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Victoria Hospice Society Board of Directors

Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation Board of Directors

Marguerite Rowe

Marguerite Rowe is an experienced healthcare leader, previously holding the title of Executive Director for the Vancouver Island Health Authority. There, she led planning and operational oversight for complex continuing care, home and community care, end-of-life care, among other duties. Marguerite holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University, a Bachelor of Nursing from Dalhousie University, and a Master of Education Administration from the University of Calgary. In 2014 she received the Excellence in BC Health Care-Health Care Hero Award from the Health Employers Association of BC.

Deedrie Ballard

Deedrie is an award-winning realtor who is passionate about her community, providing volunteer leadership to the Greater Victoria Art Gallery, Greater Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Victoria Symphony, and many other organizations. Past leadership also 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, was named Honorary Citizen by the City of Victoria. In 2012, she was presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller also benefits from her leadership, especially in raising funds to support several causes including Victoria Hospice.

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. A proud Rotarian, Clark serves as a member of the Rotary Club of Victoria and as Chair of the Club’s Community Needs Committee. 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.

Brenda Canitz

Brenda is a Medical Adjudicator with the Federal Government, having held senior nursing leadership positions including: VP Patient Experience and Inter-Professional Practice at 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 education includes a Masters in Community Health and teaching in the School of Nursing and School of Population Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. Brenda has served as a board director with various organizations, including the College of Registered Nurses of BC and Mount Saint Mary Hospital.

Dr. Eric Charman O.B.C.

Eric Charman, who retired in 1993 from a successful career in the real estate brokerage business, has filled his life with extraordinary volunteer initiatives, inspiring many to follow his example of philanthropy. He’s served on countless boards and committees; his passion for giving back to the community extends far beyond Victoria Hospice. 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 and more.

Steve Clark

A successful entrepreneur, Steve is a co-owner of Carlton House, an award-winning retirement residence in Victoria. He also directs 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. Both Steve and his wife Betsyn have a strong desire to “support the medical staff and volunteers who have chosen to define their lives by their role at Victoria Hospice.”

Terry Farmer

Now semi-retired, Terry is Chair of the Board of Accent Inns, the award-winning BC hotel chain 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, a Rotary Community Leadership Award, a Generosity of Spirit Award and the Queens Jubilee Medal. Over the years, Terry has served on the Boards of organizations such as the BC Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Victoria, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Victoria Hospital Society, Pacifica Housing, and the YM-YWCA, among others.

Wendy Hill

As the Former Assistant Deputy Minister with the BC Ministry of Health, Wendy was responsible for the Health Authorities Division which monitored the acute care hospital system, the home and community care system, and the mental health system. As the Vice President and COO for Capital Health in Alberta, Wendy was responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of six community hospitals, regional support services and served as the Chief Nursing Officer for the health region. She has a Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Alberta.

Zahra Rayani-Kanji

Zahra is a community pharmacist and an owner of the family-run Heart Pharmacy IDA group. While working in healthcare in a fortune 500 company and for a non-profit, she honed her passion for improving patients' health outcomes. She now embraces being on the front line in the Cadboro Bay and Fairfield communities of Victoria as a community healthcare provider. Zahra is also a busy mother of three young daughters with her husband. She is actively involved in supporting an aging grandparent and really appreciates the services that Hospice provides to patients and their loved ones through a very challenging stage of life.

Tim Schober

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

Deedrie Ballard

Deedrie is an award-winning realtor who is passionate about her community, providing volunteer leadership to the Greater Victoria Art Gallery, Greater Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Victoria Symphony, and many other organizations. Past leadership also 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, was named Honorary Citizen by the City of Victoria. In 2012, she was presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller also benefits from her leadership, especially in raising funds to support several causes including Victoria Hospice.

Brenda Canitz

Brenda is a Medical Adjudicator with the Federal Government, having held senior nursing leadership positions including: VP Patient Experience and Inter-Professional Practice at 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 education includes a Masters in Community Health and teaching in the School of Nursing and School of Population Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. Brenda has served as a board director with various organizations, including the College of Registered Nurses of BC and Mount Saint Mary Hospital.

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. A proud Rotarian, Clark serves as a member of the Rotary Club of Victoria and as Chair of the Club’s Community Needs Committee. 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.

Paul Pallan

Paul worked for the provincial government for more than 30 years, including 12 years at a Deputy Minister or Assistant Deputy Minister level. He has since consulted and advised in the area of seniors’ health care in several provinces and internationally. 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. Paul has a Masters in Health Administration from U of T and has served on numerous boards in Victoria including Oak Bay Lodge and Broadmead Lodge retirement residences.

Marguerite Rowe

Marguerite Rowe is an experienced healthcare leader, previously holding the title of Executive Director for the Vancouver Island Health Authority. There, she led planning and operational oversight for complex continuing care, home and community care, end of life care, among other duties. Marguerite holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University, a Bachelor of Nursing from Dalhousie University, and a Master of Education Administration from the University of Calgary. In 2014 she received the Excellence in BC Health Care-Health Care Hero Award from the Health Employers Association of BC.

Jason Sikora

Jason 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.

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