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.

Jason Winkler

Jason Winkler

Vice Chair

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.

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.

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.

Raj Gill

Raj Gill

Raj Gill is the Director of Prosperity Circles Coaching International and now lives in Sechelt with her husband.

Raj enjoys designing collaborative processes for coaching individuals, groups and families by setting up systems that facilitate personal growth and vision.

She is a lifelong learner. Prior to coaching she spent over 30 years in Health care in positions of management and education.

Janet Holt

Janet Holt

Jan and her husband, Peter, bought a home in Gibsons just over three years ago, but have only recently become full time ‘coasters’ following Jan’s recent retirement in June, 2018.

Jan has been an educator and administrator, teaching in schools in the UK, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. Her passion is for literature and for education as a pathway to new opportunities and possibilities for individuals. She holds a BA in English & German Literature, a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration.

She also served for five years as an officer in the Women’s Royal Naval Service before immigrating to Canada with her family in the fall of 1987.

Jan recently completed six years as a board member and vice-chair of the Semiahmoo House Society (now UNITI) in Surrey, BC and it was this very positive experience in working with a volunteer organization, supporting people with developmental disabilities; that has motivated her to continue to give her time to a community services based organization.

Marie Knight

Marie Knight

For thirty- five years Marie worked in administration for various provincial departments. As a busy hands on mom of four sons, she has covered an extensive and varied expanse of jobs and experience in the volunteer realm. She was also active in local community volunteer positions from fundraising to governance.

Marie has a soft spot for children especially her seven grandchildren.

Seniors and senior care resonate deeply with Marie, especially those with dementia like conditions.  Since 2005 Marie and her brothers have had to learn quickly and painfully how to be advocates for both their parents who sadly suffer with differing forms of the disease.  Her mother passed in 2016, but her father is still living, suffering and struggling with this horrendous disease.

When presented with quiet time, Marie likes nothing better than reading.  It is her passion.  Crosswords, gardening, photography, genealogy and travel with her husband are all a close second.

Marie has lived on the Coast for eight years.  In 2011 she and her husband Terry decided to make Halfmoon Bay their retirement home.  Since then, they have made strides in volunteering and participating whenever possible in their coast community.

Brian Chipman

Brian Chipman

Having the opportunity to give back to our community in a meaningful way is what attracted Brian to the Sunshine Coast Community Services Programs.

Brian has his APICS, CPIM designation and brings over 20 years of senior management experience in various industries. Most recently Brian held the position of VP of Operations, Western Canada for Motion Specialties, provider of mobility devices, home and health care.

Brian has served on the APICS Board and has volunteered for several organizations including Big Brothers, YMCA and as a hockey coach. Brian has also been volunteering at the Sunshine Coast Food Bank since 2017.

Brian retired in 2017 and now enjoys the many activities the Sunshine Coast has to offer. He lives with his wife Susan, their dog Abbie, and cats Willy and Jerry in Roberts Creek.

Carole Fisher

Carole Fisher

Creating strong community connection is a way of life for Carole. She feels valuable contribution to the “bigger picture” where she lives is integral to the long-term vision and sustainability of the residents of the Sunshine Coast. Having spent a number of years living in Squamish working with several key organizations related to children, youth and mental wellness, she is excited to bring her enthusiasm, thirst for knowledge and commitment to life long learning to her role at SCCSS.

Carole has been very fortunate in her career. While she has worked primarily in Purchasing and Inventory Management, she has tried her hand as a chef, retail management, started and later sold a successful recruiting agency and has now settled into an Office Manager role for a small company on the Coast.

Along with her partner, Jeff, Carole has three of their four adult children also living close by along with her dog Random and her two kitties. Carole spends a lot of time at the beach and doing volunteer work in some capacity and often invites her family to join her! She is a great networker and absolutely loves being in the front lines getting her hands dirty to get the job done. This role with SCCSS is the icing on the cake for volunteerism in Carole’s eyes. Her excitement is beyond measurable!

Susann Richter

Susann Richter

Susann moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2002. She is a lawyer by training but has spent much of her career working in the field of mental health and substance use services. As a criminal litigation lawyer, she worked with clients in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver where it became clear to her that most people’s journey in the Justice System was driven by mental illness and addiction.

In 1997 she began to use her legal training to work with the health authority and the City of Vancouver in the development of low barrier facilities and services, including Insite (the first supervised injection site in Canada), the Downtown Community Court and other health related facilities.

Susann is currently the Manager for Mental Health Substance Use services for Vancouver Coastal Health, Sunshine Coast Region. She has a strong belief that community engagement and partnership across the determinants of health is key to a healthier community and healthier individuals.

In her life outside of work, you may also see her out and about, performing as a musician, doing original songs and playing keyboards and accordion.