Board Of Directors

Sue Anne Linde

Sue Anne Linde

President

Sue Anne’s first experience of the Sunshine Coast was when she bought an old cabin in Williamson’s Landing near Langdale. That persuaded her and her partner, Hugh Willson, to look for a full-time home in Gibsons when they retired in 2009. The best move they’ve ever made.

Sue Anne’s career spanned over thirty years in advertising and marketing in Vancouver. She held progressive positions with Palmer Jarvis DDB (now DDB Vancouver) over seventeen years. As VP, Account Director, her client list included ICBC and Richmond Savings (now Coast Savings). Subsequently she worked as Director of Marketing for SFU’s Business faculty from 2003 to her retirement.

Sue Anne completed her Executive MBA with SFU in 2001, and is currently working on her thesis to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Sue Anne is currently serving on the Communications and Revenue Development Task Force.

Sue Lowell

Sue Lowell

Vice President

Sue Lowell is a retired engineer who worked for 30 years in industry in Alberta. The latter part of her career was focused on the areas of regulatory affairs, stakeholder relations and sustainability. Sue and her husband Brad moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2010, and reside in the Middlepoint area.

Prior to moving to British Columbia Sue was an active volunteer with the YMCA (Board member and facility volunteer) and volunteer driver with the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Since retiring to the coast Sue has become a volunteer with both St Mary’s Hospital/ Health Care Auxiliary and Vancouver Coastal Health. When not busy with her volunteer activities Sue can be found hiking, quilting, knitting, sailing, traveling and enjoying the Sunshine Coast. Sue has served on the Nominations Committee and the Board Development Committee.

Christine Chandler

Christine Chandler

Executive Member at Large

On her retirement from the North Vancouver School District as a counselor, Chris and her husband, Stan, relocated to the Sunshine Coast. She joined the board of Community Services in  1999 and served for 6 years, 3 years as president. Under her leadership the society received its first CARF accreditation, purchased properties on Trail Avenue and Farnham Road and relocated the portable now referred to as Cedar Cottage. Chris went 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

Executive Member at Large

Richard moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2007 settling in Roberts Creek.

He is a graduate of UBC with a BCom in economics. After university he moved to Ottawa working for the National Energy Board in the Economics Branch. After his stint with the government he became a Chartered Accountant working for an international accounting firm. He opened his own 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 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

Director

Crystaleen has worked in residential care, recreation and rehabilitation fields for over 10 years.  Her portfolio includes a wide variety of populations including chronic disease, mental health, and seniors.  Crystaleen’s experience in human resources and health sciences has taken her from a Kinesiologist at the Township of Langley to a Disability Management Advisor for the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Crystaleen has attained a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies,a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resources Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and a Diploma in Sports Science.  Her graduate studies are focused in project management, leadership and communications.  Crystaleen is also a registered member of the British Columbia Human Resource Management Association (HRMA) and will be writing the CPHR exam in November 2017.

Crystaleen moved to the Sunshine coast in 2008 and was motivated to create positive change and help people in the community. For the past six years she has been a board member for a poverty alleviation charitable group called the Sunshine Coast Secret Santa. The purpose of the group is to provide large personalized hampers to a select group of individuals with the hope of positively and profoundly impacting families during the Christmas season.

Lydia Drasic

Lydia Drasic

Director

Lydia currently serves as Executive Director, BC Centre for Disease Control Operations and Chronic Disease Prevention. She has many years of experience in public health and chronic disease management, at both the community level and the senior health system policy and strategic planning level. She is a member of the BC Recreation & Parks Association Board of Directors, and a past Board chair (2009/10) and director for United Way of the Lower Mainland, having served as chair of the Community Investment Relations Committee which oversees United Way’s strategic investments in children and seniors.

In both her professional work and community service, Lydia displays a strong interest in promoting health and well-being through prevention and health service initiatives. 

Jason Hall

Jason Hall

Director

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 working 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 a number of BC Government Ministries (Children & Family Services, Social Services and Environment), crown corporations (BC Hydro, ICBC and BCLDB) as well as other public sector entities in Canada and the US.  In the 5 years prior to retiring from Deloitte as the longest serving member of the Executive in 2016, 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.  He has recently become a member of the Advisory Board for a Silicon Valley social impact start up.

Penny Stewart

Penny Stewart

Director

Penny retired 6 years ago 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

Kathryn Anne (Kay) Wotton

Kathryn Anne (Kay) Wotton

Director

A physician since 1972 Kay worked as general practitioner for 10 years in northern aboriginal communities in Nunavut, Northern Manitoba and Labrador. After completing a Masters of Public Health at John Hopkins and specialty training in Community Medicine she spent more than 10 years in Africa. She also spent 10 years as Medical Health Officer in Manitoba and BC. Kay hold current adjunct appointments at University of BC, University of Calgary and Simon Fraser University and is a Visiting Lecturer at Mbarara University in Uganda. Kay lives in Gibsons and is looking forward to contributing to the community that she now calls home.