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Director Profiles

Our dedicated Board of Directors has much to share with you! Find out who they are and what they do.

John Jansen, President

Former Minister of Health, Former Mayor of Chilliwack

Why do you love Chilliwack?

Chilliwack has been my home since 1953. I have had the opportunity to serve this community in various capacities; as Mayor of Chilliwack and on the board of Chilliwack General Hospital. I love it here because three generations of my family live here; brothers and sisters, children and grandchildren of mine are fellow residents of this wonderful community.

Why is health promotion important?

Health promotion is important because health itself is so important to us as individuals and as a community. In my former role as Health Minister, I had the chance to visit numerous hospitals which drove home the importance of adequately meeting our health care needs. Involvement in health care governance has allowed me to recognize not only the challenges in health care but also the diverse and creative solutions that have emerged to address the challenges; health promotion is one such solution. 

What is your favourite healthy activity? Cycling and hiking.

What is your favourite healthy food? Salads and fruits of various kinds.

An interesting personal fact or hobby?

I particularly enjoy camping and kayaking.

Tell us about your background, achievements and career highlights that led to your involvement with this foundation.

Having served as Mayor of Chilliwack and as Health Minister, becoming involved with a local organization geared towards community health was only natural. I also played a lead role in securing $35 million for expansion of the Chilliwack General Hospital. These experiences have demonstrated the endless possibilities of what we can achieve through community involvement. It is this dedication, strength and support of community members that the foundation harnesses so that Chilliwack can become healthier and happier. 

Allan Andrews, Treasurer

Chartered Accountant, Partner MNP, Treasurer, Chilliwack Foundation, Past Treasurer of Chilliwack Society for Community Living

Why do you love Chilliwack?

Chilliwack is a beautiful place to live; it is a small city with a big heart. I love the proximity to so many things, from outdoor activities to big city Vancouver all within arm's reach.

Why is health promotion important?

I have a lot of friends and family that live in this community so it's important for me to know that we are promoting healthy living and doing everything we can to ensure that we have good healthcare in Chilliwack.

What is your favourite healthy activity?

I enjoy jogging on my treadmill when I get in a routine! I also really enjoy playing baseball with friends and spend a great deal of time on the golf course when I can.

What is your favourite healthy food?

I have become a beginner juicer so I enjoy turning my favourite fruits and veggies into juice.

An interesting personal fact or hobby?

My hobby as of late is looking after my little 5 pound dog, Bozly. He can be a handful sometimes!

Tell us about your background, achievements and career highlights that led to your involvement with this foundation.

I became one of the youngest partners at MNP when I was promoted back in 2007 to the position of Associate Partner. I went on to become a Principal Partner in 2012. I have taken on the office role of the Administrative Partner here in Chilliwack. In my role as a partner, I was able to meet some very special people in our community that encouraged me to become involved with charities. I have been involved with a few charities in town at the Board level, such as the Chilliwack Foundation and the Chilliwack Society for Community Living. So when the opportunity arose to join the talented group that would be running the Chilliwack Hospital and Health Care Foundation, I was keen to be a part of something that would benefit our community in such a unique way.

Katrina Bepple, Director

Why do you love Chilliwack?

I moved to Chilliwack in 2012, and immediately felt a sense of community. Working with a non-profit in the healthcare sector, it was clear that Chilliwack is a caring, collaborative community. There are so many organizations working together to improve the health and wellness of our community. I moved from Vancouver, but having grown up in a smaller community in the Interior, Chilliwack is the perfect size for me. Chilliwack is home.

Why is health promotion important?

We want to work with patients before they reach our acute care facilities. The goal is to provide patients with the opportunities to access services when they need them, inclusive of prevention services that promote mental wellbeing, healthy lifestyles and active living. By working with patients early and consistently in their wellness journey (a family physician is the one service provider you will never age out of), the goal is to keep them healthier, longer. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

What is your favourite healthy activity? 

I love team sports. It's a great way to stay active (built in accountability to your team), meet new people, and build life-long friendships. My favourite is slo-pitch, and I currently play on two community teams.

What is your favourite healthy food? 

