Board of Directors

The twelve 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 and meaningful way.

Board Operations

June 27, 2017 AGM Information

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:

Executive Committee

Finance and Audit Committee

Human Resources and Volunteer Engagement Committee

Nominations Committee

Policy, Regulations and Bylaws Committee

Quality Assurance Committee


Chuck Rowe

Board Chair

A retired healthcare executive, Chuck joined the Board in 2011.  Prior to his retirement, Chuck served for more than 30 years with the Vancouver Island Health Authority in various leadership roles, including Vice- President of Human Resources and Executive Director for Central Island. He’s served as Executive Director of the Royal Jubilee Hospital and the Victoria General Hospital as well as Site Administrator for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. He has also served as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Administration, at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine.

He’s the past Chairman of the Board of the Healthcare Leaders Association of British Columbia and has been awarded Honorary Life Fellowship in both the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Canadian College of Health Service Executives.

A graduate of Montreal’s Sir George Williams University, Chuck holds a post-graduate Diploma in Health Administration from the University of Toronto. He’s also an active member of a University of Victoria mentorship program, has served with the United Way of Victoria for over 30 years, and has co-chaired the Health Division of the United Way Campaign Cabinet.

He and his spouse Sandra are long-time residents of Saanich.

Joan Axford


Joan joined the Board in 2012. A Certified Professional Accountant with nearly 40 years of experience, she has worked in public education finance for 29 years. She retired from the position of Secretary-Treasurer with School District No. 63 (Saanich) in 2011.

Previously, she held the position of Director of School Finance with British Columbia’s Ministry of Education and also worked in School District No. 62 (Sooke) as the Assistant Secretary-Treasurer. She currently works under contract with the Ministry of Education, assisting school districts to implement service delivery efficiencies.

She is past Chair and current Trustee of the Teachers’ Pension Board and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation. She also volunteers as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Victoria Chapter of ALS BC.

She’s worked with the Teachers’ Pension Plan since 1994 and holds an honorary membership in the BCTF for her work in public education and in support of teachers’ pensions. She’s also the past recipient of the Larry Ozero Leadership award, which recognizes leadership in the business administration of public education.

Joan is married to Don, with an adult son, and has lived in the Western Communities for more than 35 years.

Bryan Waller


Bryan joined the Board in 2014. A retired barrister and solicitor with extensive court room experience, he 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.

Bryan is currently involved with several clubs in the Victoria area and is also a member of the Parish Council of St. Stephens Anglican and a director of the Farmlands Trust Society.

He and his spouse, Margaret, have four children and eight grand-children; they reside near Saanichton.

Penny Donaldson


Penny joined the Board in 2015, following her retirement as Director of Resident Services for the Kiwanis Pavilion, a complex care facility and home for people with dementia in Victoria.

She 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.

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.

She and her husband, Jim, live in North Saanich.

Dr. Howard Brunt


Howard joined the Board in 2015. He is currently a professor of public health at the University of Victoria, and previously served at the university as Vice President of Research. He came to UVic from the University of Calgary in 1990 as a professor of nursing and also served seven years as the university’s Associate Vice President of Research.

Howard holds graduate degrees from Yale University (Cardiovascular Nursing Specialist) and the University of Calgary (Epidemiology and Community Health Science) and he has been in engaged in both clinical practice and research in number of areas related to heart health.

He’s received a number of honours and awards for his research and has worked with multi-disciplinary teams drawn from medicine, genetics, nutritional science and nursing.

He’s also volunteered on a number of national and provincial boards and policy-making organizations, including 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).

Howard and his wife, Cynthia, reside in North Saanich.

Jim Brookes


Jim joined the Board in 2015. He’s the former Executive Director for NeuroDevNet, a national research network dealing with children’s brain disorders. His professional background includes seven years as the Chief operating Officer of MITACS (a national research network dealing with innovative training programs), as well as senior positions in business development, marketing and general management in the telecommunications sector.

He held the position of Vice-President of Local Services at BC Tel/TELUS where he grew a $2 B market and also served as TELUS’s Vice-President of Business Transformation.

Jim has a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University and teaches an Economics course at the University of Victoria. His community service includes serving as Board Chair for SERENE (a national knowledge translation network in Information Security) and previous service on the boards of the Vancouver Symphony, VanDusen Botanical Gardens, the GRAND research network (a national network dealing with multi-media and gaming research) and the Canada FASD Research Network.

He and his wife Rosalind live in Oak Bay.

Dr. Rebecca Grant


Rebecca joined the Board in 2016. In her professional life, 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.

