Board of Directors

Directors – Arrowsmith Health Care Society as of July, 2014

  • Brenda Light, Chair
  • Tony Marsland, Vice-Chair
  • Anne Forge
  • Virginia Gibberd
  • Jim O’Carroll
  • Fred Pearson, Finance (Chair)
  • John Tegenfeldt
  • Allan Clark


  • Deanna Smith, Secretary/Treasurer

Brenda Light (Chairwoman) – Brenda joined the board in 2011. She has lived in Parksville since 1991 and recently retired after 35 years working in the banking industry. Brenda enjoys giving back to the community and sees the large need for elderly care in our community. She wants ensure the quality of care is ongoing.

Tony Marsland – Joining the Board of Directors of Arrowsmith Health Care Society in 2012, Tony has been a resident of Oceanside for 10 years. He is a retired University of Alberta professor of computing science and an industry computer sciences engineer.  Tony is actively involved as a volunteer in local golf associations and Parksville Probus and takes an active interest in community services development, wanting particularly to ensure that the quality of local retirement residences is maintained.

Anne Forge – Anne has lived in Oceanside since 2013. She is a retired Director of Human Resources, having worked in the human resources field for 36 years in both the private and public sectors. Anne spent the last 16 years of her career working in a large continuing care organization in Alberta and she was a board member for Alberta’s Continuing Care Safety Association for 3 years.  Anne continues to be a strong advocate for quality resident care.

Virginia Gibberd – was born in and commenced her broadcasting career in B.C. She has returned after 30 years in Toronto. She worked primarily for CTV and Rogers ultimately running their Operations and Engineering division for television. Her expertise is in television production, strategic management, project execution and a love of mentoring folks coming up in the business. While in Toronto she served as President of the board of a Youth shelter in a high risk neighbourhood. She looks forward to contributing to her new community and building lasting relationships.

Jim O’Carroll – As a retired physician Jim moved to Qualicum Beach in 1996.  Initially he took his medical training in Dublin Ireland and immigrated to Canada (Saskatchewan) in 1969 where he practised as a Family Physician for 12 years and the remainder of the time as an Emergency Physician in Regina.  He spent some time on the board of Santa Maria Senior’s Home while there.  He joined the Arrowsmith Board in 2014.

Fred Pearson – Fred has been a resident of Oceanside for 9 years and has served as a Board member and chairperson of the Finance committee of the Arrowsmith Health Care Society since 2007. Fred is a retired hospital and health care administrator, and health services business owner and consultant.  He has continued his interest in health services planning and provision of quality care.

John Tegenfeldt – John has been a resident of Oceanside since 2012 and joined the Board in 2015. John is a retired health care executive and a health care consultant. He has been involved with community based organizations in the health and social services sectors in B.C. and internationally. His interests are in supporting the work of the staff at Arrowsmith Health Care Society, especially as it relates to the ongoing provision of quality patient focused care.

Allan Clark – Allan, a Vancouver Island resident for 40 years (Qualicum Beach 12) is semi-retired after 50 plus years involvement in most aspects of the “property industry” ranging from Chief Building Inspector, mortgage broker, appraiser, general contractor/designer and carpenter. This background will offer and assist with facility issues to ensure a continued healthy and vibrant environment for the staff and residents. Currently Architectural Design consultant for Fairwinds community and enjoys scale model building, and automobile restoration.