Executive of the Board

Warren Jones

Warren Jones

Chief Executive Officer
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.

Fran Miller

Fran Miller

Executive Officer
Member of Hopkins Landing Branch

Fran spent 30 years in Prince George with her husband Klaus, working as the Coordinator of Disability Services at the College of New Caledonia. Her work career, supporting adults with a disability who were returning to Post Secondary Education was supplemented with years of volunteer work in executive positions for her union. Retirement to beautiful Gibsons, in 2003 brought lots more opportunities to volunteer as Fran joined the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary, Hopkins Branch. She has organized many fundraisers and continues as the liaison for branch bursary funding. Previous auxiliary board experience includes secretary, publicity director and second vice-president. Fran’s lifelong commitment to social justice, and belief in the need to “walk the talk” is totally congruent with her commitment to the values of The Sunshine Coast Health Care Auxiliary. She is committed to supporting and promoting the work of all the auxiliary branches.

Marian Mitchell

Marian Mitchell

Executive Officer
Member of Sechelt Branch

Marian’s love for the sunshine Coast was launched long ago and along with her husband and children enjoyed every summer on the Coast since 1967. They lived in Sechelt briefly from 1973 to 1976 and their two youngest children were born at St Mary’s hospital. They were transferred to the mainland and brought up the family in North Vancouver. She enjoyed a career in Customer Service with the Royal Bank, Cantel (Rogers) Wireless, Rogers Cable and retired from Shaw Cable as Project Manager in 2011. Their love for the coast brought them back to retire in 2015 and she joined the Sechelt Healthcare Auxiliary at that time. She has held several positions within the Auxiliary and recognizes the value of giving back to our community and is happy to be part of the Auxiliary.

Karen Noon

Executive Officer
Member of Halfmoon Bay Branch

Karen, a retired elementary school teacher, and her husband Jim moved to the Sunshine Coast in the summer of 2013. They love the coast and spend lots of time outdoors gardening, hiking, kayaking and fishing. Karen joined the auxiliary to become active in community service and to meet new people. She started working in the Thrift Store and went on to become Chair of the Thrift Committee, a position she held for two years. Karen is currently past chair of the Thrift Committee and continues to work at the Thrift Store. Karen is looking forward to her new role with the Board.

Klaus Blume

Klaus Blume

Treasurer
Member of Hopkins Landing Branch

Klaus taught in Prince George for 34 years, before retiring to the Sunshine Coast. Prior to volunteering for the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary (Hopkins Branch), Klaus spent ten years as a volunteer with the Royal Canadian Marine Search And Rescue, Station 14, Gibsons. Klaus was an active crew member in addition to his work as unit treasurer, responsible for gaming grants and managing government and donation funding. Klaus feels strongly that volunteer work not only contributes to the community but adds value to each individual who has time to share their skills and resource base.

Jacqui Jones Cox

Jacqui Jones-Cox

Publicity Officer
Member of Halfmoon Bay Branch

Jacqui has had a home on the coast since 2003. She is now retired from working as a Librarian and Branch Coordinator with North Vancouver District Public Library for close to 30 years. Hoping to “give back to the community” Jacqui 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.

Maureen Hamblin

Maureen Hamblin

Secretary
Member of Sechelt Branch

It seems I’ve always been a secretary and here I am still doing the job I love! We bought in Sechelt in 2005, retired in 2007 and went full-time RVing for eight years while our son lived in the house. We finished that in 2015 and by the end of 2016 had built our new house where the old house had stood. We love our community and volunteering is a great way to meet people. I joined the Auxiliary in early 2019 after being invited by a lovely lady I was sitting next to on the bus to Vancouver. I work at the Thrift Store on Mondays and have also served as Secretary for the Sechelt Branch over the past year.


 

Committee Chairs

Lorna Snazell

Co-Chair of Thrift Store
Member of Gibsons Branch

Lorna recently completed two years with Gibsons Branch as co-chair, which she says “were interesting times through Covid”.  She kept in touch with all the members and will be endeavouring to do the same with the Thrift Store. She is looking forward to the new challenge. In this role she will again have Mary by her side. They work very well together and she hopes to have another successful two years at the Thrift Store.

Mary Braun

Co-Chair of Thrift Store
Member of Gibsons Branch

Mary and her husband moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1973. She worked for the Bank of Montreal for 2 years. After the birth of their 3rd daughter they purchased the Roberts Creek General Store, which they operated from 1980 – 1988. Mary then worked for School District #46 as a Special Education Teaching Assistant for 24 years. In 2014 she retired and joined the Hospital Auxiliary, where she enjoys working at the Thrift Store. She has also been a member of the Legion for over 40 years, was a member of CUPE and belongs to T.O.P.S. weight group. She has held executive positions in all groups. Mary also has 6 grandchildren to keep her busy.

Wendy Hunt

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

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.

Karen Archer

Karen Archer

Chair of Education
Member of Halfmoon Bay Branch

Karen retired early having completed a 25 year career in human resources management, first with the Hudson’s Bay Company and then with the North Shore Credit Union. Together with her husband Ian they relocated from North Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast in 1997. Karen joined the auxiliary in 1998 and became the coordinator of Junior Volunteers. This first position has led to almost 25 years of auxiliary volunteer service. She has been president of our own auxiliary, and has also served the BCAHA as the Lower Mainland Rep and as the Director of Communications. Most recently she served on our Granting Committee since its conception. Also during this time Karen served as director of the Sunshine Coast Credit Union, Sunshine Coast Community Services Society, and Sunshine Coast Resource Centre. Obviously one of Karen’s values is to support an organizations human resources. This fits right into our Education Committee.


 

Branch Chairs

Karen Biddlecombe

Karen Biddlecombe

Chair of Halfmoon Bay Branch

Karen and her husband came to the coast in 2008 to build their retirement home in preparation for retirement. After a long career in Human Resources and Safety Management, she semi-retired in 2013 continuing conducting Safety audits for the construction industry until fully retiring at the end of 2021. Joining the Aux in 2015 she jumped in to the membership role for the Halfmoon Bay branch in her first month.  She volunteered at the Loan Cupboard for many years and has been actively involved in the Sunshine Coast Quilters Guild since 2008 as their newsletter editor, quilt show chair, programs and other positions.  With her father and grandfather as role models, Karen enjoys following in their footsteps and giving back to the community. 

Hilary Chalke

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.

Georgina Covey

Co-Chair of Gibsons Branch

Georgina was born and raised in Saskatchewan and moved to Vancouver after completing school. While on vacation on the Sunshine Coast in 1972 she received a job offer for employment at the pulp mill in Port Mellon. She worked for the many owners of the pulp and short time paper mill, for 45 years plus. Georgina has always volunteered in our community, and is a Lions member. After retirement she wanted to give back a bit more, and with time on her hands joined the Gibsons Branch of the Auxiliary where she currently works in the Loan Cupboard at the hospital.

Linda Paterson

Linda Paterson

Co-Chair of Gibsons Branch

Linda was born in Vancouver and moved to the Coast in 1983. Her children were raised in Roberts Creek and she supported her husband in the building and retail businesses. She has been a member of the Girl Guides since 1989 and joined the Lions Club in 2012. Linda enjoys camping and sewing and is currently working in the Loan Cupboard at the hospital.

Pat Dallin

Pat Dallin

Chair 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.