BCAHA Board of Directors 2018

Bottom row (l-r): Val Wright, Tim Sader, Margaret Anderson, Diane Thornton, Lynda Avis, Anne Marie Smith.                                                                            Middle row (l-r): Alyce Campbell, Allana Ferro, Sharon Egglestone, Winette McEwan.                                                                                                                                Top row (l-r): Cheryl Fry, Claire Wessan, Myra Abstreiter, Carole Murray.

Board of Directors, Executive Members

Margaret Anderson
Margaret AndersonPresident
Marge has been a member of Cowichan’s Lake Healthcare Auxiliary since 2006. She was President for five years and served as Auxiliary Treasurer. She also chaired the District Council of Hospital Auxiliaries for two years. Marge’s community volunteering includes Little League Baseball, school PACs, church youth group leadership, Kaatza museum, Kaatza Health Unit Healthy Beginnings Program and BC 4-H. She joined BC 4-H as a five-year-old “pre-clubber” and later became a 4-H Junior Leader and Club Leader. She also served on the BC 4-H Foundation and the BC Provincial 4-H Council, and as a BC 4-H Conflict Resolution Manager for nine years. Marge’s working career has spanned many areas including bookkeeping, travel consultant, retail sales, hotel reception, office manager, and business partner with her husband, Paul. They have three married sons and daughters-in-law, and seven wonderful grandchildren of whom they are very proud. Marge and Paul 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.
Diane Thornton
Diane ThorntonVice President
A longtime member of the Langley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Diane has held various executive positions and currently serves as Past President. She also volunteers at her Auxiliary’s popular Penny Pincher Thrift Store. Born in Vancouver, Diane grew up in Powell River and left after high school to attend UBC. After graduation, she worked as a Customs Broker, a career that spanned over 40 years. Diane is married to Larry Gillott. They have no children but are grandparents to six grandchildren who all live in Australia (“I skipped the middle step,” she notes). Diane and Larry enjoy travellng the world, taking cruises and venturing out in their fifth-wheel RV. They also enjoy square dancing, gardening and playing with their cute Golden Doodle puppy. Diane comes from a family of Auxiliary volunteers. Her mother was a member of the Powell River Health-Care Auxiliary and her two sisters are current members. Volunteering keeps her active and engaged, and she sees her BCAHA executive role as an opportunity to further contribute and connect with others.
Lynda Avis
Lynda AvisImmediate Past President
Elected to a third term as BCAHA President in April 2017, Lynda was previously BCAHA Vice President and a Vancouver Island Area Director. She was a member of the Nanaimo Auxiliary to NRGH for eight years and served as Publicity Officer, 2nd and 1st Vice President, and President, and she is currently an active member of the Trillium Lodge Auxiliary in Parksville. Lynda has been a committed volunteer in many different communities, most recently for over 14 years on various City of Nanaimo committees and commissions, and on the Board of The Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors for 10 years, including six years as President. She is a founding member and five-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 Bogey, her beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Anne Marie Smith
Anne Marie SmithSecretary
Anne Marie has been an active participant with auxiliaries for the past ten years and was President of the Nanaimo Auxiliary. Currently the President of the Trillium Lodge Auxiliary in Parksville, she recently accepted the position of Acting Secretary of BCAHA. Her other community interests include the Royal Canadian Legion, where she is completing her second year as president, and the Royal Canadian Air Force Association 808 Wing, Nanaimo, where she also serves as president. In addition to volunteering, Anne Marie likes to keep busy with activities such as Scottish country dancing, aquafit classes at her local pool, reading, doing craft work and visiting Vancouver Island veterans on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada.
Val Wright
Val WrightDirector of Finance
Valerie was born and raised in Grand Forks BC and has been very active in the community. Her varied career has included administrative positions in bookkeeping and in logistics and cross-border shipping. She has also been a hairdresser and is currently working as a Realtor. As a youth, Valerie was involved in 4H as a member and then as a club leader. As an adult, she played on two ladies hockey teams and was instrumental in setting up a scholarship for female hockey players. Valerie has been a member of the Grand Forks Auxiliary to the Boundary Hospital since 2013 and has held the office of vice president and president. Prior to volunteering with the Auxiliary, she served as president of several organizations: the Little People’s Centre, the Grand Forks Figure Skating Club, the Grand Forks Minor Hockey Association and the Grand Forks Border Bruins Junior B Hockey Club. She has also been a Director for both the West Kootenay Hockey Association and the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.
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 Communication and editor of BCAHA’s newsletter, Auxiliary Action. 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 and 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

