Meet Our Board

The Sechelt Hospital Foundation volunteer 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.

Bob Gray

Board Chair

Bob's Bio

Bob retired to the coast in 2011 after a career in banking based in Calgary and Toronto. During his tenure at Scotiabank he specialized in real estate finance and corporate loan syndications and sat on the Senior Credit and Risk committees of the Bank. In Toronto, Bob was an active volunteer with the United Way culminating as Chair for Scotiabank’s Toronto campaign leading a team of 500 volunteers. Bob currently sits on the Board of Station 12 Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.

Frank Belfry

Vice Chair

Frank's Bio

Frank is a Professional Engineer with over 40 years experience in planning, design and implementation of municipal infrastructure and community buildings for government, private owners and First Nation communities.  He has held various senior level executive positions including President of a BC based consulting engineering firm and a member of Boards for private companies.  Frank has been a member of several provincial, national and international not-for-profit organizations including participation as a board member. He is currently a member of the Halfmoon Bay Advisory Planning Commission with previous Commission experience for the District of North Vancouver and the Squamish Nation.  Frank brings his experience in strategic planning, financial stewardship and leadership to the Hospital Foundation Board and he looks forward to helping improve health services on the coast.  Frank and his wife Cathy have been land owners on the Sunshine Coast for over 25 years and full-time residents since 2010.

John Sutherland, Treasurer

John's Bio

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.

Richard Sand, Secretary

Richard's Bio

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.

Carole Simpson, Director

Carole's Bio

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.

Robert Hunt, Director

Robert's Bio

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

Joanna's Bio

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.  Her business provides strategic communications teaching, coaching and consulting. She has trained thousands of people to be more successful in public presentations, around the boardroom table and in front of the media.

She has served on the board of numerous charities and industry not-for-profit organizations including the Jack Webster Foundation, the BC and Yukon Canadian Diabetes Association and the Little Mountain Seniors Housing Association.  As the mother of 5 she has experienced many aspects of the health care system and is convinced that, despite some challenges, Canadian health care is world class.

Ruth Rodgers, Director

Ruth's Bio

Ruth and her husband Frank moved to the Sunshine Coast from Ontario in 2013 to fulfill their dream of building a house with an ocean view. To make this move, Ruth retired from a thirty-five year career in college education, both as a faculty member and an educational developer, where she served on a wide variety of regional, provincial, and national organizations. She was the recipient of a College Educator Award in 2012 from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Since coming to the coast, Ruth has focused on developing her art to a professional level ( Ruth is the current president of the Pastel Artists Canada, through which she has achieved Master Pastel Artist status.  She is also an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, president of the Sunshine Coast Artists Cooperative, and a member of the Coast Cultural Alliance (and on the Art Crawl committee). Ruth is also a perpetual student, holding degrees in literature, psychology, and education, and other credentials in the arts and horticulture. Ruth’s particular interest is the intersection of art and healing, and she hopes to bring her varied experience and skills to this task for the Foundation. Ruth and Frank have five grown children who have produced nine grandchildren–only two of whom live on the west coast!

Dave Hawkins, Director

Dave's Bio

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.

Anita Anderson, Director

Anita's Bio

Anita is Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Commerce Degree from the University of British Columbia.  She has worked in International Insurance in Europe and in Bermuda for a Fortune 500 Company, co-owned a small business, worked with Peace Arch Hospital Foundation as their Senior Financial Officer during their Capital Campaign and other Fundraising efforts and, most recently gained experience with Vancouver Coastal Health in their Shared Services Society including part of a Project team overseeing the implementation of a new Patient Billing system for three Health Authorities.  Anita, after ten years in Health Services retired April 2017.

Anita has two sons and lives with her husband, Frank in Roberts Creek.  She feels strongly about giving back to the community and has held many positions with Not-for-Profit entities during her career.  She is delighted to be asked to join the Board of Sechelt Hospital Foundation and hopes to contribute to this wonderful community hospital in a meaningful way.  Her interests are gardening, walking/hiking, classical music/opera and family.

David Rush, Director

David's Bio

Now a full time resident of Sechelt, David and his wife Cindy,  recently retired to the Coast after 35 years of practicing law in Vancouver and Kelowna. In addition to a law degree from UBC he holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree  from the UBC Sauder School of Business, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014. Although substantially retired from the practice of law, he continues to act as commercial and civil mediator and is involved in various real estate and finance endeavours.


David has a long history of community involvement including membership on various society boards and local and provincial government advisory committees.  Most recently David served as a Public Representative on the Board of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia and gained significant insight in to many of the challenges facing the health care sector. He looks forward to contributing his extensive experience in strategic planning and financial accountability to the Sechelt Hospital Foundation Board.

Dr. Pierre du Plessis, Director

Pierre's Bio

Pierre has 34 years of clinical experience as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist. He studied and trained in Cape Town, South Africa and practiced there for 10 years before taking the big step to emigrate to Canada. Since moving to Canada, he completed both his Canadian licencing examination as well as his Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He practiced in Carbonear, Newfoundland for 10 years and then moved to the west coast to practice in Powell River for the next 10 years. The last 4 years he served as the local Medical Director. He decided to semi retire in 2015 and moved to Sechelt to practice part time. In 2018 he practiced full time again when requested by Vancouver Coastal Health to fill an urgent vacancy. He fully retired from clinical practice at the end of 2018.

Pierre was accompanied by his wife and 4 children when he moved to Canada. All his children currently live and work in Vancouver. After his long career he would like to give back to the community by ensuring efficient and high-quality health care in Sechelt. He truly believes the best medicine is local.


Jane Macdonald – Executive Director

Jane's Bio

Jane Macdonald brings more than 25 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 director for the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue – Station 12 Halfmoon Bay.

Pat Watt, Administration

Tracey Beyrouty, Development Administrator

John Pritchard, Accounting