“Honouring Elders is a value we strive to demonstrate and inspire in future generations. The Board continues the journey to become an Eden certified home and our vision remains to foster a culture that strives to eliminate the plagues of our Elders – loneliness, helplessness and boredom.”
Kinsmen Lodge is governed by the Whalley & District Senior Citizens Housing Society, a non-profit organization which was incorporated in 1961. We built our first home on Old Yale Road in 1975 and have continued to offer healthcare services to Surrey seniors ever since.
The Board welcomes new members to the Society and invites their participation at the Annual General Meeting held in June each year.
The Board of Directors is charged with providing complex care according to the provisions of the Community Care and Assisted Living Act. The Board is responsible for policy development, strategic planning and quality improvement, so that Kinsmen Lodge, through its staff, is able to maintain the highest quality service to meet our community’s needs.
- Brian Joel – ChairBrian holds a BBA from SFU and has considerable business experience. As CEO of POSitec for 25 years, a computer software and development company, he took a home based business and built it into a multi-million dollar national operation with specialized software for drug stores across Canada. He is a long time Surrey resident where he lives with his wife and family, he runs marathons and is an active volunteer in his church. His inspiration for serving Elders is wanting to give back to the community for the many gifts he has received in life.
- Joy Page – Vice ChairJoy Page, who holds a BSN and MS (Nursing), is a retired Administrator from Douglas College where she was Dean of Health Sciences for many years. With her strong background in healthcare, Joy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role as a Director and is an asset in health/Elder care, risk management, human relations management and strategic planning.
- Brian Coté – SecretaryBrian graduated with a business degree from the University of Calgary. He retired in 2017 from Mutual Materials™, a manufacturer of clay brick and architectural concrete products. He has served on numerous Boards at the provincial and national level. Brian lives in South Surrey where he and his wife can enjoy their grandchildren who live nearby.
- Bill Gill – TreasurerSince joining Crowe MacKay LLP in 1998, Bill has been involved in all areas of public practice. He enjoys providing accounting and tax services, including personal and corporate tax planning, for owner-managed businesses. His experiences include providing a wide variety of expertise to industries such as automotive, construction, real estate, investment, manufacturing, retail sales and wholesale distribution. Bill graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and obtained his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 2001. In addition to being a Board member with Kinsmen Lodge, Bill has volunteered with the Surrey Board of Trade Business Excellence Awards Committee and the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association Education and Training Committee.
- Jas Cheema – DirectorJas is a well-known philanthropist and community activist who has supported many initiatives that have had a direct and positive impact on the daily lives of many.
As an immigrant woman herself, Jas has personally experienced the integration challenges faced by many immigrants. She writes about these challenges and works to foster cross-cultural understanding through her writing, consulting, academic and volunteer work.
For the last 9.5 years Jas has been at the forefront of Diversity Relations and Translation Services for Fraser Health. Currently, Jas is the Admin Supervisor for the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
She holds a Masters degree in Intercultural and International Communication with a Specialization in Intercultural Communication.
- Brownie Dove – DirectorBrownie Dove is a long-time member of the Kinsmen Club of Whalley / Newton. He joined the KL Board in 1993 and was a Board member for many years, including a term as the Board Chair, prior to stepping down in 2013. He is a skilled salesman who specializes in flooring. Brownie brings a wealth of experience as a volunteer and we feel fortunate to welcome him back on the Board.
- Thomas Harding – DirectorThomas Harding is a trial lawyer at Trial Lawyers Advocacy Group and frequent speaker on issues of the law and its impact on the public. A resident of Surrey, where he lives with his family, he has served on the Kinsmen Lodge Board since 2009 and also volunteers with equal passion for the Surrey Food Bank. “My continuing inspiration to serve comes from regularly visiting the Lodge to read to the Elders. The grace and joy I see at the Lodge – from Elders, Staff and Management – all make me want to do more.” Although Thomas is stepping down as a Board Director in June 2018, he plans to continue “Reading With Thomas” every two weeks. You Need A New Will
- Bob Martin – Director Bob Martin is a graduate from UBC’s Engineering School and also a former Board member from 2007 – 2013. We were pleased to welcome him back to the Board in 2015. He was recruited through a well, but little known, network called TRAIL BC. Bob and long-serving KL Director Gerry Della Mattia were high school mates and hooked up at an annual Trail BBQ right here in Surrey’s Bear Creek Park. Bob was on the KL Building Committee where his engineering skills were well used and appreciated during the construction of our new building in 2012.
- Diane Miller – Director Diane holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree from UBC and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from SFU. As a retired health care executive with over thirty years of leadership experience, Diane brings strength in strategic and business planning, as well as financial accountability and human resource development. Throughout her career, she has focused strongly on the quality of health care and engagement of the patient voice for many diverse populations. Diane welcomes the opportunity to serve on the Board as a means of continuing to support high quality health care for Elders in our community.