The 12 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. Please see the current meeting schedule. 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:
Bryan joined Beacon’s Board in 2014.
A retired barrister and solicitor with extensive court room experience, Bryan enjoyed 22 years in private practice before being appointed as a Master in Chambers in Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench. He held that judicial position for two decades, developing considerable expertise in mediation and dispute resolution before retiring in 2011. Bryan’s professional background also includes experience in farming and ranching.
His long history of community service includes being president of the Calgary Zoo, director with the Alberta Motor Association, and volunteering with several other boards and committees, including the Legal Aid Society, the Canadian Bar Association, and serving as an elected Bencher of The Law Society of Alberta.
A recipient of the 1990 Alberta Legal Humanitarian of the Year Award, Bryan is currently involved with several clubs in the Victoria area and is past president of the Farmlands Trust Society.
He and his spouse, Margaret, have four children and eight grand-children; they reside near Saanichton, where they own and run a small vineyard.
Carla joined Beacon’s Board in 2016.
Her professional background includes senior leadership positions in the oil and gas and banking sectors in the Province of Alberta as well as experience 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.
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 as President of her Strata Association and is currently a member of the Strata Council.
An avid golfer, Carla lives in Esquimalt with her spouse, Larry.
Penny joined Beacon’s board in 2015, after retiring as Director of Resident Services for the Kiwanis Pavilion, a complex care facility and home for people with dementia.
Penny holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Victoria and a certificate in quality management from the Canadian Healthcare Association.
She’s lectured on gerontological nursing topics such as behaviour management and coaching staff and is a certified surveyor for Accreditation Canada. In that capacity, she evaluates practices and standards in long-term care facilities, promoting quality health care across Canada.
Penny has been a nurse for 35 years and worked in post-operative cardiac and trauma care, taught nursing at Camosun College, and was a clinical resource nurse in gerontology.
A hobby artist who especially enjoys painting with acrylics, Penny lives in North Saanich with her husband, Jim, and their ocicat, Fantome.
Chuck joined the Board in 2017, drawing on a professional background that includes more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Chuck is a senior wealth advisor at Scotia Wealth Management, where he counsels clients on a range of diverse needs, including charitable planning and retirement and intergenerational planning.
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.
A great fan of food, Chuck is also an avid cyclist and ‘cheerleader’ for his two daughters, who participate in dance competitions across Canada.
Howard was elected to the Board in 2015.
Recently retired from his position as a professor of public health at the University of Victoria, Howard holds graduate degrees from Yale University (Cardiovascular Nursing Specialist) and the University of Calgary (Epidemiology and Community Health Science). He has engaged in both clinical practice and research in several areas related to heart health, received several honours and awards for his research, and served as Vice President for Research at the University of Victoria from 2007-14.
In addition to his professional work with multi-disciplinary teams drawn from medicine, genetics, nutritional science and nursing, Howard has also volunteered on a number of national and provincial boards and policy-making organizations. These include Canada’s national research and education ultra-high speed network (CANARIE, past chair), Canada’s national particle and nuclear physics laboratory (TRIUMF, past chair), the Canadian Health Services Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (past chair), the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (past chair), and the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses (past president).
In addition, Howard is a volunteer driver in Beacon’s Medical Drive Program and also volunteers with Beacon’s Volunteer Visitor program, connecting with isolated members of our community.
Howard and his wife, Cynthia, reside in North Saanich – an ideal location from which to pursue his love of boating.
Jim joined the Board in 2015.
His professional background includes serving as the Executive Director for a national research network dealing with children’s brain disorders, seven years as the Chief Operating Officer of MITACS (a national research network dealing with innovative training programs), and senior positions in business development, marketing and general management in the telecommunications sector.
His community service includes serving as Board Chair for SERENE (a national knowledge translation network in Cyber Security) and AGE-WELL (a national research network which deals with technology and aging). Previous service was on the boards of the Vancouver Symphony, VanDusen Botanical Gardens, the GRAND research network (a national network dealing with multi-media and gaming research), the Canada FASD Research Network, and the BC Cerebral Palsy Association.
Jim — who can often be found riding his electric bike through local neighbourhoods — also shares his time and talents as a volunteer with Beacon’s Volunteer Visitor program.
He and his wife Rosalind live in Oak Bay.
Rebecca joined the Board in 2016. She’s an Associate Professor of Information Technology in the University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, where she teaches e-business and management information systems. She has also taught at McGill University, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of California at Irvine.
Her other community service includes various roles on the United Way Campaign Cabinet from 2005 until 2014, in addition to chairing the UVic United Way Campaign in 2004, and chairing the Greater Victoria United Way Campaign in 2008 and 2014.
She is a Governor of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and past member of the Board of Tourism Victoria. Rebecca’s community leadership has also included serving as director and past Board Chair for the University Club, as a member of the Telus Community Board, as a trainer and committee member of Junior Achievement of B.C., and serving on the St Margaret’s School Board from 2015 to 2018. She’s also judged Douglas Magazine’s 10 to Watch competition since 2006.
Rebecca received the 2013 Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award from the Victoria Chapter of the Association of Philanthropy Professionals as well as the Community Engagement Award from the International Advisory Board of the Gustavson School of Business.
She and her husband, Dave McCutcheon, live in Saanich and enjoy frequent trips back east to visit their adult daughter, Colleen.
Diana joined the Board in 2018, after retiring from a long-time, successful career as Chief Financial Officer/General Manager of Finance and Corporate Services with the Capital Regional District.
A Certified Professional Accountant, she has served on the Municipal Pension Plan’s Board of Trustees since 2013. In addition to a variety of other Board experiences, her community service also includes serving as chair of the BC and Western Canada Government Finance Officers Association boards, 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.
Susan joined the Board in 2018. An associate managing partner with Gevity (an international health and social services management consulting company), she has almost three decades of experience in health information technology management — including 20 years in various capacities within Canada’s government health sector.
Susan’s 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 community service experience includes having chaired the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Advisory Council, sitting on the Board of the Cridge Centre for the Family, and various roles on church councils and committees.
Susan loves to golf but says she isn’t very good at it – that she’s better at puttering in the garden and walking the many trails around North Saanich.
Susan and her partner, John, have resided in North Saanich since 2009 and have 6 children and 10 grandchildren between them.
Graham was elected to Beacon’s Board in 2016, shortly after retiring from his position 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 also serves on the executive of the Saanich Peninsula Restorative Justice Program and, as a restorative justice practitioner, he brings the involved parties together in a facilitated conference – in that capacity, he aims to repair harm caused to individuals and/or the community and have the responsible parties make restitution, where appropriate.
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.
Andy joined Beacon’s Board in 2016.
A recipient of a Vancouver Island Top 20 under 40 Business and Community Achievement Award, Andy 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 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 Saanich.
Tom joined the Board in 2017.
He is also a member 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 extensive 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, pensions, policy, adult basic education, and literacy.
When he’s not on the field hockey pitch, where he is a forward, Tom also enjoys backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, and puttering about in his workshop. He and his wife, Mary, live in Saanich.
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 Certified 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.
His community service includes as a member of the BC Care Providers Association’s Board of Directors since 2014, serving on the University of Victoria’s CanAssist Advisory Board and, recently, fundraising to support cancer research.
A keen cyclist and cook, Bob also enjoys exploring new hiking trails with his wife, Gayle.