Board of Directors

  • Martin Fereday
  • Dr. Jennifer Mullett
  • Bonnie Wallis
  • Garry Cox
  • Johns Banks
  • Joshua Dennis
  • Jo Dunn
  • Don Luke
  • Paul Ruffell
  • Pamela May-Straka
  • Anne Thompson
  • Susanna Newton

Leadership

Board of Directors

Leadership

Society of Organized Services Leadership Team, including:

  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Director

 

Martin Fereday

Chair

Martin Fereday

Martin moved to Parksville in 2011 with his wife Chris. He has been volunteering with SOS in the Income Tax program since 2014, and he has also volunteered with the City of Parksville and with the Parksville Lawn Bowling Club. He has two sons and six grandchildren. Martin enjoyed a career in municipal engineering and land development prior to retiring in 2010. He was elected to the SOS Board in 2016.

Dr. Jennifer Mullett

First Vice Chair

Dr. Jennifer Mullett

Dr. Jennifer Mullett is a Community Psychologist, Director of the Centre for Healthy Communities Research and Adjunct Professor at both UVic and VIU.  She has worked abroad and in BC with inter-disciplinary teams on interventions aimed at creating healthy communities and building capacity for social change. She and her husband moved to Oceanside in 2008 and have two daughters and four grandchildren. Jennifer has been serving on the SOS Board since 2016.

Bonnie Wallis

TREASURER

Bonnie Wallis

Bonnie relocated to Parksville in 1990 with her family. She earned her accounting degree in 2003 and has an accounting office in Parkville.  Bonnie has enjoyed volunteering with a number of local organizations, usually as Treasurer, and was appointed to the SOS Board in 2017. Her daughter and family lives in Comox and she has two lovely little granddaughters with whom she enjoys playing with. She also enjoys swimming, hiking and yoga.

Garry Cox

Director, Past Chair

Garry Cox

Born and raised in St. John’s NFLD, Garry is a retired police officer, having served 30 years with the RCMP, the last 9 of those in Oceanside. Garry has been volunteering since he was a teenager, and continues that service today with several local organizations. He has been a member and a volunteer of SOS since 2003, serving on its Board of Directors from 2004-2012 and since 2013. 

John Banks

SOS Director

John Banks

John Banks was born and raised in Ohio. He graduated from Capital Law School and was called to the Ohio Bar. After practicing law for 20 years, he moved to Victoria, BC with his family in 1992. He volunteered in many roles in that city, including President with Victoria Habitat for Humanity. John and his wife Margot moved to Parksville in 2015. John is a full time grandfather and volunteers with a number of local organizations. He was elected to the SOS Board in June, 2019.

Joshua Dennis

SOS Director

Joshua Dennis

Joshua and his partner Sandra moved to this area from North Eastern BC. He is a web developer working on open source education software. Some of the areas where he has previously volunteered include Thailand, after the 2004 Tsunami, he has worked with international organizations to bring computer technology to rural areas of Myanmar, and he is currently working with a charity to retrofit dozens of schools with modern computer technology. Josh has been serving on the SOS Board since 2017.

Jo Dunn

Director

Jo Dunn

Jo was born and raised in Saanich BC, near Victoria. He studied economics and finance at the University of Victoria, and once graduated, he joined BC Tel. Throughout his 35-year career with BC Tel, Jo volunteered for a variety of organizations primarily focused on youth and poverty. He has volunteered for several local organizations, including President/Director at Large of Forward House Community Society, Shorewood/San Pareil Rate Payer’s Association, Knox United Church programs, and as a member of the Rotary Club of Parksville A.M. He has three daughters and eight grandchildren. Jo was elected to the SOS Board in June, 2019.

 

Don Luke

SOS Director

Don Luke

Don Luke worked in telecommunications for 40 years, before moving to Parksville in 2000. While working in Ontario, he joined Revenue Canada’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, and has continued that work with SOS. He is also active in Rotary, assisting in world wide projects. Don was presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in 2017, in recognition of his contributions to this community. Don was elected to the SOS Board in 2017.

Paul Ruffell

SOS Director

Paul Ruffell

Paul Ruffell was born and raised in the United Kingdom, where he received his engineering degree. He came to Canada in 1981 and worked in the Arctic for a decade. He became president and CEO of an Engineering Consulting firm based in Western Canada, and eventually led an Infrastructure group with 3,500 staff across Canada. He has served on several not-for-profit boards. Paul moved to Qualicum Beach in 2015 and lives there with his wife Christine, who also volunteers for SOS. He was elected to the SOS Board in 2017.

Pamela May-Straka

SOS Director

Pamela May-Straka

With a professional background in science, Pam enjoyed a career as an exploration geologist. Since moving to Nanoose Bay in 2006 with her husband Joe, the couple has made community service part of their lifestyle. Pam is an avid sailor, occasional potter and she is passionate about learning. She enjoys helping people and organizations achieve their goals. Pam was elected to the SOS Board in 2016.

Anne Thompson

SOS Director

Anne Thompson

Anne Thompson’s career and volunteer work has focused on empowering people to lead independent and healthy lifestyles. She has worked in management of large, rural extension programs, as a lecturer and curriculum developer for Home Support Worker and Gerontology certificate programs at the community college level, and as a secondary school nutrition teacher.  She was involved in the startup of a rural Meals on Wheels service and an urban Community Kitchen. She has participated on numerous committees including a Regional Home Care Program, an Independent Living Centre, an Interfaith Counselling Centre, and a provincial Homemaker Service.  Anne was elected to the SOS Board in June, 2019.

Susanna Newton

Executive Director

Susanna Newton

Susanna has worked most of her career in the non-profit sector and has been with SOS for over 25 years, most recently as Assistant Executive Director. Susanna was born and raised in Finland and moved to England in 1984, where she worked for a Housing Society on the Isle of Wight. She immigrated to Canada in 1992 with her husband and they landed in Coombs as “butterfly breeders” in the family business. Susanna became Executive Director of SOS in January 2018.

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