Board of Directors

  • Garry Cox
  • Martin Fereday
  • Elaine McKinlay
  • Bonnie Wallis
  • Gordon Ball
  • Don Dempson
  • Joshua Dennis
  • Don Luke
  • Pamela May-Straka
  • Dr. Jennifer Mullett
  • Paul Ruffell
  • Susanna Newton

Leadership

Board of Directors

Leadership

Society of Organized Services Leadership Team, including:

  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Director

Garry Cox

SOS Chair

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 from 2004-2012 and since 2013. 

Martin Fereday

First Vice Chair

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. Martin was elected to the SOS Board in 2016. 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. 

Elaine McKinlay

Second Vice Chair

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 has been volunteering with the SOS Income Tax Program for several years, and has been serving on SOS board since 2015.

 

Bonnie Wallis

TREASURER

Bonnie Wallis

Bonnie relocated to Parksville in 1990 with her family. She earned her accounting degree in 2003 and has an accounting office in Parkville.  Bonnie has enjoyed volunteering with a number of local organizations, usually as Treasurer, and was appointed to the SOS Board in 2017. Her daughter and family lives in Comox and she has two lovely little granddaughters with whom she enjoys playing with. She also enjoys swimming, hiking and yoga.

Gordon Ball

SOS Director

Gordon Ball

Gordon is a farm boy from Saskatchewan. He attended U of S for Commerce and U of A for Law. Gordon had a 36-year Law practice in Calgary, and moved to Qualicum Beach with his wife Shari in 2008. He now has a part time practice.  Gordon keeps busy speaking about legal matters to local businesses and organizations, writing a monthly newsletter, volunteering, playing hockey and golf, and hiking. Gordon was elected to the SOS Board in 2016.

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.  Don lives in Nanoose Bay with his wife, where he is active with Probus and Rotary clubs, local tourism, the Fairwinds community and he continues to work closely with the Calgary Stampede. Don was elected to the SOS Board in 2010.

Joshua Dennis

SOS Director

Joshua Dennis

Joshua and his partner Sandra moved to this area from North Eastern BC. He works as an IT Consultant. Some of the areas where he has previously volunteered include Thailand, after the 2004 Tsunami, he has worked with international organizations to bring computer technology to rural areas, and he is working with a charity to retrofit dozens of schools with modern computer technology. Josh has been serving on the SOS Board since 2017.

Don Luke

SOS Director

Don Luke

Don Luke worked in telecommunications for 40 years, before moving to Parksville in 2000. While working in Ontario, he joined Revenue Canada’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, and has continued that work with SOS. Don was presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in 2017, in recognition of his contributions to this community. Don was elected to the SOS Board in 2017.

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 is passionate about learning. She enjoys helping people and organizations achieve their goals. Pam was elected to the SOS Board in 2016.

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. Jennifer has been serving on the SOS Board since 2016.

Paul Ruffell

SOS Director

Paul Ruffell

Paul Ruffell was born and raised in the United Kingdom, where he received his engineering degree. He came to Canada in 1981 and worked in the Arctic for a decade. He became president and CEO of an Engineering Consulting firm based in Western Canada, and eventually led an Infrastructure group with 3,500 staff across Canada. He has served on several not-for-profit boards and continues to serve on the Board of a First Nations partnership based in Mayo, Yukon. Paul moved to Qualicum Beach in 2015 and lives there with his wife Christine, who also volunteers for SOS. He was elected to the SOS Board in 2017.

Susanna Newton

Executive Director

Susanna Newton

Susanna has worked most of her career in the non-profit sector and has been with SOS for over 20 years, most recently as Assistant Executive Director. Susanna was born and raised in Finland and moved to England in 1984, where she worked for a Housing Society on the Isle of Wight. She immigrated to Canada in 1992 with her husband and they landed in Coombs as “butterfly breeders” in the family business. Susanna became Executive Director of SOS in January 2018.

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