Victoria Hospice Society Board of Directors

ZahrahMARGUERITE ROWE
PRESIDENT

An experienced healthcare leader, Marguerite Rowe founded her consultancy, Marguerite L. Rowe and Associates Inc., in 2010 specializing in strategic planning, change management, continuous quality improvement, executive and staff coaching. Marguerite was previously Executive Director for the Vancouver Island Health Authority, where she led the planning and operational oversight for complex continuing care, home and community care, end of life care, transitional care, volunteer services, and seniors and spiritual health. Previous to this, she held the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Capital Health in Edmonton, Alberta.

Marguerite is a graduate of Royal Roads University with a Certificate in Executive Coaching, a graduate of Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Nursing, and a graduate of the University of Calgary with a Master of Education Administration. She is also a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, a Certified Executive Coach, and a Surveyor through Accreditation Canada and International.

In 2008 and 2014 Marguerite received the 3M Health Care Quality Team Award from the Canadian College of Health Leaders. In 2014 she received the Excellence in BC Health Care-Health Care Hero Award from the Health Employers Association of BC. Marguerite is currently President of the Canadian Heritage Arts Society and Chair of the Board of the Canadian College of Performing Arts (since 2014). She was welcomed to the Board of Directors at Victoria Hospice in September 2016.

 

Deedrie BallardDEEDRIE BALLARD
VICE-PRESIDENT

Deedrie is an award-winning realtor who is passionate about her community and a wide range of philanthropic and service endeavors. She has provided volunteer leadership to the Greater Victoria Art Gallery, the Greater Victoria Hospitals Foundation, the Victoria Symphony, and many more organizations vital to the fabric of Victoria. Past leadership includes the Commonwealth Games Board of Governors, Lions Club Timmy’s Telethon, and the Children’s Miracle Network. 

In 2009, Deedrie was named Victoria Arts Leader of the Year and, in 2011, she was named Honorary Citizen of the City of Victoria. In 2012, Deedrie was presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller also benefits from Deedrie’s commitment and leadership, especially in raising funds to support several causes, including Victoria Hospice.

Deedrie knows the essential role that Victoria Hospice plays in her community and is passionate about directing her energies towards its mission. In spite of a full calendar, she always makes sure there is time in her life to include her wonderful family. Sunday dinners are family day in her home with her husband Jim, their children, granddaughter, and Deedrie’s dear Mom.

 

rob gareauROB GAREAU
PAST-PRESIDENT

Rob Gareau is a Vice President with CIBC Private Investment Counsel in Victoria. Prior to working with CIBC Rob owned a company specializing in performance training and rehabilitation for athletes that took him throughout North America and Europe. He completed his MBA at Simon Fraser University after completing an exchange program in the UK at Manchester Business School.

Rob credits his interest with Victoria Hospice to his mother who worked as a nurse and tirelessly helped those in times of need. She insisted that her family and friends were comfortable through the final stages of their lives and would often take them home to nurse them through their final days around loved ones.

Rob has volunteered and worked with many community organizations including Share Family and Community Services, Junior Chamber International, Boys and Girls Club, and has served on a number of committees around Victoria.

 

CLARK LAWRENCE
TREASURER

Clark is a Principal at Collins Barrow Victoria Ltd. Chartered Professional Accountants. He joined the firm in 2003, earned his Chartered Accountant designation in 2007, and became Principal in 2014. Clark provides assurance, accounting, and Canadian tax and business advisory services to a wide range of clients including not-for-profit organizations and registered charities.

He is a proud Rotarian and has served as a member of the Rotary Club of Victoria and as Chair of the Club’s Community Needs Committee. He also serves as Strata Council Treasurer of a local 98-unit real estate development. 

Clark is proud to support Victoria Hospice and deeply understands the value of palliative care services – his family received care in the Cowichan Valley during his grandmother’s battle with lung cancer. Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, Clark is an avid golfer and former ice hockey and baseball player. He lives in Victoria with his wife Mélissa and their two children.

 

BRENDA CANITZ

Brenda is a Medical Adjudicator with the Federal Government and has experience as a nursing and health care administrator across the health care continuum. She has held senior nursing leadership positions with both the provincial and federal government including VP Patient Experience and Interprofessional Practice at the BC Cancer Agency, Chief Nursing Executive and Executive Director for Clinical Care and Patient Safety in the BC Ministry of Health and Associate Executive Director for Nursing Services in First Nations and Inuit Health, Health Canada.

Brenda’s educational background is in Nursing and Psychology and she has a Master’s in Community Health. She is an Adjunct Faculty and teaches as a sessional in the School of Nursing, and the School of Population Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. She has experience in facilitating interdisciplinary practice and research teams in a variety of institutional and community settings. 

Brenda has served as a board director with the College of Registered Nurses of BC, Mount Saint Mary Hospital, the Association of Registered Nurses, and other non-profits boards.    

 

EricDR. ERIC CHARMAN O.B.C.

Eric Charman emigrated from the United Kingdom to Victoria in 1953, becoming a Canadian citizen in 1960. From humble beginnings, he built a successful career in the real estate brokerage business, retiring in 1993. Of equal or even greater importance to him, Eric has filled his life with extraordinary volunteer initiatives, having inspired many others to follow his example of leadership and philanthropy. Eric served on countless boards and committees and is currently Chair, Victoria Symphony Foundation and Chair, Egon Baumann Foundation. 