Alyce Campbell
Alyce CampbellFraser Valley Area Director
A member of the Mission Health Care Auxiliary Society since 2006, Alyce has served as TV Rentals Convenor, 1st and 2nd Vice President, President, and Past President. Currently, she is Publicity, Facebook and Website chair and has served on the ad hoc committee that recently revised their Auxiliary’s constitution and bylaws, and updated their policies and procedures. Alyce also volunteers with the Clarke Foundation, serves on the Patient Advisory Council for Mission Memorial Hospital and Abbotsford Regional Hospital, and is a member of the Mission Downtown Business Association and Mission Chamber of Commerce. Her work career has spanned many areas including as a travel consultant, a reception agent for cruise passengers sailing to Alaska, California, and Mexico, and as a customer service representative for 28 years. She enjoys photography, cooking classes, quilting and crafts, and travelling with her husband, Jim. They have a daughter and son, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren of whom they are proud. Alyce looks forward to her new role as a BCAHA Area Director and welcomes the opportunity to further her knowledge and to connect with others.
Carole Murray
Carole MurrayLower Mainland Area Director
Carole was born and raised in Vancouver before moving to North Vancouver. After teaching for 28 years, she retired to her beloved, longtime family home in Halfmoon Bay, B.C. Carole joined her local Auxiliary in 2007 so that she could work with seniors at the Totem Lodge Extended Care facility. Little did she know that this initial step would lead to roles as Publicity Officer, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Halfmoon Bay Branch, and then various executive positions, including that of President, of the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary. In addition to her Auxiliary service, she earned Life Membership in the Canadian Power & Sail Squadron and assumed local, provincial and then national chairmanship of Youth Programmes on behalf of the CPS. Carole has a son and daughter, and five lovely grandchildren that keep her busy. She enjoys traveling and has driven across many provinces, with her dog as companion, for family weddings and get-togethers. As a BCAHA Area Director, she is looking forward to visiting auxiliaries throughout the Lower Mainland and to meeting with auxiliary volunteers across the province.
Allana Ferro
Allana FerroKootenay Boundary Area Director
Allana joined the Trail Hospital Auxiliary 18 years ago as Secretary and to help with public relations, and she is currently in her fourth year as President. Her family and community involvement are a major part of who she is. With 46 years of married life, two daughters with spouses, and five grandchildren, life is never dull. Allana’s professional career included employment as an LPN to help support her husband through university, working as a travel consultant, and spending 28 years as a Municipal Senior Administrator. Retirement allowed Allana to devote more time to her volunteering, which has included various positions in the Trail Skating Club and with the BC/Yukon section of Skate Canada. At present, she continues as Treasurer of the Kootenay Region and as a Level 2 Data Specialist. The Catholic Women’s League, Sisters of Colombo, and the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital & Health Foundation, of which she is Past President, are also cherished parts of her life as a volunteer. Allana’s energy, knowledge, and love of people and healthcare make her a welcome presence on, and an asset to, the BCAHA Board.
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, she is now the Past President. She created the current website and Facebook page for the Revelstoke Auxiliary and she also serves on the Membership, Sunshine, and Wish List committees. For 16 years, Cheryl has volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society, coordinating many fundraising initiatives such as the Relay For Life, the Daffodil Campaign and Slopes for Hope. Cheryl is a people person and is always eager to learn new skills. She enjoys a variety of activities including interior decorating, scrapbooking and spending time with her husband, two children and four grandchildren. As the OMA Director, Cheryl brings valuable experience to the Board and she looks forward to sharing her skills to help maintain the best healthcare possible for all our communities.
Sharon Egglestone
Sharon EgglestoneNorth East Area Director
Sharon joined the Auxiliary to University Hospital of Northern British Columbia after retiring from her career as a music teacher. Starting in the gift shop, she soon found her way onto the Auxiliary Board of Directors. She served as Gift Shop Convenor, Secretary and Vice President before taking over the President’s position in February of 2017. When the opportunity came up to be the BCAHA North East Area Director, she decided that adding one more role might be a fun challenge. Sharon has the unique situation of being President of her Auxiliary while also being a snowbird accompanying her golfing husband to Arizona every winter. Such a nomadic lifestyle makes for some interesting challenges, but with the help of her laptop, email, an amazing executive – and WestJet seat sales – she is managing to steer the Auxiliary and to be of service to the Prince George community.
Winette McEwen
Winette McEwenNorth West Area Director
After decades of school, church and sports volunteering, Winette wanted to further connect with her Smithers community and found a fit with the Bulkley Valley District Hospital Auxiliary. At her first-ever Auxiliary meeting, the retired elementary school teacher was warmly welcomed – and promptly given a leadership position with the Candy Stripers. That was 21 years ago. Since then, she has coordinated the Youth Volunteer Program for 10 years and served on the Auxiliary Board in various capacities. She is currently its President, a position that she has held, or been called to, on more than one occasion. Winette and her husband Jan have three married children and 12 grandchildren. She enjoys walking, baking, cooking, reading and spending time with her grandchildren and she sees volunteering as a wonderful way to support and get to know her community.
Myra Abstreiter
Myra AbstreiterEast Kootenay Area Director
Myra joined the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society in 2015 and became active in its Thrift Store. She served as Team Leader of a group of 10 – 12 Thrift Store volunteers, assisting them and keeping them up-to-date with Auxiliary events, initiatives and changes. She also helped raise the profile of her Auxiliary by providing regular news and activity updates for Invermere’s community newspaper. In accepting the role of East Kootenay Area Director, Myra welcomes the opportunity to represent her region and to collaborate with the other members of the BCAHA Board. When not volunteering, she enjoys gardening, and hiking and cycling the trails around Invermere Valley. She likes to travel to warm climates in the winter months and to explore Canada and the U.S. on her motorcycle during the summer season. An avid motorcyclist, she has served on the Women Riders Council (of Canada) where she actively helped promote and celebrate women motorcycle riders.
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 her, having spent almost forty years back east and in Europe serving with the Armed Forces as a Registered Nurse. During this time, she had a variety of work experiences in all levels of healthcare, from bedside to onboard planes that were evacuating patients. With two sons and four grandchildren back east, volunteering was a positive way to fill the void, meet people, and share experiences and challenges. Claire has served as her Auxiliary’s Vice President and President, and chaired the gift shop as director and buyer. Recently, she became the Convener for the Youth Volunteer Program, a position that has been most fulfilling. She finds it gratifying to see so many young people showing interest in healthcare and displaying so much potential. Claire looks forward to her role as the Area Director for Vancouver Island and to meeting members, seeing new areas and helping wherever possible.