Board of Directors

The Greenwoods Eldercare Society is an independent not-for-profit organization affiliated with Island Health and BC Housing.  The Society is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors with a diverse range of backgrounds including healthcare, education, business, government, and non-profits.  The Board of Directors is a governance committee that meets once a month to review and oversee the operations of the Society.  Annually, the Board of Directors host an Annual General Meeting (AGM) that is announced in the local newspaper (Driftwood) and serves as both a retrospective review of the year past and a prospective preview of the year ahead.  Key roles and responsibilities of Board membership include:

  • advocacy
  • committee work
  • resource development
  • liaison with stakeholders and funding providers

This is an active Board, which has a direct and lasting influence on the health and well-being of the organization and the elder population the Greenwoods Society serves.​

Members of the Board of Directors

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Dorrie Ferster, Board Chair

Dorrie brings a wealth of experience to our Board. She is retired Registered Nurse, experienced Nursing Leader and educator with years of general nursing practice in acute care and mental health. Dorrie led the operationalization and care delivery design of a specialized Alzheimer’s and related dementia care site called Czorny Alzheimer’s Centre. She is passionate about residential care and the opportunities to enhance and foster person-directed care and the building of teams and environments which compliment the creation of “the best places to live, the best places to work and the best places to visit.

Mark Cleveland, Finance Committee Chair

With a career focusing on organization development, strategic planning and organizational leadership, Mark spent over 40 years working in Canada’s north. Throughout his work career he focused his efforts on the development and expansion of sustainable communities-based services in the fields of education, training and health. Activities included supporting the organization and development of health and education authorities as well as refocusing existing services to better meet patient/client needs. Mark’s career postings included serving as the president of the Northwest Territories college system, Deputy Minister of Health, Deputy Minister of Education, Culture and Employment and serving as Secretary to the NWT Government’s Financial Management Board. Mark has been a resident of Salt Spring since 2016.

April Wright, Moving Forward Committee Chair

April’s career has been in public, government relations and marketing. She has had a lifelong interest in community development and social planning. She has been previously active in Salt Spring Foundation Grants Advisory and Donor Relations and now in the 100 Women Who Care organization. April states, “I see the challenges of the growing population and expanding needs for complex care in our community. Greenwoods has a critical role in the social infrastructure of Salt Spring. I will assist in planning for expanded service and facilities.”

Joan Douglas, Quality Assurance Committee Chair

A 1967 University of Alberta Nursing graduate, Joan’s time on the prairies was devoted to Public Health, Coronary Care and Surgical Nursing. Relocating to Victoria, she completed her BSN in 1981, then joined the Nursing Faculty at Camosun College. Joanʼs 30 year career in Nursing Education included classroom and clinical teaching, administrative and research positions as well as two seasons teaching cross-cultural nursing in Tonga. Completing her Masters in Education at UVic in 1994, Joan put her Curriculum Development knowledge to good use before retiring to Salt Spring in 2010. “I will do what I can to ensure that our Salt Spring seniors can live out their years in comfort.” 

Susan Astill, Director

Throughout her nursing and administrative career in the delivery of health care at the government, community and facility level, Susan’s focus has been the offering of appropriate accommodation for medically and socially fragile elders. When her father became a resident of Greenwoods, the situation was personalized for Susan, her father and their family.  She watched staff as they cared for her father with respect and love, sometimes under frustrating circumstances.  Susan’s service on the board is her way of “using [her] management and health planning experience to support staff and residents as we work together to create an alternative living environment that is a comfortable, safe and cheerful home for Salt Spring Island seniors.”

Paul Roberts, Director

Has been a research scientist, public servant, and IT consultant – and always a volunteer.  He’s a birder and trying to live a low-impact lifestyle.  In recent years, Paul has dedicated his energies to organizations that improve the health and well-being of the residents of Salt Spring Island – Lady Minto Hospital (LMH) Auxiliary, LMH Foundation, Salt Spring Senior Services Society and Salt Spring Hospice.  He recently joined the Greenwoods Board to pursue those passions.

Wayne Glover, CAE, Director

Wayne moved to Salt Spring in May 2008 while he was still President and CEO of AssociationsFirst, a national association management company based in Toronto. He sold AssociationsFirst in October 2016 and set up a consulting practice on Salt Spring Island.  He consults in the areas of project management, strategic planning and Board/committee facilitation.  He instructed a leadership workshop for a number of healthcare organizations.  Wayne served in many volunteer roles including chairing fundraising events, creating a mentorship program for future leaders in the association sector and serving on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations.  He was Board Chair of Volunteer and Community Resources (VCR) Salt Spring and worked on the Governance Working Group of the Salt Spring Community Alliance on the report on possible improvements to the governance of Salt Spring published in October 2018. Wayne brings expertise from a business perspective to help Greenwoods improve continually so that it runs as a strong, healthy and sustainable organization. 

Stefan Cermak, Director

Stefan moved to Salt Spring in 2010 to accept a job with the Islands Trust, a job of much challenge and reward. He continues that work today. Through a planning lens Stefan recognizes the substantial work required to ensure that care facilities are designed to safeguard our elders, so that they can age in place with respect, dignity, and love. It is his intention to contribute meaningfully to the great work that the Greenwoods team is doing. 

Catherine Valentine, Director

Catherine is committed to the dignity and care of our elders on Salt Spring Island. She is a Yoga teacher, farmer and mother. She has a background in Community Living Residential Care, having supported folks transitioning from institutions to living as active and valued members of the community. Her academic studies have been in Western and Eastern Philosophy and Non-Profit Management.

Hans Van De Sande, Director

Hans is a retired professor of the Faculty of Medicine with research program in Cellular repair in Cancer and Aging. He is an established leader in medical research, education and administration at local and national levels. He is committed to evidence-based medicine and its application to clinical settings. Hans has served on Boards of not-for-profit education and health organizations including Vancouver Island Health Authority as Chair of Health Quality. This provided understanding of resource allocation to all aspects of health care and fostered his resolve to have best practices in residential care with all-inclusive support for the care our residents need and deserve.