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)
- Teunis Westbroek
- Colleen Drain
- Louise Tilston
- 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 joined the Board in 2014 after moving to Oceanside the previous year. She is a retired Director of Human Resources, having spent the last 16 years of her career working in a large, complex continuing care organization in Alberta. She also served on the board for Alberta’s Continuing Care Safety Association. 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 since 2004 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.
Teunis Westbroek – Teunis has served the Town of Qualicum Beach as a member of Council for over 24 years, 19 of those years as Mayor and 5 in his current role of Councillor. In addition, Teunis has been a Director on the Regional District of Nanaimo board for 17 years, sat on the Municipal Insurance Agency board for 16 years (6 of which he was Chairperson), and has been involved with the Island Coastal Economic Trust. Prior to this, Teunis was a commercial fisherman for 35 years, after arriving in Canada in 1973 as a 19 year-old kid from Holland. When he’s not in the board room, you can find him out on the golf course, or enjoying time with his three grandchildren, two daughters, Maraika and Stephanie, and wife of 42 years.
Colleen Drain – Having moved to the Oceanside area two years earlier, Colleen joined the Board of Arrowsmith Health Care Society in 2018. A registered nurse by profession, Colleen enjoyed a 30-plus year career in health care. With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters in Business Administration, delivering results is something Colleen has extensive experience in. She has a proven record of result-oriented leadership, achievements in improving patient care and business outcomes through strategic thinking, multi-stakeholder collaboration and relationship building. Colleen is inspired by AHCS’s reputation for quality and compassion, which is embedded in the culture, and is proud to be a part of an organization that continually strives to advance care through innovation.
Louise Tilston- Louise moved to Oceanside in June 2018, after 32 years of living in California where she raised her family and completed her career, She worked most of her career as a Public Health Nurse in both Canada and the US. Growing up, she moved frequently but this is her first time living in BC. Louise sits on the Family Advisory Council for the University of San Francisco Memory and Aging Clinic and was involved in the local Continuum of Care, for many years.
Louise’s husband was a resident in two different Long-Term care facilities for eight years; before that, she was a care provider at home, for several years. His illness was instrumental in her involvement in this field.
Louise is excited to be living in this beautiful area: she is looking forward to learning more about the area and getting involved. She is passionate about quality of life for all; but, in particular those who are residents of care facilities.