Bowen Island Health Centre Foundation

Our Vision: To help ensure every resident and visitor on Bowen Island has access to preventive and primary health care services without leaving the island. 

Our Mission: To promote wellness, enhance the quality of life, and improve health security for all Bowen Island residents and visitors, which we aim to accomplish by creating an accessible, coordinated, and integrated community health centre.

The Bowen Island Health Centre initiative is being led by the Bowen Island Health Centre Foundation. The goal of the Foundation is to improve the health services for the residents of and the visitors to Bowen Island, British Columbia, by: identifying the health care needs of those residents and visitors; working alone or in partnership with any qualified organizations or with any Canadian government body, to develop and/or deliver programs to address those needs; and providing medical facilities and medical equipment to be used for the benefit of residents of and visitors to Bowen Island.

The Foundation represents our community. The health centre will be community-owned. This means that the facility will be owned by the Bowen Island Health Centre Foundation and governed by a board of community residents. It will work collaboratively with the community and with health centre staff to identify new community needs and to facilitate responses to such needs, allowing the community to enjoy the benefits arising from the centre.

Annual surpluses from rent will be re-invested in the facility as capital improvements and/or equipment, and the Foundation will continue to fundraise as necessary for new equipment and improvements. The Foundation will also work with Vancouver Coastal Health and the Ministry of Health for eligible operating funds.

Meet our Board of Directors

Tim Rhodes, President

Tim Rhodes’ firms have provided services in the areas of architectural and interior design and property development including: in Calgary, interiors for the Royal Tyrrell Museum; in Vancouver, interiors for independent and international retailers; and on Bowen, log home design for builders throughout western and southwestern USA, residential design and sales support for local property developers, and currently, licenced REALTOR® services. Volunteer and civic activities: Alberta Association of Architects board, Interior Designers of Alberta chair; Bowen Island Chamber of Commerce chair, and Bowen Island Municipal Councillor (2011-2014).

“We have a very real and achievable vision of a community health centre on Bowen. It has been a goal of mine and many others for a long time to provide greater health security and self-reliance on Bowen Island.”

Colleen O’Neil, Vice President

Colleen O’Neil is a former R.N. working in acute medicine at Vancouver General Hospital, Lion’s Gate Hospital, and as a palliative care specialist in home care on Bowen Island. She founded and is the Program Director for the Caring Circle Health Resource Centre on Bowen Island delivering health navigation to Bowen Islanders who are having difficulty accessing information to get the health services they need. She is also the founder of Family Place on Bowen Island and has been a very active volunteer over 32 yrs. living on the Island working at the Board level for many organizations including the Bowen Island Community Foundation, IPS Middle School, and President of her local strata board. She has a certificate from the University of Toronto in “Fundraising for Non-Profit Organizations”

“I have a real passion for improving access to health care on Bowen. Over the past few years we have made some significant strides. The community health centre is an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of Bowen Islanders.”

Paul Stratford, Treasurer

Paul Stratford is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), entrepreneur with a focus on engaging individuals and groups to make investments successful and active including growing businesses for ultimate sale.

“Through growing the Ruddy Potato to its current location, working with The Orchard to crystallize its ongoing success in the early years, membership in the Snug Cove planning process, and as a director on Bowen Island boards, (Island Pacific School, Tir Na Nog, Bowen Island Health Care Foundation), I have had, and continue to have, a passion for creating a sustainable life for Islanders where jobs and services reside on Bowen.  A health centre has consistently come up as one of the highest priorities of Islanders and the availability of accessible, high quality primary health care is a must in the definition of Bowen as a community.

Sheree Johnson, Secretary

Sheree Johnson been a management consultant, senior corporate executive, and entrepreneur for over 30 years. She has been an owner in three research and marketing consulting companies. Her clients included Ford Motor Company, Boeing, Carhartt, Nestle Purina, Kellogg’s Foundation, TD Bank, Whirlpool, Microsoft, Bombardier, HP, Boise Cascade Corporation, Andersen Window, Telus, and Allstate. Her corporate positions have included Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Global Director Strategic Marketing, and Business Manager of Financial Planning and Control.

“Accessible healthcare for Bowen residents has been a need and priority for Islanders for years. We have the will and the resources to develop a health centre on Bowen. It’s time to stop the needless stress and finally bring healthcare close to home.”

Bill Brown, Director

Bill Brown was President and CEO of BC Sugar prior to his retirement, and had been Chairman of both the Canadian Sugar Institute and the World Sugar Research Organization. Over a 40-year period he also served as a Corporate Director, and Chair of several Audit and HR committees, with a number of public sector and private companies in the energy, forestry, and food industries.

“I love Bowen and I want it to be a safe place for all who live and visit. Without access to health care close to home, I’m afraid that many of us will need to leave this beautiful island permanently. A health centre would go a long way to making a real difference.”

Sandra Guarascio, Director

Sandra Guarascio is a lawyer and partner at Roper Greyell LLP where she practices all aspects of workplace law.  She has been recognized by her peers as a leading expert in labour, employment and workplace human rights law.   As a trusted and skilled advisor and advocate she works with private and public sector employers to develop and implement strategic solutions to workplace issues.  She has advised many boards and elected bodies on complex workplace and governance issues and has worked her entire career developing negotiation, dispute resolution and problem solving skills. 

“Our community spirit and natural setting make Bowen an ideal place to live.  No one in our community should have to sacrifice access to preventative health care or health security to live here. I am excited to be a part of the next phase of the Foundation’s work of implementing the vision.” 

Dr. Clive Jones, Director

Clive Jones is a successful dental practitioner; entrepreneur; team-building; community advocate.

“I have had the privilege of living and raising a family on Bowen for the last twenty five years. I believe that having a multi-disciplinary healthcare facility is essential for all generations of current and new Bowen Islanders.” 

