Executive of the Board

Candice Sayre

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 serves 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.”

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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

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

Karen Noon

Chair of Thrift Store
Member of Halfmoon Bay Branch

Karen Noon was born and raised in West Vancouver. She studied education at UBC and completed her degree in 1981. Karen then did a circle tour of Alberta and Northern BC for 14 years, following her husband’s career. Karen and her family moved back to the lower mainland in 1995 and settled in Tsawwassen, where she worked for the Delta School District, teaching elementary grades. Karen and her husband retired to the Sunshine Coast in 2013. Karen joined the auxiliary in order to meet new people and found herself drawn to the Thrift Store. Karen works as a cashier, with the collectibles, and helps out wherever extra hands are needed.

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

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.

Lynne Sturm

Chair of Halfmoon Bay Branch

Lynne retired to the Sunshine Coast with her husband in 2012 after many years as a radiographer, college instructor, home business owner (boarding dogs and horses) and professional volunteer, mostly with youth and animals. She joined the Auxiliary in 2013 and volunteers in the Load Cupboard in her spare time.

Marian Mitchell

Chair of Sechelt Branch

Marian Mitchell was born in The Netherlands. She immigrated with her parents and brothers and sisters to Canada when she was 13. Her husband’s job transferred them around BC and moved them to Sechelt from 1973 to 1976 and their 2 youngest children were born in Sechelt Hospital. The next transfer took them to North Vancouver and she went back to work when the youngest was 6 years old. In 1990 she moved to the upstart mobile phone company Cantel, currently known as Rogers. She held various positions with Cantel and an opportunity moved her to the Cable side of the Rogers Company. In 2000 Rogers and Shaw did an asset swap and the Cable division became a Shaw Company. She retired from Shaw after 11 years as Operations Manager. She has been back living in Sechelt since 2015 and is delighted to be involved with the Healthcare Auxiliary and happy living on the Sunshine Coast.

Marion Jolicoeur

Co-Chair of Roberts Creek Branch

Marion Jolicoeur moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1972. She raised her family in Roberts Creek and worked in preschools and various schools within SD 46. Now retired, she enjoys volunteering at the Thrift Store and with Roberts Creek Branch fundraisers for the Auxiliary.

Jeanie Parker

Co-Chair of Roberts Creek Branch

Jeanie came to Roberts Creek for two weeks and stayed for 40 years. She has worked at various local businesses, including the Roberts Creek General Store and the Post Office. Since “retiring” she’s returned to volunteering and joined the Auxiliary in 2013 to work at the Loan Cupboard.

Joan Anderson

Chair of Hopkins Landing Branch

Joan moved to the Sunshine Coast from Vancouver Island with her husband and four children in 1987. She is retired after working as a Special Education Teaching Assistant for SD#46 for 22 years. She now enjoys volunteering at the hospital Gift Shop and Thrift Store. She also enjoys cooking, traveling, baseball and helping with her three grandchildren.

Merrilee Baldock

Chair of Gibsons Branch

Trudi was born in Victoria and moved around the province until 1981 when she moved to Gibsons with husband and 3 children. She ran two business’s until 2008 and then in 2009 joined the auxiliary. It was a very successful decision for Trudi and she looks forward to many more enjoyable years with the auxiliary.