Eric believes it is essential to get involved and his passion for giving back to the community extends to Victoria Hospice and well beyond. He has worked tirelessly, raising millions of dollars for the arts, health, education, and a variety of other causes.

In his private time, Eric enjoys fishing, gardening, cooking, cribbage, and all disciplines of the arts. He is involved in fundraising for various service groups such as the CNIB, Pacific Opera, Victoria Conservatory of Music, and a host of others. He has been characterized as the best overall volunteer for charitable and community causes.

Awards and honours include: Member of the Order of Canada; Member of the Order of British Columbia; Generosity of Spirit Award; Queen’s Jubilee Medal; Knight of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem; Honourary Citizen, City of Victoria; Edmund C. Bovey Award for Leadership Support of the Arts; Governor General Performing Arts Award (Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts); and Honourary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Victoria.
 

SteveSTEVE CLARK

Steve Clark came to Victoria from Denver via Edmonton in 1984.  He started his first business at the age of 19 in 1972 and with a business partner went on to found National Money Mart Inc. in 1982 and Cashline Inc. in 1998. Following the successful sale of both businesses, he turned his entrepreneurial expertise towards other opportunities and meeting other needs. Carlton House Retirement Residence opened in 2005 and has since won many awards as one of the most sought after residences in Western Canada. In addition, Steve directs the activities of Borderline Investments, a venture capital company with real estate holdings, and Company Capital Inc. providing funding for small businesses. 

Steve has served as a director on numerous boards and committees including the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and as a Governor for Glenlyon Norfolk School. He supports the Mustard Seed organization in a fundraising advisory role. For the past 25 years, Steve has been a member past chair of the Victoria Capital Club and is also a current member of SOVREN, an international vintage car racing organization, where he’s known for his love of cars and has won three drivers' championships over the years. Since 2012 Steve has served as the Fundraising Campaign Chair at Victoria Hospice.

Steve and his wife Betsyn have three daughters. Both Steve and Betsyn are passionate about Victoria Hospice. This is exemplified by their "desire to support the many medical staff and volunteers who have chosen to define their lives by their role at Hospice."

 

Eileen-HarperTERRY FARMER

Now semi-retired, Terry Farmer is Chair of the Board of Accent Inns, the award-winning, family-owned BC hotel chain which he founded in 1986. A strong supporter of BC tourism, his career has been marked with notable accolades including Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Tourism and Hospitality (Pacific Region), a Rotary Community Leadership Award, a Generosity of Spirit Award and the Queens Jubilee Medal.

Over the years, Terry has served as a volunteer on the Boards of organizations such as the Commonwealth Games Patrons Council, Greater Victoria Hospital Society, YM-YWCA and the Community Welfare Council. He is Past President of the BC Chamber of Commerce, Founding Chair of PacificSport National Training Centre-Victoria, and Past Chair of Tourism Victoria, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Bay/Greater Victoria Summer Games.

Terry is also a keen supporter and past speaker of the United Way. He has been a long-time member of Tourism British Columbia’s Board of Directors and a member and Secretary of the Board of Pacifica Housing since 2009. Terry joined the Board of Directors at Victoria Hospice in September, 2016.

 

Eileen-HarperEILEEN HARPER

Eileen Harper is deeply honoured to be able to contribute to this vital organization that provides essential end-of-life services and support to patients and their families. Eileen also serves as President for the Tyee Aquatic Society, a member of the Island Swimming (Swim Canada) family of competitive swim clubs, and is an active member of the Steering Committee for the Certificate in Public Relations at the University of Victoria.

Eileen is a member of the Human Resource Management Association of BC (HRMA-BC), at which she has an active role as a mentor in the HRMA-BC Mentorship Program. In addition to her training as a facilitator and human resource professional, Eileen holds a degree in Biochemistry/Microbiology. In 2003, Eileen founded TallSky Consulting Group Inc. to provide executive and staff recruitment services, as well as full-service human resources consulting expertise to public, private and non-profit sector clients. In addition to her professional and volunteer work, Eileen is an avid triathlete and enjoys spending time at the beach with her husband Ian, son Erik and their two dogs.
 

 

ZahrahZAHRA RAYANI-KANJI

Zahra is a community pharmacist and an owner of the Heart Pharmacy IDA group – family-owned pharmacies committed to serving and bettering the health of the communities in which they operate. Zahra took a varied path to becoming a community healthcare provider, working in healthcare in a fortune 500 company and for a non-profit – but in each experience, her passion for improving patients' health outcomes was being developed.  She now embraces being on the front line of that battle in the Cadboro Bay and Fairfield communities.

In addition Zahra is a busy mother raising three beautiful young daughters with her loving husband.  She enjoys sharing her love for dance and art with her children.  Zahra is actively involved in supporting an aging grandparent and really appreciates the service that Hospice provides to patients and their loved ones through a very challenging stage of life.
 

Tim SchoberTIM SCHOBER

Tim practices law in Victoria at Pearlman Lindholm, with an emphasis on business law and estate planning.

Tim has volunteered over the years with several community and professional organizations, including Rotary, Choices Adoptions, George Jay Elementary School, Saanich Minor Hockey, the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC and the Canadian Bar Association.

Tim’s interest in Victoria Hospice grew after a family member used Victoria Hospice’s services.  He and his family were impressed by the welcoming and caring staff, who assisted them during a difficult time. Tim and his wife enjoy cycling around the Pacific Northwest, their garden, and a large blended family.

  

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