BCAHA Board of Directors 2017

Board of Directors, Executive Members

Lynda Avis
Lynda AvisPresident
Lynda was elected to a third term as BCAHA President in April, 2017, and was previously BCAHA Vice-President and Vancouver Island Area Director. She was a member of The Nanaimo Auxiliary for 8 years serving as Publicity Officer, 2nd and 1st Vice-President and President, and is currently an active member of The Trillium Lodge Auxiliary in Parksville. Her community volunteer service includes over 14 years on various City of Nanaimo committees and commissions; 10 years on the Board of The Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors, 6 years as President; she was founding member and 5-year President of The Island Bel Canto Singers and also served as People’s Warden and Parish Councillor for St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Nanaimo. Her business experience includes Real Estate, project management, retail sales and hotel reception. She enjoys singing and playing the piano, bridge, swimming, and walking her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bogey.
Margaret Anderson
Margaret AndersonVice President
Marge has been a member of the Lake Healthcare Auxiliary (formerly the Lake Auxiliary to Cowichan District Hospital) for 11 years. During that time, she was president for five years and is currently the Auxiliary treasurer. She was also Chair of the District Council of Hospital Auxiliaries for two years. Her extensive community service includes Little League baseball, school PACs, church youth group leadership, the Kaatza museum and Kaatza Health Unit Healthy Beginnings Program, and the BC 4-H. Her BC 4-H involvement began at the age of five as a “pre-clubber,” followed by eight years as a member and many years as a 4-H Junior Leader and Club Leader. She served on the BC 4-H Foundation and the BC Provincial 4-H Council before training and volunteering for nine years as a BC 4-H Conflict Resolution Manager.

Marge’s working career has spanned many areas including bookkeeping, travel consultant, retail sales, hotel reception, office manager, and business partner with her husband of 55 years, Paul. They have three married sons and daughters-in-law, and seven wonderful grandchildren of whom they are very proud. They enjoy walking, biking, swimming, boating, entertaining their many friends, and travelling. Marge’s enthusiasm and love of people bring a positive energy to her service on the BCAHA executive.

Charlotte Aked
Charlotte AkedDirector of Finance
Charlotte (Charli) has been a member of the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society for seven years, volunteering in their Thrift Shop, and serving as her home Auxiliary’s Treasurer. She was instrumental in developing consolidated accounting, reporting and investment systems. She also managed renovations of the three Delta Hospital Thrift Shops. Charli assisted BCAHA’s Provincial Conference Committee, making good use of her experience with overseeing the registration processes for BCAHA’s 2011 conference, and in 2014, serving as Chair of the local conference planning committee. Charli retired 10 years ago after a dynamic, enjoyable career in financial management in several Vancouver area industries including education; research and development; entertainment, and ship building and repair.
Valerie Tribes
Valerie TribesImmediate Past President
Valerie has been a member of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary Society since May, 2006, serving as treasurer, and a member of their Gift Shop committee. She served as the OMA Director for two years beginning in October 2009, becoming BCAHA vice president in April 2011. She has also served as president of the Kamloops Home-Based Business Association, and as treasurer, president, and newsletter editor for the North Okanagan Orchid Society. Her work experience includes working as a loans officer and a loans supervisor for HSBC, as well as an entrepreneurial trainer and loans administrator with Community Futures in Kamloops.
Tim Sader
Tim SaderDirector of Communications
Tim’s spirit of curiosity and engagement make him a natural fit for his dual roles as Director of Communications, and editor of BCAHA’s newsletter, Auxiliary Action. As a lifelong learner and traveller, he once turned a semester off into a two-year world trek. A 13-year member of the Lions Gate Hospital Auxiliary, Tim has been a visiting volunteer, category chair, newsletter editor and board member. As his auxiliary’s first male president, he admitted to feeling “just a wee bit of pressure” in sustaining the 90 years of success preceding him. Tim is optimistic that auxiliaries will remain vital and vigorous. He believes that connecting with our healthcare partners, strengthening the ties among auxiliaries, and building and broadening our communications will be key to this success. Volunteers, it is said, have positive health outcomes and live longer. If so, Tim anticipates many more years of enjoyment and return.

Area Directors

Arline Allison
Arline AllisonFraser Valley Area Director
Arline has been a member of the Mission Health Care Auxiliary Society since 1995, and found the experience of serving as 2nd Vice-President, 1st Vice-President, President and Past President of her home Auxiliary to be a rewarding and enlightening learning experience. Currently, Arline is a member of the Ad Hoc Committee which recently updated Mission’s Constitution and Bylaws, and is updating their Policies and Procedures. Arline was Convenor of the Auxiliary’s gift shop for five years, and is currently Co-Convenor; previously, she assisted the gift shop’s treasurer with some accounting duties. She is also an active volunteer with her church, where she provides readings and helps in the church nursery. Arline and her husband have two children, one daughter-in-law, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. When not busy with volunteer service, Arline enjoys quilting, knitting, camping with family, playing guitar, fishing, hunting and traveling – “not necessarily in that order”, as she is quick to point out.
Fran Miller
Fran MillerLower Mainland Director
Fran resided for 30 years in Prince George with her husband and their two children, while working as the Coordinator of Disability Services at the College of New Caledonia. Her work career, supporting adults with a disability who were returning to Post Secondary Education was supplemented with years of volunteer work for her union, as the disability representative of the Employee and Family Assistance Program.

