Board of Directors

  • Garry Cox
  • Janet Smukowich
  • Elaine McKinlay
  • Barbara Price
  • Don Dempson
  • Gordon Ball
  • Dr. Jennifer Mullett
  • Pamela May-Straka
  • Martin Fereday

Leadership

Society of Organized Services Leadership Team, including:

  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Director

Garry Cox

SOS President

Garry Cox

Born and raised in St. John’s NFLD, Garry is a retired police officer, having served 30 years with the RCMP, the last 9 of those in Oceanside. Garry has been volunteering since he was a teenager, and continues that service today with several local organizations. He has been a member and a volunteer of SOS since 2003, serving on its Board of Directors.

Janet Smukowich

SOS First Vice President

Janet Smukowich

After 14 years of weekend vacationing in Nanoose Bay, Janet retired and moved to Vancouver Island in 2006. Her career of ten years in banking, eight years as a real estate broker and twelve years as Operations Manager for a food franchise have provided her a diverse background of experience. Janet has three children and two grandsons. 

Elaine McKinlay

Second Vice President

Elaine McKinlay

Elaine relocated to Oceanside from Edmonton in 2012. She worked for 32 years in the telecommunications industry in the areas of finance and human resources. Having a lifelong interest in people and finances, she volunteered for the SOS Income Tax Program before becoming a board member in 2015.

Barbara Price

Secretary/Treasurer

Barbara Price

Barbara was raised on a farm in Southern Alberta and has been living in the Oceanside area since 2010. She has been working as a Chartered Accountant in the public practice for over 13 years working with, and advising, companies and public sector entities, including not-for-profit organizations and registered charities. She has been an SOS board member since 2013 and served on the SOS Policy Review Committee in 2014. 

Don Dempson

SOS Director

Don Dempson

After a 26-year career with Kodak Canada in the corporate, marketing and executive management areas, Don moved to Calgary in 1997. There he spent the next ten years working with a business consulting company and as president of the Calgary Tower, among other endeavours.  Don lives in Nanoose Bay with his wife where he is active with the Probus Club and the Fairwinds community. 

Martin Fereday

SOS Director

Martin Fereday

Martin moved to Parksville in 2011 with his wife and has been volunteering with SOS, the City of Parksville and with the Parksville Lawn Bowling Club. He and his wife have two sons and six grandchildren. Martin enjoyed a career in municipal engineering and land development prior to retiring in 2010. 

Pamela May-Straka

SOS Director

Pamela May-Straka

With a professional background in science, Pam enjoyed a career as an exploration geologist. Since moving to Nanoose Bay in 2006 with her husband Joe, the couple has made community service part of their lifestyle. Pam is an avid sailor, occasional potter and she’s passionate about learning. She enjoys helping people and organizations achieve their goals.

Dr. Jennifer Mullett

SOS Director

Dr. Jennifer Mullett

Dr. Jennifer Mullett is a Community Psychologist, Director of the Centre for Healthy Communities Research and Adjunct Professor at both UVic and VIU.  She has worked abroad and in BC with inter-disciplinary teams on interventions aimed at creating healthy communities and building capacity for social change. She and her husband moved to Oceanside in 2008 and have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Gordon Ball

SOS Director

Gordon Ball

Originally a farm boy from Saskatchewan, Gordon Ball went on to have a 36-year career as a busy Calgary lawyer. He moved to Qualicum Beach with his wife Shari in 2008, and now has a part time practice.  He keeps busy speaking about legal matters to local businesses and organizations, writing a monthly newsletter, volunteering, playing hockey and golf, and hiking.

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