Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation Board of Directors

 

DEEDRIE BALLARD
CHAIR

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.

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.    

 

CLARK LAWRENCE

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.

Colin WeaversPAUL PALLAN

For more than 30 years, Paul Pallan worked for the provincial government, including 12 years at a Deputy Minister or Assistant Deputy Minister level. Since early retirement, he has consulted and advised in the area of seniors’ health care internationally and in several provinces including BC. In BC, he advised on the Better at Home program and facilitated province-wide meetings around elder abuse and the establishment of the Office of the Seniors Advocate. He was also the lead consultant for reviewing the efficacy of drug therapies for Alzheimer’s patients in BC.

Paul has a Masters in Health Administration from U of T, has published numerous papers on the development and implementation of BC’s long term care system, and has been a keynote speaker at several national health care conferences. He has taught public policy courses at the University of Victoria and health care policy courses at the University of British Columbia.

Paul has served on numerous boards and was formerly the Chair of the Board of Oak Bay Lodge, Broadmead Lodge, and the Victoria Hospice Society Board. He joined the Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation Board of Directors in 2019.

MARGUERITE ROWE

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.

JASON SIKORA 

Jason Sikora is an Investment Advisor and partner of Aitchison Sikora Financial Group with CIBC Wood Gundy in Victoria. Prior to working with Wood Gundy, Jason’s career included time at a boutique investment counsel office, a real estate based private equity firm as well as a fintech start-up. He completed his Bcomm in Entrepreneurial Management at Royal Roads University and holds the Chartered Investment Manager designation through the Canadian Securities Institute.

Jason’s interest with Victoria Hospice comes from firsthand experience being alongside family and friends that relied on its unique compassionate care in the final stages of their lives.

Jason currently focuses his other volunteer and fundraising efforts in our community by supporting the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and DogBless Rescue initiatives. Outside of charity and committee work, Jason has a passion for kid’s education through marital arts. He is a lifelong student and Sensei of Canada’s Best Karate.
 

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Quality palliative and end-of-life care for all: Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing life-limiting illness, death and bereavement through patient and family centred care, education, research and advocacy.