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.

Frank Belfry


Frank's Bio

Frank is a retired 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.

Carole Simpson

Vice Chair

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.

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.

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.

Bob Gray, Director (Past 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.

Alex Bird, Secretary

Alex's Bio

Alex Bird has had a progressive career in Supply Chain Management and reengineering with Quaker Oats, Nabisco Brands, and Molson Breweries. Following his executive corporate career, Alex spent 15 years as a General Management Consultant to a diverse range of companies across Canada in the Food and Beverage and Forest Products sectors.  He has a passion for giving back to his community and seeks to assist the Hospital foundation in fulfilling its mantra that the “the best medicine is local”.

Alex bring the experiences accumulated from previously sitting on three non-profit boards. He has been a resident of Sechelt since 2015 and is an active father of three children and is happiest when boating in the beautiful waters of BC.

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 past 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 Landing Artists collective, and a member of the Coast Cultural Alliance. Ruth is also a perpetual student, holding degrees in literature, psychology, and education, and other credentials in the arts and horticulture, and she has recently published several works of historical fiction. 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 (Past Secretary, and Board Chair)

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.

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.

Pam Clarke

Pam's Bio

Originally from southern Ontario, Pamela was a long-time resident of North Vancouver before moving to the Sunshine Coast. She has over 35 years of marketing, communications, and corporate social responsibility experience in Canada, Europe, and Africa. Her work included senior fundraising and communications roles at the Arthritis Society and BC Women’s Hospital Foundation as well as the head of marketing at Health Match BC.

Pamela was a founding Board member of the Cassie and Friends Society for Children with Juvenile Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases. She also served on the Arthritis Society’s National Childhood Arthritis Advisory Committee, and on the Board of the Cool North Shore Society, dedicated to local initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Bill Climie

Bill's Bio

Bill spent his career in sales and marketing for a number of leading companies in diverse industries after graduating from UBC.  He initiated changes in the distribution of automotive products at Esso; introduced “Big Box” home improvement stores to Canada with Beaver Lumber; and pioneered cellular phone technology deployment and expansion in the Canadian market with Motorola and Bell. He expanded distribution for a number of small and medium sized Canadian companies into Europe, the Americas and Asia, including the emerging countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China.

He retired to Davis Bay in 2003, where he become involved in several volunteer activities on the Boards of the Gibsons Curling Club, St. John’s United Church, Davis Bay/Wilson Creek/Selma Park Community Association and ElderCollege.


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 supporting member of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue – Station 12 Halfmoon Bay.

Tracey Beyrouty, Development Administrator

John Pritchard, Accounting

Emily Kammerle, Development Coordinator