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Victoria Hospice Society Board of Directors

Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation Board of Directors

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.

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.

Angus Izard

Since graduating from the University of Victoria, Angus has spent more than 25 years as a trusted business advisor providing tax planning strategies to high-net-worth individuals, professionals, and owner-managed businesses. Angus leads the firms U.S. tax practice, focusing on cross-border compliance and planning. Angus grew up on the Island and has volunteered his time with several local non-profit organizations, currently serving on the board of the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence and the Victoria Hospitals Foundation.  Angus is an avid cyclist and can be spotted riding his bike to and from work on a daily basis.

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.

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.

Brecon Gage

Brecon Gage is the owner of Comfort Keepers Victoria. Due to his family's personal experience with the industry, Brecon decided to open Comfort Keepers in 2013 to better support seniors in our community. During Brecon's career in management, his companies have won the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Awards for "Outstanding Customer Service" and "Business of the Year", as well as the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Business Ethics & Integrity on multiple occasions. Comfort Keeper Victoria is the only locally, privately owned Home Healthcare Company to be Accredited with Exemplary Standing through Accreditation Canada. Brecon spends his free time with his wife (Jen) and two daughters (Emily and Nyah). His hobbies include fitness, tennis, reading and playing bridge.

Lori Moen

Lori has been a coroner with the BC Coroners Service since 2008. In addition to conducting sudden death investigations, Lori has represented the Coroners Service in provincial and inter-jurisdictional working groups and contributed to the development of internal policy and procedures in specialized areas of investigation. Prior to joining the Coroners Service, Lori was engaged in commercial real estate management and business administration following a brief career in law both as a Crown prosecutor and as a sole practitioner. Lori’s support for Victoria Hospice aligns with a personal commitment to contribute to enhancing support, care and opportunities for fulfillment for those approaching end of life.

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.

Andrew Wray

Andrew joined the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council in 2009 and is currently the Executive Director, Learning, Analytics & Strategic Initiatives. In addition to leading the Council’s measurement activities, strategic initiatives and learning programs such as the Quality Academy, Quality Forum, workshops and Quality Café, he sits on several provincial committees and is involved in medical quality activities including the development of a Measurement System for Physician Quality Improvement. Andrew is particularly interested in approaches to building capability for quality improvement, the sustainability of improvement initiatives and the use of analytics to inform health system performance. Prior to joining the Council, Andrew spent several years working in the biotechnology industry, with the BC Cancer Research Centre and the BC Ministry of Health. Andrew holds a Masters in Health Administration from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Victoria.

Laurie Pettinger

Laurie is a clinical nurse leader with four decades’ experience in critical care and in curriculum development and instruction for Camosun College. Her roles at the clinical and provincial level have included membership on boards for Cardiac Services BC, the Oak Bay Police, and Women Training and Education (W.H.E.A.T.), an organization supporting projects for women and children in South Africa. Her community involvement includes roles at the provincial bargaining table for BCGEU and in restorative justice forums, community policing issues, and municipality amalgamation discussions.  

Christopher Lawless

Christopher Lawless is an economist with background in economic analysis and forecasting, government policy, and pension investment. His roles have included Chief Economist for the BC Investment Management Corporation, Chief Economist for the BC Ministry of Finance, and advisor to House of Commons and Senate committees. He holds an M.A. in Economics from Carleton University and the National Association for Business Economics Certified Business Economist designation. He is Executive-in-Residence at the University of Victoria Gustavson School of Business.

Hugh A. Gordon

Hugh A. Gordon is a Charted Accountant and distinguished tax specialist. With a background in the Canadian Armed Forces and more than four decades’ experience with Thorne Riddell and KPMG, his roles have included National Director of Taxation for Thorne Riddell and Assistant Chief Negotiator for British Columbia on the Nisga’a Treaty Settlement, among numerous senior roles in provincial and federal matters. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia in 1995 and taught the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants the Income Tax Practice course for 15 years.

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.

Kim Clews

Kim is a partner at Dickson Chartered Professional Accountants where she provides comprehensive compliance and tax planning services to both individual and corporate clients. Her focus on trust and estate planning involves working with clients whose long-term financial goals involve an often complex mixture of both economic and personal considerations.

Kim received her Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in Economics from the University of Victoria and shortly after completed her CA designation. She trained in dance for many years and continues to enjoy it amongst spending time with her husband, Justin, and two daughters, Adilynn and Maliyah.

Kim’s interest in Victoria Hospice comes from her desire to give back to her local community and from the personal experience of watching close friends receive the care and support that Victoria Hospice provides. Since 2012, Kim and Justin have organized an annual golf tournament at Uplands Golf Club where all proceeds are donated to Victoria Hospice.

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.

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.

Brecon Gage

Brecon Gage is the owner of Comfort Keepers Victoria. Due to his family's personal experience with the industry, Brecon decided to open Comfort Keepers in 2013 to better support seniors in our community. During Brecon's career in management, his companies have won the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Awards for "Outstanding Customer Service" and "Business of the Year", as well as the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Business Ethics & Integrity on multiple occasions. Comfort Keeper Victoria is the only locally, privately owned Home Healthcare Company to be Accredited with Exemplary Standing through Accreditation Canada. Brecon spends his free time with his wife (Jen) and two daughters (Emily and Nyah). His hobbies include fitness, tennis, reading and playing bridge.

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.

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