Anything I grow. I'm an avid gardener and am building up my canning repertoire. From artichokes to zucchini, I've likely tried my hand at it if it can be grown from seed. In the summer my favourite thing is to step outside into my garden and grab dinner, and during the other seasons I get to enjoy the summer sunshine through my canning.

An interesting personal fact or hobby?

I LOVE camping and campfires, as does my dog Cobalt. I recently purchased a new to me travel trailer (aka an '82 Terry) and spent the spring fixing it up with the help of my Dad. Admittedly, it was pretty scary when the ceiling and walls were removed, but extremely rewarding to see it finished with my own personal stamp on it. When I can't get out camping, you can find me in my backyard with a campfire, a glass of wine and a good book.

Tell us about your background, achievements and career highlights that led to your involvement with this foundation.

My background is in science (Biotechnology), and over the last 10 years I've specialized in program management and community engagement. Working in and with communities, it's important to engage everyone from community members to policy makers in an inclusive and respectful way to build an evidence base to inform the policy and planning of health services.

First supporting physicians, nurse practitioners, and midwives to conduct rural health research with a focus on maternity care, I am now the Executive Director of the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice. The Division is a non-profit society that represents physicians and nurse practitioners from Chilliwack to Hope. We strive to improve health care services for patients from Chilliwack to Boston Bar by supporting an engaged and collegial medical community.

We have extremely dedicated physicians in the communities we serve. They provide a full spectrum of family practice and many have retained their hospital privileges. This means that Chilliwack General Hospital and Fraser Canyon Hospital are family physician supported hospitals, which not many others in this province can claim! It also means that our physicians deliver babies, see you in their office, follow you through your hospital journey, into residential care homes, AND provide palliative care, some still making home visits. Truly twinkle to twilight care.

As Chilliwack General Hospital is a family physician supported hospital, it is important to have the physician's perspective when identifying needs and priorities.

Mel Folkman, Director

Former Assistant Superintendent Chilliwack School District, 36 years teaching career, Former Chair, Chilliwack Future Plan Committee, Former Chilliwack City Councilor, Charter Member, Mt Cheam Rotary Club and currently active with Downtown BIA and new Contact Centre

Why do you love Chilliwack?

I love Chilliwack because of its wonderful people, its charming natural beauty and its strong sense of community.

Why is health promotion important?

It is important because it allows you to be feel good about yourself, to remain energized so that you are able to do the things you like. Health promotion also encourages everyone to stay as healthy for as long as possible and helps reduce healthcare costs.

What is your favourite healthy activity? Ice hockey! No surprises there.

What is your favourite healthy food? Whole-grain pasta.

An interesting personal fact or hobby?

I am a hockey fan and play 3 times a week.

Tell us about your background, achievements and career highlights that led to your involvement with this foundation.

I grew up in Creston and moved to Chilliwack in 1960, where I began my teaching career. I remained with the Chilliwack School District for 36 years, retiring in 1996 as Assistant Superintendent. Then I chaired Chilliwack's Future Plan Committee for 2 years and was elected to City Council for 3 terms (i.e. 9 years), from 1999-2008. I have always been actively involved in our community. I am a Charter Member of the Mt. Cheam Rotary Club and have been a member of numerous community organizations and service clubs. I remain actively involved with this foundation's Board, as well as with the Downtown BIA Safety and Social Issues Committee and the Contact Centre.

Jeff Fortin, Director

Why do you love Chilliwack?

It is still retaining that smaller town feeling. There is a core of people that always step up when help is needed. I try to do my part. I have lived in Chilliwack 54 of my 58 years.

Why is health promotion important?

Quality of life; we are all getting older.

What is your favourite healthy activity? Gym and yoga.

An interesting personal fact or hobby?

I was the Chilliwack Athlete of the Year in the '70's.

Tell us about your background, achievements and career highlights that led to your involvement with this foundation.

I am proud to be president of Fortin's Supply Ltd., which has been servicing Chilliwack for 71 years. We have two stores in Chilliwack, one in Abbotsford and one in Port Coquitlam.

I served on the National Auto/Industrial Board for two terms of six years. I also served on the Board of the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) for six years and was a Rotarian from 1998 to 2014.

