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Claudia Brann

Home Hospice Coordinator

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Chloe Straw

Seniors' Community Navigator

2021 Board of Directors


Board Chair

Mary Lee was led by a summer job to Northern Canada where she spent 8 years doing a variety of non-traditional jobs, built two log cabins, and lived off the grid for four years. Returning to Vancouver, she first worked for Indigenous Affairs as a local government advisor helping First Nations with setting up a style of government that would mesh with Federal objectives, followed by a 35 year career in Interior Design, the last 25 years operating her own business. Burns has her private pilot’s license and as a member of The Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots, served in all positions of the local chapter’s executive and spent two terms as the Governor of Western Canada.



Marilyn is a retired Human Resources Specialist with a focus on recruitment, labour relations, change management, and organizational design. Campbell is a Director on the Islands Futures Board and has resided on Gabriola since 2000.



Roger has coordinated large arts organizations and activities in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and served as Executive Director of a Community Controlled Health Centre, including the development of a facilities plan for apartments and services for low-income seniors. Christie acted as the Executive Director of the Home Support Association of Nanaimo for many years, including the development and funding of two buildings. More recently he operated a café on Gabriola for over ten years and has specialized in the performing arts at the café and other island venues such as the Roxy Theatre.



Diane is a retired lawyer and has lived on Gabriola since 2010. During this time she has served on the Board of the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society and the Village Vision Committee. She was also on the Board of Kuterra LP, a 'Namgis First Nation company that built a closed containment salmon farm in Port McNeil. She is currently treasurer of the Gabriola Recreation Society. 



Bodil has lived on Gabriola since 2004 and is a retired professor of Art, Interior Design from Vancouver Island University where she worked for over 25 years. Simultaneously she ran her own consulting practice. She is a past board member of The Nanaimo Boys & Girls Club and joined the PHC board in 2014, bringing business, communication and organization skills.



Howard has lived on Gabriola for 42 years. During that time he has served as President of the Gabriola Agricultural Co-Op, Chair of the Acquisitions Committee for the Gabriola Museum, Chair of the APC for the Islands Trust and was an RDN Director for 7 years.In addition to serving as a PHC board member for the last 2 years, Howard's current community involvements include, VP of Gabriola Island Recycling Organisation, Director of the Rollo Seniors Association and Director for Gabriola Economic Development.Howard is an established artist, creating unique functional pottery in his studio, Earth Fire & Tears Pottery.



Lynette Jackson has lived on Gabriola for 22 years.  Since retiring  from her work as the Assistant Director of the University of Victoria's international graduate Child and Youth Care leadership and capacity building program in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, Lynette has devoted much of her time to sound exploration and community service. While serving as Grants Coordinator and Chair of the Gabriola Senior Citizens' Association, she coordinated the volunteer board team responsible for renovating the Rollo Seniors Centre.  In addition to her new board appointment at PHC, Lynette sits on both the Board and Program Committee of the Gabriola Ecumenical Society. Together with Gabriola musician, vocalist , composer, and conductor Leah Hokanson, Lynette is currently engaged in writing and teaching Sound, Belonging, and Wholeness programs.



Peter was born at a very early age in Warwickshire, England.  He had an uneventful childhood except for the second world war.  He emigrated to Montreal Canada in 1965 where he taught at Loyola College (now Concordia University).  When the classroom got too small he worked with a number of volunteer agencies involved in international development.  He and Margaret (currently a volunteer with PHC) were married in 1968 and between them raised three wonderful boys.  A job opportunity and Montreal’s snow prompted a move to the west coast in 1979.

Peter was Vice-President of BCIT and then President of Fraser Valley College where he accomplished a mandate to move it to university status.

After retirement, they discovered Gabriola by accident and fell in love with its ecology and its community spirit, moving here in 2015.  Peter has been active with the Community Hall Association and looks forward to supporting the crucial work of PHC.



Jenny was a university professor, a consultant, and a Spanish language translator specializing in services to governments, NGOs, and INGOs in the areas of education, human rights, and children's rights. She also worked with Save the Children UK. Newton has served on the boards of the Comparative and International Education Society and Match International and the editorial board of Resources for Feminist Research. She has directed projects in rural development and in women's political participation in Colombia, South America.



Wendy Phillips is a writer, a teacher and a librarian who has shared her love of books and language with students in Canada, Southern Africa and Australia. The author of two acclaimed novels for young adults, she has also managed large resource centres in Richmond and Australia. Since moving to Gabriola in 2016, she has been active in Gabriola Players and in the

Gabriola Chamber Ensemble. Phillips is passionate about social justice issues, including food security, and looks forward to offering her organizational and communication skills to PHC to help make the Gabriola community inclusive and supportive.



Manfred is a Canadian who retired to Gabriola Island after a 10-year stint as President and CEO of Washington state's largest community printing and publishing company. He began his career as a newspaper reporter and has spent more than 40 years serving on various organizations and boards. He held all senior board roles during that time.



Ewout stands readily accused as left brained. Upon emigrating from Holland, he enlisted with what was once the BC Telephone Company and narrowly escaped being fired for suggesting the likely loss of its monopoly stature before being assigned various department head roles in marketing, finance, and strategic planning. He braved collegiate ridicule by suggesting corporate onslaught from the cellular phone and claimed bragging rights for authoring one of the first emails ever. He subsequently assisted small business entrepreneurs to sharpen their focus and established one of the earliest internet-based virtual companies- run from the comfort of his den.  In the distant past Ewout served as Chairman of the Vancouver Neurological Centre. Twice he designed a new home featuring advanced energy efficiency principles - the second house on Gabriola where he has since been a lousy domestic handyman for the last seven years.