Islanders at Heart

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.”


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. 


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.


Bay Hale, MScN, Director

Naturally empathetic, Bay determined early that she wanted a career focused on making a meaningful difference in people’s lives, and initially trained as a Registered Nurse (RN) at Langara Community College, Vancouver. In her early professional career, Bay gained an appreciation of the impact of workplace factors on the health care system and patient outcomes.

Soon after obtaining her RN, Bay continued her education and obtained a Bachelors of Science (Honours) in Nursing (BScN) from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Here she developed a strong clinical interest in mental health, recognizing that both staff and client education are paramount to enhancing delivery of care standards and outcomes. During this period of Bay’s career, she worked directly both as a practicing Registered Nurse and as a clinical and classroom instructor for Registered Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing programs.

Building on these experiences Bay pursued a Master of Science in Nursing (MScN) specializing in Mental Health issues, with a specific emphasis on bridging the theory-practice gap in clinical care.  Bay has continued to further her education, obtaining notable qualifications in several adjunct therapeutic modalities. Relocating to Salt Spring Island, she entered private practice and has been running a successful bespoke counselling clinic for over 10 years, continuing to focus on mental health issues for treatment, recovery and wellness optimization.


Robert Beringer DSocSci, Director

Robert has worked as a gerontologist and researcher for 10 years. In 2019 he completed his doctoral dissertation focused on The Experience of Older Gay Men Living in Non-Metropolitan British Columbia. Prior to this dissertation, Robert published and presented research on gerontechnology, aging-in-place, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and 2 Spirit (LGBTQI2S) aging.


Currently, Robert holds a Health Systems Impact Post-Doctoral Fellowship (HSIF) Sept. 2019 – Aug. 2021, working in collaboration with Victoria Hospice, University of Victoria, and Island Health. He will extend my work with the LGBTQI2S community by Evaluating and Optimizing LGBTQI2S Engagement with Hospice and Palliative Care in the Island Health Region of British Columbia.


Kim Ballantyne, Director

Kim is a retired Marine Educator who worked in the education department of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre for over 10 years. She has been a lifelong volunteer, starting as a small child collecting donations door to door for the March of Dimes with her mother. She was an active volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Calgary, Vancouver and Salt Spring, and Dress for Success in Vancouver. Upon moving to Salt Spring Island eight years ago, she got involved with Salt Spring Literacy beginning with tutoring ESL to adults, she then chaired the Giant Book Sale their major fund raising event. Kim has served on the board of Meal on Wheels, Calgary and Salt Spring Literacy.

     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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