Board appointments for the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) are decided by the Government of British Columbia. Members are chosen for their leadership skills, decision-making abilities and willingness to be accountable.
Working with the executive team, the board establishes VIHA's Vision, Purpose and Values and ensures patients receive the best care possible within an affordable, sustainable health care system.
S. Frank B. Carson, Q.C. joined the Vancouver Island Health Authority’s Board of Directors in November 2010. Frank has been a partner in the law firm of Cox, Taylor since 1983. In his many years of practice Frank has acted as legal counsel for several provincial government ministries, crown corporations and agencies as well as many high profile private sector clients.
Shelley Garside owns and operates Garside Consulting, providing human resource management services to private and non-profit organizations in the Central Vancouver Island area. She is a Certified Human Resource Management Professional (CHRP), an experienced and professional coach, career transition specialist and human resources professional with extensive experience in public and corporate environments.
Hubbard, Don (Board Chair)
Don Hubbard was appointed to the role of Chair for the Vancouver Island Health Authority’s Board of Directors in November 2010. He is currently the president of Hubbard Consulting Ltd., a resource and construction industry consulting company. Prior to this he worked with Lafarge Canada and Warren Materials Group of Canada for 44 years, retiring as General Manager of the Lafarge Canada, Vancouver Island North West Division in 2009.
David Kruyt is the Corporate Controller for a large Island based insurance brokerage. He currently volunteers as a member of the Professional Conduct Enquiry Committee of the BC Certified Management Accountants Society, and sits on the board of governors of the North Island College where he chairs the Audit Committee.
Vern Slaney has spent his long career in business concentrating on organizational development, strategic planning, business process improvement, capital spending, and merger/acquisition work. He has sat on boards for both "for" and "not-for" profit organizations. As a director, Vern has specific interest in governance and audit activities.
Robina Thomas, Ph.D is an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, holding a faculty position in the School of Social Work. Dr. Thomas also holds the interim position of Co-Chair of the First Peoples’ House. In addition, Dr. Thomas sits on the Kwumut Lelum Child and Family Services Board as Vice-President, a board she has been involved in for the past eight years.
van de Sande, Johan (Hans)
Dr. van de Sande’s academic career began in the Netherlands where he received his B.Sc. eq. from the University of Leiden in 1963. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Alberta in 1968, followed by postdoctoral work with Nobel Laureate Dr. H. Gobind Khorana at the Institute of Enzyme Research at the University of Wisconsin and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Matthew Watson brings more than 20 years of experience in technology industry leadership to the VIHA Board. Most recently he was an owner of Armorlogic, a leader in IT security software for large enterprises, before the company was sold to Alert Logic of Houston, Texas in January, 2012. Currently, Matthew continues to work with Alert Logic, as well as several other businesses.
For over 40 years the provision of quality health care has been central to Jean Wheeler’s career. Prior to her retirement in 2009, Jean worked as a health care manager in Rural Health for VIHA. Subsequently, she was an instructor in the Health Care Program at North Island College in Port Hardy.