St. Joseph's Board of Directors
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Chris Kelsey – Chair
Chris was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. He obtained a B.A. in International Relations in 1980 from the University of British Columbia. Chris obtained his LL.B. from the University of Victoria in 1985. Chris then articled with Bull, Housser and Tupper where he continued to practice until 1989, when he and his wife relocated to the Comox Valley.
Since his arrival in the Comox Valley, Chris has been active in a number of community and professional organizations. He is a past director of the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, a past member of the provincial council of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and a past chair of its Member Services Committee. He is also a past officer and director of the Strathcona Sunrise Rotary Club. Chris has been active in minor hockey in the Comox Valley. He lectures regularly on wills and estates matters for various groups and organizations.
Chris was appointed to the Hospital Board in 2008 and was appointed Board Chair of St. Joseph's General Hospital in November 2013.
James (Jim) Bennett – Vice-Chair
Jim and his wife Marion, moved to the Comox Valley to retire in 2004.
In 1975 Jim obtained a diploma degree in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. In his early career 1959 - 1971, Jim worked for the Bank of Montreal becoming a Branch Manager in Sydney, Nova Scotia. At that time, Jim changed careers into public administration and held senior administrative positions in Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and Alberta. In 1985, Jim became Chief Commissioner for the City of Moose Jaw and in 1989 he moved to Banff, Alberta to manage the setting up of the new Town of Banff, which moved local government administration from the federal government (Parks Canada) to a newly elected municipal council. Jim remained with the Town of Banff, as Town Manager, until his retirement in 2004.
Jim has been active in a number of community organizations. He served as a Board Member and Chairman of the Northside Victoria Amalgamated School Board, President of the Banff Rotary Club, Board Member of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA), and of the St. Joseph’s General Hospital Foundation.
Jim was appointed to the St. Joseph’s General Hospital Board in 2006 and served as Board Chair from 2011-2013. Jim took a two year sabbatical and rejoined the Hospital Board in April 2016.
Patti has served as an elected councillor for the Town of Comox since 2002. Patti moved to Comox in 1980 and enjoyed 27 years working at the Comox Community Centre as the Program Director. She and her husband, Simon Brampton, are the owners and operators of a local bicycle retail store that will be celebrating 25 years of business in 2013. Her experience as a municipal councillor, recreation professional and small business operator brings a depth of experience to the Board with governance, financial capacity, community connections, social awareness, environmental concern and a dose of good humour.
Patti has served on many local boards: such as 6 years with the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Association, 3 years with the Comox Archives and Museum Board, Town of Comox Advisory Planning Commission, Town of Comox Business in Action Society and is presently serving as the Town's elected representative on the Comox Valley Regional District Board.
Patti served as Vice-Chair of the Hospital Board November 2013 to November 2015 and continues as a Director on the St. Joseph's Hospital Board.
Jane Murphy – President & CEO
Jane has extensive experience in health care management. She began her career as a Registered Nurse working in a variety of clinical settings including adult and paediatric intensive care. Jane has held senior executive positions in the Lower Mainland including Vice President Patient Care Services and interim CEO at Langley Memorial Hospital; Vice President of Strategic Health Initiatives for South Fraser Health Region; and Interim Chief Operating Officer for Surrey Health Services, which included Surrey Memorial Hospital and Community Health Services in Surrey.
More recently Jane has been working in Texas holding senior leadership positions in a large tertiary acute care hospital (CHRISTUS Spohn – Shoreline) and at a specialized paediatric hospital - Driscoll Children's Hospital.
Jane holds a Diploma in Nursing from the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing, a BSN from the University of Victoria and a Masters in Health Services Planning and Administration from the University of British Columbia. While in Texas, Jane served as adjunct faculty at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi where she enjoyed working with students and teaching courses related to healthcare management and leadership.
Jane has been involved in professional associations, including the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), where she has served on local, regional and national committees. In 2010, Jane was awarded the ACHE South Texas Regent's Award for healthcare leadership.
Jane commenced her term as President & CEO for St. Joseph's and member of the Board of Directors in September 2011. Jane and her husband, John, are thrilled to be back in the Comox Valley and reunited with family and friends.