She served in various roles on the Campaign Cabinet from 2005 until 2014, chaired the UVic United Way Campaign in 2004, and chaired 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. Her community leadership has also included serving as director and past Board Chair for the University Club, as a member of the Telus Community Board, and as a trainer and committee member of Junior Achievement of B.C.  She’s also judged Douglas Magazine’s 10 to Watch competition since 2006, and is a Governor of St Margaret’s School for Girls.

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, have lived happily in Saanich since 1993. Their daughter, Colleen, lives in Toronto, giving them the motivation to travel east whenever the opportunity arises.

Geri Hinton


A resident of Saanich, Geri joined the board in 2011. A retiree, she has held positions as the CEO of a Not-for-Profit Home Care Agency, and as the Director for the British Columbia Government’s Office for Seniors. She’s also provided counsel to the BC Continuing Care Program and the Response Office of the Seaton Royal Commission on Health Care and Costs.

Currently, Geri serves on the Government House Foundation Board of Trustees, the Leadership Council of the Alzheimer Society of BC developing dementia friendly communities, the Broadmead Lodge Capital Campaign Committee and Patients as Partners, Impact BC. She also travels and plays the cello with a group at the Victoria Conservatory.

Invested as a Dame of Grace in the Venerable Order of St John in 2006, Geri is also the recipient of the University of Victoria Nursing Alumni Award of Excellence, the YM/YWCA Woman of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals.

Denise Lloyd


A member of the Board since 2016, Denise is the founder and CEO of Engaged HR and has been in the human resources field for over 20 years, over half of them in the non-profit sector. Her wide array of leadership experience includes holding the role of Executive Director for a number of organizations, including in the not-for-profit sector, and serving as Director of HR and Administration for the North American division of a global technology company.

Denise is known for bringing new ideas and innovation to the way people work together and for creating forward-thinking workplaces.

She holds a Master of Arts degree in Leadership, is a Certified Human Resources Practitioner (CHRP), and is sought after as a consultant, speaker, and facilitator on a variety of HR topics.

Formerly chair of the Vancouver Island chapter of the BC Human Resources Management Association, Denise also currently chairs the Board of Directors of Volunteer Victoria.

Carla Robinson


Carla joined the Board in 2016. She’s an Executive/Organizational Coach and Facilitator with 25 years of consulting and corporate executive leadership experience, including as founder and current President of LCR and Associates Inc.

Carla’s professional background includes senior leadership in the oil and gas and banking sectors in the Province of Alberta as well as experience as an instructor in the University of Alberta’s Continuing Education faculty. She 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 Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter and the prestigious Woods Homes in Alberta, serving as President of the Calgary Association of Professional Coaches, and service with the Rotary Club of Calgary, among other endeavours.

Carla and her spouse, Larry, reside in the Esquimalt area.

Graham Sanderson


A retiree, Graham joined Beacon’s Board in 2016, shortly after completing a 15 year career as the Corporate Director for Risk Management with the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA).  With an operating budget of over $2 billion, VIHA is one of 6 health authorities in BC charged with responsibility for delivery of the full spectrum of healthcare services.

Graham’s work with VIHA was significantly informed by his prior role with the BC Government where, for 14 years, he 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.

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 Spurling


A member of the Board since 2016, Andy is a recipient of a Vancouver Island Top 20 Under 40 Business and Community Achievement Award and 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 his legal career, Andy had the opportunity to work on Wall Street before practicing law in Toronto, where he was involved in a variety of large corporate transactions with a focus on mergers and acquisitions.  After leaving private practice, Andy dealt with risk management and contract negotiations between a variety of entities and businesses.

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 has served as the Family Business Association of Vancouver Island’s Board president and chaired its governance committee and is a member of the Strata Initiatives Task Force at the Victoria Real Estate Board. He’s also been appointed to the Real Estate Council of British Columbia’s Strata Management Advisory Group.

In his “off” time Andy is active outdoors, spending time camping with his wife and two young boys. For fun, he participates in 50km trail runs such as the Mt. Finlayson 50K and the Orcas Island 50km.

Bob Boulter


Bob was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of Beacon Community Services in August 2014. He had previously served as Beacon’s Vice President of Finance.

A Chartered Accountant, Bob holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Regina. He completed his Chartered Accountant articling with Deloitte, one of Canada’s leading tax, audit, and financial services firms.

His professional background includes working as an analyst with the Saskatchewan Securities Commission and in senior finance positions with several large Canadian natural resource companies, as well as with the Victoria-based Carmanah Technologies.

Bob is currently on the Board of Directors of the BC Care Providers Association.

As Beacon’s CEO, Bob holds ex officio status on all Board committees and directs staff in all operational aspects of the organization.