Sorrento & Area Community Health Centre Society Board
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This Society was born from the Sorrento and Area Community Association, which originally applied for the Nurse Practitioner position under the NP4BC program. The Society was incorporated on April 22, 2014 to provide operational and management services for the Health Centre. The Board is made up of volunteer Directors who provide governance. The Society is a registered Charitable Organization. The Society's AGM is in May.
The Health Centre is a partnership between Interior Health, who provides our Nurse Practitioner and other supports, and the Society. The Society is responsible for the Health Centre lease, utilities, staffing of our Medical Office Assistants (MOA's) along with three quarters of their salary, and insurance. Funding for the Centre comes from donations, non Medical Services Plan fees charged for services, and our annual fundraiser, Name That Tune, held each November. The Ministry of Health made a one time contribution to the Health Centre to help cover operating expenses, which when presented was intended to last for three years. Due to prudent management, we have been able to extend that contribution to 6 years.
Our Board is currently Barry Stokes, President; Celia Dyer, Vice President; Eldene Lindberg, Secretary; Michelle Moore, Treasurer; Marilyn Clark, Past President; and Directors Dani Gratto, Allan Hanson, Brittany Lawrence, and Michelle Morris.
We are adding Director biographies to this page. Biographies are listed in alphabetical order.
Marilyn and her husband, Phil, moved to Sorrento in 1997 in preparation for her retirement after 25 years with the City of Vancouver. She retired as Director of Human Resources. In 2000, they started the very successful Sorrento Village Farmers Market, which she managed for twelve years. As a volunteer, Marilyn, currently the immediate Past President of our Society, was volunteer Operations Manager of the Health Centre and led the Society as President from its inception in 2013 until 2019. Marilyn has had leading roles in many non-profits including the Canadian Cancer Society (BC & Yukon Division), the Sorrento & District Housing Society and as a director of the College of Registered Nurses of BC. She was a director of BCLife (PBC) for 20 years and is currently a member of the Health Professions Review Board.
Celia has lived in Sorrento since 1990. She recently retired from teaching and is proud to have spent her entire career at Jackson School in Salmon Arm. Her community involvement has included volunteering with the SAFE Society, participating on the United World Colleges scholarship selection committee, working as editor of the Trent University Alumni Magazine and serving as a Truth and Reconciliation Ally for School District 83. Currently, she acts as secretary for the Shuswap Singers. Retirement has given her time to appreciate the extent, diversity and importance of local volunteerism. It is a privilege to serve on the Board of SACHCS and to be involved in the promotion of good health in our community.
Allan moved to Blind Bay with his wife Linda in 2018. He has roots in the community, as he lived here in the 80’s with his parents and always wanted to return to set up for retirement. Most of his career was spent in the lumber / pulp industry in the northern interior, managing operations and facility startups. Since 2013 he has worked in the oil and gas industry and currently is an Operations Specialist with Cenovus Energy. Volunteer work in his home communities has always been a priority. He has worked with Quesnel Youth Soccer, local X-country ski clubs and Samaritan’s Purse. He was drawn to serve on the board of SACHCS as he has 2 daughters in the healthcare profession and feels there is a need for advocating strongly for rural healthcare and senior care in our area.
After training as a nurse at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, Eldene was home with her family, volunteering in various community organizations and schools where she lived throughout southern British Columbia. She moved to Sorrento in 1985. Eldene joined Shuswap Home Support Services and worked as a care aide both in community and in facility for twenty years before retiring in 2014. Recognizing the importance of easily accessible health care, she is happy to support our Nurse Practitioner and to be involved as a Director in the Sorrento Area Community Health Centre.
Michelle has owned a home in Sorrento since 1979 and has been a permanent resident for 21 years. She has Private Secretarial, Office and Financial Administration experience and previously owned a Relocation Company in Calgary assisting International newcomers. Michelle has extensive volunteering, fundraising and community involvement experience. She is a Reiki Master and had a healing practice for several years. Michelle has been on the Board for the past four years and is grateful for the opportunities she has had volunteering with Sorrento & Area Community Health Centre.
Barry has lived in Sorrento since 1991. He has a Diploma in Electronics - Telecommunications from BCIT and a Diploma in Public Sector Management from the University of Victoria. He spent 16 years working for the Provincial Government, working as a radio technician, supervisor and manager with the Ministry of Forests and then on to Manager, Materiel Resources for Riverview Hospital. He and his wife Margaret then purchased a business in Sorrento and ran that for 17 years. During his career, Barry has volunteered on numerous committees, coached minor hockey and minor ball teams, and held leadership positions in Chambers of Commerce, Tourism, and community organizations.