The 11 volunteers serving as our Board of Directors are drawn from throughout the Capital Regional District. Working on the Board of Directors offers a wonderful chance for people to give back to the community in a highly rewarding, meaningful way.
As part of its leadership of Beacon Community Services, our volunteer Board of Directors regularly meets to oversee the society’s affairs, performance, service quality, and strategic direction.
As Beacon’s governing body, the Board of Directors also establishes (and oversees adherence to) Beacon’s Mission, Vision and Values and oversees the CEO in the execution of his duties, supporting the organization’s commitment to excellence in delivering programs and services that help people in our community.
To support the Board in effectively meeting its governance responsibilities, each director also actively participates on two or more committees. Each standing committee has specific roles and responsibilities and reports to the Board of Directors, presenting recommendations for the Board’s consideration and decision. Board committees and their terms of reference are:
Carla joined Beacon’s Board in 2016.
Carla’s professional background includes Executive and senior leadership positions in the oil and gas and banking sectors. She also has experience developing and facilitating courses and as an instructor at the Banff Center and the University of Calgary Continuing Education faculty.
She founded, and continues to serve as President of LCR and Associates Inc, an executive/organizational coaching and management consulting firm.
Carla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba, is a graduate of several professional and executive development programs, and received the 2010 Prism Award for excellence in coaching.
Carla believes strongly in giving back to the communities where she lives and has done so for over 40 years. Her extensive community service includes serving on the Board of the Victoria Transition House, chairing the Board of the prestigious Woods Homes in Alberta and the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter as well as serving as President of the Calgary Association of Professional Coaches, service with the Rotary Club of Calgary, the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede and other boards and community endeavors.
In addition, she’s served 2 terms as President of her strata association and 4 years as a member of the Strata board.
An avid golfer and cyclist, Carla also enjoys yoga and pilates; she lives in Esquimalt with her spouse, Larry.
Chuck joined the Board in 2017, drawing on a professional background that includes more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.
A senior wealth advisor at Scotia Wealth Management, Chuck counsels clients on a range of diverse needs, including charitable planning, retirement and intergenerational planning.
Also a licensed financial advisor in Ontario and BC, Chuck lives in the City of Victoria and is married to Dr. Sarah Williams.
His community service includes involvement with the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation’s Annual Sponsorship Title Events, previously serving on the Finance Committee for the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, and sitting as a member of the steering committee for the Victoria Chapter of WCM Women in Capital Markets.
He’s also an avid cyclist – and a dedicated father who enthusiastically serves as ‘cheerleader’ while one of his daughters participates in dance competitions across Canada. His eldest daughter is now attending UVIC.
Tom joined the Board in 2017.
He is also Vice Chair of the Board of the BC Public Service Pension Plan and the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Scottish Regiment (in which he served in various positions and ranks from private to major). Tom holds an economics degree from the University of Victoria and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.
His professional background includes serving as Chair of the Medical Services Commission, serving on the Teachers’ Pension Board, the Municipal Pension Board, the boards of three employer associations, and the I.K. Barber BC Scholarship Society.
Tom was Executive Financial Officer for the BC ministries of Education and Advanced Education and also served as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for, among other things, student financial assistance, policy, adult basic education, and literacy.
In his spare time, Tom is an enthusiastic field hockey player. When he’s not on the field hockey pitch or ‘playing’ in his hobby workshop, he’s often outdoors pursuing his love of backpacking, kayaking, and canoeing.
He and his wife, Mary, live in Saanich with their daughters.
Graham was elected to Beacon’s Board in 2016, shortly after retiring from a 15-year career as Corporate Director for Risk Management with the Vancouver Island Health Authority. With an operating budget of over $2 billion, Island Health is one of 6 health authorities in BC charged with responsibility for delivery of the full spectrum of healthcare services.
Graham’s work with Island Health was significantly informed by his prior role with the BC Government where, for 14 years, he advised client ministries, agencies, and Crown corporations on risk management and had responsibility for the development, implementation, and management of the claims program for the comprehensive provincial public sector self-insurance initiatives, including healthcare.
A past member of the Canadian Bioethics Society and the Medical Legal Society of BC, Graham has also taught on the subject of Risk Management at Simon Fraser University.
