Board

Meet the Foundation Board Members
Suzanne Saatchi, Executive Director
Suzanne Saatchi

Suzanne Saatchi, Executive Director

Suzanne became Executive Director for the Bowen Island Health Centre in June 2021, and is responsible for planning and implementing operations for the new Community Health Centre. 

She was previously a management consultant specializing in healthcare operational planning, operational readiness assessments, and strategic planning for clients that included Burnaby Divisions of Family Practice, Provincial Health Services Authority, Fraser Health, and Northern Health. 

Prior to that, as a General Manager for the Fraser Health Authority, Suzanne was responsible for implementing facility and non-clinical operations in two new successive large-scale hospital projects at Surrey Memorial Hospital, the Critical Care Tower and the Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre.  Suzanne has an MBA from Sauder School of Business and is a registered CPA.

Cheryl Shkurhan

Cheryl Shkurhan, President

Cheryl has been a Bowen Island resident since 2019. She has spent more than 30 years in the financial services industry. Cheryl currently leads the information technology, policy and financial analysis teams for the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments, overseeing strategic initiatives supporting efficiency, productivity, and user experience goals. Cheryl is a leader in strategic planning, enterprise risk management, project and change management, and is OBSI’s compliance and privacy officer. Before taking on her leadership and operational roles, Cheryl spent many years directly involved in dispute resolution. Cheryl is a collaborative, energetic leader, known for building and supporting effective and productive teams.

Cheryl has spent many years working on both sides of the boardroom table, and is an experienced director with strong governance experience, most recently as board chair for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Tim Rhodes

Tim Rhodes, Past President

Tim Rhodes’ firms have provided services in the areas of architectural and interior design and property development including: in Calgary, interiors for the Royal Tyrrell Museum; in Vancouver, interiors for independent and international retailers; and on Bowen, log home design for builders throughout western and southwestern USA, residential design and sales support for local property developers, and currently, licenced REALTOR® services.

Volunteer and civic activities: Alberta Association of Architects board, Interior Designers of Alberta chair; Bowen Island Chamber of Commerce chair, and Bowen Island Municipal Councillor (2011-2014).

Bill Brown

Bill Brown, Director

Bill Brown was President and CEO of BC Sugar prior to his retirement, and had been Chairman of both the Canadian Sugar Institute and the World Sugar Research Organization.

Over a 40-year period he also served as a Corporate Director, and Chair of several Audit and HR committees, with a number of public sector and private companies in the energy, forestry, and food industries.

Sandra Guarascio

Sandra Guarascio, Director

Sandra Guarascio grew up in Victoria and after moving to Vancouver, spent years trying to find her way back to an island before she and her family found Bowen where they have lived since 2017.  Sandra is a lawyer and partner at Roper Greyell LLP where she practices all aspects of workplace law.  She has been recognized by her peers as a leading expert in labour, employment and workplace human rights law.  

As a trusted and skilled advisor and advocate she works with private and public sector employers to develop and implement strategic solutions to workplace issues.  She has advised many boards and elected bodies on complex workplace and governance issues.  Sandra is a caring and strategic problem solver. 

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Jacqueline Liu

Jacqueline Liu, Treasurer

Jacqueline began her career in external auditing at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and has held senior management positions in both public and private organizations, including heading the Finance department at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB). She is currently Director of Finance at Bel-Fran Capital, a private investment firm with operations in both Canada and the US.

Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from McGill University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). She is also trilingual in French, English, and Mandarin.

While not a resident of Bowen, she was recruited to join the Board as Treasurer, attracted by the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the Foundation’s crucial mission.

Jennifer McGowan

Jennifer McGowan, Director

Jennifer McGowan has been an on-and-off Bowen resident since the late 90s, and a Health Centre Foundation board member since 2018.

Jennifer currently works with the Provincial Health Services Authority as the Health Emergency Management BC Coordinator for BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS), where she is responsible for emergency management planning, training and response at BCMHSUS sites across the Province.

Jennifer has worked for the Bowen Island Municipality as the Emergency Program Coordinator, where she was responsible for project and budget management, community engagement, corporate planning and risk management. She has also worked with the Public Health Agency of Canada on pandemic planning in Yukon, and as a Paramedic with BC Ambulance on Bowen. She holds a Master of Public Health Policy and Management from the University of Alberta.

Gordon Orlikow

Gordon Orlikow, Director

Resident on Bowen since 2010, Gordon Orlikow is a senior partner at Korn Ferry, a global human resources consulting firm, where he helps many of BC’s best-known and most progressive employers compete in a global market.

Outside of his professional life, Gordon is deeply immersed in sport with the Canadian Olympic Committee and the World Athletics Federation.

Greg Shepherd

Greg Shepherd, Director

Greg Shepherd is a licensed pharmacist (UBC ’97) and CEO of Pharmasave (Western Canada), supporting over 300 independently owned community pharmacies from BC to MB. Greg brings a unique combination of practical knowledge of the BC healthcare system, from years working as a front-line pharmacist, a successful pharmacy business owner, and as an executive at Pharmasave.

As a Past President of the BC Pharmacy Association, Greg also brings experience in healthcare advocacy, working with regulators, health authorities, and various levels of government.

Kayla Strong

Kayla Strong, Director

Kayla Strong is a lawyer and partner at Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP where she maintains a broad commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution and advisory practice.

She has experience as trial and appellate counsel in the BC Supreme Court and BC Court of Appeal in a broad range of matters and has been recognized by the Legal 500 as a recommended lawyer in dispute resolution. Kayla also brings significant experience advising health authorities on a wide range of issues. Prior to her legal career, Kayla played collegiate hockey and rugby at Cornell University.

Kayla found her way to Bowen after a winding path through Calgary, Ithaca, Vancouver, New York, Vancouver (again), and Victoria. She and her wife are thrilled to call Bowen home.

Brian Thomas-Peter

Brian Thomas-Peter, Secretary

Brian is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist who, in addition to providing clinical services to a variety of populations, has been an academic and executive director of large mental health services in the UK and in Canada.

More recently he was a Board member and Chair of the Vancouver Association for the Survivors of Torture, a local charity dedicated to the psychological well being of those coming to Canada under challenging circumstances.

Maria Turnbull

Maria Turnbull, Director

Maria Turnbull, Associate Executive Director with Vantage Point, brings over 20 years of leadership experience in staff and director roles within the not-for-profit sector, both here in Canada and in the UK. With a BA in International Relations and MBA, Maria is a skilled facilitator and consultant in board governance, organizational development, and management. She has consulted for hundreds of charities, foundations, municipalities, and a range of health-sector organizations, including many of the Divisions of Family Practice across BC.

Maria and her husband moved to Bowen Island 10 years ago, where they are now raising their two school-aged children. Maria is a current volunteer team manager for the Bowen Island Football Club and former President of the Bowen Island Montessori School.