Upon retirement in 2003, the family moved to Gibsons, on the Sunshine Coast and began to volunteer with the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary, serving as chair of several branch committees, organizing fundraisers and as liaison for bursary funding. Onwards to becoming a Board member, and first and second vice-president.

In her spare time Fran likes to cook, specializing in appies, and taking daily walks with her “Walkie Talkie” group. As a boater, Fran has spent countless weeks in Desolation Sound and the beautiful waters of Howe Sound.

Fran’s lifelong commitment to volunteering has now become her commitment to the values of BCAHA. She is committed to supporting and promoting the work of all our auxiliaries.

Charlotte Apperloo
Charlotte ApperlooNorthWest Area Director
Charlotte Apperloo is an Elder of the Kwantlen First Nation in Fort Langley. Since 1970, she has been a member of the Bulkley Valley District Hospital Auxiliary, holding almost every office – repeatedly. She currently serves on their bursary committee, as one of their Thrift Store directors, and as Vice President. Her diverse background includes serving on the former local hospital board; running her own janitorial contracting firm for 34 years; driving a school bus for 25 years; and serving in various leadership capacities during 20 years of involvement with CUPE 2145. Charlotte also has a very fulfilling personal life, stating proudly that she has been married to her best friend for 46 years, has passed the dozen grandchildren mark, and so far, has three great grandchildren. And now, she is beginning a new chapter in her long engagement as an Auxilian: “After so many years of active involvement in our local Auxiliary,” says Charlotte, “I thought it was time to step up and try my hand at the provincial level.”
Cheryl Fry
Cheryl Fry Okanagan Mainline Area Director
Cheryl lives in Revelstoke and has been a member of the Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary Society since 2008, starting as secretary and is currently the President. In addition, Cheryl created the current website and Facebook page for the Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary and serves on the membership, sunshine, and wish list committees.

For 16 years Cheryl has volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society, coordinating their many fundraising initiatives, including Relay For Life, Daffodil Campaign and Slopes For Hope

Cheryl is a people-person and is always eager to learn new skills, which covers a varied amount of activities – interior decorating, scrapbooking and spending time with her husband, two children and 4 grandchildren.

Cheryl brings valuable experience to the board as the OMA Director and looks forward to sharing her skills to help maintain the best care possible in healthcare for all of BCAHA’s communities.

Claire Wessan
Claire WessanVancouver Island Area Director
Claire joined the Cowichan District Hospital Auxiliary in 2007 having returned to the island with her husband, for family reasons. It was a huge change for Claire, having spent almost forty years back east and in Europe serving with the armed forces as a Registered Nurse. During this time, Claire had a variety of work experiences from small and large units in all levels of healthcare, going from bedside to on-board planes providing care evacuating patients. Claire has two sons and 4 grandchildren back East and to fill the void, she decided that volunteering seemed the right fit, meeting people and sharing experiences and challenges!

Claire has served as Vice President and President and chaired the gift shop as director and buyer. Recently Claire has become the Convener for the youth volunteer program, a position which has been most fulfilling and has been a gratifying experience that there are young people showing interest in health care and displaying so much potential. Claire looks forward to her time as the representative for Vancouver Island, meeting members, seeing new areas and helping where ever possible.

Wendy Schwab
Wendy SchwabKootenay Boundary Area Director
Wendy became a volunteer with the Castlegar Hospital Auxiliary in April 2013 after retiring from a 35-year career with the BC provincial government. In June of that year she joined the Auxiliary’s Executive as secretary. She enjoys working in the Treasure Shop, helping out as a cashier, sorting, pricing, and coordinating their auction. Prior to her involvement with the Castlegar Hospital Auxiliary, Wendy worked full time in Nelson as the manager of court services, overseeing the Nelson law courts, as well as the law courts in Castlegar, Rossland, Grand Forks and Nakusp, managing a budget of more than a million dollars. For the last five years of her employment with court services, Wendy served as treasurer on the Board of Directors of the BC Excluded Employees Association. The energy which Wendy will bring to strengthening the spirit of collaboration among the member Auxiliaries in her Area is evident, as she explains: “We are a group of small communities divided by lakes, rivers and mountains but all focused on the same purpose – committing ourselves, individually and together to maintain the best health services for our communities.”
Northeast Area Director
Currently being filled.
East Kootenay Area Director
Currently being filled.