Graham is also a past member of the executive of the Saanich Peninsula Restorative Justice Program and extensively volunteers with his church community.
He and his wife, Lyanne Jaubert-Sanderson, have two married children and six grandchildren; he and Lyanne live on the Saanich Peninsula, where they’ve resided since moving from Ontario in 1987.
Penny joined the Board in 2015 after she retired as Director of Resident Services for the Kiwanis Pavilion (a complex care facility and home for people with dementia).
Penny was a nurse for 35 years and worked in post-operative cardiac and trauma care, taught nursing at Camosun College, and served as a clinical resource nurse in gerontology.
She’s lectured on gerontological nursing topics such as behaviour management and coaching staff and only recently retired from her contract position as a certified surveyor for Accreditation Canada. In that capacity, she evaluated practices and standards in long-term care facilities, promoting quality health care across Canada.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a certificate in quality management from the Canadian Healthcare Association.
Penny also volunteers with Beacon’s Opening Minds through Art (OMA) dementia program and is a regular volunteer with her church.
She and her husband Jim live with their ocicat (Fantome) in North Saanich.
Joan joined the Board in 2020, after retirement from more than 30 years of service with the Province of BC, where she developed and implemented a broad range of important public policies and initiatives.
Her most recent professional experience includes several years as an Executive Director with the Ministry of Agriculture (working to expand the agrifood and seafood sectors) and as an Executive Director with the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
In the latter role, Joan led the development of a provincial Early Years Strategy to help support and improve wellness for young children and families, provided secretariat support to the Provincial Child Care Council, and oversaw the development and implementation of quality assurance policies to improve services for children and youth including those with special needs.
Her professional background also includes a variety of strategic planning, policy development and research roles — including with the Ministry of Forests, Deputy Ministers’ Policy Secretariat, and the Ministries of Finance and Economic Development.
Joan holds an honours Bachelors of Science degree in Economics from the University of Victoria and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia.
A watercolour artist, she also serves on the executives of Studio 30 and the Oak Bay Community Artists Society.
Joan and her spouse, Doug, are long-time residents of Oak Bay.
They enjoy travelling and spending time with family and friends — and in her spare time, Joan is trying to learn bridge and do more plein air painting.
A Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCMA), Diana was elected to the Board in 2018 after retiring from a successful career as Chief Financial Officer/General Manager of Finance and Corporate Services with the Capital Regional District.
She also served on the Municipal Pension Plan’s Board of Trustees from 2013 to 2019 and recently earned her Masters in Trust Management Standards (MTMS).
In addition to a variety of other Board experiences, her community service includes serving as chair of the BC and Western Canada Government Finance Officers Association board, serving on the Board of the Society of Management Accountants of BC, and serving as presenter and committee member of the Municipal Administrator’s Training Institute.
Diana’s professional background also helped her acquire a vast knowledge of local government leadership, involved extensive liaising with numerous local non-profit groups, and included coordination between multiple First Nations and the CRD (including treaty-related matters). Diana also played key roles in major organizational transitions/mergers, and led an international capacity-building project in Ghana, West Africa.
An avid genealogist, Diana enjoys visiting her grandson on the lower Mainland and also finds time to volunteer at Government House and to create family books.
She and her partner, Jay, live in the City of Victoria with their playful and curious cat Jumper, and have made Greater Victoria their home for over 45 years.
Kim joined the Board in 2020, 7 years after retiring from his position as Facilities Director for Saanich School District. There, he was responsible for overseeing maintenance, transportation and custodial operations, as well as project management for significant capital construction projects. He served for several years in a similar position with the Chilliwack school district.
Kim was proud to oversee the construction of three new schools in Saanich and the Peninsula, including KELSET elementary, North Saanich Middle and Royal Oak Middle schools, and numerous major building renovations and seismic improvements. He has been a strong advocate for community partnerships with local municipalities where recreation enhancements were added to several school facilities, including a seniors’ center in Cordova Bay.
Previously, he served in management positions with the Ministry of Education and Treasury Board Staff, responsible for planning or implementation for major facility capital funding programs.
Kim also previously served on the Board of the Luther Court Society, including terms as president, treasurer and director.