Harry Geddes, Director

Account Executive, Barton Hub International Insurance, Past President, Insurance Brokers Association of BC, Former Chair, Insurance Council of BC, Former Director, Chilliwack Downtown BIA, Past Chair and Current Director, Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation, Past Chair and Current Director, Chilliwack Foundation, Past President, Chilliwack Rotary Club

Why do you love Chilliwack? 

It is a great place to live, to do business and to raise a family. I’ve lived here since 1975 and am thrilled that two of our four boys have also chosen to make Chilliwack their home.

Why is health promotion important?

Prevention is the only sensible answer to our current health care challenges. Our society can’t afford to look after people aging prematurely because they haven’t looked after their own health.

What is your favourite healthy activity? 

Although I regularly participate in a spin class, it wouldn’t be honest to say it’s my favourite healthy activity. I greatly enjoy golfing and always walk the course to get my exercise.

What is your favourite healthy food? 

If I had to pick a favourite, it would have to be fruit of any kind.

An interesting personal fact or hobby? 

I enjoy old cars, especially Porsches! I even have an S9 Porsche of my own.

Tell us about your background, achievements and career highlights that led to your involvement with this foundation.

The main reason I am here is because I am truly committed to this community and to making it better. In addition to that, I was asked to join the Board because I have a long history of working with the very successful Chilliwack Foundation.

Dave Harder, Director


Why do you love Chilliwack?

I love the fact that I can go for a hike, swim, run, bike ride or boat ride in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, with fresh air and crystal clear water. My parents, relatives, wife, three daughters and I all grew up here and it has been a wonderful experience for us all.

Why is health promotion important? 

Health promotion is important because our health impacts everything we do - our relationships, our careers and ultimately our community. With a more sedentary lifestyle, aging population, and new technologies, the challenges and opportunities have never been greater. 

What is your favourite healthy activity? 

Running in the hills of Ryder Lake and along the Vedder River on the Rotary Trail have to be my favourite healthy activity.

What is your favourite healthy food? 

My favourite healthy food is gelato. That is healthier than ice cream isn't it?

An interesting personal fact or hobby?

I have completed marathons and Ironman triathlons as well as many other physical endurance challenges.

Tell us about your background, achievements and career highlights that led to your involvement with this foundation.

I am Vice President and Portfolio Manager with RBC Dominion Securities, serving investors in the Fraser Valley for 35 years. I have also been a volunteer member of the Kent Harrison Search and Rescue Team since 2001 because I like helping people whether they deserve it or not. In 2014, my book, Mind, Money & Markets, written together with Janice Dorn, M.D., Ph.D., was released. I have been active in my church and been a member of the Rural Engagement Committee for the City of Chilliwack for many years as well. It is a privilege to join with other leaders in Chilliwack to support an organization, which, over the long-term, makes a difference to every single person living in our community, including my grandchildren. 

Jean Hincks, Director

Why do you love Chilliwack?

I have just recently moved to Chilliwack and I love it here! The mountains, the trails and the breathtaking views are outstanding. What I also love about Chilliwack is the community spirit. Coming from a small town it makes me feel right at home and everyone has been so welcoming and wonderful.

Why is health promotion important? 

Health promotion is very important on several levels but two main ones are the ability to have great services should you need the health care system and also, promoting well-being and living a healthy lifestyle so you can enjoy your life to the fullest.

What is your favourite healthy activity? 

I love to golf, cycle and hike on a weekly basis, plus there's nothing better than a good daily walk.

What is your favourite healthy food? 

I love my fruits and vegetables.

An interesting personal fact or hobby?

Gardening is a passion I enjoy and just being outside and enjoying the fresh air.

Tell us about your background, achievements and career highlights that led to your involvement with this foundation.

In the last 31 years of my newspaper career in the newspaper and media industry, I have been on several boards and foundations for the local community hospitals in the cities I worked in. Having a family who have been in nursing for generations, I have always had a soft spot for health care. Helping to raise money for much needed equipment in our local hospitals is paramount to a vital health care system and I've always been passionate about donating my services and helping in any way I can. I believe that all aspects of health care should be available in our individual communities and by raising awareness and funds to help achieve these goals only makes for a stronger, more vibrant hospital and community.