Roger-Kishi – Comox-Strathcona Regional Hospital District
Roger was elected to the Village of Cumberland Council in November 2011. He is Cumberland's Representative to the Comox Valley Housing Task Force, Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) and Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District (CSRHD). He was elected as the CSRHD Representative to St. Joseph's General Hospital Board in February 2012.
Roger has worked at the Wachiay Friendship Centre in Courtenay since August 2005, currently as the Homeless Outreach Program (HOP) Worker.
Prior to coming to the Comox Valley, Roger worked for 17 years at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver as a Security Supervisor. There he served on many hospital committees as an employee representative.
Roger lives in Cumberland with his partner Catherine Bell.
Fr. Marek Paczk – Diocese of Victoria Representative
Fr. Marek Paczk
Fr. Marek was born and raised in Poland and is one of five children. After completing his elementary and secondary school he completed five years in a technical school in Poland and received a Diploma in Electronics. He entered the Salvatorian Seminary in Poland where he obtained his Masters in Theology.
For one year he served as an Assistant Pastor in Poland and then went on to Rome, and after two years of additional studies, received his Licentiate in Theology. In 1998, Fr. Marek came to North America and served for the Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan as a Chaplain. He returned to Poland and served in the Seminary as the Spiritual Formation Director for three years. Fr. Marek returned to Canada and was Pastor of Holy Family/Notre Dame in Port Alberni for six years. Since 2010, Fr. Marek Paczka has been the Pastor of Christ the King Parish in Courtenay.
Fr. Marek was appointed by the Bishop of Victoria as the Diocesan representative to the Board in October 2012.
Dr. Evelyn Voyageur
Dr. Evelyn Voyageur
Dr. Evelyn Voyageur is a Registered Nurse and holds a PhD in Psychology. Evelyn has extensive experience in health care in the community, hospital and in nursing education.
Evelyn worked with the Indian Residential School Society for four years from 1999, where her work concentrated on isolated villages and support for former students healing from the trauma of residential schools. Evelyn was invited to join the North Island College's Nursing Program to support changes to its curriculum to help bring cultural awareness to their programming after hearing her present on “the effects of the residential school on the health of the First Nations.” In 2005, Evelyn received an award in nursing from Health Canada for making a difference in working with the First Nations people. Evelyn was the first Native nurse to receive this award of excellency.
Evelyn has been active in the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada since 1980; serving as the BC representative, vice president and as president (2010 to 2012) and is still active in the association. Evelyn founded the Native and Inuit Nurses Association of BC (NINA) in the early 1980s to help educate those who work with the First Nations communities.
The Board of St. Joseph's is committed to representing the diversity of our community, and Evelyn's passion for bringing the voice of the Aboriginal people to the Board is valued and respected.
Betsy was born and raised in Toronto. In 1969 moved to Collingwood, Ontario, where the family ran a large beef and mixed farming operation, while maintaining a Toronto residence.
Betsy served on the board of the Toronto Star, Torstar, and as Trustee and Chair for the Atkinson Charitable Foundation. A lifelong interest in social and economic justice determines the direction of Betsy's volunteering. Betsy was also a member of the board of the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and served as board member and chair of the Women's College Hospital, Toronto.
Tom and Betsy married in 1996. They each bring two daughters to the marriage and share 9 grandchildren.
Betsy was appointed to the St. Joseph's Board in September 2014.
Leah MacKenzie – Diocese of Victoria Representative
Leah was born and raised in the Fraser Valley and is proud to be a farmer's daughter. After completing her Business degree at Simon Fraser University in 1990 Leah moved to Victoria to work for a small accounting firm. In 1999 Leah switched from public accounting into the not-for profit sector and throughout the years has held various positions in the charitable sector. Leah is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the Diocese of Victoria. The Diocese of Victoria consists of 40 parishes and mission churches, six schools, a charitable foundation, and a senior‘s housing facility and provides first nation's outreach, youth ministry, university, hospital and prison chaplaincy programs. Leah also serves on the executive committee for a non-profit insurance reciprocal, a youth running club and is a member of the Canadian Catholic Financial Administrators. Leah joined the St. Joseph's General Hospital Board in 2015.
Leah is married and has two daughters at university. In her spare time she enjoys running, cycling, yoga, fitness training, reading, and travelling.
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