He lives in Oak Bay with his wife, Sue, and can often be seen out working in their garden or strolling in the neighbourhood with his welsh terrier, Daric, by his side.
He enjoys cooking ethnic foods, travel photography, planning their next world foray, or working on new fused-glass hobby projects.
Susan rejoined the Board in 2020, after her semi-retirement as associate managing partner with an international health and social services management consulting company.
Susan has almost three decades of experience in health information technology management — including 20 years in various capacities within Canada’s government health sector.
Her professional background includes working in health analytics, health information management, and public health (including with indigenous populations).
Susan has applied her extensive IT knowledge to a variety of diverse positions, including in leadership roles in projects for the BC Ministry of Health’s complex upgrade of its data warehouse technical infrastructure and Health Registration Projects, eHealth Saskatchewan’s outbreak management project, and as a system analyst and developer for several diverse client groups.
Her previous community service experience includes a year with Beacon’s Board, chairing the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Advisory Council, sitting on the Board of the Cridge Centre for the Family, and extensive volunteering in various roles on church councils and committees.
A fan of golfing, Susan also enjoys gardening and walking the many trails around North Saanich.
She and her partner, John, have resided in North Saanich since 2009 and have 6 children and 11 grandchildren between them.
Fiona was elected to Beacon’s Board in 2020.
Her professional background career includes 12 years in the private practice of law (in Toronto and primarily in Victoria), and 24 years with the Government of BC, beginning in 1992. She served as a lawyer within the Legal Services Branch of the Ministry of Attorney General until 1994, when she was appointed Vice-Chair of the Expropriation Compensation Board. She served in that position until 1998, when she returned to Legal Services, where she advised numerous ministries and boards over the years. She served as a member of the Branch Management Committee (and supervisor of the Health and Social Services Group) beginning in 2003. Fiona completed her career with her representation of the Ministry of Health and the Medical Services Commission, retiring from government and from the Bar in 2016.
She holds an Honours Degree in English Literature and a Law Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Fiona has also done a good deal of professional development training in areas such as time management and efficiency, negotiation, and mediation.
Over the years, she has been involved in numerous non-profit organizations in Victoria and Sidney, including serving on the boards of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Victoria, Dallas House Society, Women’s Sexual Assault Centre, Threshold Housing Society, and Victoria Women’s Transition House. She has also volunteered at Our Place and the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. She is presently Chair of Council at St. Paul’s United Church in Sidney.
When not involved with her volunteer activities, Fiona enjoys singing in her church choirs and in Via Choralis, and acting.
She lives with her French bulldog, Simone, in Sidney.
Andy was elected to Beacon’s Board in 2016.
A recipient of a Vancouver Island Top 20 under 40 Business and Community Achievement Award, he is also president of a Victoria property management firm, Proline Management Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Victoria and a law degree from Toronto’s Osgoode Hall Law School.
In addition to being a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Canadian Bar and Victoria Bar associations, Andy is also Proline’s managing broker and holds licenses in strata management and rental property management.
He’s served as the Family Business Association of Vancouver Island’s Board president, chaired that association’s governance committee, and is a member of the Board of the Strata Property Agents of BC, a member of the Real Estate Council’s Strata Management Services Advisory Group and the Strata Initiatives Task Force at the Victoria Real Estate Board.
An outdoors enthusiast, Andy enjoys camping with his wife, Erin, and three young boys.
He also participates in long distance trail running – sometimes competing in races up to 100 km long. He and his family live in the Western Communities.
Bob was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of Beacon Community Services in 2014, after several years as the charity’s Vice President of Finance.
A Chartered Professional Accountant, Bob holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Regina and completed his Chartered Accountant articling with Deloitte, one of Canada’s leading tax, audit, and financial services firms.
His professional background includes experience as an analyst with the Saskatchewan Securities Commission in addition to senior finance positions with several large Canadian natural resource companies and with Victoria-based Carmanah Technologies.
In addition to leading Beacon’s team of staff and volunteers, Bob serves the community through his fundraising efforts to support cancer research and as a member of the University of Victoria’s CanAssist Advisory Board; he recently retired from 5 years of volunteer service as a member of the BC Care Providers Association’s Board of Directors.
A keen cyclist and cook, Bob also enjoys exploring new hiking trails with his wife, Gayle.