Board Of Directors

Sue Anne Linde

Sue Anne Linde

Chair

Community Services’ programs for those whose life circumstances make them especially vulnerable is what drew Sue Anne to do everything she can to give everyone an equitable life on the Sunshine Coast.  

Sue Anne’s career in advertising and marketing spanned thirty-five years in Vancouver. As VP for Palmer Jarvis Advertising, Sue Anne led the account, media, and creative teams responsible for ICBC’s Road Sense and Richmond Savings Credit Union (now Coast Capital) for over ten years. She completed her career as Director Marketing for SFU’s Business faculty. She retired in 2009, and moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2010.

Sue Anne also serves as a Director on the Sunshine Coast Credit Union Board, and in her spare time, cannot be found as she explores the waters of BC with her partner, Hugh Willson, dog Bravo, and Miss Bee the cat.

Sue Lowell

Sue Lowell

Vice Chair

Community Services plays an active role in making lives better and our community stronger, both of which are close to Sue Lowell’s heart.

A retired engineer with 30 years’ industry experience in Alberta, Sue focused the last part of her career on regulatory affairs, stakeholder relations and sustainability. Sue and her husband Brad moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2010.

In both Alberta and BC, Sue has devoted time and her skills as an active volunteer with Vancouver Coastal Health. When not busy with her volunteer activities, Sue can be found hiking, quilting, knitting, sailing, traveling and enjoying the Sunshine Coast. 

Christine Chandler

Christine Chandler

Chris and her husband, Stan, relocated to the Sunshine Coast on her retirement as counselor with the North Vancouver School District. A longtime supporter of Community Services, she joined the Board of Community Services in 1999 and served for six years, three of them as president. Under her leadership, the Society received its first CARF accreditation, purchased properties on Trail Avenue and Farnham Road, and a portable from Chatalech High School, now referred to as Cedar Cottage. Subsequently, Chris served on the Board of the Community Resource Centre, where she was involved in the creation and management of Vital First Aid and Safety Training.  She has received an Award of Excellence for exemplary community service on the Sunshine Coast.

 

Richard Melville

Richard Melville

Treasurer

Richard is a graduate of UBC with a BCom in economics. After University worked for the National Energy Board in the Economics Branch in Ottawa. He became a Chartered Accountant working for an international accounting firm, then opened a private accounting practice specializing in small business and medical practices. He acted as Director of Finance for BC Biomedical Laboratories Ltd and Dr. C J Coady Associates. Richard moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2007 settling in Roberts Creek.

Richard has served on the Boards of St. John Ambulance and the West Vancouver Soccer Association. His volunteer activities on the Sunshine Coast have included Habitat for Humanity, Sunshine Coast Film Society and as an installer for Lifeline.

Crystaleen Obray

Crystaleen Obray

Crystaleen joined the Board of Community Services in 2017, motivated to create positive change and help people in the community.

Crystaleen has worked in residential care, recreation and rehabilitation fields for over 10 years and is currently a Disability Management Advisor for the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. She has a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary studies, a graduate certificate in Strategic Human Resources Management, a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and a diploma in Sports Science. Crystaleen moved to the Coast in 2008. For the past six years, she has been a board member for a poverty alleviation charitable group called the Sunshine Coast Secret Santa. 

Lydia Drasic

Lydia Drasic

Executive Member at Large

Lydia believes that societies prosper and succeed when everyone has opportunity to reach their best for health and well-being.  At times, additional help and support is needed to achieve that potential.  She considers the opportunities and support Community Services provides to people on the Coast to be its greatest value, and that is what drew her to join the SCCSS Board.

Recently retired from the Provincial Health Services Authority as Executive Director, BC Centre for Disease Control Operations and Chronic Disease Prevention, Lydia has many years of experience in public health leadership, at both the community and provincial levels. Now residing in Gibsons, Lydia previously served on the Board of Directors for the United Way of the Lower Mainland, including as Board Chair (2009/10), and the BC Recreation and Parks Association.

Jason Winkler

Jason Winkler

Contributing to the fabric of the community is a key focus for Jason Winkler. The Community Services mission and values align with his personal interests and, most importantly, with the evolving needs of the Sunshine Coast. He joined the Board in 2017.

 

Jason brings over 25 years of experience in organization transformation and human resource management in North America, Asia and the Middle East. His early career in consulting focused on leadership development with high technology and federal government clients in Ottawa. He joined Deloitte (Consulting) in 1992 where he progressed to Partner leading client engagements as well as managing the Western Canadian and BC Consulting practices during both economic downturns and periods of significant growth. His clients included BC Government Ministries, crown corporations, as well as other public sector entities in Canada and the US. For five years prior to retiring, Jason led all human resource functions at Deloitte Canada (over 11,000 employees) with a national team of 200 people. 

 

Jason has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. as well as a Certificate in Political Studies from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, France

Penny Stewart

Penny Stewart

Penny retired in 2011 from a career in the public service in both Newfoundland and British Columbia. 

Trained in the health sciences, she spent 28 years working for Health Canada with First Nations communities throughout BC as director of programs including maternal and child health, children and youth, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and nutrition. She was also involved in the transition of Programs from Health Canada to the BC First Nations Health Authority.  She was introduced to the Sunshine Coast through that work, and made the wise decision to move to Sechelt.

Since retirement, Penny has been active in the Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild including a term as President.  She also regularly spends time on Granville Island as a working member of the Fibre Arts.