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Board of Directors

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.

Board Operations

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


Joan Axford

Board Chair

Joan joined the Board in 2012. A Certified Professional Accountant with over 40 years of experience, Joan worked in public education finance for over 30 years. She retired from the position of Secretary-Treasurer with School District 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 62 (Sooke) as the Assistant Secretary-Treasurer. She currently does contract work in public education assisting school districts and their business officials.

She is Chair of the Teachers’ Pension Board of 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

Vice Chair

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.

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.

Penny Donaldson


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.

She and her husband, Jim, live in North Saanich with their ocicat, Fantome.

Carla Robinson


Carla joined Beacon’s Board in 2016. An executive/organizational coach and facilitator, she has 30 years of consulting and corporate executive leadership experience in the areas of operations, customer relations, regulatory, human resources and marketing. The founder and President of LCR and Associates Inc., 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.

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.

Carla and her spouse, Larry, reside in Esquimalt.

Dr. Howard Brunt


Howard was elected to the Board in 2015. Currently 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) and has been in engaged in both clinical practice and research in a number of areas related to heart health. He’s received several 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.

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.

Jim has a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University and previously taught Economics at Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria.

His community service includes serving as Board Chair for SERENE (a national knowledge translation network in Cyber Security) and serving as a member of the Boards for the BC Cerebral Palsy Association 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) and the Canada FASD Research Network.

Jim and his wife Rosalind live in Oak Bay.

Dr. Rebecca Grant


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

Denise Lloyd


Denise joined the Board in 2016.

The founder and CEO of Engaged HR, Denise has been in the human resources field for over 20 years, the majority of which has been in the non-profit sector.

Her wide array of leadership experience includes holding the role of Executive Director for a number of organizations 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 Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), 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.

Chuck McNaughton


Chuck was elected to the Board in 2017.

His professional background includes more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. In his current capacity as a senior wealth advisor at Scotia Wealth Management, Chuck’s responsibilities include applying a deep understanding of financial planning and strategic investments to the task of counselling clients on a range of diverse needs, including charitable planning and retirement and intergenerational planning.

Chuck is a licensed financial advisor in Ontario as well as British Columbia.

Married to Dr. Sarah Williams, a local physician who also volunteers as director on a children’s health foundation board, Chuck also gives back to the community through his involvement in various organizations. Currently, he sits on the Finance Committee for the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea and is also involved with the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation’s Annual Sponsorship Title Events.

A great fan of food, Chuck cycles in order to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. He can also be found cheering on his two daughters at various dance competitions across the country.

Graham Sanderson


Graham joined the Board in 2016, shortly after completing 15 years as the 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 volunteers on the executive of the Peninsula Crossroads Community Justice Program.

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


Andy joined Beacon’s Board in 2016. A recipient of a Vancouver Island Top 20 under 40 Business and Community Achievement Award, Andy is 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 worked 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’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. He was also appointed to the Real Estate Council of British Columbia’s Strata Management Advisory Group, which is currently inactive.

In his “off” time, Andy’s an outdoors enthusiast who enjoys camping with his wife, Erin, and three young boys. And for fun, he participates in long distance trail running, recently completing his first 100km race in the Columbia River Gorge and working up to the 100 mile distance.

Tom Vincent


Tom joined the Board in 2017. A member of the Board of the BC Public Service Pension Plan, where he chairs the Benefits Committee and the Inter-Plan Investment Committee, Tom is also a member of the plan’s Governance and Communication committees and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Scottish Regiment, in which he served.

His professional background includes serving as Chair of the Medical Services Commission for seven years (his last term ending in 2016) and serving on the Teachers’ Pension Board, the Municipal Pension Board, the boards of three employer associations and the I.K. Barber BC Scholarship Society.  An experienced public sector executive used to operating in environments that reconcile social and financial imperatives, Tom’s strengths include joint problem-solving, governance, facilitation, policy, strategy, and leadership, in addition to his strong background in finance/investment/pensions.

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, and adult basic education and literacy.

Also a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Directors Education Program, Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in business.

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.