Executive of the Board

Candice Sayre

President
Member of Sechelt Branch

Candice moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2005 from Houston, Texas where she was a partner in a law firm and specialized in litigation of commercial cases at the state and federal levels for twenty-five years. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Candice taught at the university, high school and adult education levels for ten years. In Michigan, where she was born and in Hawaii. After owning and operating RapidEdge in Sechelt for five years, Candice and her husband decided to retire in 2010. Since then she has been involved in volunteer work at the SPCA, teaching English as a Second Language at Capilano University, the West Sechelt Community Association where she served as chair and joined the Sechelt Branch of St. Mary’s Hospital/Healthcare Auxiliary in 2013.

Warren Jones

First Vice-President
Member of Sechelt Branch

Warren Jones started his retail career at age 16 working part-time at Sears in Surrey until he graduated from BCIT with a marketing diploma. He was then hired by Sears as a Department Manager working in various stores and departments. In 1983 Warren was hired by London Drugs as a Store Supervisor and within 5 years, he became a Store Manager. He managed several stores in the Lower Mainland and Abbotsford, was instrumental in the relocation of the Clearbrook store to a new location, and opened new stores in Maple Ridge and Mission He also spent a full year at London Drugs Head Office developing their overall store information and tracking systems which are still being used today. In 2007, Warren moved to the Gibson’s store on the Sunshine Coast and managed that store until retiring after 32 years of employment with London Drugs. He joined the Health Care Auxiliary in 2014.

Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray

Second Vice-President
Member of Halfmoon Bay Branch

Jennifer moved to the Sunshine Coast with her husband in 2011 after retiring from a career in Social Services. They built her dream home in Halfmoon Bay. She joined the Auxiliary almost immediately and has met many wonderful people and enjoys making a contribution to the community.

Barb Bell

Treasurer
Member of Sechelt Branch

Barb has been coming to the coast since 1980 and became a permanent resident in 2004. She joined the Auxiliary right away. She enjoys the sociability and comaraderie of volunteering and is a familiar face cashing at the Thrift Store. She believes that being a cashier and now the Board Treasurer “keep those little grey cells moving”. Without a doubt, being a member of the Auxiliary is one of the most enjoyable parts of my life on the coast.

Jacqui Jones-Cox

Publicity
Member of Halfmoon Bay Branch

Jacqui has had a home on the coast since 2003 and has recently retired. Halfmoon Bay has now become her principle residence. Jacqui lived and worked in North Vancouver as a Librarian and Branch Coordinator with North Vancouver District Public Library for close to 30 years and has seen many changes to access and retrieval of information in that time. Hoping to “give back to the community” Jacqui recently joined the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary. She also volunteers with the Sunshine Coast Community Services and is happy to turn her hand to any need.

Gail Croteau

Gail Croteau

Secretary
Member of Sechelt Branch

Gail moved to the Sunshine Coast in the early 1980’s with her son and daughter. She worked at the Sunshine Coast Credit Union for 10 years and another 10 at Coast Cable. Gail loves to garden, read, make cookies for the 4 grandkids and take long walks. She really enjoys being part of the Auxiliary: we are like a family. What we do is very important and Gail is proud to play a small part in it.

Carole Murray

Past President
Member of Halfmoon Bay Branch

Carole was born and raised in Vancouver, before moving to Lynn Valley (N.V.) to bring up our family. Carole retired, after teaching school for 28 years, to our beloved, long time family home on Halfmoon Bay. Carole joined the auxiliary in 2007, because I wanted to work with the seniors at Totem Lodge.


 

Committee Chairs

Marg Walters

Co-Chair of Thrift Store
Member of Halfmoon Bay Branch

Marg was born and raised in Saskatchewan but spent most of her 33 year teaching career with the Calgary Board of Education. Upon retirement Marg and her husband moved to the Sunshine Coast. Marg has been an active member in the Halfmoon Bay Branch of the Auxiliary since 2008. Although she loves to travel, she attempts to balance it with her responsibilities at the Thrift.

Gail Croteau

Gail Croteau

Co-Chair of Thrift Store
Member of Sechelt Branch

Gail moved to the Sunshine Coast in the early 1980’s with her son and daughter. She worked at the Sunshine Coast Credit Union for 10 years and another 10 at Coast Cable. Gail loves to garden, read, make cookies for the 4 grandkids and take long walks. She really enjoys being part of the Auxiliary: we are like a family. What we do is very important and Gail is proud to play a small part in it.

Wendy Hunt

Chair of the Loan Cupboard
Member of Sechelt Branch

Wendy was born and raised in the Burnaby/Vancouver area. After graduating from the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing she worked in various nursing positions, coming to St. Mary’s Hospital in 1981. She was Director of Nursing until her retirement in 1999. She is active in the Sechelt Branch and is co-chair of the Loan Cupboard.

Donna Keywich

Donna Keywich

Co-Chair of the Gift Shop
Member of Hopkins Landing Branch

Donna grew up, married and raised her family in Burnaby. She retired to the Coast with her husband in 2007. She joined the auxiliary later that year and was able to meet and connect with the community. Thru this organization Donna has made many wonderful friendships. Along the way her passion for “shopping” drew her to the Gift Shop where she currently manages and does the buying along with a great team of volunteers.