Casey Langbroek, Director

Partner, LLT Certified General Accountants Firm, Gazelles International Business Coach,Former Chilliwack City Councilor, Former Director Fraser Valley Regional District

 


Why do you love Chilliwack?
Chilliwack offers so much for families, empty nesters, seniors and young people. It gives people the opportunity for a great education, employment in countless careers, recreation of every sort, and enjoyment of the finest art and nature. Our family has grown up here and feels privileged to be able to call Chilliwack home.

Why is health promotion important? 

Healthcare costs in Canada are spiraling out of control and have been for many years. We need to take ownership, individually, of this problem and educate residents in our community that preventing illness by leading a healthy lifestyle is one way to decrease our reliance on the healthcare infrastructure. This work starts with our young people who need to see and know that a healthy diet and daily exercise can assist in developing habits that will decrease the pressure on our healthcare system. I believe we have to take responsibility for our own health.

What is your favourite healthy activity? 

I look forward to every time I can visit Doc Green and his Associate Doc Fairway; I receive therapy on their 100 acres of rolling meadows with 18 flags. Golf is my favorite sport and I make sure I walk the course. I work out every day, sometimes only for 20 minutes, sometimes for 90 minutes, in our home gym; this is my daily “fighting the aging" process.

What is your favourite healthy food? 

My wife, Jane, and I do our best to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I love a breakfast shake loaded with natural vitamins and protein.

An interesting personal fact or hobby? 

As Executive Director of a faith based charity, BFM Foundation, I get to travel to 42 countries around the world to make sure that the funds that we dedicate to those countries and regions are spent appropriately. I also work in those countries to assist workers to think strategically about what they do. The funds are intended to provide training to build churches; to provide adult literacy training and children's education in conditions of extreme poverty and to to assist in community development. This experience of travelling to some very desolate parts of the world has helped me realize just how good we have it here in Canada and how much we take things for granted.

Tell us about your background, achievements and career highlights that led to your involvement with this foundation.

I have been privileged to serve my community, my province and my country in many ways. I have served as a Municipal Councillor for 16 years, in various aspects of health governance for 20 years, as a Director of Regional District Governance for 15 years and as a director on many other community, provincial and federal committees and boards for many years. I’ve also been awarded a fellowship by the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada as well as a number of other awards for the work that I have done and will continue to do in my community.

I led a team of individuals in 1985 to organize a health fair in Chilliwack which promoted healthy lifestyles. I care deeply about my community and believe that a well-rounded community must have the highest level of healthcare possible. From my experience in healthcare governance and in leading the health fair in 1985, I concluded that true leadership in healthcare includes the need to remind citizens that prevention and proper care for their health is a must.

Partner, LLT Certified General Accountants Firm, Gazelles International Business Coach,Former Chilliwack City Councilor, Former Director Fraser Valley Regional District

John Les, Director

Current Chair, FIRM, Farm Industry Review Board, Former Mayor of Chilliwack, Former
President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Former Chair of the Fraser Valley
Regional District, Former MLA, Former Chair of the Committee on Aboriginal Relations, Former
Minister of Small Business and Economic Development, Former Minister of Public Safety and
Solicitor General, Former Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier

Why do you love Chilliwack? 

I care about this city deeply because it is my birthplace and my hometown. It is the perfect mixture of urban city and pure natural beauty. It has the best of everything; we have it all right here!

Why is health promotion important? 

We want to live to be a ripe, old age. To do that, we need to make seniors’ health a priority.

What is your favourite healthy activity? 

Gardening.

What is your favourite healthy food? 

Anything fresh from my home garden and red wine.

An interesting personal fact or hobby?

I’m very passionate about gardening and probably plant way too much!

Tell us about your background, achievements and career highlights that led to your involvement with this foundation.

I was born and raised in Chilliwack and graduated from Chilliwack Senior Secondary in 1970. Then I went on complete the UBC Real Estate Licensing program in 1976 and in 2013. I was a partner in a home-building company in the early to mid-seventies, an award-winning realtor with Wall and Redekop Realty from 1976 to 1980 and a partner in a dairy firm in the eighties. Currently I’m decompressing and in political rehab while considering future possibilities as I redesign my barn.

