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Victoria Hospice Society Board of Directors

Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation Board of Directors

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stewart Johnston

Stewart is a Senior Associate Counsel at McConnan Bion O’Connor & Peterson Law. His private practice focuses on business and corporate law, real property law (including development and leasing) and estate planning. He was the founding Chair of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority and of the Victoria Esquimalt Harbour Society, past chair of Tourism Victoria, and past Chair of Skwin’ang’eth Se’las Development Company – a not-for-profit corporation aimed at incubating entrepreneurship among members of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. Stewart is Commander of the Victoria Commandery of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller. He has served on several not-for-profit boards including the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Foundation, the Victoria Symphony Society, and the Camosun College Foundation. In addition to the honour of knighthood in the Sovereign Order, Stewart has received an honorary citizenship from the City of Victoria, the Miracle Award from Tourism Victoria, and life membership in the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. Besides his wife Penny, Stewart's passions include gourmet cooking, music, and a love of the great outdoors. When not at his desk you can find him at the gym, skiing, motorcycling, playing tennis, gardening or chasing his grandchildren down the bicycle trails.

Robyn Walle

Robyn is a Senior Manager at Baker Tilly Victoria Ltd., Chartered Professional Accountants, where she has been a practicing accountant for over eight years. She is a graduate of the Camosun College Bachelor of Business Administration degree program and earned her CA designation in 2013. She is responsible for providing assurance, accounting, Canadian tax, and business advisory services to a variety of clients including registered charities and not-for-profit organizations. Robyn is the one of the most senior and experienced financial statement auditors at Baker Tilly Victoria.

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.

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.

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.

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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