Pat Dallin

Co-Chair of the Gift Shop
Member of Hopkins Landing Branch

Pat moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1997 after living in Los Angeles and sailing the Caribbean for 10 years with her family. She has three children and three grandchildren. Pat joined the auxiliary in 2009 after retiring from nursing (a fellow VGH graduate with Wendy Hunt) and now volunteer as first Vice in the Gift Shop helping with the buying and management team.

Gayle Bennett

Co-Education Chair

Gayle was raised in Vancouver and Kitimat. She came to the Sunshine Coast in 1964 raising her family and being involved with the Community. She worked with B.C. Ferries for 30 years as Secretary, Office Manager and Assistant Agent. Upon retirement she joined the St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary to help & work with the many aspects of the Auxiliary.

Darla Urquhart

Co-Education Chair

Darla studied social services and graduated in Calgary, Alberta. She worked volunteer in the Alberta provincial prisons and halfway houses as a counsellor and case worker. She moved to Vancouver in  1985 to support her husband through his university studies at UBC. Darla continued to work volunteer work at elementary schools as a teacher aid. She joined the Langley hospital auxiliary and worked the cart in the extended care unit as well as the thrift store. Darla moved to Sechelt in 2016 after buying a recreation home to enjoy the outdoors away from the lower mainland. Darla loves spending time outdoors either jogging, hiking, walking, gardening  or whatever excuse to be outside even in the rain.


 

Branch Chairs

Maureen Lee

Maureen Lee

Co-Chair of Pender Harbour Branch

In 2005, Maureen was invited to a Hospital Auxiliary Meeting and luncheon. By the end of that meeting, she was so impressed by what this small group had accomplished that she joined and never looked back. Maureen started in the Thrift and became vice-chair for one year, followed by chair for 4 years. She also was head of fundraising for the branch for 5 years, Education rep. for 1 year as well as being very active in the “Back the Cat Campaign“ for the hospital. Maureen is currently co-chair of Pender Harbour branch, as well as being their Membership rep. and Sunshine Person.

Patti Gaudet

Patti Gaudet

Co-Chair of Pender Harbour Branch

Patti was born and raised in Vancouver. She moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1977 with her husband and son and settled in Pender Harbour. After having another son in 1979 she decided to go back to work part time at the local pharmacy. She was encouraged to get her Real Estate Licence in 2007 and is still an active Realtor with Royal LePage. Patti joined the Auxiliary in 2006 and has enjoyed the friendships she has made up and down the Coast. Patti has enjoyed the challenge of being co-chair of the Pender Harbour Branch.

Anne Selder

Chair of Halfmoon Bay Branch

Anne semi-retired to the Sunshine Coast in 2000 from a career as Computer Software Tester. She and her husband built and ran a Bed & Breakfast until 2012. She was involved with the B&B Association on the board as Marketing Chair. She has also been actively involved in the Sunshine Coast Quilters Guild since 2001, with their youth program, quilt shows and other positions. Creative endeavours are her passion and she keeps healthy playing tennis and pickleball. Over the years she has watched as friends and neighbours joined the Auxiliary and decided in 2015 to also join, with her emphasis on Shorncliffe. Anne is currently the Shorncliffe Rep for the HMB Branch and is looking forward to the challenges of the chair position.

Hilary Chalke

Chair of Sechelt Branch

We moved to the Sunshine Coast 3 years ago, first to West Sechelt and more recently to Gibsons. I was born and raised in North Vancouver. I worked in both Vancouver and North Van as a Medical Office Assistant. As a teen I was a Candy Striper at Lions Gate Hospital and went back to volunteering when the boys were in high school. I volunteered for over 15 years at Lions Gate Hospital where I was a Co-President and chair for our Wayfinder Category. I was also a volunteer at Cross Roads Thrift Store in Coquitlam.I am at present, a cashier at the Thrift Store plus work in the back one shift a week. I enjoy being with people and giving back to my community and looking forward to working with the Sunshine Coast Hospital Auxiliary.

Lorna Snazell

Co-Chair of Gibsons Branch

I moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1976 with my husband and one child from the UK (for a year) and 44 years later we are still here. Our second child was born in 1977. I have been involved in numerous volunteer organizations, such as Girl Guides, Sunshine Coast Hockey and Baseball Associations, and a member of the Legion. I worked for School District #46 for 22 years as a Library Clerk, SETA and front office. When I retired I joined the Auxiliary in 2014 and enjoy volunteering at the Thrift Store. I love to travel but it is mainly now to New Zealand now where we have 2 grandchildren, and one grandchild here in BC.

Mary Braun

Co-Chair of Gibsons Branch

I moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1973 with my husband. I worked for the Bank of Montreal for 2 years. After the birth of our 3rd daughter we purchased the Roberts Creek General Store, We operated the store from 1980 – 1988. After that I worked for School District #46 as a Special Education Teaching Assistant for 24 years. In 2014 I retired and joined the Hospital Auxiliary, where I enjoy working at the Thrift Store. I have also been a member of the Legion for over 40 years, was a member of CUPE and belong to T.O.P.S. weight group. I have held executive positions in all groups. I also have 6 grandchildren to keep me busy.

Carol Barlow

Chair of Hopkins Landing Branch

Carol moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2006 from Montreal, Quebec where she retired from teaching Special Needs children for ten years. Prior to teaching, Carol was a certified dental assistant.
Carol believes volunteering to be an integral part of community involvement. Prior to duties with the Sunshine Coast Health Auxiliary Carol volunteered with the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement in the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver and the VON in St. Anne de Beaupre, Quebec. Carol joined the Hopkins Landing branch of SCHA in 2009.