Over the years I’ve been involved in various community organizations and committees. Some of my more notable achievements include serving on the Chilliwack District Council and being elected as Mayor of Chilliwack in 1987. I was elected to the Chilliwack General Hospital Board in 1990 and became an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of BC in 2001. More recently I have served as the Minister of Small Business and Economic Development in 2004 and as Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General in 2005. In the last few years I have also been appointed to the Treasury Board and to the Cabinet’s Policy and Priorities Committee. 

Ana Macedo, Director

Current Tourism Chilliwack Business Development Manager, Chilliwack Heritage Park Manager, Columnist with the Chilliwack Progress, Mt. Cheam Rotary Club Member, Children's Foundation Director, and Relief Instructor with UFV. 
Former radio personality and Shaw-TV Host, former Director with Chilliwack YMCA, Chilliwack Community Arts Council, Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, Chilliwack Community Services, and Big Sisters of the Central Fraser Valley. Former Promotions Director with the BC Summer Games, former Ceremonies Director with BC Senior Games, and various other organizations and events.

 

Why do you love Chilliwack? 

People in Chilliwack have such a passion for this community. It's not just a place to live; it's a place to call home. There is a certain passion and caring that you don't find in many other places and that's reassuring.

Why is health promotion important? 

The promotion of good health is such an important and relevant topic today. As individuals, we need to be empowered to take ownership of our well-being. We need to be made aware and encouraged to choose healthy lifestyles and life habits because ultimately, that will create a healthier and more positive society.

What is your favourite healthy activity? 

I walk roughly 4 - 6 km daily. I also enjoy hiking. Chilliwack has some wonderful hiking trails.

What is your favourite healthy food? 

Fresh fruits and vegetables as well as home-made, low-fat and low-sodium foods.

An interesting personal fact or hobby?

I'm trying hard to learn how to 'smell the roses'. :)

Tell us about your background, achievements and career highlights that led to your involvement with this foundation.

I come from a broadcasting background and spent 15 years in the broadcasting industry both on-air and in promotions. Currently, I work for Tourism Chilliwack as their Business Development Manager and Chilliwack Heritage Park Manager. Throughout my professional career, I have been involved with countless organizations and have organized hundreds of events in Chilliwack and the Upper Fraser Valley. I worked with UFV in developing their Hospitality and Special Events program and am currently a relief instructor for that program. I've been blessed in having been given the privilege of meeting some outstanding individuals from all walks of life through my career, and am grateful to have received such awards as the Paul Harris Fellow, Woman of the Year, Canada 125 medal and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal. I am truly passionate about this community and strongly believe in 'giving-back' a measure of what I have received. Health care is one important way that I am pleased to assist with.

Eldon Unger, Director

Former Chilliwack City Councilor, Former Director, Board of BC Assessment Authority, Former
Board Member, Trinity Western University, Former Board Member, Sto:lo Development and
Community Futures, Real Estate Development, Seniors Independent Living and Care Facilities,
Fundraising Committee, Campaign for Health Care Excellence for Chilliwack General Hospital

Why do you love Chilliwack? 

It has been my home for 45 years and it is where I have met some wonderful people and made a multitude of friends. It has provided me with the opportunity to succeed in every aspect of life. Most importantly, it’s a place where I’ve been able to do rewarding service for the community.

 Why is health promotion important?

Our community is important and a healthy community is a prosperous community. This is why we need to be doing everything we can to improve our own health and the health of our community.

What is your favourite healthy activity? 

Hiking and going for walks.

What is your favourite healthy food? 

Fresh fruits and some delicious home-made granola.

An interesting personal fact or hobby? 

I enjoy golfing a lot!

Tell us about your background, achievements and career highlights that led to your involvement with this foundation.

I have played a central role in real estate development, primarily in seniors’ independent living and care facilities. I have served as the City of Chilliwack Councilor and as a Director on the Board of B.C. Assessment Authority. Additionally, I am a former board member of Trinity Western University, Langley and of Sto:lo Development and Community Futures boards. I have also played a central role in raising funds for the latest expansion of the Chilliwack General Hospital.