor, a journalist, and communications and public relations consultant. Joanna has extensive experience as an interviewer, news writer, and producer of documentaries. She has served on the board of numerous charities and industry not-for-profit organizations.
Bob Gray, Director
Bob retired to the Coast in 2011 after a career back east, mainly in Calgary and Toronto, as a corporate banker, specializing in real estate financing. During his long career with the Scotiabank, he led due diligence teams that reviewed takeover candidates. In Toronto, Bob chaired the Scotiabank United Way campaign, leading a team of 500 volunteers. Bob currently serves on the board of the local RCM Search & Rescue.
Carole Murray, Board Liaison, President, Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary
Dr. Bruce Robinson, Board Liaison, Sechelt Hospital Medical Director
Jane Macdonald brings more than 20 years business and non-profit management skills to the Foundation. Prior to serving as Managing Partner of VAKA Marketing, a strategic marketing and management consulting agency, Jane helped to establish the BC Mental Health Foundation as Executive Director. As an active member of the Sunshine Coast community, Jane serves as a crew member and Society Director for the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue. Jane and her husband Ian live in Secret Cove.
Pat Watt, Administration
Dawne Clancy, Development Coordinator
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