Jennifer McGowan, Director

Jennifer McGowan holds a Master of Public Health Policy and Management from the University of Alberta. She has worked with the Public Health Agency of Canada on pandemic planning and with the British Columbia Ambulance Service as a Paramedic. More recently, Jennifer was responsible for Bowen Island’s Emergency Management program, which included project management, community engagement; corporate planning and risk management. 

“I recognize the importance of access to primary care in affecting health outcomes, and strive to work towards Bowen Islanders accessing health care services closer to home, and to age in place for as long as possible.  I am proud to be working with a team that is making the dream of a health centre on the island a reality, and I am committed to using my training and experience to further this cause.”

Steve Mitchell, Director

Steve Mitchell was Vice President of Corporate Communications for Kinross Gold, one of the world’s leading gold producers. He led a global team responsible for stakeholder communications, media relations, and reputation management in the seven countries where the country maintains operations, in addition to advising senior management on investor communications. Prior to that he led the Corporate Communications group at Inco Limited and directed media relations and communications during one of the most highly-publicized merger and acquisition processes in Canadian history.

“This clinic will be a game-changer for Bowen families. It will give us the medical care we need, when we need it, while adding a major new dimension to the health services immediately available on-island. By working together, we can ensure that Bowen Island has the same level of quality health care that other BC communities enjoy.”

Gordon Orlikow, Director

Resident on Bowen since 2010, Gordon Orlikow is a senior partner at Korn Ferry, a global human resources consulting firm, where he helps many of BC’s best-known and most progressive employers compete in a global market. Outside of his professional life, Gordon is deeply immersed in sport with the Canadian Olympic Committee and the World Athletics Federation.

Bowen exemplifies the simple powerful truth that talented people with passion and conviction deliver remarkable outcomes. When our Health Centre is open the year after next, we will all wonder how we managed without this essential community infrastructure.” clinic will be a game-changer for Bowen families. It will give us the medical care we need, when we need it, while adding a major new dimension to the health services immediately available on-island. By working together, we can ensure that Bowen Island has the same level of quality health care that other BC communities enjoy.”

Dr. Lloyd Purdy, Director

Lloyd Purdy is a practicing Family Physician with experience  in a wide range of healthcare settings in Canada , South Africa and the United Kingdom. Medical Director of REACH community health centre responsible for clinical leadership, governance of multi-physician practice, service model development, planning. 

“As the current medical director for a community health centre in Vancouver, I believe the new Bowen Island health centre will create the right environment to attract healthcare professionals to Bowen and will provide the best patient experience for our residents and visitors.”

Greg Shepherd, Director

Greg Shepherd is a licensed pharmacist (UBC ’97) and CEO of Pharmasave (Western Canada), supporting over 300 independently owned community pharmacies from BC to MB. Greg brings a unique combination of practical knowledge of the BC healthcare system, from years working as a front-line pharmacist, a successful pharmacy business owner, and as an executive at Pharmasave. As a Past President of the BC Pharmacy Association, Greg also brings experience in healthcare advocacy, working with regulators, health authorities, and various levels of government.

“I believe every community today deserves not just access to healthcare, but healthcare in their own community. I’m thrilled to see the vision of a Bowen Island Community Health Centre coming to life, bringing healthcare closer to home.”

Maija Tiesmaki, Director

Maija Tiesmaki is a strategist and health researcher with over a decade of experience working with funding, science and health policy organizations in BC. She currently works at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, BC’s health research funder, where she leads strategic initiatives to develop the health research talent BC needs for healthier people and communities.

“I’m inspired by the energy and talent within our community, and committed to creating a health centre that will deliver the best possible care for everyone on Bowen Island.”

Foundation Committees

Much of the work at the Foundation happens in our Committees. If you are interested in being part of these exceptional teams, please contact us at

Facilities Design, Construction, Maintenance and Operations Committee

Members: Tim Rhodes, Bill Brown, Ken MacArthur, Dr. Matt Blackwood, Jennifer McGowen, Daron Jennings

The Facilities Design, Construction, Maintenance and Operations Committee (Facilities Committee) is a standing committee of the Board. The role of the Committee is to provide leadership and direction to Board-approved Bowen Island Health Centre Foundation facilities projects. Specifically, the mandate of the Facilities Committee is to advise the Board on:
–  Policies, planning, development stewardship and financial sustainability for lands, facilities, infrastructure and related property matters
–  Design, construction, maintenance and renovation projects including related furniture, fixtures, equipment and services
–  Leases, permits, and regulatory requirements

Fundraising Committee

Members: Colleen O’Neil, Bill Brown, Dr. Clive Jones, Steve Mitchell

The Fundraising Committee is a standing committee of the Board.  The role of the committee is to develop and execute the fundraising strategy for the Bowen Island Health Centre, including facility construction, maintenance, renovations, additions, fixtures, furnishings, and equipment.

Health Services Committee

Members: Dr. Matt Blackwood, Dr. Clive Jones, Sandy Logan, Jen McGowan, Dr. Sue Schloegl, Gregory Smith, and Maija Tiesmaki.

The Health Services Committee is a standing committee of the Bowen Island Health Centre Foundation Board. The purpose of the Committee is to plan optimal health services for Bowen Island residents and visitors based on development of an understanding of the health needs of the community, the health services available, and identification of sources of funding and delivery for new services.

Communications Committee

Members: Steve Mitchell, Tim Rhodes, Sheree Johnson

The Communications Committee is a standing committee of the Board. The role of the Committee is to communicate our goals and mission, to develop and maintain our image in the community, to identify appropriate tools and media to communicate with the community, and to establish and maintain open communications with the community.

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