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Board Members

Board appointments for Island Health are decided by the Government of British Columbia. Members are chosen for their leadership skills, decision-making abilities and willingness to be accountable.

Leah Hollins (Chair)

Leah Hollins was appointed to the role of chair for the Island Health’s Board of Directors in September 2017. Leah brings vast experience to us in health-care policy, programs, strategy and service delivery.

Full Biography

Roger Barnsley

Roger Barnsley has devoted his career to education, administration and academic research. Most recently, he was President and vice-chancellor of Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, retiring in 2010. In 2011, he was recognized by TRU as President Emeritus. Dr. Barnsley earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria and his graduate degrees, including a PhD, from McGill University, Montreal.

Anne Davis

Anne Davis is currently the program coordinator at Comox Valley Transition Society, where she has worked for 25 years, providing support to women and children experiencing violence, poverty, homelessness and addiction. Previously, she worked for the Ministry of Children and Family Development and Cumberland Day Care.

Anne McFarlane

Anne McFarlane is a retired civil servant with experience in Saskatchewan and British Columbia and the former vice-president, Western Canada with the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Previously, she worked for the BC Ministry of Health as an assistant deputy minister responsible at different times for PharmaCare, planning, policy and finance.

Ron Mattson

Ron Mattson is a distinguished, engaged and committed long-serving community leader. Ron served as a senior manager within the Ministry of Health for the Government of British Columbia managing research initiatives, policy and administration. He is currently a councillor for the town of View Royal, having recently been re-elected for his seventh term.

Claire Moglove

Claire Moglove is retired from private practice as a lawyer where she focused on Family Law, in particular mediation, negotiation and collaborative law. She is a graduate from the University of Manitoba’s Law School and was called to the BC Bar in 1980. She established her private law practice in Vancouver in 1981 and later relocated her practice to Campbell River in 1992.

Robina Thomas

Qwul’sih’yah’maht (Robina Thomas) is a member of Lyackson First Nation.  Dr. Thomas is an associate professor and holds a faculty position in the School of Social Work at the University of Victoria. Presently she is the director, Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement.  

Kenneth Watts

Kenneth Watts is a member of the Tseshaht First Nation, where he acts as a council member. He is former vice-president of the Nuu-chah-nuth Tribal Council and he is currently the representative for the BC First Nations Council, the political arm of the First Nations Health Authority.

Jean Wheeler

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 Island Health. Subsequently, she was an instructor in the Health Care Program at North Island College in Port Hardy.

M.J. Whitemarsh

M.J. is a seasoned professional whose background spans 35 years in senior management.  As Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC (CHBA BC), M.J.’s influence is seen in education, training, apprenticeship, green building technologies, codes and compliances.