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.

Executive Director

Suzanne Saatchi

Suzanne is the new Executive Director for the Bowen Island Health Centre, joining us in June 2021. She will be planning and implementing operations for the new Community Health Centre.

Previous to her current role, she was a management consultant specializing in healthcare operational planning, operational readiness assessments, and strategic planning for clients that included Burnaby Divisions of Family Practice, Provincial Health Services Authority, Fraser Health, and Northern Health.

Prior to that, as a General Manager for the Fraser Health Authority, she was responsible for implementing facility and non-clinical operations in two new successive large-scale hospital projects at Surrey Memorial Hospital, the Critical Care Tower and the Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre.  Suzanne has an MBA from Sauder School of Business and is a registered CPA.

From my first contact with the Bowen Island Health Centre Foundation, I was impressed and continue to be impressed by the range of skills on the board and quality of groundwork done by the Foundation.  The Bowen Community has already been able to achieve the seemingly impossible in its fundraising efforts.  I am very proud to be joining this team and to be helping support Bowen in achieving its vision of quality healthcare closer to home.

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.”

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.”

Brian Thomas-Peter

Brian is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist who, in addition to providing clinical services to a variety of populations, has been an academic and executive director of large mental health services in the UK and in Canada. More recently he was a Board member and Chair of the Vancouver Association for the Survivors of Torture, a local charity dedicated to the psychological well being of those coming to Canada under challenging circumstances.

“We should strive to ensure everyone has adequate health care. That means access to care, near to where they live, and at the time when it is needed. It is a privilege to join and work with this group of people who will make it a reality for everyone on Bowen.”

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.”

Maria Turnbull, Director

Maria Turnbull, Associate Executive Director with Vantage Point, brings over 20 years of leadership experience in staff and director roles within the not-for-profit sector, both here in Canada and in the UK. With a BA in International Relations and MBA, Maria is a skilled facilitator and consultant in board governance, organizational development, and management. She has consulted for hundreds of charities, foundations, municipalities, and a range of health-sector organizations, including many of the Divisions of Family Practice across BC. Maria and her husband moved to Bowen Island 10 years ago, where they are now raising their 2 school-aged children. Maria is a current volunteer team manager for the Bowen Island Football Club and former President of the Bowen Island Montessori School.

The Foundation board provides me a unique opportunity to contribute my not-for-profit governance and management skills while building on my passion in the area of strengthening BC’s primary and urgent care, sparked through my work with Divisions of Family Practice over the last decade. Raising a young family on Bowen Island since 2010, I recognize the incredible value the Bowen Island Community Health Centre will bring for generations to come!

Paul Welsh

Paul Welsh has been a leader in the communications and public relations business in British Columbia and Canada for the past 30 years. As co-owner of Karyo Communications, Welsh saw the firm grow from four to more than 50 employees and the top ranked public relations and communications company in BC.  In 2007, they sold to Edelman, the world’s largest public relations company, where he continued to serve in a variety of executive roles through 2016. He is also a co-founder of, a software provider that helps customers of financial institutions increase the impact of their philanthropic giving. He and his wife have lived on Bowen for 23 years and have raised three boys, coaching and driving them all along the way.

Bowen has been and will be our home for a very long time. Having the opportunity to work with community leaders to bring the health centre to life is something I am keen to be a part of.

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 and Technology Infrastructure Committee

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

The Facilities and Technology Infrastructure 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
– Technology infrastructure

Fundraising Committee

Members: Colleen O’Neil, Bill Brown

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 monitoring fundraising to ensure ethical practices, maintaining accurate records, and building relationships with donors.

Health and Well being Services Committee

Members: Colleen O’Neil, Dr. Clive Jones, Jennifer McGowan, Maija Tiesmaki, Dr. Lloyd Purdy

The Health and Wellbeing 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: 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.

Culture, People, Partnerships Committee

Members: Sandra Guarascio, Greg Shepherd, Gordon Orlikow, Maria Turnbull, Jennifer McGowan, Dr. Lloyd Purdy

The Culture, People, Partnerships Committee is a standing committee of the Board. The role of the Committee is to provide strategic direction and oversight for the management of the human resources of the health centre.

Finance Committee

Members: Tim Rhodes, Paul Stratford, Greg Shepherd, Bill Brown

The Finance Committee is a standing committee of the Board. The role of the Committee is to provide financial oversight for the organization.

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